About OOAworld

Ever wished you could quit that day job, leave it all behind and hit the road?

Ever wondered what it would be like to live, work and travel while discovering a country, a continent and its people?

Welcome to OOAworld, featuring multimedia content from Ooa Revo’s USA Road Trip, Journey through Asia and other long-form travels including photos, film, videos, writing, art and more.

The main background project is a film / documentary featuring interviews of the very different people met along the way, asking them one common question: “What’s your philosophy of life?” (Watch the unofficial ooAmerica trailer below).

The aims are, on paper, relatively simple: promote open exchange of ideas between people of all tides, as well as tolerance and peaceful thinking.

Other projects include written novels and photo-books from the travels, short films and other artwork, as well as a series of large photo-montages.

I hope to eventually post more about the photographic approach, and, more generally speaking, the approach to these journeys.

OOAworld.com initially debuted as the ooamerica blog  and was relaunched in 2015. Thanks to all those who have followed ever since the early days! Screenshot:

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Readers and friends are welcome to contribute in any way and by connecting on Facebook, Instagram, through Google+, subscribing on YouTube and Twitter. Bloggers and media can help share and spread the word.

Want to learn OOAworld? Check out the FAQ page and About Us and stay in touch by subscribing to our updates, or learn about our other activities in virtual reality and 360 video production.

Thanks for your support!

Start with ooAmerica, a 25,000 mile USA Road Trip across the United States. Launch into ooAsia, a year-long journey across all of Asia. Or browse stories by types of media and travel destinations.

878 Responses

  1. Thanks for taking me along on your trip. I will enjoy riding with you on these adventures in America. Hope you can swing by my home area sometime. That’s up on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State – Port Townsend area. Pretty nice if you go there during the best part of the year, which is May thru September. After that, it rains too much. I will be looking to seeing where you go on your trips. Keep ridin’.
    Thanks again.
    American Expat in Chiang Mai

  2. Doraz says:

    What a great blog. Have fun with it all. Will stay posted. 🙂

  3. Angeline M says:

    Great project. The diversity in this country should make this very interesting….and fun! Nice to meet you!

  4. Nice to know about this interesting blog. 🙂

  5. thank you for following, this project sounds like a dream.

  6. Hey, I did a similar road trip along the same route back in 1973, when I was young, foolish and almost penniless. Have to say, I loved every minute on that Greyhound bus and still bore people stupid talking about it. I’ve been back to the States a few times since, but none of these visits hold a candle to that first experience. Thanks for the follow, and the memories 🙂

    • ooa revo says:

      Hey, thanks for your comment, so happy if these stories can revive the great memories! 🙂 Not getting younger, but am covering ground on the foolishness and penniless-ness, will be sharing more soon!

  7. Sarah Martin says:

    Thanks for the follow- your project sounds like so much fun 🙂 I hope to have an extended trip like this some time. Best wishes!

  8. How cool are you? Very!!!! Thank you so much for subscribing to the Love is Growing blog and by the looks of it, you are definitely cultivating the love in your life by following your passion. I look forward to reading/viewing your journey but more importantly reading about your personal growth. Love Grows indeed! I Grow. You Grow. Love Grows!

  9. ardicad says:

    Thanks for following! Great blog you have!

  10. Thanks for following my blog! I just checked out yours, and this is something I would love to do, as well. I’ve done a couple of small, solo road trips myself, and they’re so freeing. On both of them, I’ve met lots of interesting people, so I totally understand the idea behind your film(s). Keep it up!

  11. Thanks so much for following me! Fantastic blog. It is truly inspiring to see someone out there who stuck with their dream. Keep on Rocking! The internet will be eagerly watching same as I. Happy Blogging!

  12. Amalia says:

    Great stuff. But you’re not passing through Colorado? Tisk, tisk, tisk….if you re-route and take the plunge into Colorado adventure, let me know and I’ll do what I can to make your visit a blast! And while I’m here, welcome to my philosophy on life: “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” – Lain 10/99 (From a letter by C. McCandless – Printed in “Into the Wild” by J. Krakauer). And on top of that, 1 John 4:16 – 19.
    Thanks for going out and being who you are being.

    • ooa revo says:

      Hi Amalia, thanks for your support and insightful comment. I do plan to re-route and discover Colorado on the second leg of the trip! Would love to hear ideas, suggestions and connect! Also great quote from the letter, and for those curious about the 1 John 4:16 – 19: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

  13. marcys says:

    I used to fantasize doing what you are doing, but I had to admit I wasn’t self-sufficient enough to hit the road alone. I’m nowhere near as young as you, either, so the energy isn’t there. Now I can travel vicariously through you. Great thing you are doing.

    • ooa revo says:

      Hi and thank you for your support. I’m happy to share these stories and hope you’ll find the energy to travel and discover: it doesn’t have to be about the distance 🙂

  14. While visiting your blog I got sucked into your photos for at least 30min. You really have some gems in there man! I really enjoyed the black and whites that you put color back into sections of, like the guy with the flag shirt. I have a huge interest in philosophy, and a minor in it (which by no means makes me an expert), so your “common question” really caught my attention. I would say the greatest philosophy to have in life is to not have a philosophy in life, yet instead be aware of others’ philosophies. In that sense, I really like that your blog seems to advocate the subjective reflections, experiences and ideas of others while relating it to your own journey. Congrats on creating an insightful peice of communal conversation!

    • ooa revo says:

      Wow! Thanks so much, it’s great to hear some feedback and thanks for contributing your own philosophy. As you point out, it’s important for this project (the documentary) to let the people speak for themselves – while the road-trip and personal traveling experience may set a frame to these answers. Or something like that… will have to give it more thought in writing: thanks again!

  15. Stephany says:

    You have some gorgeous photos! I love to travel and I truly envy you your extended periods of wandering. Great idea and great blog! Thanks for the follow, too.

    • ooa revo says:

      Hi Stephany, thanks for your support! I’m very grateful to currently have the opportunity for these ‘extended periods of wandering,’ and realize these kind of opportunities are getting harder to get by – it is however a decision that has to be weighed carefully. Thanks hope to share more soon.

  16. kecain says:

    Thanks for following my blog, and on it’s inaugural day, no less! I got to spend some time browsing around yours and I think your project is wonderful. Making common connections across a country and culture as large as ours is not easily done. One hopes that projects like yours will let people see through the discord that surrounds us, knowing that we share more than just a name on a map.
    I was glad to see that you will be heading up to the northwest. Keep in touch. I’d love to chat if you make it to Seattle.
    Stay well.

  17. dannywiebe says:

    thanks for the “follow”! cool stuff here, yerself! Safe travels to you!

  18. Niko says:

    Wow – seems like a really cool trip ^^

  19. Bill says:

    I’m envious!! Enuf said! And thanks for visiting CorneaCopia!

  20. Thanks for the blog follow! I’m happy to find your site, and I loved the trailer. What a fabulous project!

  21. dpomeroy says:

    Thanks for the follow! Love your project – I intend to follow it…best wishes.

  22. foxdove says:

    I love this idea, I have done this all over the EU at least 10 times in the past 7 years and there is nothing better that traveling (driving) to off the beaten path places. Now living in the states, i would love to do this in the USA. All the best with your travels……DESERVE VICTORY!

  23. Thanks for my “follow!” I’m so envious of your travels! What a wicked idea for a blog 🙂

  24. fiftyforty says:

    Hi, thank you for following my blog! This is such a cool idea, I love seeing all of your pictures and drawings and videos that you have done along the way! I really like the trailer too. Good luck in all of your endeavors, I will be checking back to see the next leg of your journey!

  25. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. More details can be found here: http://tiny.cc/1d2ia. I hope you like it.
    Rebekah

  26. Dena says:

    What a freakin’ wonderful idea. I’m excited to see this!

  27. I LOVE your blog!!! What a crazy, wonderful and brave idea. It excites me to think of you out there following your dreams, and your trailer is inspired. Looking forward to your tweets 🙂

  28. An awesome idea. I can’t wait to start receiving your updates 🙂 BTW thank you for following me 🙂

  29. fruitthief says:

    Thanks for the follow Mr. America (or oo, if I’m allowed to call you that?)
    This is a project that I have to say I’m ridiculously envious not to be a part of…
    You’re living the life and producing some amazing stuff along the way! 🙂

    • ooa revo says:

      Hi fruitthief, ooa works, but oo would be fine too! 🙂 unless you have other thoughts? Mr. America is out there though! but I had a good laugh! Thanks and hope we get to share more soon. 🙂

  30. awesome, thanks for the follow.

  31. Elyse says:

    This is wonderful — I checked your site out after you followed mine. Thanks for doing so — and for leading me here. I can’t wait to come back and see more.

    I loved the film, but I’m still drying my tears over your 2011 haircut.

  32. John S. says:

    How fantastic! Glad you found our Inside Out Art Group blog, and glad we found you – always great to find exciting, creative projects like this one. Best of luck on your onward journey – we’ll keep watching you!

  33. Thank you for chosing to follow my blog! I look forward to reading about your ambitious road trips.

  34. DPC says:

    What a great project — kudos to you!

  35. "NowWhat?" says:

    Ooa revo,
    What a very interesting concept. They say: ” If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” It seems to “NOW WHAT?” that’s exactly what you have achieved.

    It ‘s very interesting how your perceptions and perspectives, seem to be in constant movement. An example of that is your picture of Time Square, in New York city. “NOW WHAT?” was wondering what it is you were thinking? Also, what is the best response you have received to your question, ” What is your philosophy of life,” and from what stage of life was this person? Thank you for thinking outside the box. “NOW WHAT?” is always looking for positive ways to keep the mind sharp. “NOW WHAT?”

    • ooa revo says:

      Hello, thank you for visiting and for your support! I look forward to hearing more from you.
      I don’t know if I understand the first question very well? I intend to write and post more about the approach and the construction of the pictures in the ooamerica series as the project further develops.
      Best response to the ‘What’s your philosophy in life?’ question: to be fair, I hadn’t yet thought about a ‘best response’ – and perhaps would prefer not to: I’m more interested in the spectrum, or range of the answers, than I am in a particular answer or value code.

      – Now this doesn’t mean there aren’t some answers that I appreciate more (or less) than others… and the editing of the film will lead to inherent choices about meaning, but I hope it can remain in, or illustrate, the spirit of the above.

      Thanks!

      Okay, just can’t seem to resist… Now What?

  36. hello ooa revo – first of all, i was truly excited to see your blog! This trip looks amazing and I cannot wait til i read more! secondly, thank you for the follow. every bit of support is truly appreciated!

  37. Jennifer Vidal says:

    If you believe it, you can achieve it. Great job! Congratulations!

  38. What fun! Enjoy every moment and I look forward to following your adventures

  39. Narnie says:

    I applaud you… and am very jealous. Stuff like this is important to be cataloged. Fabulous. 🙂

  40. Wediawix says:

    Great idea / project ! I love it ! The images are beautiful and dynamic ! I will definitely share this and I support you 100%.
    I think we share the same spirit. You should check out our series called “3600 miles of popcorn” which is 9 episodes that we shot last summer during a road trip from New York to San Diego !

    • ooa revo says:

      Hello! Thanks for your support and for sharing the project, Twitter, etc. Look forward to sharing more travel stories soon and staying in touch – check out the popcorn everybody! 🙂

  41. Sandy Sue says:

    What a cool idea. I’m looking forward to reading all about your journey (inner and outer). Thanks so much for visiting my site and deciding to stick around.

  42. Much respect for the trip past, and upcoming, It’s beautiful country, and I never tire of exploring it. See you on the road, mi amigo.

  43. unpub says:

    That’s a really good way of telling the story of a country and its people – Great idea and like the thread that runs through it – “What’s your philosophy in life?”

    One point – Can you play with the sound-track on the trailer to bring down the volume on “Eye of the Tiger” when the people are speaking. Some I can hear, but others are a little drowned out.

    It maybe my fault as a “Limey” or “Brit” or whatever UK is called these days. Maybe I’m not tuned into the accents.

    There are some great shots, good contrasts and fantastic characters – Good luck, and may the Spirit be with you. It’s like you’re giving a voice to the people who aren’t often heard.

    • ooa revo says:

      Hi, thanks for your support and feedback. The volume of the sound-track is at times a bit high compared to the voices: I think I got carried away by the song 🙂 – this has nothing to do with being a ‘Brit’. This is one of the main areas that I’ll be working on / hiring for (audio engineering / soundtrack) after the upcoming road-trip and Kickstarter campaign. Hope you’ll follow the rest of the road!

  44. Abena says:

    Hi and thanks for following my blog! Like you, I love traveling and I hope to do more travel-blogging as well. I’m looking forward to spending time with your writing and catching up on your travels! very exciting!

  45. Hi there!

    Thanks for the follow on my blog! Yours is really interesting! Can’t wait to go in its depth as soon as I have some free time!
    Good luck!

    Sandra

  46. niki says:

    That movie trailer is amazing. I’m not from America but your idea is great! It’s very nice of you to share it with everyone and show people the great things around them through this project…can’t wait to read more! It will be useful when I’ll visit USA 🙂 Congratulations!Thank you for following my blog and good luck with everything!

  47. jjhiii24 says:

    In my opinion, this journey of yours should be a requirement in 21st century education. I spent a fair amount of time on the road over the years, and did one across America roadtrip back in my twenties. I also spent two years in Europe in the military and that also is something that should be a component of our educational process.

    You are very fortunate to have this opportunity and you are a really great person to be sharing it with all of us in this way. Expanding our perceptions and worldviews is what my blog is also about, although we are taking two very different paths, I appreciate your interest very much.

    Thanks for everything you are doing and I can’t wait to see how part 2 comes out…John H.

    • ooa revo says:

      Hi John, thanks for your thoughtful feedback and support.
      Traveling is one of the ways to ‘expand our perceptions and worldviews’ – one definition and measure of ‘education’ – and most importantly to keep our minds open to that expansion. I realize I’m fortunate to currently have this opportunity, although this is a decision that has to be weighed carefully… Part 2 is coming up soon, am looking forward to reading / hearing more from you.

  48. scpayne says:

    I’m curious if you’ve planned to be in certian cities at certain times for events/gatherings of any kind or if you are looking more at everyday life in these cities. Great project. I look forward to seeing more.

    • ooa revo says:

      Hello and thanks!
      I’ve tended to look more at everyday life, both for the photos and film project. However for the photo project it would be interesting to have more shots from local or national events (got lucky to be around during the Kentucky Derby), and I hope to have more opportunities for that during the upcoming trip.
      The only planned event, since before the departure, was a friend’s wedding in Massachusetts in September, which was the ‘deadline’ for what turned out to be part 1 (didn’t know at the time if I’d be able to do this second trip).
      Thanks for your question, I hope to elaborate on these thoughts soon, stay tuned for part 2!

  49. Thank you for the follow, you have a very impressive site yourself and some interesting projects going on here! Your clearly a very creative person with some excellent ideas! I wish I had come up with something as fabulous! x x

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