The 10 spots to visit this year
When it comes to hot travel destinations in 2012, a slew of experts predict that intrepid travellers will be seeking out unexplored countries or rediscovering old ones. Whether it be celebrating the 200th anniversary of an ancient, forgotten city in the Middle Eastern desert, visiting a country awakening from a long, oppressive hibernation, or gambling with apocalyptic prophecies and ancient civilizations, here's a list of some of the hottest travel destinations in 2012, as predicted by experts from ABTA Travel Association in the UK and luxury tour operator Cox & Kings.
The waters around the southern Line Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world. The government of Kiribat... More The waters around the southern Line Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world. The government of Kiribati recently declared a 12-nautical-mile fishing exclusion zone around each of the five islands, thanks in part to the efforts of National Geographic's Pristine Seas initiative and Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, who led a research expedition there in 2009. "Diving at the southern Line Islands reveals what the seas once were, in all their richness and wonder," says Sala. "Coming here has reset our entire understanding of what's natural, and has given us a new baseline against which to measure healthy and unhealthy reefs everywhere." Read more about the southern Line Islands online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/southern-line-islands/warne-text
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