Bonus country: exploring Doha, Qatar, on a transit tour

Bonus country: exploring Doha, Qatar, on a transit tour

On our way to Oman, we had the opportunity to get an extra stamp on a layover in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Our city tour was brief and superficial, but still gave us an idea of what Doha is like. We’re not so much into luxury, and especially not paying for it, so the tour was a good compromise. 
How to travel Oman on a budget

How to travel Oman on a budget

Although it is probably best known as a luxury destination, it is definitely possible to travel Oman on a budget. With a combination of camping, self-catering and saving on transportation, the trip won’t break the bank. Here’s what we spent, and how to keep it cheap. 
What we did on our one day in Muscat

What we did on our one day in Muscat

Since we were camping, we were staying outside of the cities on this trip, but there were still some things that we wanted to see during our one day in Muscat. Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and the Mutrah souk, to name a few. 
The fascinating Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Shab

The fascinating Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Shab

We visited two of the wadis that have been adapted to tourism but not overwhelmingly so: Wadi Bani Khalid and Wadi Shab. Wadi Bani Khalid is excellent for swimming and relaxing, while Wadi Shab offers a great hike down the gorge. 
Quality time with camels at a Wahiba Sands desert camp

Quality time with camels at a Wahiba Sands desert camp

We stayed in an organized desert camp as we were insecure about venturing into the desert on our own, and it turned out really well. We had the chance to meet some camels up close, climbed the sand dunes and took cover during a fierce sandstorm. 
Jebel Shams and the Balcony Walk

Jebel Shams and the Balcony Walk

Jebel Shams is the mountain top next to Wadi Ghul, also known as the Grand Canyon of Arabia. With spectacular views over the canyon, a cooler climate than at sea level, great camping opportunities and several hiking trails, it’s well worth a visit when you’re in Oman. 
Our Oman itinerary for nine days

Our Oman itinerary for nine days

We spent nine days in Oman, driving ourselves around and wild camping most nights. We had time for several great hikes, swimming in both wadis and the sea, exploring secluded beaches as well as the mountains, and even visiting forts, souks and mosques. 
The best camping spots in Oman

The best camping spots in Oman

Wild camping is legal in Oman, and the nature is amazing, but you’ll still need to be prepared to really take advantage of it. Here’s a detailed guide to how to find six of the best camping spots in the country.