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Touring: Desert Holidays
Desert holidays provide the inquisitive traveller with a slice of another world that was previously unknown to them. Camel safaris and oasis resorts have made desert travel both available and affordable in recent years. Tour companies command fleets of camel owners to charter tourists across some of the most beautiful desert scenery known to man. Accommodation is often in tents and occasionally in the luxury of former shikar camps that provide a slice of a bygone era in time. These camps have all kinds of modern facilities including, most importantly, fresh water and occasionally hot water. Entertainment in the evenings usually takes the form of juggling, puppet shows, traditional music, dancing and special camel parades. Modern resort complexes provide more luxury in the form of air-conditioned rooms and all the usual benefits that are associated with staying in five star accommodation.

For those that tackle the world's deserts independently there are a few pointers that may prove to be very useful. Perhaps the first thing would be to let people know where you are heading and when you expect to reach your destination so that help can be called for should you get stranded or lost and fail to turn up on time as arranged. If you do get lost, try to retrace the tracks you made in the first place and walk along high ground if possible, such as along a ridge because it is easier to see and be seen by your rescuers this way than if you were low down, concealed in a valley. If you cannot retrace your steps it is best to stay where you are and await assistance.

You should always take more food and water than you actually need in case of an emergency but there are ways to save energy if supplies become either low or completely exhausted. Try not to talk and when breathing, breathe through your nose. Walk slowly because this will conserve energy and take rest for ten minutes of each hour. Try to stay in the shade and wear clothing that covers your entire body, protecting it from the harmful rays of the sun.

There are some ways to try and find water although these should not be taken for granted. Water normally congregates at the bases of cliffs and rocky outcrops and on the outside edges of sharp bends in dried-up river beds. You may also find water where there is shrubbery or where plants grow. Following animal tracks will often lead you to water source as well. As a general rule of thumb, one gallon of water a day is adequate for desert survival although two gallons is both safer and more comfortable.
 

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