PARACHUTING from the edge of space, commemorating the RMS Titanic and social media highs are just some of the amazing travel moments that have taken place in 2012. Many of these have been covered on Visited Planet / Travel Wire Asia this year. Let’s take a look back at the year in travel.
January – Bungy jump gone wrong
An Australian woman survived a 111m bungy jump above the Zambezi River when her cord broke.
February – Asia in love
Quirky Asia celebrated Valentines Day in spectacular fashion with a cliff rappelling marriage, underwater ceremonies and kissing competitions.
March – an odd Easter
An odd collection of festivals marks Easter in Asia including crucifixions, Roman soldier reenactments and even the blessing of sailing fleets.
April – RMS Titanic
The world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. We listed events taking place in Asia.
May – Burma to become an expat heaven?
We assessed the merits of this claim as tourism numbers blossom in the formerly isolated nation.
June – winning the online game
Tourism Australia surpassed three million Friends online with its popular destination page and Jimmy the koala became an internet sensation.
July – dangerous Asia
Beautiful, fun but deadly – we listed five of the notorious party spots in Asia where backpackers have come to grief.
August – hot action in London
Attention turned to London, and the droves arrived, over the summer as the Olympics swung into action.
The museum at the World Trade Center memorial site opened in September 2012, a year after the memorial officially opened. The site continues to attract millions of visitors from around the world who come to connect with the tragedy. More than 90 countries lost civilians in the attacks on the twin towers.
October – Astronaut drops to earth
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner’s “giant leap” from space amazed all. The daredevil leapt from 39,045 metres and landed safely in New Mexico, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier.
November – solar eclipse
On November 13th, Australia was treated to an eclipse as the moon blocked the sun for a few minutes early in the morning.
Eclipse gazers from north Queensland were treated to spectacular views of the rare astronomical occurrence. But partial eclipses could be seen as far south as Brisbane.
December – The end of the world
The prediction that December 21 could herald the end of the world attracted tourists to the Mayan heartland in Central America. We published the doomsayer’s travel guide as a good way to look into places to consider if it did/does all end.
Of course there were many other travel moments in 2012, feel free to add others to the list.