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. I, myself… I am in awe. I am in awe. This is my expression of awe. One of a deep love, for humanity, our potential, and the truth left in the world; the truth of our deepest hearts. This is my ‘art’, my ‘little creation’, my devotion to the works of a Higher Creator.

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

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.

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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… Let the Light reveals the shadows.

LOVE and self-mastery free the soul from ‘passions’; reading and contemplation deliver the mind from ignorance; the state of prayer places it with God Himself.” – Saint Maximus the Confessor

This walk with God, this pilgrimage in the outer world, has taught me many things, about the ‘kosmos’ and myself. It has taught me to love more, to let go… To seek, to forgive. To move more… and how to be still. This journey has taught me that we are surrounded by both Truth and Lie at all times, and that the Lie is much easier to believe.

“Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion…”
– Ancient Egyptian Proverb


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. This website, and all the quotes and pictures, have been recorded at different points in my life and journey. If you do not agree with some parts, good! This journey, like my life, is quite imperfect, quite incomplete, and, ultimately, one great lesson of man. My intention is only to show what I have seen, some of what I have learnt, in the hope that others may connect and gain something for their own voyage. I am not a teacher, just a student 🙂

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“He who loves little, gives little. He who loves more, gives more. and he who loves beyond measure, what has he to give?
He gives himself!”


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642 Comments

  1. “The greatest voyage is the one taken through infinite realms of the soul.”
    Very relevant for the times we go through now.
    Thanks for hosting such a wholesome blog. It’s truly heartening to read of your adventures and thoughts!

  2. Hey James, glad to meet you on here!!… May GOD continue to bless you; may our LORD and Savior JESUS work in and through you to bless others, and the Holy Spirit grow you into maturity of faith… Love the pics! If you ever need support, encouragement, or prayer feel free to reach out…

    1. I am deeply honoured by this… truly. I don’t know what else to say… May God bless you too, dear Child of God, and may you always be close to Jesus Christ, as I know you are… and always will be. Peace be upon your soul! I am honoured.

  3. What s lively and lovely life to share with us. Stunning pictures! I love the positive energy that is coming out of you and what you do, son of the Light! Your blog has really blessed me. Thank you for the follow. Abundant blessings to you always!

    1. Thank you much dear soul, and I must say the pleasure is all mine. I am glad you decided to find me here too. Really and truly. May God bless you own journey and your calling in this world… times are dark, but not for those who follow The Light. Jx

  4. Great blog. You really do have a good sense of aesthetics (this coming from the daughter of an art critic 😉
    Your writings, travels and videos fascinate me. Are you a TCK too?

    1. Well that really is a compliment, thank you! I’m really glad some of my little creations have reached you… and the answer is no! I grew up in England and didn’t start exploring other cultures until my early 20s! I’ve been making up for lost time ever since… Jx

      1. Well, coming from a TCK, I will give you another compliment: you are very good at exploring and enjoying other cultures. Many people who grow up in one country never develop the ability to experience other cultures as deeply as we do. You are really diving deep and I love it! I truly enjoy your videos and writings. I think many TCKs would enjoy your blog too. They might be a good target audience for you 🙂

        1. Thank you so much… I take that as a massive compliment, I really do. Connecting with all people is indeed a passion of mine. And has been my greatest teacher about this world. I will keep in mind what you say and your advice… means a lot 🙏🏼☺️

  5. From: Sir Jorgensen, it is my pleasure to share and participate with you. This is my essential prayer, a blessing if you will, I would offer reminding me that the virtues found in the key attributes of everyones character bringing us all together to sit at the table of life feasting upon the great ancient teachings as if to say speaking from the dust, “hear, here are the blessings we offer from our day to bless you in your day,” as part of the fabric of life’s tapestries propelling our modern days existences and, “telling us we are grateful and so glad we could invent the wheel and are excited to see your modern day inventions of the planes and rockets of life.” Where we appreciate bringIng those things into existences from our day spoken into the existences as gifts we weave into the tapestries of future generations of time that intrinsic to the involvement of life.

    Have a wonderful day, ya’ll from my table of life to yours. Don’t forget to have desert. Choose preferred and likely and live well!

  6. Hi James, your blog and your journey in Christ is indeed awesome, there is life and positivity in your words, I enjoy reading it.. keep going.. God be with you..

  7. Wow! I’m so honored and blessed that you found my blog and that you decided to follow my blog. Thank you. Your blog, your journey is fascinating and I look forward to journeying with you, via your site. May many be won to God’s kingdom through all you do for Him. Your Sister-in-Christ, Dulcinea 🙂

    1. Dear Dulcinea, trust me… the honour is all mine. God bless you! and amen. I am thrilled you came here also… may all eyes see Him, in all things.
      Forever your brother-in-Christ… James x

  8. James, thank you for following us (husband and wife team). Really enjoyed reading your story, getting to know you, and connecting with a brother in Christ. Mike and I both like to travel (well, I should say “liked”, getting to an age where staying home sounds great!), plus we live in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the heart of six National Parks. Sometimes it feels like heaven and we pinch ourselves to find out if we are still alive. Come and visit us when you are in the area. We have lots of room and enjoy sharing our home as well as being tour guides around here.
    We also enjoy taking photos. God is such an awesome creator and artist. There is always a different view even though you look at the same mountain over and over again. A different time of day, a different season, sun or rain – it’s all beautiful in itself! Take care, enjoy God’s great creation, and blessings, Elfriede

    1. Hello Mike and Elfriede! Your comment made my chest well up with joy… a joy I know you would both understand. You are a total inspiration to me and I pray to one day follow a similar path to you and settle somewhere ‘like heaven’, to devote myself to prayer and writing and appreciation of God’s precious Creation… if God allows my bones to grow old and my flesh to age.

      And I would love to visit one day, thank you for the offer, from my heart. Means so much. Once all this madness in the world passes and I can move again.

      May Our Eternal Father bless you both always, illuminate your soul and put a fire in your hearts.
      Shalom from your bother in Christ Jesus, always and ever, in Truth.
      James x

    1. Nick, thank YOU! My pleasure. Just saved your comment from the spam folder… maybe someone is against us… God has given us so much and I am so honoured to share what little I have seen and learnt with any who will receive it. I am always learning and forever the novice. I wish you all the best. May every blessing of our Creator shine upon you, now and always.

      Jx

    1. Thank you so much David Orth ! I am very humbled to share this journey, I have been blessed to witness all this, this beauty in Creation and Man, not of my own strength or wisdom but of the true Light of the Earth. It is my deepest honour to share with those who have eyes to see and hearts to receive. Thank you again. From my heart.

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