Alyssa Writes

6 Places I’d Rather Be Right Now

Sloane Square, London

It’s not that I don’t love London.

I do. Honest.

It’s just that last year at this time, I was working 12 hours a week, dancing, surfing, and hiking in the Caribbean…

Even though I was occasionally miserable in Martinique, rainy days during the daily grind of the 9-5 (okay, 9:30-6) in London kind of make me miss the lifestyle. I really like where I work and I’m happy that after two years, my partner and I finally get to live like a normal couple: separate flats, full-time jobs and the like.

Also, my job writing travel content doesn’t help – I get serious wanderlust! So here are some places I’d rather be right now I really want to travel to at some point (I love my job, don’t fire me please!):

Travertine Hot Springs – Pamukkale, Turkey

Travertine Hot Springs in Pamukkale, Turkey
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Vandel

Pamukkale means “cotton castle,” and is home to spectacular turquoise water resting on white limestone terraces. People used to be able to bathe in the springs, but now that it’s a UNESCO Heritage Site the terraces and Hieropolis ruins are mostly just for looking. I’ve had a few people tell me that Turkey should be the next place on my list and that Istanbul is like nowhere else in the world (I’m always skeptical of that remark though – isn’t everywhere like nowhere else??).

Underwater Sculpture Park – Moliere Bay, Grenada

Underwater Sculpture Park – Moliere Bay, Grenada
Photo courtesy of SunCat

Located off the west coast of Grenada, this contemporary art exhibit opened in 2006 as a way to engage local people after the hurricane. I really should have gone to Grenada while I was in the Caribbean, but I never really knew what was there besides a medical school. I really need to stop talking myself out of going places and just go.

Zhangye Danxia Landform – Gansu, China

Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China
Photo courtesy of epheterson

Largely made of sandstone, these rock formations are believed to have developed in the Cretaceous age. People are travelling to China a lot more these days and if when I visit, I’d rather spend more time in the countryside cycling and hiking than in the typical tourist cities like Beijing and Shanghai – which scare the heck out of me anyway. All of that honking and congestion… (Don’t I live in London?)

Dead Trees Park – Namib Desert, Namibia

Dead Trees, Namibia
Photo courtesy of ralky

These are skeletons of trees that died hundreds of years ago when there was no longer enough water to survive. The dunes of the Namib Desert create gorgeous colours in the right lighting. My friend Helen has some awesome posts about her time in Namibia that will make you want to go there too…

Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Island, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Australia
Photo courtesy of  Wickerfurniture

The sand in this beach is renowned for its clean white colour – it’s composed of 98% silica. It also doesn’t retain heat, making it the perfect place to relax. I’ve been trying to figure out where I can have the best of two worlds: great weather and plenty of nature, but not so remote that I get bored. Australia almost wins – there is a lot going on there, culture-wise and such, but it’s just so far. But perhaps I should go there before I judge – Alyssa Writes, Expat in Australia?!

Mount Roraima, South America

Mount Roraima in Venezuela
Photo courtesy of

This border point of Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela is thought to be one of the oldest geological formations on Earth – the plateau of this mountain dates back two billion years to the Precambrian era. Somewhere in South America is of course an option for my post-London adventure and I would absolutely love to go there. I would actually be able to learn one language and use it on an entire continent (except Brazil and French Guiana) but still experience an amazing diversity of culture, wildlife, and nature.

When you daydream, where do you think about going? Or are you happy right where you are?