Having fallen in love with the culture, language, sights and smells of the Hellenic world, Bex wanted to share her experiences and writes about the cultural differences she has observed, the beautiful places she has visited and the people who have let her into their homes and hearts.
Bex has travelled extensively all around Greece and now resides in Athens. Her blog also follows her globe-trotting travels to other destinations from trips across Canada by rail, to the polar bear capital of the world, across the U.S.A in a Green Tortoise bus and even from Europe to Hong Kong on a container ship.
Meet Rebecca Hall who is behind the award-winning travel blog called Life Beyond Borders.
TBG: What is your blog about?
RH: Life Beyond Borders is an adventure travel and lifestyle blog which follows my globe-trotting travels to worldwide destinations, with a special focus on Greece looking at Greek events, gorgeous places on the mainland and islands. You can also find expat guest posts, travel memoir author and fiction writer interviews.
TBG: Why did you start your blog?
RH: In 2010, my blog started under a different name, “Leaving Cairo.” I lived in Cairo for a while, teaching English. I returned to Greece because my love of all things Hellenic – and wanted to share my stories with friends and family not on Facebook. A blog seemed the best way to do this. Interest in my site grew organically, especially in 2012 when troubles in Greece were routinely reported in international media. Hence my new site – Life Beyond Borders – was born.
TBG: What is one of your most viewed posts you’d like to share with us?
RH: One of my most recent popular posts covers Greek food, as served in “Mana’s Kouzina Kouzina” – an eatery in central Athens. The whole concept behind this ‘restaurant’ appealed to the reader I think…you will have to read my interview with the owner here to find out why!
TBG: What was one of the most memorable trips you’ve taken and written about on your blog — and why?
RH: Ohh – that would have to be a whole section! I was fortunate to have the opportunity to update the Rough Guide to Greece in 2014, and concentrated on the Dodecanese Islands. I also wrote about my time on my site here: https://www.lifebeyondbordersblog.com/category/life-in-greece/dodecanese-islands-greece/ There are some great photos to tempt you too!
TBG: What do you like most about blogging about Greece?
RH: I feel very passionate about this country: the beauty of both the people and the place means a lot to me. I want to share my passion for this place with the rest of the world – to dispel the negativity that’s been put out there in the media because of the crisis. There is more to Greece than the crisis.
TBG: Give us one travel tip for those who have not traveled to Greece yet.
RH: Check out the less mainstream islands too! There are some beautiful islands nearer Athens such as Poros, Aegina, Agistri.
TBG: Any advice for new bloggers?
RH: Find your voice, and don’t be afraid to use it.
TBG: One place in Greece AND in the world you’d love to visit in the future that you have not been to yet.
RH: Mani in the Peloponnese (mainland in Greece), and Seattle in the U.S.
TBG: One place in the world AND in Greece you could visit over and over again.
RH: New York – there’s ALWAYS something to do there (and they have some great Greek restaurants there)…and Rhodes Old Town. I love wandering amongst the old castle streets, down cobbled alleyways, Greek people sitting in their doorways watching the world go by.
TBG: If you could invite five famous people to your fabulous upcoming dinner party — who would make your list?
RH: George Clooney (need I say any more? I’d want him to myself!)
OK, er: Roosevelt, Kennedy (could be interesting!), Julianne Moore, Juliet Binoche – I think the conversation could be really interesting!
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