Press for Travel with Aging ParentsIn the June TWAP newsletter, I mentioned hiring Smith Publicity to handle public relations outreach for TWAP and the impending publication of my book Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel (10/6/15 through Greenleaf Book Group). I’m excited to say we’ve had a bit of success!

Check out the latest press for Travel with Aging Parents:

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Family Members Are NOT Afraid To Offend
You can’t get closer than family, and with that closeness may come extreme bluntness. After spending days on end together, harsh words and quick tempers are all but inevitable. Author and travel connoisseur Val Grubb explains, “We all have hot buttons, but because of shared history, family members are the ones who best know how to push them — both intentionally and unintentionally. It’s critical to adapt a philosophy of ‘letting go’ when you’re on vacation with an aging parent or other family members.”

See the full article here.

Quoted in the article Host with the Most by Jennifer Stevens, published in the June/July issue of Shanghai Expat magazine:

According to Val Grubb, author of the blog Travel with Aging Parents, “Many studies indicate that people become less adaptable to change as they get older. For many people, breaking schedules, even for fun activities, can be challenging. And when you’re traveling, particularly to a foreign country, the differences can be more jarring. To make Shanghai a more enjoyable experience…ease them into the culture.”

See the full article or excerpted blog.

I also received my first review on NetGalley which is a service to promote and publicize forthcoming titles to  reviewers, bloggers, journalists, librarians, booksellers, educators, or others in the media. Pretty exciting!

San Diego County Library: “Helpful advice on preparing for travel and how to make it less stressful. I especially appreciate the packing chapter. I love how the book is organized thematically. Travel can be stressful and traveling with parents that have medical restrictions shouldn’t mean we all have to stay home. Great advice. I am ready for my next trip!”

Press for Travel with Aging ParentsMy 1st article was publishing in the Huffington Post Travel section:


8 Tips for Staying Healthy While On the Road with an Aging Parent!!

So excited as the exposure for HuffPo articles is incredible!

Finally, Smith Publicity created press releases to help pitch my book and me as a speaker. Feels so crazy to read about yourself! Take a peek:

Author Press Release

Valerie M. Grubb

Book Publication Press Release

Planes, Canes, and Automobiles: Connecting with Your Aging Parents through Travel (publication 10/6/15)


Let’s hope this level of interest keeps up as it gets closer to the publication date!  As always, thanks for following along on this journey!