For those of us who are burdened with winter for at least a part of the year (pretty much everyone not living a tropical climate), flying south to sunnier skies is an annual dream. If you are a sunseeker who is fortunate enough to spend your winters soaking up rays, this list might help you up the ante until you really feel the heat. Keep reading to find out about some of the hottest destinations on earth!
Dallol, Ethiopia: Dallol holds the record for hottest inhabited place on earth, a record which was set in the 1960s with an average daily high of forty-one degrees Celsius. While Dallol is not a very popular place to stay, but there are expeditions and tours available from neighbouring cities that explore Dallol’s mineral deposits and a nearby active volcano.
Death Valley, California: The lowest valley in the United States, Death Valley is known for its stifling heat. Take a tour and learn about the valley’s mining history and the story of Lake Badwater, which was formed in 2005 and evaporated in 2007. With average summer highs in the mid to high 40s, you will want to pack lots of water and sunscreen if you are planning at day trip to Furnace Creek or Death Valley National Park.
Kebili, Tunisia: This desert community has been inhabited for more than 200,000 years and is now home to roughly 18,000 people. Preserving water is a community preoccupation in this town where temperatures can soar to 55 degrees. Visit for the scorching sun and the world famous dates!
Tirat Tsvi, Israel: This small town of 642 people set records as the hottest place in Asia in 1942 when the mercury climbed to 54 degrees. Still, it might not be a top vacation destination, as the only accommodation available for travellers is a single bed and breakfast. You could probably get a tour if you wanted to check out Tirat Tsvi’s grove of date trees – over 18,000 trees strong!
Timbuktu, Mali: In the southern Sahara Desert sits the sandswept town of Timbuktu – famous for being the actual middle of nowhere. This part of Mali is not only physically hot, but over the past few years it has also been a political hot zone, having ceded to a rebel army, declared an independent state, and collapsed all over the course of a few months in 2012. You may be facing severe personal risk if you are heading to the middle of nowhere to experience the average 42 degree weather (it starts really warming up in May).