You don’t have to adjust your glasses. Just read the title much slower, as it is a tad bit different from what your brain probably took in initially. The title of the book is “Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting With Your Aging Parents Through Travel.”

In it, author Valerie Grubb, also creator of the successful blog “Travel With Aging Parents,” says that because the multigenerational households—those comprised of an adult age 45 to 55, at least one living parent and one child under the age of 21—continues to rise, planning the logistics, activities and itinerary for a vacation suitable for family members of different ages, interests and physical abilities can be a hassle and a near-impossible task.

In the book, Grubb not only draws from her own experience traveling with her mother, whose capabilities had changed, necessitating using a wheelchair and dealing with her fear of traveling alone, even on short flights, as well as providing a wealth of information and engaging stories to help everyone plan a stress-free family vacation. These include choosing a location that suits everyone’s interests, traveling with both children and aging parents, dealing with the emotional aspects of travel and how to strike a careful balance between adopting the decision–maker role for the trip and not assuming a parental role, among others.

“Traveling together as grown-ups has a different and, in many ways, better dynamic from the family vacations of your childhood,” says Grubb. “Travel can bring you and your parents together in a way that no number of phone calls can ever equal.”

“Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting With Your Aging Parents Through Travel” is available through TravelWithAgingParents.com and Amazon.com.


The good, the bad, the scary, the romantic and the fun of life at sea aboard one of the world’s most renowned ocean liners is just the beginning of the captivating pages of “Adventures on the Queen Mary: Tales of a Teenage Crewmember!”

Combining the first-person stories of co-author Dave Wooders from Southampton, England, who, in 1957, shortly after turning 16, left school to begin work as a bellboy on the Queen Mary, and James Radford, a lifelong ardent admirer of the famous ship, the book offers an intimate, never before seen look at life aboard during the heyday of ocean travel in the 1950s and 1960s.

Beyond the storytelling, which also encompasses the ship’s significant role ferrying Allied forces during World War II, a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous who traveled aboard and the Queen Mary as a dynamic, worldwide tourist attraction at its now permanent home in Long Beach, Calif., the reader is also treated to an impressive array of beautiful photographs, many taken by Wooders back in the day.

Entertaining and historically and culturally significant, “Adventures on the Queen Mary” is a great read.

“Adventures on the Queen Mary: Tales of a Teenage Crewmember!” is available on Amazon.com.


When one thinks of Paris, images of the Eiffel Tower, an inviting sidewalk cafe or one of its famous landmarks such as Notre Dame or the Louvre may come to mind.

In the large-format coffee table book “Bridges of Paris,” photojournalist and world traveler Michael Saint James offers an introspective view combined with over 350 original images of the 37 bridges across the Seine River that collectively weave a unique and remarkable tale of the city’s history.

In addition to the spectacular images of these structures—which the author divides into Island Bridges, Palace Bridges, Downstream Bridges and Upstream Bridges—the book is peppered with the age, dimensions and history of each bridge and how they continue to serve as integral connection points for the denizens, culture and diverse communities on either side of the river.

Of “Bridges of Paris,” Saint James says, “[The book] is a kaleidoscope collage that shifts focus from the monumental to the minutia that make up the quotidian, [daily life] of the beloved French capital.”

“Bridges of Paris” is available at www.bridgesofparis.com and Amazon.com.

A new year is on the horizon, and for avid travelers, the itch to explore new destinations, both near and far, is just a new “bucket list” away.

Every year, “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel” draws on the knowledge, passion and thousands of miles traveled by its editors, writers and community to recommend the top places and more to visit in the upcoming year. In 2016’s pocket-size book, readers will not only find a plethora of amazing adventures within the listings of the “Top 10 Countries, Regions and Cities” (you may be surprised to find that the U.S., Hawaii and Nashville, Tenn., respectively, made these lists), but also provides a wealth of intriguing “Top Travel Lists,” such as “Best Places to Test Your Survival Skills,” “Most Accessible Destinations,” “Most Iconic 20th Century Houses,” “Best Value Destinations” and “Best Burger Experiences,” just to name a few.

“Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016” is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel and on Amazon.com.

The company also recently announced their 12th magazine, “Lonely Planet Today,” a new quarterly publication (www.lonelyplanet.com/usmagazine), and a new “Make My Day” (www.lonelyplanet.com/makemyday) guidebook series and app. The latter offers a buffet of top to bottom, morning, afternoon and evening sections that allow travelers to flip through and mix and match must-see sights, not-to-be-missed experiences and activities and point-to-point navigation for each destination, which ultimately allows them to effortlessly build their own customized itinerary for each day.

Lysa Allman Baldwin is a freelance writer and the publisher and editor of Amazing Escapades, offering “adventures for the mind, bod and belly” (www.amazingescapades.com).