Julie Aiken has traveled extensively in the United States with her Mom, and wants to share her travel tips with you!
As a 53-year old care-helper (not care-giver, as Mom is quite independent!) of an 83-year old mother, Julie has encountered many of the challenges of traveling with a senior companion, has coped with and overcome them all, and is prepared to meet any new challenges that crop up on future trips. (They have a cross-country road trip planned for May 2014.)
Currently based in Pennsylvania, Julie has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, and has held a variety of jobs in arts and entertainment. From Writers Assistant on a CBS Saturday morning show to Managing Director of a nonprofit community theatre, her creative and management experience is vast, and writing has always been her special passion.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in high school an English teacher wrote "Never stop writing" on one of my essays. I have to admit, I haven't written steadily since then, but off an on. About five years ago I joined a small writers' group through a friend, and those women have been my inspiration to start writing (somewhat) consistently and invaluable support.
What's the story behind your latest book?
They say write what you know. After traveling with my mom over the past 12 years, I definitely know about traveling with someone who has ever-changing health and abilities. Mom and I have taken so many trips and had so many rich experiences, I knew I had a lot to share. When I started thinking about writing Travels with Mom it flowed so quickly and easily I was shocked. Of course, that's the first draft. Revisions are another story!
Based on 14 years of experience, the updated Second Edition of "Travels with Mom" provides over 200 tips for traveling with a senior (or as a senior), plus photos of Mom on the road! Traveling with a parent or other senior companion is extraordinarily rewarding. We'll help you navigate the challenges and maximize your senior travel experience!