15 Shockingly Hot Places to Escape Winter

Winter’s biting winds can put people in a seriously bad mood. As some significant cold snaps have settled in – and held on – throughout the United States, it’s only natural that thoughts start turning to places where there’s no need for four layers of clothes topped with hats and mittens. But how hot can you handle it? If you’re a sun-worshipper extraordinaire, even your resistance to high temperatures might be tested in some of the hottest places on earth. While a number of these places are tourism destinations in their own right, others stand apart as a sort of dare for intrepid travelers – can you handle the heat?

Danakil Dessert [Africa]


Dallol, Ethiopia | In Dallol, where the earth is speckled with bright salt and acid ponds in a range of hues usually associated with warning stickers, the landscape is beyond harsh. It’s the place on earth recognized to have the highest average temperatures. There’s not a month in the year when the average high registers under 100 F.
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Gina Czupka

Gina’s first solo trip abroad, at age 16, changed her life. Since then, travel has been her passion and it’s her mission to convince others that they really can make travel a part of their lives. These days, she seeks out destinations where she can indulge her taste for adventure and shop for additions to her textile collection. Some of her favorite experiences from recent trips have included eating bun cha in Hanoi and feeding hyenas in Ethiopia.

Gina’s Favorite Travel Tip: When traveling abroad, learn enough of the language to be polite (hello, thank you, goodbye) and to shop and haggle (numbers and colors).