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. Deep bows, James, and continued light along the way. You are continued proof … there is joy in simple living and embracing the All. Thank you for touching my place of being in this fully connected Creation. You have a new follower. Be well.

  2. Ahh!…A glaring resemblance between our journeys! A beautiful discovery indeed, your blog and especially this page has been!
    Thank you for visiting mine as well, and I hope to see more from you, & to keep sharing our writings, creative work & profound experiences hence, Insha Allah.
    What do you usually like to sing, James? 🙂
    Much peace, love & light.

    1. Thank you, Maham! You have some beautiful poetry full of Truths. Yes, Inshallah, let’s keep sharing our Creation. This world is in an exciting moment of similar souls coming together and sharing in a Journey. I love to sing anything that helps me express my soul, heart, emotions, pain sadness, ecstasy and joy. Singing is such a Power for me; it flows into the waters of my Journey from time to time and somehow me and Song have yet to have our destined Meeting I feel. Wishing you all the peace and love of our Father. Best. J.

        1. My most powerful musical experiences have always been with Gospel music. So rich and powerful, and African music generally. I had the chance to sing in a church in Ghana a few months ago and it was such a volcanic experience! And moments with my old Gospel Choir in Florence are magic moments. Never lost. Met Fatoumata Diawara the other day. Do you know her music? She has given me such fire for music.

  3. Hello James of the liberated heart <3
    Oh how beautifully inspiring you are!!! My soul simply sang as I absorbed your expression of self… thank you for following my blog and serendipitously encouraging me to follow my truth <3
    Feel so very LOVED & hugged, BE BLESSED <3
    Hayley 🙂

    1. Hayley, your comment is a blessing so in turn we are both blessed by each light. Thank you for coming into my expression with your beaming and beautiful presence. Namaste. Peace. James.

  4. Thank you James for Following my blog and for the Like of my post….Keep Shining your Light and Awakening it …. I wish you much Peace, Light, and Grace along your Journey 🙂

  5. Kia ora James, thank you for following my blog. Who knew visiting your blog in return would lead me down a rabbit hole of your stunning photography and your writing – so expressive, beautiful and open. Thank you for sharing your journey and being open about who you are.
    May the fire of your soul burn bright my friend, best wishes for your journey.
    Kia kaha!
    ~ Amy

    1. Amy, you are very welcome for the follow, and I’m so glad my truth has in turn brought you something. It’s an honour for me. We are the Fire and forever we shall burn.. to the Stars. Jx

  6. Oh my God, I haven’t smiled this much and this broadly in years!! Your About is breathtaking and so wonderful!! I am so happy to have met you, I too feel a great positive awakening in our world, it is all around and building… so much to look forward too and you express it so beautifully, especially your last paragraph… wow, you are amazing. I look forward to reading so much more of your blog, thank you for the follow. i feel we are kindred spirits eventhough we have never met. I am old now, just getting ready to retire so am in a different place in my life than you but I am so looking forward to living an authentic life more than I have been able too now that I am leaving the world of lawyers and surface people behind. i plan on living in my little cottage in the woods and being a friend to man and nature… again, wow, you and your blog are amazing! much peace and light to you. Michelle

    1. Michelle, thank you so much for your incredible words! You have made me smile in return and smiling is a beauty of life I cherish so much. I am so glad that my expression has inspired you in some way, this amazing miracle Life has inspired me so much and I just adore any chance to share what I have seen. You new life in the woods sounds very desirable and I wish you all the best on this new journey and venture. Maybe one day our paths may cross and we shall share tea in the woods and celebrate the Creation around us. Wishing you every blessing, today and the next. Jxx

  7. You have a stunning and beautiful blog! What wonders your journey of faith have shown you. I simply cannot begin to imagine how truly ALIVE you must feel every day!! May God continue to bless you, and all who meet you!

    1. My friend, YOU are an inspiration. I am so glad we have crossed paths. Thank you for posting Joni Mitchell as that caught my eye and now we have found each other’s blogs. I have just been reading some of yours. You my friend have a strong soul and your time is not yet over. You still have some work to do on our earth. Thank you for coming my way and shining your light. I wish you all the very best. I will be following. God bless you.

    2. A elderly man approached me on the streets of Madrid recently and handed me his self-written book. There was a quote on the back from Jesus Christ, which now makes me think of you – “This life is given to every body by God and every thing God gives us no body can take” … I’ve been re-reading this over and over since…

  8. Thank you so much for following my blog! I stopped by yours and am absolutely amazed by the faith that you have. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible insights and journeys with the world, you are definitely making it a better place. I can’t wait to see what more you have to share! Never stop acknowledging and exploring the wondrous world we live in!

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