By: Lindsay Hogg
I’ve had some great days at the beach while traveling, but I’m not a big fan of it. Mostly because sand bothers me. The good thing about a beach is that you can go home and shower off all those gross little particles that stick between your toes and get in your hair. But after spending a few days in Huacachina, Peru, I won’t be jetting off on any Tunisia holidays in the near future.
These desert based destinations are not high on my list of places to go.
I know you’re probably thinking ‘what a princess’ right now, but I get dirty all the time. I literally put a shirt on and have coffee or food spilled on it within minutes. I wear black a lot because of this. The difference between desert destinations and doing things like camping, hiking, riding quads and so on is that I it’s only for a short period of time. I get to go home and shower after.
I try not to think negatively about any travel destination, because I feel like any place can surprise me, I’ve ended up liking countries I was not expecting to enjoy so much.
I can adapt fairly well, which causes me to believe I would be okay and adapt to that ‘dirty feeling’ after a week or so in a desert destination, it’s the part of getting myself there that’s hard. Thinking about all that sand, everywhere, all the time. It’s brown, sometimes white, pink, or black. Sometimes it gets hot and burns my feet. Sometimes it gets wet and dirties my feet. The worst is when it gets under my contact and itches/irritates my eyeballs.
When I was in the Huacachina desert oasis, Peru, everything was covered in sand; my shower and bed even had sand in them. I also saw a cockroach for the first time in my life, which upset me as well. It wasn’t all bad, sandboarding was awesome for a period of time, but I couldn’t wait to leave Huaccachina after a day or two. Is it different in other desert parts of the world? Am I being biased from my one experience?
Anakin Skywalker states it perfectly:
Anakin and I feel the same way about annoying tiny particles of dirt, alas hating sand doesn’t result in me hitting on chicks with crazy ass hair-do’s… most of the time.
Shout outs to Amanda Kennedy and Steve Lowes for helping me think of more things to say about my hate for sand.
Hogga, how can you and I be such complete opposites, please don’t tell me you like cold weather destinations.
haha no, I do enjoy the warmth, I hate winter (Dec is pretty due to the light snow and all) but I get majorly depressed Jan-April
I just don’t like sand. We can still be best travel buddies forever ever EVERRRRRRRRR
I was brought up in El Paso so I can find the most awe inspiring beauty in the desert – but I can understand how it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
But sand IS smooth and soft… !! I thought people who hate sand were an urban legend!
HAHA I am an urban legend. I don’t really exist!
You’re not alone!
I never understood people who go to the beach when they have a swimming pool at their hotel.
Also, sand is dirt you have to get rid of IMMEDIATELY. You cannot go walking through a city or have dinner when still sandy. It’s just not right I tell you! 😀
I love sand 🙂 Especially when it’s the really fine, white, soft sand! I also love water and that might have clouded my judgment of sand a little since I usually only see sand when I’m at the water. But I even loved it when we visited New Mexico’s White Sands. Gorgeous! I think you should give sand a second chance 😉 We had so much fun walking around in it and feeling it between our toes. Come one, give sand a chance 😉
I looooove sand! But not always when it’s blowing around in deserts…. Besides, if you prefer warm sun to winter, we can still be friends.
I love that you brought the video out – that is my favorite new blogging move 😉
I’ma quote that shit all the time now!
Ha! I love the video! I actually like sand. Most of the time. I don’t like when it gets in my food when I’m eating at the beach and I don’t like when it’s windy and I get pelted with sand.
SEE!? It’s slightly evil!
You are not alone, but if you tell anyone I said so, I’ll… have to do something. (I frakin’ live at a beach, you know)
Haha… my lips are sealed…
You should try overland camping trip in Namibia 🙂
I’m the same…I LOVE a good beach etc, just not the sand. I mean, it get’s everywhere! To quote Homer Simpsom…’it’s in my raccoon wounds’ =)
You can wash your clothes twice and your bed will stay feel like a sand pit. In all modern technology, why can’t they do something to stop this atrocity???! 😉
wait, you’ve never seen a roach?
Sand is the reason that I am not a huge fan of beaches. Rivers, yes. Beaches, no.