From the Costa Concordia wreck to the flooding in Venice, Italy, this was an eventful year in the world of travel.
Weather was responsible for more than its fair share of travel headlines this year, with Superstorm Sandy pummelling the east coast and tourists swimming in the Piazza San Marco, but perhaps the story that hit the hardest was the January sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Tuscany. Cruise ships are supposed to be pure overindulgent pleasure, so their vulnerability in the hands of one misunderstood/criminally negligent sea captain is a sad reminder to us all to travel mindfully. Here are our top 10 travel stories of 2012 in chronological order; in one of life’s neat little full-circle moments, the first big travel story of the year could also be the last, with that one billionth tourist due this month.
Fewer than three dozen Gobi bears survive in the Gobi Desert, a harsh landscape that stretches from Mongolia into China. Journalist and wildlife biolog... More Fewer than three dozen Gobi bears survive in the Gobi Desert, a harsh landscape that stretches from Mongolia into China. Journalist and wildlife biologist Douglas Chadwick describes the efforts under way to save the bears—likely the closest link to brown bears' distant ancestors—in cooperation with Mongolia's scientists, rangers, and government. Read more about the challenges of saving Gobi bears: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/special-features/2014/04/140417-rarest-bears-world-mongolia-gobi/
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