The art of do-it-yourself travel


We are John O’Neill and Julie Roller, retired teachers and geologists who have spent years traveling and studying the world. We are excited to share with you the stories, lessons, and tips we have learned on the road. Check out our blog to see our stories, and head to the About page to learn more about our story! 

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Wadis Tiwi and Shab: The Beautiful Paradise

Wadis Tiwi and Shab: The Beautiful Paradise

After Muscat, the first stop of our 16-day road trip was at the well-known Wadis Tiwi and Shab, about 90 minutes south of Muscat along the coastal road. A wadi is a riverbed set in a canyon. Some wadis are dry most of the year, but some have water year-round. Wadis...

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Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

-Mary Oliver, “Sometimes”

What We Do


Paying attention starts the journey as we experience what’s in front of us & discover what’s around the bend.  New sights, sounds & tastes lure us off the beaten path.


Prepare for the journey then plunge into narrow streets, grand museums or dusty trails absorbing new information enveloping our senses.


Keep breathing, slow down, take in a long look, revel in the moment, grab a table & watch the world go by.  


Journal, sketch, converse, question & reflect on our journey along the way and back home.

The art of travel is the art of seeing what is sacred.

– Phil Cousineau, “The Art of Pilgrimage”

Come home to a place you've never been before.

Not all who wander are lost.

– JRR Tolkien