Writer Wednesday – Meet Rebecca Hall
I’ve always been drawn and intrigued by those who have left their home country to go and live in a completely new and foreign one that they just fell in love with. Rebecca Hall is one of these people and her love of travel has led her to some amazing adventures and recognition across the globe. Rebecca is a Rough Guide co-author (Greece and The Greek Islands) and has contributed to numerous publications including Apollo Business Class Magazine for Cyprus Airways and Let’s Go for RyanAir, the Daily Telegraph Travel Section and her container ship voyage from Athens to Hong Kong caught the eye of the National Radio in the United States, where she was interviewed twice. So when I got the chance to interview her I was elated!!
Writer Wednesday would like to introduce Rebecca Hall.
After extensive global travels I left the UK to return to the country I fell in love with – Greece, where I teach English, write and wryly observe the chaotic nature of my adopted country which suits my personality very well. All travel experiences, and particularly living in versatile cultures, have helped shape who I am today. When not writing, you’ll usually find me drinking coffee with my friends, or sourcing a new place to eat baklava.
What drew you to Greece?
Honestly? The sunshine and numerous islands initially. I was fed up with the grey weather of the UK and wanted to try continental Europe. But then I began to find the Greek tendency towards not obeying rules seemed to fit my personality very well – and there’s such energy here! I fell in love, not with a person – but with a country.
If you could recommend 3 must have experiences in Greece what would they be and why?
Athens for more than a stopover to the islands. Why? Because it’s such a vibrant, alive place and I feel quite safe walking around at night (obviously not taking stupid risks, just like I wouldn’t in the UK). Greece is not a drink to get drunk culture, so it’s rare to find drunk youths spoiling your night and making you feel nervous.
Meteora in inland Greece, near Kalampaka on the mainland. A UNESCO World Heritage site- these monolithic rock formations also house monasteries built atop them and look like something from a movie – in fact the place was used to film James Bond’s For Your Eyes Only.
My favourite island is Rhodes – in the Old Town in the capital. It’s like stepping back in time and I love getting lost in the medieval streets and alleyways – feeling like Dicken’s London.
How many countries have you visited?
Oh gosh! Well, I think it’s in the teens.
What is your favourite place and why?
I’d have to say Greece. I ended up settling here after all!
If you could describe your method of travel in one word, what would it be?
What is your must have travel accessory?
Laptop & Kindle (that’s two, I know – but they are essential to me)
What is your most memorable travel moment?
Sitting on the deck of the container ship I was travelling on as a passenger from Athens to Hong Kong (as part of a writing assignment) and watching the sun set, dolphins playing in the wake of the ship. There are no words to describe that experience.
Seattle – and I am going in JULY 2015!!!
Do you have any upcoming trips? If so, where to?
Yes, see above – and I can’t wait!
How has travel changed you?
To stop planning so much and to take life one day at a time. And that it’s OK not to live a conventional lifestyle, irrespective of what others might want from you.
Oh God! 5 years! I loved writing it so much that I kept coming back to it and didn’t really want to finish it. It must be like being pregnant (except the gestation period was mighty long) – I’ve now given birth to my first child (my book) and have a whole new set of challenges ahead!
Do you have any new books on the horizon?
I’m working on the follow on to Girl Gone Greek
What is your favourite travel book?
As a guidebook, I’d have to say Rough Guide as I am a co-author for Rough Guides. I find them very un-biased and love investigating new places.
When I travel I always take my Kindle and love downloading just about anything to read (fiction). I am an avid reader.
What is your favourite travel quote?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain