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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The Amazing 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.

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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A Weekend Recharge in Alsace

A Weekend Recharge in Alsace.

Your trip to France isn’t complete until you’ve visited the stunning 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.

The German autobahn if famous for high speeds, but there’s more to it than that! We have driven many kilometers on these highways and have compiled a list of rules, driving do’s and don’ts. If you plan on driving in Germany, you will want to make sure you know all about the German autobahns.

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