Sometimes a city break just isn’t for you, so what about a desert holiday?
This may not be the ideal holiday for everyone, but if you like adventure and haven’t decided yet where to go this summer, have a look at our favourite desert destinations!
The Mojave Desert receives less than 13 inches of rain a year and contains the hottest place in North America, the Death Valley. The Mojave Desert is also home to a number of ghost towns, including the well-known Calico.
If you’re thinking of visiting the Mojave Desert, take a look at the Mojave National Preserve website. You’ll find a list of activities taking place throughout the year and advice on how to plan your routes in the desert.
Ladakh region is home to some of the most beautiful Buddhist monasteries of the world and it also offers a wide range of adventure activities to its visitors. The Stok Mountains are a popular trekking destination, featuring different routes for any kind of physical ability. If you want something more thrilling, try climbing or white water rafting.
There are only two passes to enter the region and they usually get snowed from October until late May so summer is the perfect season to visit Ladakh.
The world’s largest desert, stretching from the coast of Mauritania to Egypt, has a lot to offer to the visitors. Try driving in the desert, a unique experience across the landscapes and numerous unexplored mines. If a 4×4 is not your preferred mean of transport, try a camel ride around the oases of the Sahara Desert.
If you head to Dakhla you can practice deep sea fishing in one of its ports. Stay around the western area of the desert and try the newest adventure sport: sand skiing. This unusual sport has become popular in the last few years and it’s one of the main tourist attractions in the area.
Simpson Desert (Australia)
The Simpson Desert contains the world’s largest parallel sand dunes; they are held in position by vegetation and vary in height from 3 metres in the west region to around 30 metres on the eastern side.
The desert has 4 national parks with scrublands, grasslands and salt lakes that the tourists can visit. All these parks are only open to visitors from December 1 to March 15.
Patagonian Desert (South America)
The Patagonian Desert is the 7th largest desert in the world and an adventure traveller’s paradise. This region, located primarily in Argentina with some small parts in Chile, is also one of the most beautiful regions in South America.
Watch sea life on the Atlantic coast of the desert, try scuba diving in Puerto Madryn, visit the glaciers in Santa Cruz and dig for fossils in Neuquen, Patagonia is the perfect desert holiday if you’re travelling with kids.
Would you go on a desert holiday? What would be your destination? Let us know in the comments section below!