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

 

Nowadays is a profoundly unfortunate working day. Russia’s aggressive action is heartbreaking for the dying, struggling, and financial turmoil it will bring about in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, over and above. Right here at Rick Steves’ Europe, we hope that a diplomatic resolution can be discovered and peace will return to that fragile and extended-struggling element of our world.

Our mission at RSE is to help Americans greater know and realize our neighbors via vacation. But when we deliver tourists to another country, we also carry their bucks — bucks that would help Putin’s aggression. Consequently, as of nowadays, we have canceled all 2022 excursions that incorporate a halt in Russia.

Of program, we will keep a near eye on unfolding functions and check any journey impacts by means of the relaxation of Europe. But it is vital to retain geographic realities in thoughts and don’t forget that a war in Ukraine is as much from our European holiday vacation dreams as a war in Guatemala would be from Texas or Florida. For 40 years now, we have lived, labored, and traveled via several intervals of tragic warfare in lands considerably from where by we guide our excursions (and some closer). And at this time, we see no reason to improve the rest of our journey and touring options.

The tragic truth unfolding in Ukraine only reminds me how significant it is for Us citizens to preserve on traveling and to do so in a way that makes us improved and far more engaged citizens of our environment. I’m traveling to Europe future thirty day period for a 40-working day excursion by way of a dozen great metropolitan areas from London to Athens — and I’m proud that hundreds of my fellow travelers will expertise the European journey of their desires although owning prosperous mastering ordeals considerably from house on a 2022 Rick Steves tour.

In the meantime, let’s be grateful for our blessings, guidance our nation’s leaders as they do their finest to navigate this disaster, and continue to keep the troubled corners of our entire world (Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan, and additional) in our views and prayers.

—Rick

 

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