The life of Kyiv-centered tour operators Julia Kulyk and Aleksandr Skrypka, and their daughter, Polina, have been turned upside-down when Russia invaded Ukraine.
Vacation Weekly has chronicled pieces of their journey – their options to go away and then Julia and Polina’s safe arrival in the Netherlands.
Julia has considering that gotten a task with the U.S.-based mostly OTA Kimkim, vetting inbound tour operators in Southeast Asia for feasible inclusion on the company’s system. When it brought its team to the U.S. for a assembly previous thirty day period, Vacation Weekly editor in main Arnie Weissmann fulfilled with Julia in Los Angeles to get an update on her scenario.
She mentioned that Aleksandr, who is unable to lawfully go away Ukraine because all adult males beneath age 60 need to stay in the state, is even now in Kiev, doing work with good friends to elevate cash and supply food stuff and other methods to elderly citizens in modest towns close by. Polina is enrolled in a faculty in the Netherlands.
The predicament is difficult: At Easter, Julia and Polina were equipped to reunite for a weekend in Lviv, but the family members misses 1 an additional terribly, and Julia and Polina are pretty homesick.
Julia and Polina are acquiring by, but Julia would like to acquire on much more operate on evenings and weekends. “If there is a person in the U.S. journey industry who could use some freelance aid with journey advertising and marketing, particularly social media, I can guide. You should have them access out to me at my former company’s e mail handle: [email protected],” she informed Weissmann.