These days is a profoundly sad day. Russia’s aggressive motion is heartbreaking for the death, struggling, and financial turmoil it will cause in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, beyond. In this article at Rick Steves’ Europe, we hope that a diplomatic option can be observed and peace will return to that fragile and prolonged-struggling part of our earth.
Our mission at RSE is to assist Individuals greater know and comprehend our neighbors by travel. But when we deliver tourists to another nation, we also deliver their pounds — pounds that would help Putin’s aggression. For that reason, as of currently, we have canceled all 2022 excursions that include things like a halt in Russia.
Of program, we will continue to keep a near eye on unfolding activities and monitor any vacation impacts by way of the rest of Europe. But it is vital to hold geographic realities in mind and try to remember that a war in Ukraine is as considerably from our European holiday goals as a war in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida. For 40 decades now, we have lived, labored, and traveled by way of many intervals of tragic warfare in lands far from the place we direct our tours (and some closer). And at this time, we see no rationale to alter the rest of our vacation and touring ideas.
The tragic fact unfolding in Ukraine only reminds me how critical it is for People in america to preserve on traveling and to do so in a way that can make us greater and a lot more engaged citizens of our world. I’m flying to Europe up coming thirty day period for a 40-day trip by means of a dozen good towns from London to Athens — and I’m happy that 1000’s of my fellow tourists will encounter the European excursion of their goals though having abundant studying activities considerably from residence 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 very best to navigate this disaster, and maintain the troubled corners of our globe (Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and far more) in our thoughts and prayers.