Rebecca was born and raised in the UK but fell in love with the European lifestyle, specifically the Mediterranean, after accompanying her family over several summers on holidays since the age of 5 to countries as diverse as Portugal, Spain, Malta and Greece. Her adult affair with Greece began in 2008 when she traveled to a small mainland Greek town to work as a teacher of English.
She began to develop her writing skills by documenting her experiences through her site Life Beyond Borders, especially as Greece was entering a phase of bad international press due to the economic crisis. Fate intervened in 2014 in the form of an opportunity to update the Rough Guidebook to Greece and the Greek islands and the publication of her semi fictional memoir Girl Gone Greek in 2015, and so writing gradually took over from teaching as Rebecca’s first passion.
Rebecca’s Greek and Mediterranean adventures include exploring remote traditional Greek islands and sourcing new places to sit with friends, drinking Greek frappe (like a coffee milkshake).
She envisages her European adventure – and Greek love affair – will continue.
- Rebecca divides her time between Athens, Greece and Devon in the UK
- She wears several career hats having worked as an Executive P.A. in London, check-in staff at LHR and English Language teacher in Egypt and Greece
- She has been a passenger on a container ship for 31 days as it traversed the Suez Canal from Athens to Hong Kong
- Her debut novel Girl Gone Greek has been written into a script, winning Best Feature Fiction script at the 2018 London Greek Film Festival and Best Script at the 2020 Santorini Film Festival
Rebecca has honed her skills as a freelance travel writer, starting out as a Guidebook updater for Rough Guides. Her site Life Beyond Borders has won her recognition in Mediterranean culture and gastronomy, and afforded her writing opportunities for a variety of magazines, digital media and websites.
Rebecca came to higher education late after various careers within the travel industry and volunteer teaching in Sri Lanka. She completed an undergraduate degree in International Relations and Sociology at the University of Plymouth, graduating with a 2:1 degree in 2008. She then spent a month studying for the Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching for Adults (CELTA) before securing her first language teaching job in Greece.
She is also trained as a Intercultural trainer, aiming to bring cultures together through mutual understanding.