"Short stories and travel reports from my life adventures around the globe".


Who is Leighton?

I’m an Englishman born in Hammersmith, London, which means I’m a QPR fan. I didn’t have a say in the matter. I grew up in Buckinghamshire, went to military boarding school in Wales and later found myself drifting across Scotland at the beck and call of my father’s job.

What am I gonna do with my life? I thought, again and again. I had no clue, but loved the idea of getting away from this rainy island and discovering the world, one country at a time.

“Congratulations!” said a woman called Laura one day, handing me a piece of paper that would change my life forever. I’ll never forget the day I became certified to teach English as a foreign language. Qatar… Slovakia… Belgium… China… The Netherlands… Cambodia… Spain… all countries I subsequently called home and places that served as springboards for further global adventures.

Leighton Thomas Travel blogger, voice over, English teacher

Malaga, Spain. March 2017.

Writing has been in my soul since I was a kid and no matter where I went I always put pen to paper, finger to keyboard. I tried and failed to write a novel, completed a mediocre screenplay and knocked out countless album and film reviews. I never dreamt I could make a living out of it, but luckily a big bald Dutchman called Oscar thought differently.

“Welcome to your weekly dose of Hollywood Buzz!” I cried and people seemed to think I said it well. From there I became a professional voice over and writer of movie, music and celebrity news. I penned a series of actor-director biographies and interviewed the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, the American Pie crew, Kaiser Chiefs and Kate Nash. For a while it looked like I’d stay in Amsterdam forever, but alas the domestic dream just wasn’t meant to be. And so after a tumultuous period of personal rediscovery, foreign shores began wooing me once again.

Leighton Travels travel reports short stories.

What is Leighton Travels?

I think I’ve lived a pretty interesting life, with lots of cool stories to share. One by one I’ve been documenting these tales here in the My Short Stories section. It’s an ongoing project, with a new collection coming out every year.

In the meantime I’m perpetually busy with my ever-growing library of Travel Reports from all the places I’ve been to across the world. With over 600 reports and articles published so far, there’s much to read and the library continues to grow.

Leighton Thomas travel blogger voice over editor English teacher

Train Street, Hanoi. April, 2018.

Whatever you choose to dip into you are very welcome. So dig around, see what takes your fancy and find out what happens when Leighton Travels…

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  • SamuelJ

    A great looking site I read all three of your short story collections over two weeks and really enjoyed them, particularly the Slovakia ones. Keep up the good work, I’m curious what’s coming next.

    July 20, 2015 - 3:21 pm Reply
  • Moccay

    Great site! your short stories are really Inspiring.

    April 20, 2016 - 7:41 am Reply
  • Brady

    You are an exceptional well travelled guy. currently reading the stories about your Hollywood interviewing. a life lived!!!!!

    February 3, 2018 - 5:45 pm Reply
  • micheal

    Reading your articles is like travelling on my own. Life is a journey?Your journey is wonderful.

    August 2, 2018 - 8:13 am Reply
    • leightonliterature

      Thanks a lot Michael for your encouragement and also for helping me build my Chinese audience, I’m already starting to see the results!

      August 2, 2018 - 8:24 am Reply
  • Joel

    Hi Leighton,
    Great to meet you today over some stone axes, and I hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit. Looking forwards to reading about it soon! And what a fantastic site: I’ve had a great time browsing through some of your adventures!
    Very best wishes,

    May 7, 2019 - 1:00 am Reply
    • leightonliterature

      Hi Joel, thanks again for your excellent work yesterday and for making the Colchester Castle Museum experience that little bit more dynamic. I hope to publish my Colchester 5s over the course of July. Keep up the great work!

      May 7, 2019 - 4:10 pm Reply
  • Sartenada

    Great. I did not see any book about Finland. 🙂

    Have a good day!

    June 27, 2019 - 10:48 am Reply
    • leightonliterature

      I have never been to Finland :). Needless to say I would love to. One day… I’ll put it on the infinite list of places I wanna check out.

      June 27, 2019 - 10:49 am Reply
      • Sartenada

        You can get nice idea if You check my newest post. 🙂

        June 27, 2019 - 10:51 am
  • Harper Haye

    Really interesting site. My son also teaches abroad and I’ve been in education all my working life. Now I’ve retired, I ftake the advantage of his ‘postings’ and have also started travel writing. You’ll find me at Keep up the good work!

    July 27, 2019 - 8:15 am Reply
  • natty4t

    Loving the new look site leighton. Xx

    September 27, 2019 - 2:40 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks Nat!

      September 27, 2019 - 2:51 pm Reply
  • Anonymous

    Site looks Amazing. Good Job

    October 2, 2019 - 11:12 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Cheers “someone!” 🙂

      October 2, 2019 - 11:13 am Reply
  • Virginia

    Loving the new look to the site 😃

    October 24, 2019 - 12:39 am Reply
  • Mary Phillips

    Love the picture with the cook smoking a cigarette as he cooks!

    December 7, 2019 - 2:14 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Ha, thanks Mary! Tongli style…

      December 7, 2019 - 2:35 pm Reply

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