Top Travel News Stories of 2012
Goodbye, Jersey Shore?
A submerged rollercoaster off the coast of Seaside Heights said it all: the iconic stretch of New Jersey coastline took a brutal hit during Hurricane Sandy. The reality-show-inspiring boardwalk towns bring in $38 billion a year to New Jersey tourism. The state is vowing to start rebuilding, but the kitschy shore of yore could be, in many ways, a thing of the past. Such disasters, of course, often bring out the best in us. In the wake of the storm, hotels offered discounts to stranded travelers, and users of vacation rental site Airbnb even offered free places to stay to displaced residents. Weeks later, Atlantic City was trying to get back to normal, and launched a five-year public art project, ARTLANTIC, in the casino area’s vacant lots. Sandy was also a reminder that there are some concrete strategies to help weather-proof your trip—and that the best way to support destinations after the waters recede is to go visit and spend some money.