image Book Review #2: Planes, Canes, and Automobiles

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trains, Planes, and Automobiles.”

Disclaimer – Like always I am twisting a prompt to my comfort and convenience. This will slightly differ from my usual book review format. 

Author: Valerie M. Grubb

Genre: Travel, Health, Mind & Body, Self help

Language: English

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

Date of publication: October 6, 2015

No. of pages: 198


I am sure we all have the same cringing expression on our face when we make travel plans with the family. We all wonder if the fun factor of visiting a new place can truly be experienced if our parents are there. the numerous planning that you have to do have to consider your parents, and this gets exhausting. However, the author has provided the readers with practical advices that can be followed when you are stuck in such a situation. Having traveled 300,000 miles with her 84-year old mother is not only a unique approach of traveling, but the experience has unearthed a gem of advice and tips that can be followed by anyone.

This book is well-researched and contains practical hacks that are reality-based. Each chapter reveals a new set of wisdom that is not only logical and sensible, but also something that you probably have never heard or thought of while traveling. To make it understandable, the author has provided numerous personal instances to validate her words which has made this book more personal and approachable. The language has definitely added a notch to that experience. Being a blogger, the author knows how to write and connect with her readers. I believe this is one of the most enjoyable factor of reading a book of this kind.

My opinion: I don’t know how much I will be following this book, but since a family trip is coming up in December, all help is counted when it comes to my patience. A definite read for all traveling souls like me.

My rating: 4.8 out of 5

Favorite quote: “Somewhere in the back corners of our minds, we’re all vaguely aware that ‘things change as we age/’ But most of us haven’t fully embraced that understanding, especially regarding our parents. Is it perhaps because admitting that our parents are aging means admitting that we’re getting older too? (Honestly, that’s not something I like to dwell on myself..) Or could it be that we’ve always thought of our parents as our caregivers and can’t imagine that relationship ever changing? Or do we have trouble accepting any changes because of the inherent tension between parents and their children – the push-pull that never really goes away?”



  1. I loved the quote you chose as your favorite! This strikes a cord in me as my own children are now each ‘adult children,’ and it has been fascinating & awkward, as we’ve tripped over-one-another from time to time, in this new role of parent & child. The transition has been lovely, with a tinge-of jagged edges but we are figuring things out. Perhaps this book would be a delightful read for all of us…
    Thank you for sharing your experience with it.

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