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Welcome to ReflectionsEnroute!

Jim and Corinne travel experts
As travel junkies, we’ve been to over 90 countries together, and we can’t help but take some iconic selfies like this one on the equator in Uganda.

We are Corinne and Jim, an American couple whose work takes us around the world. We’re currently living in Japan but we’ve been based in Germany, Turkey, South Korea, and the Netherlands over the past twenty years.

Living in these far flung places has allowed us to travel and explore to our hearts content. We’ve traveled together to over 90 countries. We’re not truly nomadic, yet, but 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 fill up our available travel time with European 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.

Jim and Corinne travel experts
Expert at road trips, we’ve even done them in far flung places like Botswana, Turkey, Borneo, and pictured here, Romania.

Travel Philosophy

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.

See It

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 global icons to us. In the city, it includes preparing for the day, visiting markets and parks. Outside of the city, it’s seeing the beauty of the back country, the way people live in the towns and villages, farming and agriculture, just getting a glimpse into everyday life. 

Do It

Seeing it is just not enough. The things we remember most are when we’ve done something or met somebody in a place. Spending some 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 place in our memories. 

Eat It

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, the best local restaurants, delve into the cuisine of the country to help understand the culture.

As we travel, we make it a point to learn about the everyday food and the special foods. We take cooking lessons where we learn about the people and the dish we are making. We try to bring home some recipes from each place that we can incorporate into our meals in order to remember our time and tastes of that place.

Jim and Corinne travel experts
It’s all about the taste! With extensive research, we seek out the best local foods and restaurants when we are visiting a place. We love it all, like this soba restaurant in Nara, Japan. 

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 regardless if they are married, single, have children, or on a luxury or tight budget. 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.

Jim and Corinne travel experts
You can’t understand an entire country by just hitting the capital city. We love to get out into the back country and hike, camp, meet the locals in smaller, out of the way places. Here we are in Shikoku, Japan on a rope/steel bridge.

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.

Jim and Corinne travel experts
It’s key to enjoy all weather travel. What’s better than experiencing Norway in the snow?

Take a look at our disclaimer and privacy policy pages for more information. If you are interested in working with us or have any questions about our website or policies, please email us by using the contact page, and don’t forget to ask for our Media Kit.

Jim and Corinne travel expertsWe love traveling in places that most people only dream of going, like visiting the Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar.

 

33 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Stella says:

    Hi Corrine,

    Just stumbled across your blog. Your blog is simply amazing. Didn’t know Bulgaria was so beautiful. It’s one of the places to visit on my list.

    We are planning to start family and were worried about not being able to follow passion for visiting new places. Your story has inspired us.

    Thanks

  2. samiya selim says:

    Hi Corrine,

    It’s funny that I have visited so many of your destination pages, enjoyed travel stories and pictures on Instagram and of course I love linking up to the #wkendtravelinspiration and reading the qoutes with each one 🙂 But it’s today that I read About Us page for the first time…and I am happy to know little bit more about you both as I love reading your travel stories! I wanted to participate in the A Rendezvous with Rovers Interview series if you are looking for travel bloggers to interview? Let me know if you are and I would be happy to do an interview, my email is selimsraasta@gmail.com. Thanks and happy travels 😀

  3. Dana Newman says:

    Had to look up where exactly in Germany Schweinfurt is! 🙂 I see not too far from Frankfurt–will keep in mind your open meet-up invitation the next time we’re planning to be in the area! We could bond over our common appreciation for clean toilets.

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  5. Cindy says:

    I started my blog for the same reasons. While I’m way behind on putting up all the posts I have material for, it is a great way to remember (and relive) my travels! You’re off to a good start – I’m eager to read more of your travels!

  6. Jade says:

    You two are an inspiration! Thanks for commenting on the blog so I could discover your awesome website 🙂 Can’t wait to delve into your archives.

  7. Vanessa @ The Travelling Colognian says:

    Hi Corinne and Jim, nice to meet you. I just stumbled upon your Blog through Silvia (“Heart my Backpack”) and Beth (“Besudesu Abroad”) and saw that you are currently residing in Schweinfurt. I am living close to Cologne. In August 2010 I have visited Tibet, like you Corinne, and there many other countries all three of us have been to. I also saw that you travelled along parts of the Silk Road. I am planning to travel along the chinese part of the Silk Road from Beijing to Kashgar as soon as I can. Greetings from Cologne.

  8. Fil says:

    Lovely to meet you Corinne and Jim – I’m looking forward to following your travels. I get to Germany quite a lot for work – I’m not sure if we’ve been to Schweinfurth – but we’ve certainly been in Nurnberg and Erfurt , so in that part of the country at least.

    I see you’ve been to Iceland – I’d love to visit there ….
    Going for a wander around your archives now 🙂
    Fil
    Fil’s Place – Old Songs and Memories

    • Corinne Vail says:

      Fil, Nice to meet you as well. We haven’t been to Iceland, but we’re planning a trip in a few weeks. We lived in Alaska and have many posts and photos that are from there. I see you did the A-Z challenge…lots of work! Happy Weekend.

  9. Katrina says:

    Just stumbled across your blog. What a lovely intro! You elicited a few smiles out of me already. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures and am very encouraged that you have been doing this for so long AND raised kids while doing it! We’ll be starting a family soon, and I don’t want our traveling to end then!

    • Corinne Vail says:

      Donna…Oh yeah. For me, a jeepney is high on my list of fun transportation I’ve ridden in. Food we had less luck, but I think if and when we go back we’d do better, because I’ve done more research about it since then. I love, love, love Palawan!

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