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


Welcome to Leighton Travels, an online exhibition of my life exploring the world. Lovingly crafted since 2015, I have put my heart and soul into this site and really hope you enjoy your stay.

I’ve been into writing since I was a kid. As an adult, no matter where I went, I always put pen to paper, finger to keyboard. Eventually, it simply became a way of life. These days, I have fully submitted to my existence as a digital nomad. All I want to do is travel, write and share.

Leighton Thomas Travel blogger, voice over, English teacher

Malaga, Spain. March 2017.

On Leighton Travels you can read about my adventures in 30+ countries. For the most part I have travelled deep, taking my time to meet the people, indulge in the food and wander off the beaten path.

Sweeping views from Koh Ker Cambodia.

Koh Ker, Cambodia. July 2020.

With a photo and notes library spanning over twenty years, Leighton Travels features an ever-growing archive of reports from individual world locations. There are over 600 so far, with a new report added every few days.

Leighton Travels travel reports short stories.

I think I’ve lived a pretty interesting life, with lots of cool stories to share. From my days as an English teacher to my work as a writer, voice over and interviewer of Hollywood stars, you can check out my life memoirs through My Short Stories.

Leighton Thomas travel blogger voice over editor English teacher

Train Street, Hanoi. April, 2018.

In addition to writing and travel, I’m passionate about music, cinema, football, literature, animals, coffee and world cuisine. As a result, my articles are often infused with these things, and more!

Over the years, I have written for a host of publications, including the Dutch media company FCCE and the award winning travel website Global Grasshopper.

Leighton Travels short stories and travel reports from across the world.

Crane Cafe, Siem Reap. February, 2020.

Today Leighton Travels is curated by myself and my girlfriend, Slađa. 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

Leighton Travels logo travel reports and short stories.

Check out the Leighton Travels interview on Ericotrips.



  • 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
  • usathroughoureyes

    Good meeting you Leighton. Looking forward to traveling along with you.

    April 28, 2020 - 7:00 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for following guys!

      April 28, 2020 - 7:29 pm Reply
  • bublelady

    Amazing job as always. Super proud. x

    May 17, 2020 - 4:28 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thank you so much, your support means everything.

      May 17, 2020 - 4:29 pm Reply

    […] I had to share. So I decided to start sharing these experiences online. Thus (the now defunct) Leighton Literature was born, a platform for me to a) write my memoirs in short story form and b) to build an […]

    June 15, 2020 - 6:00 pm Reply
  • simplymesmc

    I hope you come to Philippines

    August 17, 2020 - 7:53 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      One day we’d love to!

      August 17, 2020 - 7:54 pm Reply
  • Jeric Urbayo

    So nice to read your blogs. keep posting.

    October 22, 2020 - 10:48 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks a lot! Appreciate the kind words.

      October 22, 2020 - 10:50 am Reply

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