Jim Vail

Jim Vail, cofounder of Reflections Enroute, is a perpetual traveler who loves writing, photography, and learning and sharing more about the world around him. He's visited more than 80 countries and has lived outside his home country for over half his life in Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Germany, and the Netherlands. Least favorite question--Where are you from?

Passports Or Pass With Emily and DT from DTV

Passports or Pass Travel Game Show With DTV

Will Emily and DT Keep The Passports or Should It Be a Pass? Welcome back to another fascinating look into the lives of some of our fellow travelers. For our weekly dose of Weekend Travel Inspiration, we have a new episode of Passports or Pass  where we meet up with Emily and DT, two Americans living in Bavaria. DT runs DTV Daniel Television which has been taking off on Facebook with some incredible travel videos. He was a top competitor for the recent WOW Air Travel Guide video contest with around 100,000 views on Facebook and YouTube. If you haven’t watched This is Weiden yet, check it out. He did an excellent job showing off the place Corinne and I …

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Top Ten Things To Do In Bolzano, Italy

Bolzano and a Road Trip to the Dolomites.

Looking for the perfect Italian holiday? A road trip through the gorgeous Dolomite Mountains and staying in Bolzano is just what you want! This romantic and charming city has plenty things to do and see, and great restaurants and shopping. Click here and start planning your Bolzano visit today.

Visit Kiev – Travel Guide

Even if Kiev, or the Ukraine in general, may not be on your tourist radar, maybe it should be! We were totally taken by surprise by travel in the Ukraine, and Kiev being the capital city is brimming with fantastic sights and attractions. Traveling in Europe, Eastern Europe that is, is getting more and more popular, and we think that the Ukraine should be one of the first places to try! We know that Ukraine has certainly had it’s problems in the past. The secessionist movement and loss of the Crimea to Russia was a major blow to both the national psyche and international tourism. However, Ukraine is a beautiful country filled with amazing sights, delicious food, and friendly people …

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Epic Tall Ship Sailing in Stunning Northern European Waters [All Ages Training]

Plan Your Tall Ship Sailing Adventure

Most of my friends and family thought I was crazy when I told them for my vacation I was going on an old sailing ship as a trainee in the cold, unforgiving waters of the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. “You have to do what?” they would ask, amazed. “And you’re paying for this?” Okay maybe “working vacation” would be a better way to describe sailing aboard Statsraad Lehmkuhl on a leg of the Tall Ships Races. I couldn’t wait to get started, though, on my trip-of-a-lifetime, first ever, tall ship sailing vacation! Tall Ship Sailing Cruise – One for the Bucket List! Finding the Best European Tall Ship Sailing Vacation I’ve always been interested in the age of sail …

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Top 10 Things To Do In Kaunas, Lithuania

Top Things to do in Kaunas, Lithuania

We first visited Kaunas, Lithuania during a Thanksgiving weekend about five years ago on an exchange trip. Our gracious hosts were musicians and fellow teachers and they bent over backwards to show us a good time. We left after four days impressed with Lithuanian history, culture and food. However, we knew we’d have to go back during a more favorable season to really get a feel for tourism in this former Soviet controlled country. I finally had the chance when I climbed aboard the tall ship Stadrad Lehmkuhl for a tall ship race from Turku, Finland to Klaipeda, Lithuania. After leaving the ship, I made my way to Kaunas for a weekend break before flying home to Germany. The article …

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Summer in Denali National Park

Denali National Park Alaska's Mount Denali.

Is Alaska on your bucket list? Go to Denali National Park! Summer in Denali has almost 24 hours of sunlight which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and wildlife of this great state.

How To Get Around Using The London Oyster Card

Buy Use London Oyster Card

What Is An Oyster Card? The Oyster card is a plastic card, similar to a credit or bank card, that you use to to pay as you travel throughout London, England on the spider web array of public transports. Some will tell you the oyster card gets its name from the metaphor of an oyster with its hard protective shell securing the valuable pearl within (your hard earned cash). I myself go more with the Shakespearean notion of the world being my oyster. With a little hard work and persistence and your oyster card, London will yield its pearls. Why Use An Oyster Card I suppose if you’re traveling in a group of three or four than it might be better …

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A Weekend Recharge in Alsace

A Weekend Recharge in Alsace

Your trip to France isn’t complete until you’ve visited the beautiful Alsace region. Driving along the 170 km Route des Vins (wine route) for at least a short stretch, say between Kaysersberg and Ribeauville, is a must. The charmingly quaint villages, fortified walled towns, hilltop castles, and glimmering green vineyards will transport you back in time. What’s So Special About Alsace, France? As expats living in Germany, we make one or two trips to France every year. We’d go more often but we’re on the other side of the country so it is a little more difficult. Our usual France weekend looks something like this: We finish work on Friday and hit the road as soon as possible, bags already …

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Best Driving Tips for the German Autobahn

Best Driving Tips for the German Autobahn

Car geeks and speed freaks aside, German autobahns are world famous. The first stretch was laid down between Cologne (Köln) and Bonn in the late 1920s, and by 1938 nearly 3000 miles of smooth flowing ribbons of concrete were criss-crossing the country. Today motorists enjoy more than 8,000 miles of, sometimes, unlimited speedway. Of course there are many rules and regulations that govern traffic on these highways; they are not the freewheeling dragster strips that many people imagine.

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