7+ years of Solo Travel ~ My Journey

Writer, Photographer, Global Pilgrim + Aesthete
James Dee Clayton

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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.

“The Truth shall make you free…” – Jesus, the Christ

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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. Shalom,

    Thank you for sharing such a witnessing, hopefully for the right God, though when it would not yet be so (if you at the moment still adhere a Trinity for example) I hope my impression of your site, you being called by God shall be showing more and more, you finding that Jesus is the way to God and the way to life, so that you and others might find his God and our God, Who created all that beauty that you know so magnificently to put on a two-dimensional picture, but showing a greater depth to it.

    That the God of Israel may protect you and guide you, so that you too can show the glory of the Most High Elohim.

  2. Your blog is super well done! Thanks for following me; I’m excited to make friends and tell stories using Seasoned with Ginger. & your photography is wonderful. Good luck with your adventures, I look forward to seeing more of them!

    1. Thank you Jenna! Really happy to be following each other. May the road of life be long and illuminating for us both! I’m really happy you popped by. Mine is a little space, but I am happy to share with anyone who finds comfort in it. Looking forward to reading your tales on Seasoned With Ginger. May your works prosper. God bless <3

    1. I have been many places, my friend, and have had many trials, tasks; some victory, some failures. I’ve seen many things, but I can honestly say I am just a beginner in all this… a student of this life. I am just as amazed and in awe of this earth now as when I first started, and I profess to be no greater than the day I first dreamed all this up… I do hope, one day though, to be worthy of all I have received.

  3. wow man . . . love your photo’s . . . as well as your outlook on life. Keep the candle burning brother, even in the rain . . . even in the pain . . . protect it with your life . . . because it IS your life.

  4. supreme grace patience and humility amazing journey inspiring words , tremendous effects of divinity visible..indeed your work touches the soul and spirit…’I am but a speck of dust,yet I am the world, I am me”Beautiful Thank you for visiting my world’

  5. Your courage to meet and live with these beautiful people in countries some people would not dare to go is truly admirable. I can’t help but stare and look closely to the photos of you having a great time mingling with the native people especially with the children. I guess it’s not just courage that brought you there but a passion. Nothing beats a passion!

    This travel blog is worth reading!

    1. It is passion, absolutely! You’ve hit the nail on the head.

      My passion to travel to all these places and ‘blend’ has always been greater than my fear, hence the amount I’ve travelled. I have to nurture my yearn for travel, keep the fire alive inside, want it deeply… it’s a labour of love, I’m glad to say, and the flame burns yet…

      Thank you for commenting.

  6. James,
    You are a gorgeous being. I feel blessed that you found my blog, otherwise I may never have found yours. You are brave and have followed your heart on a pilgrimmage of a lifetime. I will take time and enjoy learning from you and what you have shared. Thank you dear heart for your soulfull expression in this world. Blessed be.

    1. Jordan, thank you, from the bottom of my soul, for your encouraging and heart-felt comments. They mean so very much to me, and give me courage on this yin-yang journey of life!

      Sending you all my gratitude and heart…
      J <3

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