9+ years of Solo Travel ~ My Journey

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

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 in the crown 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 am forever in awe. This is my expression of awe. One of a deep love, for humanity, our potential, and the truth in the world; the truth of our deepest hearts. This is my art, my little creation, my devotion to the works of a Higher Creation.

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

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Seek, and truly you will find…


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 most importantly 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. We believe others are different from us, but this is the biggest lie in the universe. I travel to all places and see the same love in peoples’ eyes. Love is the light of humanity. It connects us all.

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

“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. Always love ! Love is the only Truth that will remain when all other things fade away… Trust me, you can travel the whole world and learn nothing… the greatest voyage is the one taken through infinite realms of the soul.

Follow the Journey

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“A busketlist isn’t freedom for me. The ability to travel freely is not freedom to me. Living between boundaries of fear is not freedom for me. Freedom for me is beholding the night’s sky, walking barefoot at dawn, raising my hands in worship, chanting from the depths of my soul with the wind in my hair. Freedom for me is embracing my brother humanity in prayer and love. Freedom for me is my undefinable, unbreakable belief in the Great Spirit of Life, in One God. No matter what happens, these things can never be taken from me.”

– 2021

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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!” – Saint Porphyrios the Athonite.


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668 Comments

  1. “Shine Your Light. Always explore. Always seek. Always forgive. Always love ! Love is the only Truth that will remain when all other things fade away”. Thanks for sharing this brother. . . the modus operandi of a full and meaningful life.

    Amy Carmichael echoed this in her life’s goal . . . “Love to Live, Live to Love”

    Be Blessed!

    1. Thank you, Fred! I really appreciate your comment and reflections. It is a life mantra I try to live by, but often need reminding of…
      May YOU be blessed too, my brother. Jx

  2. I truly appreciate your openness of where you came from, your willingness to express your interactions with whomever your encounter and especially your willingness to express your feelings about the encounters you have along the way. May you feel God’s Presence along your path and I think that you do. Look forward to your posts.

    1. Thank you so much, my friend. I am very touched by your comment. May God bless you with His Presence, too! It is so deeply reassuring to know there are good people in the world praying for me… thank you from my heart.

  3. You’re indeed an exceptional storyteller and accompanied by stunning photography, your journey around the world truly encapsulates stories of humanity and the beauty of human spirit. You’re on an inner journey too… thank you so much for sharing all. It makes me want to just go!&see as well as experience THIS magnificent creations of God.

    P/s: I’m grateful for the follow. Thank you so much for your kind support.🙏🏾

    1. I am so happy to read your comment. Thank you so much.
      I hope your journey is blessed and the path leads where it must…
      God be with you always and thank you for stopping by!
      I am happy to have found you too.
      With a full heart, James x

      1. It was my pleasure & you’re so welcome.
        🙏🏾 Many thanks for your kind thoughts…i certainly hope so too.
        Thank you 🙏🏾 & with you too. It was a delight for me as I love stories and storytelling.🙂
        Pleased to hear that.
        Be well James.
        Best wishes, Thulasi.

  4. You made me cry today. Not from sadness, but joy. It is such a pleasure to know that there is so much more out there, and within. You just gotta know where to look. Thank you. Such a beautiful soul.

  5. Wow! What a discovery! Rather I should thank you for following my blog. I must say I am very glad and privileged to follow your blog. You are beyond inspiring with your exceptional posts of your travel journeys. As I am an indian, I would like to know your experience in my country? I hope we were as welcoming and warm 🙂

    1. Hello my friend… thank you for your kind and humbling words… I had the most beautiful and touching time in your country, one that has never left me, people and connections that will last a life time. India has a lot to teach the world. I pray to return as soon as I can… God bless you!

      1. After reading this, I feel truly proud to be an Indian and I am happy to know that my country treated you so well that it left a lasting impression and gave you innumerable memories to take along 🙂 I wish to see more of your perspective of India through your new experiences whenever you visit us next! God bless you too! Stay safe !

    1. Hello my friend. I am so thrilled at your nomination! Unfortunately I am just too busy at the moment to fit it in, but thank you none the less.
      God bless you my brother. Keep praying for us all…
      In Peace. Jx

  6. Hi! Your photos are incredible and your travels blow my mind. My husband would love to see a lion up close. I had to look up aesthete. Do you really ignore practicalities, or is that a lesser meaning of the word? God bless and keep you on His narrow path filled with freedom and life.

    1. Hello dear Constance ! Thank you much! Well I do to a large extent perhaps, although I can be quite pragmatic when I need to be… my main concern has always been soul, beauty and the Divine however… which is what in turn birthed this blog…

      God bless you too my friend, now and always.
      In Peace, Jx

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