Now is a profoundly unfortunate working day. Russia’s intense action is heartbreaking for the demise, suffering, and financial turmoil it will trigger in Ukraine and, indirectly at the very least, over and above. Below at Rick Steves’ Europe, we hope that a diplomatic solution can be observed and peace will return to that fragile and lengthy-struggling component of our planet.
Our mission at RSE is to enable Us citizens superior know and understand our neighbors by means of vacation. But when we carry tourists to an additional nation, we also carry their pounds — bucks that would aid Putin’s aggression. Consequently, as of currently, we have canceled all 2022 excursions that include a cease in Russia.
Of class, we will continue to keep a near eye on unfolding activities and watch any travel impacts as a result of the rest of Europe. But it is vital to retain geographic realities in intellect and try to remember that a war in Ukraine is as significantly from our European getaway desires as a war in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida. For 40 yrs now, we have lived, worked, and traveled by many durations of tragic warfare in lands significantly from wherever we guide our excursions (and some nearer). And at this time, we see no explanation to change the rest of our journey and touring plans.
The tragic fact unfolding in Ukraine only reminds me how crucial it is for Individuals to maintain on traveling and to do so in a way that helps make us better and additional engaged citizens of our environment. I’m flying to Europe upcoming month for a 40-day trip by means of a dozen excellent towns from London to Athens — and I’m proud that hundreds of my fellow tourists will experience the European trip of their desires while possessing prosperous understanding activities significantly from household on a 2022 Rick Steves tour.
In the meantime, let’s be grateful for our blessings, assist our nation’s leaders as they do their best to navigate this disaster, and maintain the troubled corners of our world (Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and much more) in our ideas and prayers.