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“My hair looks perfect out in the desert, it’s unbelievable. It’s like, perfectly not frizzy.” — Jenny Lewis
The desert is a polarizing landscape; unlike more universally beloved beach destinations, this genre of sand-covered locale is not for everyone. Or at least, not at first. But even the most dubious visitor—"there’s nothing here"—eventually succumbs to the inexplicable mystical charms unique to these arid areas of the world. Even if for reasons having only to do with vanity.
Below, find seven desert destinations worth escaping to, whether it be for lack of humidity or the sense of peace, awe and surrender that is, in most cases, inevitable.
The Scene: Wolwedans is located among the stunning red dunes of the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia. It comprises several lodges and camps dispersed across a tranquil setting about five hours (by car) from Windhoek, the underrated European-esque Namibian capital city.
Memories To Make: Activities include hot air balloon rides or small-plane aerial tours, game drives, walking safaris, horseback riding, private bush meals, village visits, massages and more.