Welcome to Thompson's Travels. I am Lejla Thompson and I am really excited to be sharing my life through travel with you.
All About Me
Wife, dog mum, Senior Policy Adviser for the UK Government, and travel enthusiast. These are only a few of my titles.
In today's crazy world I really believe you must bring your whole self to the table in order to thrive; your personality, your interests and goals, and most importantly, your creativity. All of these elements brought me to start Thompson's Travels.
I have been a frequent traveller ever since I was young, every year my family would spend 6 weeks driving through Europe and enjoying the scorching temperatures at our second home in Bosnia. However, my passion for travel really developed when I was 19 and I left home on my own to travel and volunteer in Bali, Indonesia. Since then I have visited over 40 countries and travelling has become a huge part of my life.
I obsessed about travelling and returning to Asia was all I could think about so in 2018, after I graduated from university (can you guess my degree, I'll give you a hint - I thought I wanted to be the next Sigmund Freud) my husband - boyfriend at the time - and I booked a one-way ticket to Thailand and began our travel journey together. We backpacked across South-East Asia, lived and worked all over Australia before moving on to backpack New Zealand and Central America.
My favourite thing about visiting a new country is experiencing new cultures. When I book a flight to a new country one of the first things I will do is download a phrase book from the app store. I have found that people really appreciate when you make an effort to appreciate their culture.
I am currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland and although I may have settled in one place, my heart will never really feel at home again. So I have made a vow to myself to keep travelling for as long as I can and try to visit a few new places each year.
I will use this platform to share my top favourite places to visit, how to stay safe while travelling and to keep you up to date with all our new travels to come.
We are all told, “live your life to the fullest” and I am here to do just that. Thompson's Travels serves as a vessel to project my passions, and clue in my loyal readers as to what inspires me in this crazy world. So, sit back, relax, and read on.