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! 

Explore Our Recent Travel Adventures

Oman: A Fascinating History Revealed

Oman: A Fascinating History Revealed

The Sultanate of Oman is a country with a much longer history than its current name. Archeological ruins show that people were living along Oman’s coast as far back as 6,000 BCE in the Neolithic era.

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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