Looking To Book A Rick Steves’ Europe Tour This Summer? You May Have To Wait A Little Longer, Guide Explains
For travel expert Rick Steves, the gradual return to normal after the pandemic means an even slower return for his business with tourists across Europe. While expressing his confidence that millions of Americans will be able to travel this summer, he said on Boston Public Radio Tuesday that he expects his tours to be a little longer.
“We took 30,000 people on 1,500 tours in 2019,” he said, highlighting the risk of virus transmission between tourists and the communities with which they interact. He predicted a return to business, as was common (mostly) by late 2021 or early 2022, and said they aren’t trying to get things going until vaccination is “really solid across the board”.
The television and radio host continued to think about the importance of ensuring that the international community has as much access to COVID-19 vaccines as it does here in the US
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“It can’t just be us,” he said of the herd immunity race. “That’s the interesting thing about fighting this virus … for a nation to be really safe, I think all nations have to be immune.”
According to the latest CDC data, 21% of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In contrast, in the European Union, where vaccines were approved more slowly, fewer than 7% of citizens received a shot.
“It’s really just a matter of patience. it will happen, ”said Steves.
When international travel returns, many services are expected to require some sort of vaccination certificate so tourists can prove they are not COVID-19 carriers, which Steves insists on being “no big deal”.
“When I was younger and traveling, we routinely traveled with a yellow international vaccination record in our passport,” he said. “They don’t want to let you into their country unless they know you have been vaccinated. And when.” Travelers, we should remember that when we have these standards that we need to meet in order to travel, it’s not about protecting us – it’s about protecting the people in the country we are visiting. “
Rick Steves is a writer, television and radio host, and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe tour group. You can watch his TV show “Rick Steves’ Europe” on weekdays at 7:30 pm on GBH 2 and his radio show “Travel With Rick Steves” on Sundays at 4:00 pm on GBH.