Thoughts on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – Rick Steves’ Travel Blog

 

Today is a profoundly unhappy working day. Russia’s aggressive action is heartbreaking for the loss of life, struggling, and economic turmoil it will induce in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, further than. Listed here at Rick Steves’ Europe, we hope that a diplomatic remedy can be observed and peace will return to that fragile and prolonged-suffering component of our entire world.

Our mission at RSE is to aid Americans better know and realize our neighbors as a result of journey. But when we deliver vacationers to a further nation, we also deliver their dollars — dollars that would assist Putin’s aggression. Consequently, as of currently, we have canceled all 2022 tours that involve a end in Russia.

Of course, we will preserve a near eye on unfolding events and monitor any vacation impacts by the rest of Europe. But it is critical to retain geographic realities in head and keep in mind that a war in Ukraine is as considerably from our European family vacation dreams as a war in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida. For 40 decades now, we have lived, labored, and traveled by lots of periods of tragic warfare in lands far from wherever we guide our excursions (and some nearer). And at this time, we see no motive to adjust the relaxation of our journey and touring designs.

The tragic reality unfolding in Ukraine only reminds me how significant it is for Us residents to hold on touring and to do so in a way that will make us far better and extra engaged citizens of our globe. I’m traveling to Europe future thirty day period for a 40-day vacation through a dozen fantastic metropolitan areas from London to Athens — and I’m proud that countless numbers of my fellow vacationers will encounter the European trip of their desires even though getting rich understanding encounters significantly from household on a 2022 Rick Steves tour.

In the meantime, let us be thankful for our blessings, assistance our nation’s leaders as they do their most effective to navigate this disaster, and retain the troubled corners of our globe (Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and a lot more) in our views and prayers.

—Rick

 

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