‘Planes, Canes and Automobiles’
Our final trip, to Alaska, was desirous by an talk progressing this year with Valerie M. Grubb, a Austin-based author of Planes, Canes and Automobiles: Connecting With Your Aging Parents Through Travel (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2015). Grubb estimates she and her mom have logged 400,000 miles together over 20 years, visiting destinations including Italy, Australia, China, Thailand and Cambodia.
“Travel has brought my mom and me together in a approach that no series of phone calls could,” Grubb said.
Intergenerational transport offers a approach to carve out time together, reconnect in a suggestive approach and have fun. Even when skeleton go awry, Grubb said, “It creates for a good story when we’re behind home.”
My mom, who is 83, loves to transport though doesn’t feel assured creation transport skeleton herself, and few of her friends are physically means to travel. My dad, who died in 2010, wasn’t as encouraged to travel, and his health taboo it in a final few years of his life.
Gift of time
Mom lives in another state, and even when we do visit, there are customarily distractions from work, family and other commitments. But when roving together, we have copiousness of time to chat, suffer a sights and only hang out. It’s fun assembly new people, too. On a final trip, we were seated during cooking with dual other mother-daughter pairs — one from Australia, a other from Ohio — who done for ideal review partners.