Picture this: you’re lost in one of the hottest, driest climates with no water to drink and none to be found, miles and miles from civilization. Sounds like a nightmare doesn’t it? It certainly would be, if you were left in the middle of the desert not knowing where you are or how to get home.
But what if the desert was your home? You may (or may not) be surprised to learn there are actually many reasons to live in the desert in the U.S. Here are some of the top reasons the desert lands of the U.S. may be right for you!
Anyone who has lived in a state that experiences high humidity in the spring and summertime knows how the stickiness can seriously ruin your day sometimes. Humidity can drain you, make you feel sticky, and can even make it easier for trash smells to linger around. (People can smell trash more in humid environments because there are more water molecules in the air to carry the odorous particles around). There are no mosquitos either; people in the desert leave their screens open all the time.
It’s still hot in the desert (and can get very hot) but it’s not humid. Caleb Backe, Health and Wellness Expert for Maple Holistics, told us, “When you go for a run or a walk, or engage in exercise, you may be surprised. You will find yourself sweating less, because the droplets evaporate much quicker as soon as the glands secrete them, and they don’t get a chance to pool.”
Additionally, the air quality is higher than anywhere else. No pollutants and far less allergy-inducing pollens. The dry air also helps heal wounds and prevent bacterial infections.
In the desert, the sun is nearly always shining. This constant sunshine makes it super easy to plan your days, get outdoors and stay active. Not only that, but it can help your overall psyche and attitude, especially compared to many areas of the U.S. that experience winter periods of cold, drab, cloudy, rainy, and/or snowy weather. Beautiful weather all the time can definitely help make you a bit happier and it’s a terrific benefit of desert living.
“We are here [in Santa Fe, NM] for the 300 days of sunshine,” said Heather Hunter, blogger and owner of Heather Hunter Marketing. No vitamin D issues here!
When there is a storm, it often passes fast. And offers an exciting, impressive natural sight to behold amongst the desert skies and plains.
Just about any outdoor activity you could imagine comes along with desert living. Best part about this is that you don’t have to worry about planning far in advance to do these outdoor activities. Wake up, realize it’s a nice day, and from there you can decide to go hiking or mountain biking.
Heather Hunter told us another reason they moved to Santa Fe, NM was for, “[The] extremely clean air and mountains for hiking and skiing.” Yes, you can enjoy the benefits of desert living and still get your fix of snow and skiing when you need it at nearby distance!
Not a green thumb? Desert living is for you then. Anyone can take care of a lawn in the desert. You don’t have to water your grass, your plants hardly ever need it either, and to make things even sweeter, the plants that grow in the desert are beautiful!
If you’re looking to get away from it all, there are often few better places than the desert. Deserts allow property owners to often live a simpler life, with far less crowds, traffic, and congestion.
The landscape of the desert is breathtaking, especially when the sun starts to set. “Sunsets are extraordinary. People stop what they are doing and run outdoors to take pictures of sunsets all the time,” says Joan Schweighardt, author of The Accidental Art Thief. Joan also told us, “The slightest meteorological changes bring about the most beautiful variations to this sky/mountain motif. When the clouds push in from the east, for instance, they pile up on top of the mountains, softening their upper edges in puffy white and gray.” If that doesn’t make you want to go experience the benefits of desert living, we’re not sure what will!
These are just a few benefits of desert living. There are many more, of course, but why not take a trip to California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Utah, or Colorado to see for yourself! Who knows, you might just end up moving to experience the benefits of desert living full time
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