Welcome to ReflectionsEnroute!
We are Corinne and Jim, an American couple who slow travel around the world. We’re currently living in Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam but we’ve been lived in many countries around the world.
Luckily we are trained school teachers, which gave us the opportunity to live in these countries Japan, Germany, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands as teachers of American military children. We did this for over 20 years.
Living in these far-flung places has allowed us to learn to travel and explore to our heart’s content. We’ve traveled together to over 90 countries. We’re not truly nomadic, yet, but we’re close. We use HCMC as a base, but we still are on the road for a good portion of the year. We like to think we get the best of both worlds with a solid home base to return to while still living large out in the big wide world.
We love to design our own travel. During our available time we fill up our travel with road trips, one or two-week country explorations, African safaris, and weekend breaks to new cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and other local treasures. For some of the details about where we’ve been and what we’ve done, visit our Places page.
We have traveled the globe riding horses, camels, elephants, electric bikes, automobiles, vans, trucks, trains, float planes, jet aircraft, boats, and ships. Our travel philosophy focuses on the journey as part of the adventure while keeping the budget low and the experience quality high. While we are traveling we want to see it all, do as much as we can, and eat as many local foods as our stomachs can handle.
Much of traveling is taking in the iconic structures and places in the world. There’s no doubt that when we are in Paris, we seek out the Eiffel Tower, or when we are in China, the Great Wall.
However, seeing it is much more than getting to those global icons to us. In the city, it includes preparing for the day, and visiting markets and parks. Outside of the city, it’s seeing the beauty of the backcountry, the way people live in the towns and villages, farming and agriculture, just getting a glimpse into everyday life.
Seeing it is just not enough. The things we remember most are when we’ve done something or met somebody in a place. Spending time in someone’s kitchen where we’ve had a cooking lesson, visited a specialty museum, road-tripped through the mountains, or done something fun really cements that locale in our memories.
Food is a big part of our lives at home and while we’re traveling. So it makes sense to seek out the local dishes and the best local restaurants, and delve into the cuisine of the country to help understand the culture.
As we travel, we make it a point to learn about everyday food and special foods. We take cooking lessons where we learn about the people and the dish we are making. We try to bring home some world-inspired recipes from each place that we can incorporate into our meals in order to remember our time and tastes of that place.
ReflectionsEnroute showcases the amazing places we’ve been. We do this by providing information on places to go, things to see, what activities to do, and highlighting the amazing local dishes we’ve tried.
Through our writing, photography, and videography, we aim to inspire everyone on how to get out and travel (DIY) regardless if they are married, single, have children, or are on a luxury or tight budget. With our travel guides, itineraries, road trips, and practical tips, we do our best to provide you with current information at the time of publication and perform routine updates to keep our articles as up-to-date and as complete as possible.
We believe anyone can find a way to get out and see the world and discover new things about themselves and the world they live in. Travel opens the eyes and the mind to new things, new ideas, new tastes, and new experiences.
Work With Us
Traveling is not only about the destination, but it is also about meeting new people, making new friends, and creating collaborative partnerships. We actively seek out new opportunities to bring our travels to our growing online audience (nearly 200,000 across a variety of social media outlets).
We have partnered with private organizations, official tourism offices, and private individuals around the world. Our goal is to make all travel and any destination accessible through trip planning, reviews, press or fam trips, and social media takeovers.
We love traveling to places that most people only dream of going, like visiting the Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar.