Musician Maya Sebestyen talks travelling with her trombone

Published October 8th, 2012

For SF Spotlight this week we managed to track down 24 year old Maya Sebestyen, a street musician by trade and a traveller at heart. Since she started busking with her trombone when she was 14, Maya hasn’t put the instrument down, taking it on her travels with her and earning money along the way. In addition to music, Maya has a passion for scrabble and making things out of duct tape, both of which she has found are pretty useful travel skills. Here she tells us about London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and travelling with her trusty trombone.


How many countries have you travelled to? 

34 in total. Mostly in Europe, but also North America, Australasia and the Middle East


If you could narrow it down, what would be your top three?

Turkey, Vietnam, USA and Italy - sorry I could only get it down to four!


Maya Sebestyen in London

Maya Sebestyen hang'n out on the tube in London

Tell me about your most recent trip to the UK?

I spent a few weeks in London during the Olympics before going to visit a friend down in Southampton. She took me to Bournemouth Beach which was actually lovely. I had no idea the UK had such nice beaches.


After that I headed up north to check out the music scene in Manchester and Leeds and then onto Scotland. The Edinburgh Fringe Festival was incredible! It’s a must see, but try to plan ahead; I spent a lot of time sifting through the thousands of shows trying to figure out what to go and see.


What was the highlight of your trip?

I saw Australia vs. France in the women’s basketball. Belinda Snell’s 3 pointer from three quarter court on the buzzer was out of this world. I’ve never seen anything like it.


What was it like being in London for the Olympics?

It was like being in a parallel universe; the sun was shining, Great Britain was winning at sport, people were talking to each other on the tube and the beer? Well, the beer was still warm but we needed something to remind us that we were in England.


Craziest travel moment?

I accidentally ended up in Siena, Tuscany on the day of the Palio. I hadn’t booked accommodation and didn’t realise the medieval horse race attracted 80,000 people a year. That was the first night I slept on a park bench.


Best place for busking?

To be honest nothing has topped Sydney Harbour. Highly commended awards also go to Ponte Neuf in Paris, the Castro in San Francisco and Pier 21 in Halifax Canada.


Where are you planning on travelling to next? 

Sri Lanka and China are high on my list. Brazil is too, but I might save that til the next Olympics.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.