About Rebecca Mayoll

About Rebecca Mayoll

Becky/ Becks/ Beckworth/ Rebecca (if you’re mad at me), call me what you will it doesn’t matter and it appears that neither does the place I call home. I have great friends and a supportive family but my true love is the World and it is constantly distracting me…….

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My travels began with a gap year, dangerous stuff. I possibly should have listened to my parents, “Give this girl four months in Africa and she is not coming back!” For backup I still enrolled in university and three years later finished my course in psychology with my head on my shoulders and the nerve to push my travels further. At one point I tried to stay put and fixed myself up with a very responsible role in a custody suite but the surprise factor just wasn’t enough and I embarked on a entrepreneurship in Tanzania which would teach me to become a professional diver and guide me to working on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. From here I made a bet, the bet, my bet. A travel bet of course, fuelled by the potential which a solo female traveller can achieve, I began figuring our the first step of my adventure which would take 2 1/2 years. Independently travelling across the globe from Australia to England (without a flight) I uncovered skills I didn’t know I had, crossed 21 countries borders and fell in love. Somewhere between running out of money and finding work in Thailand I met the wonderful Prue. With our two personas combined, there was only one thing for it, to finish my bet together and begin living a life of travel.

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Working in Tanzania
Scuba Work in Tanzania

This website had had several impacts on our lives, we are still visiting anywhere and everywhere but we now spend way too much time online, ha! We love publishing our posts, seeing our journeys on the screen and connecting with like-mired travel enthusiasts. Reaching my thirties people are expecting me to slow down but with one more work visa on the horizon and an endless to-do list this is hardly likely…traveling completes me and I suppose it is what I do best. Find out more on my post “I’m exactly what 30 shouldn’t look like and I’m loving every minute.”

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There are certainly things I miss living this life of instability, a drum kit for one and family cuddles for another (NO, not in that order ha) but travel has given me so much that I don’t begrudge it a second. Through an endless connection of buses, boats, sights, sounds and smells I have found peace with a depression that repeatedly threw me to the ground. Not only that but I also possess a real love for a world that is often looked upon with anger, contempt or fear. In a time where we are ravaged by religious and political instability it is a beautiful thing to be able to connect foreign places together in my mind and view the harmony as I saw it and did it…

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-Receiving and accepting an invitation to live with an Islamic family on my first week in Indonesia.

-Dining with friendly Syrians’ as they fled to Egypt from Turkey on a passenger ferry.

-Singing with Massai tribesmen after their inauguration gathering while helping to build them a school.

-Watching our yacht get overtaken by the skills and craftsmanship of a handmade sail in Papua New Guinea.

-Being offered a bed (canvas sheets) and food by monks taking a pilgrimage to Lhasa on the 5000m high Chola pass.

-Stripping to fit in with the half-naked tribe of outer-island Micronesians.

-Playing water-fight with the entire Thai population during their Songkran (new year) celebration.

-Listening to the chorus of “we are one” from an assembly of refugees proud to call Australia home.

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All of these people living in harmony on a single planet and wiling to share their experiences, the world doesn’t get any better than that.

Straightondetour – our world travel website continues to promote our philosophy and ideologies regarding long-term travel.

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Rebecca Mayoll, World Travel Blog
Capturing Photographs in Iceland

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Things I love…

Volcanoes, big breakfasts, maps, sunsets (or rises, I’m not fussy), hoarding pictures, plastic bags, caves caves caves, old books (they’ve been more loved right), coffee, cats, anything ocean (whales, surfing, sailing), mountains and compasses.

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Things that make me tantrum…

Long bike rides, iPhones, being late, less than 8 hours of sleep, city driving and wet bread!

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Want to find out how I’ve done what I do then click here… it might be easier than you ever thought possible.

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Solo female Travel the World for a Decade

 

 

 

 

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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