One of my teachers always said you always want more Dessert vs Desert and that is how you remember the difference in number of S’s when spelling. Usually that is true.
However, with the entire country plagued by extreme cold lately, a la The Day After Tomorrow, it seemed like a good time to remember all the very hot and NOT snowy places that exist, even if they aren’t your backyard.
And if you can, and need to escape snow-pocalypse, maybe you can go there. I know I would not turn down a little desert heat right about now. (And it’s really quite pleasant here in Colorado, so I should keep my mouth shut.)
So here are the top 5 deserts I want to go to, ASAP (please):
1. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
(Alright, I am cheating a tiny bit because this also has water… what, I am a beach girl at heart? )
Very atypical for a desert, this area in Northern Brazil receives around 63″ of rain annually, which deposits into shallow pockets in between the low, flat dunes, creating lagoons that remain for several months. During this time, a variety of fish, clams and turtles call the lagoons home, before completely vanishing each year when the water dries up.
Sand, lagoons, AND a mystery of nature? Count me in. (Travel Info)
2. Namib Desert, Namibia/Angola
Supposedly one the world’s oldest desert (55-80 million years via wikipedia), this vision of intense red sand dunes stretches over 1,200 miles along the Atlantic. With only about 1/2″ of rain a year, it should be dry enough to shake visions of snow from your mind forever.
Also, this desert has elephants! Forget camels… my new dream is to run around a desert on a freaking ELEPHANT.
3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Stretching our definition of desert again, this one is in fact the world’s largest salt flat (over 4,000 square miles). During the rainy season, this almost entirely flat surface reflects the sky above, creating an optical illusion of up and down that will blow your mind.
It is estimated there are approximately 10 billion tons of salt, still yet to be harvested from the flats. Margaritas, anyone?
4. Simpson Desert, Australia
More red sand dunes! The world’s longest parallel dunes, (running N-S) are apparently so neat that really, really crazy people like to do a marathon through it. Not my style, but to each his own.
This is only the forth largest desert in Australia, so while you are out there you might as well check out the Great Victoria Desert, Great Sandy Desert (what a creative name) and the Tanami Desert as well. (There are six more I haven’t mentioned if you are in Australia and REALLY desert-crazy)
Wait, you thought deserts could only be sand? Think again my friends! Antarctica is in fact a desert, reviving less than two inches of rain a year. (Now just go ahead and ignore all that frozen water under your feet.) It is incredibly beautiful in a very extreme kind-of way and home to penguins. Everyone likes penguins.
Also, while it might now satisfy your craving for heat, it would be a super cool place to travel to. (Haha, see what I did there?)
So let’s go and make our own little Coachella in some remote and beautiful desert!
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