7+ years of Solo Travel ~ My Journey

Writer, Photographer, Global Pilgrim + Aesthete
James Dee Clayton


I came into this life with humble beginnings – and I seek a humble ending. But what I look for along the way is to acquire a life worth living, a day worth getting out of bed for, a smile worth sharing, a hand worth holding. A place worth finding. I just want to look back at my time and regret only things I did do
never something I didn’t.”

– 2014

The voice of God can be found amongst the highest mountains, and between the smallest grains of sand… if you only have the ears to hear it. The essence of a pilgrimage is to move, yet, at some point along the way, you realise you do not move at all ~ the pilgrimage moves you.”

– 2016

The world has many ways, and the eyes have many ways to see… to illuminate, and to blind. But once the eyes of the soul are opened, nothing remains covered. All things become clear as living water.”

– 2020

Mostly I have travelled solo, lived in different parts of our wide and wonderful world… yet I am never alone for long. I learn about the world by living with its People ~ ‘the jewel of Creation…’

I will be forever thankful to all those who have been a part of this journey, both on the Road, and here, on this site… to me all the comments and emails I received are the real treasures of this world. This is my Global Pilgrimage ~ the story of my life, and the people and places which become a part of my story along the way.

Ever looked at the night sky and seen the milky way with your bare eyes, heard the sounds of the deep jungle with your own ears, or left your shoes far behind as you ran through the hot desert barefoot? If you have, then you know that there is more to this life than we are lead to believe, that there is a deeper Truth to uncover… that there is more to this human race and the forces of our nature than the forces of man will ever want you to realise. Some of us realise this. Some of us take this gift of life and run with it. Deep down, in our soul, all of us were Born Free.

Do not let the Devil feast on your freedom. Seek, and truly you will find…

This has been a journey both within and without. I have searched the world, I have search my soul. It hasn’t always been easy or comforting. I have found many things, tested my waters with oil ~ looked hard within for Truth of my making, through all its pain, smoke and mirrors. Artists are witnesses to Creation, not the makers. I have learnt that knowing thyself is key to being a pure vessel, to being as open and forgiving as possible… ~ “When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realise that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
Jesus Christ.

I am not these deeds or these illusions. This journey is my past and I do not belong to it, nor its beautiful shackles… This part of my life has been a voyage of healing and a seeking of Truth. I am merely a man of faith, who believes and sees the goodness in all he can, who is grateful for this gift of life granted by the Father. I am someone with an intense passion for Humanity, and Creation… for voyage, and the metamorphosis of travel. Yet more than I am, I am not. For everyday I am learning… and everyday I am changing. Forever the Novice. Just a ‘Witness’ to the wonders of Creation…

“I have looked in all places, behind every door and into the eyes of many worldly men. The only lasting thing I have found, of any value and perpetual comfort to my soul, is undoubted belief in God. I owe my life, and all its deeds, to He…” – 2019

Thank you for joining me!
I love to read and respond to your comments. Keep the flame of faith sheltered in your heart… Shine Your Light. Always explore. Always seek. Always forgive. Trust me, you can travel the whole world and learn nothing… the greatest voyage is the one taken through infinite realms of the soul. “Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion…” – Ancient Egyptian Proverb.

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  1. You know the truth as it shows in your eyes and I can tell you emit a peace and love. That’s why animals are drawn to you. And I get what your saying as I have been in the jungles of Guatemala feeling the peace, listening to the holler monkeys, climbing the ancient temples while nibbling on a nutmeg plant. I have sat on the barren beaches of Rocky Point looking up at the millions of stars unaffected by the artificial lights of a large city. I have ran across the hot sands in the desert of Arizona, and have seen the red orbs from my home planet coming around every so often to make sure I am okay.

    1. Beautiful words. A beautiful life. I never have any problems with the innocent, with children and animals… it’s sometimes the older ones with whom I clash. I guess I’m still fighting to retain the innocence of youth; I will forever defend it with great zeal. Thank you for connecting with me, friend, one who understands the delicate things… Wishing you every peace, freedom and strength on this earth, and beyond… Jxx

  2. Hi. I just saw your photos, and they are beautiful, almost magical. I really love the way you write. I am blown away.
    Thank you for visiting my blog, because now I got to see this beautiful blog. Keep doing your magic!!

  3. what have you seen in the eyes of an elephant? I love the way you approach the world, like a kid attacking a jungle-gym. So much to play with, so much to learn. no limit to joy and love. om shanti

    1. Haha, attacking life is a nice analogy! My grandad always said throttle it. The more I see the more my fascination with this land grows. There’s always something else, some other place or whim… In the eyes of an elephant I saw a soul, made of a substance equal to the stars… I wasn’t surprised. Peace to you.

  4. Beautifully written with wonderful pictures.
    I write because it feeds my soul and brings richness and meaning to my life. It feels as though I have a kindred spirit here. In my dreams, I write books that pay the bills but I’m not quitting my day job anytime soon😊.
    Have a blessed day.

    1. I truly and sincerely hope your dreams come true, Cindy. And I hope you keep sharing your light. Please keep enriching your soul with your purpose in Creation. Glad to have crossed paths this way.. Jx

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