Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press on October 6th 2015
Genres: Non-Fiction, Travel
Format: ARC, Paperback
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If the thought of vacationing with your parents makes you cringe, fear no more! Help is here!
Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel is a gold mine of practical advice, funny anecdotes, and tales of triumphs and travails from Val Grubb, who has traveled more than 300,000 miles (and counting!) with her 84-year old mother over the past twenty years.
When planning a recent trip overseas, however, Grubb realized that her mom’s physical and mental capabilities had suddenly changed. Her mom now needed a wheelchair, for example, and was afraid to travel alone (even on short flights to meet her daughter for a long trip together). Grubb set out to find suggestions for handling these changes and after much research was struck by the lack of resources to help people plan vacations with an aging friend or family member. She couldn’t find any comprehensive information that shed light on the nuances of globetrotting with aging parents.
Planes, Canes, and Automobiles is the go-to guide for adult children: it combines her wisdom from years of traveling with her own aging mother with sensible tips, checklists, and sample itineraries to help readers plan - and enjoy - a vacation with their parents!
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book via a Goodreads Giveaway.
First of all I need to say thank you to the author, Valerie, for sending me a lovely card with this book as well as a personalised inscription on the front cover. I thought that was a really lovely touch.
This book is a wealth of information on travelling, not just with an elderly parent, but with anyone who may have additional medical or physical needs that need to be considered when booking a trip. There is lots of practical information, as well as useful packing lists and check lists, and a list of resources too. It really is very well thought through.
There’s also a secondary, underlying message, about connecting with your parents as an adult. Undoubtedly the parent/child relationship changes as you both age, and there is a lot of good information on how to handle these changing roles.
I would say the book is very well suited to US readers in particular. Especially with regards information on medication and insurance. This isn’t as useful for me as a Brit. But there was still plenty I could take away from this book, not just about travel, but on wider relationship issues as well.
Thanks to Valerie M. Grubb and Greenleaf Book Group Press for a copy of this book for review.