The lives of Kyiv-based tour operators Julia Kulyk and Aleksandr Skrypka, and their daughter, Polina, have been turned upside-down when Russia invaded Ukraine.
Journey Weekly has chronicled elements of their journey – their options to depart and then Julia and Polina’s safe and sound arrival in the Netherlands.
Julia has because gotten a career with the U.S.-based mostly OTA Kimkim, vetting inbound tour operators in Southeast Asia for doable inclusion on the company’s platform. When it introduced its team to the U.S. for a assembly last month, Vacation Weekly editor in main Arnie Weissmann fulfilled with Julia in Los Angeles to get an update on her condition.
She said that Aleksandr, who is unable to lawfully go away Ukraine since all men underneath age 60 must remain in the state, is still in Kiev, operating with close friends to increase money and provide food stuff and other sources to aged citizens in modest cities nearby. Polina is enrolled in a college in the Netherlands.
The circumstance is tough: At Easter, Julia and Polina had been ready to reunite for a weekend in Lviv, but the relatives misses one a further terribly, and Julia and Polina are pretty homesick.
Julia and Polina are receiving by, but Julia would like to just take on more function on evenings and weekends. “If there is another person in the U.S. travel business who could use some freelance enable with travel marketing, primarily social media, I can guide. Be sure to have them attain out to me at my former company’s e-mail tackle: [email protected],” she told Weissmann.