My 5: Hiking The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China Jinshanling to Simatai

1. May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself planted at the very top of the bucket list. But choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task, with nearly nine thousand kilometers of wall snaking its way across the country. Some of the most impressive stretches […]

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My 5: The Kerala Backwaters, India.

Kerala backwaters cruise India

1. April 2004. Once upon a time… when Leighton was a mere pup… he took a trip to India. The final location of that month-long adventure was a six-night stay in Fort Kochi, Kerala. I’d come to Kerala specifically to tick two things off my bucket list. One was a visit to an elephant sanctuary, […]

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My 5: Coconut Beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia.

Coconut Beach Koh Rong Cambodia

1. December 2015. It had been a tough slog of a hike over from neighboring Nature Beach in roasting afternoon temperatures, but finally the dense jungle trail brought us out into an opening to the entrance path that leads down to Coconut Beach. 2. December 2015. My initial thought upon entering Coconut Beach was that […]

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My 5: Hiking from Nature Beach to Coconut Beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia.

Hike from Nature Beach to Coconut Beach Koh Rong Cambodia

1. December 2015. After a day lazing about on Koh Rong’s sleepy Nature Beach, Wonderboy and I decided to hike over to the island’s neighboring Coconut Beach which, we were told, is one of the island’s most impressive stretches of sand and home to a stunning bay of aquamarine water. 2. December 2015. The wild, […]

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My 5: Haus Schwarzenberg Street Art Alley, Berlin.

Haus Schwarzenberg Street Art Alley Berlin

1. April 2013. I remember Berlin having a thriving street art scene, with murals, paintings and graffiti literally everywhere. A lot of this stuff you’ll discover naturally on buildings, bridges, doors, windows, tunnels, rubbish bins… you name it. There are also a handful of art zones, many of them delightfully under the radar back when […]

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My 5: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial & Museum – Oswiecim, Poland.

Auschwitz entrance gates Arbeit Macht Free Work sets you free

1. April 2003. Many moons ago a bunch of friends and I jumped on a train in Bratislava. Our journey took us east through the centre of Slovakia and then up north through The Tatra Mountains and into Poland. Our destination was the city of Krakow, where we’d planned three nights of sightseeing and partying, […]

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Happy 4th Birthday Leighton Literature!

Happy Birthday Leighton Literature travel blogger travel reports travel stories album reviews

It’s Leighton Literature’s 4th Birthday! It’s been four years since I launched Leighton Literature and this last twelve months have definitely been my most transformative as a travel blogger. It was sometime in the summer that I felt like LL had arrived at a sink or swim moment. After so much hard work and only […]

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