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The Best Desert Getaways (And How To Stay Safe!)

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If you want to think about going somewhere different this year, the desert is an option you might want to consider. It isn’t for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure, but deserts are amazing locations to visit. They provide stunning landscapes and are a completely different context to anything you've ever been in. If you take the plunge, it's sure to be the trip of a lifetime.

Kicking things off with the most popular desert: the Sahara Desert in Morocco is the largest desert on our planet. It actually spreads to ten countries, but it’s most accessible in Morocco.  Exploring deserts never comes cheap - there's so much you have to consider carefully in order to stay safe. 

If you aren’t so keen on the Sahara, you could always look to the Atacama Desert in Chile. Some consider it to be the driest place on earth, and it has an altitude of 7,900ft.

An option for America: the Mojave Desert is located across numerous parts of California and includes the Death Valley National Park. 

Europe, Spain in particular, boasts the Bardenas Reales Natural Park. At only 28 miles wide, it isn't very large, but it’s very cheap to visit, and it’s actually rare to find any desert in Europe at all.

Of course, there are many more popular desert destinations out there. You need to decide how much you’re willing to spend, and where you’d like to travel. The weather can be a big factor, too!


Safety Tips:

It’s amazing how many people neglect their safety and underestimate the dangers when it comes to the desert. While it can be an amazing experience, you’ve got to protect yourself properly if you want to avoid any serious situations.

Firstly, it should come as no surprise that you must protect yourself from the sun. This requires sunscreen of the right strength depending on where you’re visiting. The sun is going to overpower you in many of these destinations, meaning that you want to find shelter during the day. Drink a lot of water and wear the right type of clothing to deal with the weather. You must bring a pocket survival kit equipped with all the right items to make sure you stay safe.

You might also find all sorts of dangerous animals in the desert, depending on where you are. You shouldn’t approach them, and it’s important to give them their space. Do your research before you travel to understand the wildlife that could be in the area. Always be aware and don’t accidentally corner something or reach into small spaces without poking it with a stick first. You never know if a snake might be living in there!

Please be aware that these tips aren’t exhaustive. While going to the desert is an amazing experience, you need to prepare properly. This isn’t for the faint of heart, and you can’t afford to go in with an amateurish approach. As long as you’re aware of what you’re heading into, you’ll be able to enjoy it to the full effect - I'll be doing more research myself and posting more soon!

Over to you - what are your safety tips for desert exploring?

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