Traveling Safely in Europe During Covid

Like many of you, we can’t wait to return to our favorite places in Europe after 2 long years and, at the same time, we’re concerned about traveling safely during Covid. We keep diligently following the developments through European news channels and our European family.

Rick Steves on traveling safely in Europe during Covid

Rick Steves and Cameron Hewitt talk about traveling safely and smartly in Europe during Covid | Click here or on the image to listen to the talk.

Travel Guru Rick Steves on How to Travel Safely in Europe During Covid

Recently, travel guru Rick Steves who happens to reside near us in Edmonds, WA., gave a Zoom presentation about his travel in Europe this past summer and fall. We found this presentation so inspiring and encouraging that we wanted to share it with you.

Like us, Rick Steves’ Europe company has not offered tours for the past 2 years but Rick and Cameron Hewitt wanted to check out the situation for themselves. They considered themselves professional travel guinea pigs. On this Zoom call from November 2021, they talk about the safety precautions they used themselves and also found implemented in Europe, about vaccines and CDC cards, about testing, and which mask to use for optimal safety.

Pragmatic Europeans

They found most Europeans to be very pragmatic about their approach to Covid and they also mention the benefit of not having to deal with heavy crowds in museums and places like the Vatican even though the lines were a little bit longer and slower. Having their temperature and CDC cards checked before entering a museum or restaurant was a small price to pay for making them feel safe inside. They answer questions from the audience at the end of the presentation.

Peace of Mind

Overall, we found this talk very inspirational and it gave us quite a bit of peace of mind and a renewed excitement about traveling and photographing in Europe in 2022.

Of course, things might change. We all have to be flexible and smart and stay informed. We will certainly keep those of you who plan to travel with us in 2022 updated.

Venice, La Serenissima, Awaits

And just to (re)whet your appetite for Europe, we’ll share some of the magical images that Jim unearthed from many previous visits to Venice.

We hope that you’ll enjoy both the Zoom presentation and the images of Venice. By adopting the safe pandemic travel tips and protocols and with a renewed peace of mind we hope that you will join us on one or more of our stellar Photo Tour offerings in 2022.

The grand Canale from the Academia Bridge at the magical Blue Hour

The Canal Grande from the Accademia Bridge at the magical Blue Hour

The beautiful Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute at Blue Hour

The beautiful Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute glows at Blue Hour

Reflection of Gondolas in Venice

Reflection of Gondolas — it doesn’t get any more quintessential Venetian.

A hidden corner in Venice

A hidden corner in Venice — if you have watched Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series (highly recommended for all Venice lovers), you’ll recognize this spot as the “Questura” (police headquarters)

view from the Campanile on Piazza San Marco in Venice

Dancing like nobody’s looking on Piazza San Marco in Venice as spied from the Campanile bell tower