By Sterling Schuyler
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Daniel “DT” Taylor is taking advantage of local Bavaria travel – and he wants to help you do it, too.
When DT’s wife Emily received a job offer with Netzaberg Middle School in 2014, the Taylors uprooted their lives from the buzzing San Francisco Bay Area to the quieter town of Weiden in der Oberpfalz.
But like most spouses, DT didn’t have any work opportunities lined up when they arrived. Eventually he found work as a Substitute Teacher and basketball coach at Vilseck High School, a Kindergarten Aide at Netzaberg Elementary, and then became a Student Aide at Netzaberg Middle School for a few more years.
The benefit of working at the schools? They both had the same vacation days, which makes trip planning significantly easier (as any dual income household knows).
“I knew I wanted to work at the school because we thought we’d only have two years,” DT said, “so it was really important to match the same schedule as Emily.”
Within the first two years of living in Germany, the Taylors visited over 20 countries. When Emily had the choice of renewing or terminating her contract, they decided to stay for another two years — and then visit another 20 countries.
On every trip, DT documented every highlight in photos and film.
“I’ve always had a camera in my hand,” he said.
And the transition into film wasn’t much of a stretch. He just needed the right equipment.
Before they left for Germany, DT’s cousin gave him a GoPro.
“It came with a chest piece, and so I started using it and wearing it, and it just kind of evolved,” DT said.
DT knew that being a teacher was not his calling, and so between teaching, coaching and traveling, he taught himself how to make videos. Soon his passion naturally evolved into DTV Daniel Television.
The travel channel started with videos highlighting things to do at various destinations, but since early 2018, DT has expanded his content to include advice specifically for the USAG Bavaria community.
“I know that my stay here is going to be long term,” he said. “But I remember thinking to myself ‘I’m only going to be here for a little bit and I really want to take advantage of the travel here.’ I want to help people take full advantage of the travel opportunities.”
DTV has tailored guides for the USAG Bavaria community, such as how to enjoy the annual German-American Volksfest, things to do at Edelweiss resort, and what to expect during your beer bath in Czech Republic.
Additionally, he’s compiled information about local restaurants and spouse-run businesses to help Americans engage with their community both on and off post.
Now, DT continues to make the most of his time filming throughout Europe and around Grafenwoehr. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll be featured in his next video.