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.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” – Jesus, the Christ.

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…

“The Lover, God, desires the beloved, and the beloved strives to reach the Lover. The Lover loves His beloved with a divine and perfect love. God, who loves mankind, is selfless.” – Saint Porphrios, Greek ascetic and healer.

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. I came by to thank you for the follow, and I’m glad I did! You have some breathtaking photographs from amazing places! I hope your travels take you far. You’re always welcome to stop by if you’d like.
    Happy trails!
    -Author S

  2. Lovely, absolutely lovely. Keep inspiring others to dream with you. And thank you for liking letthespiritin. I’m due for a post today, perhaps I will enjoy yours today and write mine tomorrow!

  3. Thank you for the follow – fellow Aesthete. impressive About and a lovely language – I can see you are inspirational to many people out there. Keep enjoying Life! We never know for how long we will be here, but you help others with inspiration, positivity and joy. Helping each other – and everything living – is really the meaning of Life on Earth. We are here together.

    1. Thank you, Anne-Christine, for this beautiful beautiful comment, and giving me some light back on a day I’m feeling quite drained myself. I have a lot yet I want to achieve and share, and I hope indeed to keep on with this quest of inspiration, in its many forms and melodies. Thank you for being here with me today.

      Sending you ever shining light.

  4. Your blog is such a peaceful spot on which to land, James. Both the photos and the words invite the visitor to let go and become the journey.

    Thank you for following Spirituality Without Borders. I look forward to meeting you there in the spaces between the words.

  5. Thanks for a brilliant blog that is yours! I’ve already enjoyed your wonderful photography in your introduction!
    Delighted that you found and are now also following my own blog.
    Have a beautiful day!

    1. Thank you! You have some lovely photographs on your own. Love that you feed tired bees with honey too – I never realised that was a ‘thing’ but I’ve done it since I was little, whenever I found one around my family home… Made me smile seeing your photo, so thank you 🙂

      1. I was discussing that only yesterday. I have a family of bees living in the garden and I wondered if it would be a good idea to put out some honey for them. I was dubious in case they got stuck in the stickiness of it.

        How exactly do you do it?

        1. Well I’ve only done it when rescuing lone bees who’ve been injured or exhausted for some reason. I just put a pea-sized amount of runny honey next to or near them and they usually sniff it out and plunge in with their long tongue, rest for a while and eventually fly off.

          You could try leaving some honey near-by though, see what happens? Just don’t get swarmed!!

        2. 🙂

          Thanks, I’ll try leaving just a little by the entrance to their nest. Good for when it’s needed, but also a little treat when it not.

    1. I have always loved this song! Thank you for sharing it and reminding me. I used to listen to it a lot when I lived in Florence. It is exactly my sentiment indeed. Bless you.. Jx

  6. Hello, James.
    I hope all is well with you and yours.
    I see you are following my “Delight in Disorder” blog. Great! Thanks.
    I have just moved my blog within the website, “Delight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org) I hope you’ll join me there. You can subscribe on the left sidebar under the heading, “More Delight.”

  7. really lucky to come across such a creative and visually captivating work like yours. really liked scrolling through it. stay with the swag
    Cheers mate!

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