Welcome to my book page! A Gelato a Day was released in fall 2022.
A Gelato A Day was a labor of love. It’s a collection of travel tales that highlights the good, the bad and the not-really-that-ugly of the family travel experience.
More often than not, entering unfamiliar places and situations encourages us to open up to one another and react in ways that may surprise, frustrate or delight those we love. These stories go beyond holidays-gone-wrong to dive thoughtfully into the deeper parental and familial connections that can occur when we take ourselves out of our daily routines and comfort zones.
A Gelato a Day book
This travel anthology includes 20 family travel stories from award-winning authors in Canada and the United States, including; Lucas Aykroyd, Jennifer Bain, Sabine Bergmann, Yvonne Blomer, Heather Greenwood Davis, Lynn Easton, Robin Esrock, Helen Gowans, Carolyn B. Heller, Bruce Kirkby, Grant Lawrence, Jessica Wynne Lockhart, Jenn Smith Nelson, Carolyn Ray, Alec Scott, Diane Selkirk, Maia Selkirk, Lavinia Spalding, Olivia Stren, and yours truly.
Thank you for your support. A Gelato a Day is a great read, and makes a great gift! Please visit your favorite independent bookstore to place an order, or buy it on Amazon here.
About the editor
Claudia Laroye is a writer and editor living in Vancouver, Canada. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including TIME Magazine, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, AFAR, Canadian Geographic Travel, the Saturday Evening Post, Lonely Planet, Vancouver Sun and the Washington Post.
A Gelato a Day is her first book.
Praise + Accolades
This elegant anthology reminds us that the destination is just the first of many gifts travel has to offer. Connection—to the wider world, to ourselves, and to those we love, is the real name of the game in these insightful, funny, thoughtful stories.
Andrew McCarthy, author, actor, director ~ Walking with Sam; BRAT: An ‘80s Story; The Longest Way Home
I once read somewhere that traveling with your kids is essentially just taking care of them in another place, but what that statement failed to mention are the raw moments of wanderlust, memorable connections, and utter wonder you see reflected in your children’s eyes as they experience new places and process new feelings. The same way you too once marveled as a child. I’ve always said grandeur should not be experienced alone. That all-consuming feeling of awe needs to overflow to others standing right next to you. And what better company to create those lifetime memories with than those who you already love beyond words? Through this fresh collection of revealing and heartwarming stories – from quiet moments of familial understanding to tracing history in reverence – you get to experience the pure joy of what it means to travel across generations, return to that childlike state of curiosity, and fully revel in all what travel humbly teaches us.
Lola Akinmade Åkerström, award-winning visual storyteller, travel photographer, international bestselling author ~ In Every Mirror She’s Black
Family Travel can be the best of times or the worst of times. But what it is, is family time. Memorable experiences both parents and kids will treasure together, albeit sometimes for different reasons. This book captures the highs, the lows, the quiet in-betweens, but mostly the impact that travel can have on a family, and for a family. This collection by experienced travel professionals is a book all families should consider having on hand before they plan their next trip.
Kathy Buckworth, author ~ I Am So The Boss Of You; Host, Go-To Grandma Podcast
“It’s an insightful book that will inspire curious parents to put aside their fears and embrace the transformational, fun and educational possibilities of a big family adventure, in Canada and beyond.”
Canadian Geographic Travel
…”a cleverly curated collection”
“All the stories speak to connection, shared learning and several made me laugh out loud.“
Carolyn Ray, JourneyWoman
“This collection of stories from a wide range of authors is about the ups-and-downs of travelling as a family. Sure, take a moment to shudder. But good news, the tales in this collection go beyond holidays-gone-wrong to bigger-picture connectivity that can be cultivated when we take the family out of its comfortable routine.”
“Pick up a copy of A Gelato a Day, and treat yourself to an Italian ice cream, as you make discoveries with every page. No bribing is necessary because these authors got it right!“
Q&A: Claudia Laroye: Author of ‘A Gelato a Day’ – Family Travel Association
A Conversation with “A Gelato a Day” Author Claudia Laroye – Vacay Canada
Go-To Grandma Podcast – Listen to my interview with host Kathy Buckworth on skip gen travel and my book
What She Said! – Listen to my interview with show host Candace Sampson
Press, Reviews + Articles
The highs and (deep dark) lows of travelling with two small kids – excerpt in Today’s Parent
31 Things to do, Read and Watch in Metro Vancouver this Fall – Vancouver Sun
Book review in the Miramichi Reader – Miramichi Reader
Autumn Books List – Stroller in the City
Pick of the Week – SavvyMoms.ca
Why do we take our kids on vacation? – Scottsdale Moms