Cruising the Mississippi

In crossing another travel adventure off their bucket list, two retirees take a fascinating river cruise and find the heart and soul of the American South.

Born travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood seized their dreams of exploring America’s natural wonders. From hiking Sierra Nevada mountain trails to photographing wildflowers in Death Valley, they’ve documented their fascinating journeys to critical acclaim.

A serious car wreck changed their lives. They stopped postponing their dreams of ocean cruises.

Now, these veteran travelers embrace a new travel adventure: a river cruise up the magnificent Mississippi.

Join Al and Sunny on the decks of an antebellum paddle-wheel riverboat as they experience the culinary delights, rich architecture, breathtaking vistas, and famous hospitality of southern culture.

You’ll visit lavish plantation mansions, honor the fallen at Civil War memorials, and be swept away by the magical beat of authentic New Orleans jazz. Before the journey ends, you’ll witness how the couple’s first impressions are challenged, changing their hearts forever.

In Cruising the Mississippi, you’ll discover:
-Fascinating histories of riverside cities
-Little-known facts about famous landmarks
-Personal reflections and insights from their daily experiences
-Tested travel tips and advice for embarking on your own river cruise adventure
-The lifelong benefits of immersing yourself in different customs and cultural experiences
-A detailed tour of the historic paddle-wheel riverboat, and much, much more!

If you like cultural exploration, American history, practical travel insights, colorful characters, and authentic personal stories, you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s illuminating exploration of America’s mightiest waterway.

Buy Cruising the Mississippi today and embark on a breathtaking adventure for the young at heart!


Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood

Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They’ve camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and wintry surf along the rugged beaches of Northern California.

They’ve watched July 4th fireworks over Lake Tahoe, explored the Taos Pueblo and ridden the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through forests ablaze with autumn colors.

They’ve ridden the amazing Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, the Flam Railway in Norway and Ushuaia’s train at the end of the world.

They’ve photographed the Barbary apes of Gibraltar and Gentoo Penguins frolicking in the surf on Falkland Island beaches.

From North Carolina’s Outer Banks to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Al and Sunny love to wander and wonder and enjoy.

Everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments with their cameras and notebooks, moments to share with their readers. Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. It has been recognized with awards from the National Federation of Press Women, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards and Seven Sisters Book Awards.

“We write to encourage others to travel, to take a break from their ordinary routine and discover the many rewards of traveling with your eyes wide open,” Sunny said. “Go somewhere new, even if it’s only in the next county. And have fun exploring the sites, the sounds and flavors of the place. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have.”

Al added, “We also write to share the wonder of our own travels. To help you feel what it’s like to be on a cruise ship, or wandering the back alleys of Venice, Italy. We hope our books give readers a real sense of our travel adventures.”

Tokyo Outdoors

Tokyo Outdoors is perfect for those visiting Tokyo and nearby areas for a stopover or longer trip, as well as those living in Japan. Written by an expat living in the capital, it features detailed book maps and custom Google Maps. Walk, cycle and hike around Tokyo like a pro!

Meet Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a travel author living in Tokyo, the heart of Japan. Having traveled across the country for several years, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel in the Land of the Rising Sun. He took all these experiences and channeled them into Super Cheap Japan, which has since become an essential read for many travelers to Japan. This travel guide has since been supplemented by books such as Super Cheap Hokkaido, Super Cheap Tokyo and Super Cheap New Zealand. In addition to these books, he has also written Tokyo Outdoors, which is based on his vast experience exploring the capital on foot and by bicycle. Living in Japan allows him to visit each and every spot in his books, plus ensure they are kept up to date. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the Japan National Tourist Association, GaijinPot, Japan Visitor and All About Japan.

Greece Pocket Travel Guide 2024-2025

Are you seeking the ultimate companion for an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes and charming cities of Greece? Look no further than the “Greece Pocket Travel Guide 2024-2025” – your essential tool for exploring the rich history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant culture of Greece. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first international adventure, this comprehensive guide is tailored to meet all your needs. Planning a trip can be overwhelming, but fear not – our guide has you covered from beginning to end. Dive into the latest edition, packed with up-to-date insights on accommodations, attractions, and safety tips. If you’re ready to embark on an extraordinary journey to Greece, then it’s time to get your hands on the “Greece Pocket Travel Guide 2024-2025”. Don’t miss out on the insider knowledge and expert advice that will enhance your experience in this beautiful country. Order your copy today! Safety is paramount, and this guide goes the extra mile to provide you with essential tips and guidance to ensure your travels are secure and stress-free. Whether you’re exploring ancient ruins or strolling through picturesque villages, our guide has your back. Don’t let the opportunity slip away to create memories that will last a lifetime. The “Greece Pocket Travel Guide 2024-2025” isn’t just a book – it’s your key to unlocking the treasures of this enchanting land, filled with insider tips, cultural insights, and practical advice,. Get ready to immerse yourself, discover, and embrace the true spirit of Greece. Order your copy today and let the adventure begin!

Meet Zac Shumack

Ever feel like travel guides only scratch the surface? Zac Shumack, fueled by wanderlust and a thirst for authentic experiences, crafts travel guides that go beyond the tourist trail. Forget flipping through generic brochures. My guides become your travel bible, demystifying everything from visa applications and vaccinations to finding hidden gem cafes and navigating local customs. Need to know about charming local accommodations or the best way to get around? I’ve got you covered. Each guide dives deep into accommodation options, transportation systems (think buses, trains, or even tuk-tuks!), and must-see attractions alongside hidden gems. But travel is more than just logistics. I uncover the soul of each destination, offering insights into local customs and etiquette to ensure a smooth and enriching experience. Join me, Zac, on your next adventure and unlock unforgettable memories. My travel guides will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to explore like a seasoned pro, not just a tourist.

Cruising from Boston to Montreal (Bargain Book)

Discover historic wonders and modern delights guaranteed to enlarge your heart and expand your understanding of Canada and its people.

Veteran travelers Al and Sunny Lockwood share their adventures and misadventures on this scintillating cruise of exploration.

Join them for an unforgettable journey through part of the largest country in the Western Hemisphere.

In “Cruising from Boston to Montreal” readers will:

– attend a rousing baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park

– Learn Alexander Graham Bell’s involvement with Canada’s first airplane flight.

– Visit the Prince Edward Island farm that was the setting for the Anne of Green Gables books.

– Discover how lobster graduated from barnyard feed to gourmet fare.

– Sail Canada’s greatest waterway, the mighty Saint Lawrence River.

– View breath-taking cathedrals and romantic lighthouses.

– Discover Halifax’s heart-breaking connection with the Titanic tragedy.

– and much more.

This travel memoir will introduce you to the fascinating heroes, stunning beauty and staggering tragedies that have helped shape Canada’s Maritimes, Quebec City, and Montreal.

The first-person descriptions read with the drama of fiction and the excitement of journal writing….” – Midwest Book Review


Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood

Al and Sunny Lockwood have traveled by foot, car, rail, air and cruise ship. They’ve camped in national parks, hiked mountain trails, photographed springtime flowers in Death Valley and wintry surf along the rugged beaches of Northern California.

They’ve watched July 4th fireworks over Lake Tahoe, explored the Taos Pueblo and ridden the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad through forests ablaze with autumn colors.

They’ve ridden Scotland’s amazing Falkirk Wheel, Norway’s Flam Railway, and Ushuaia’s train at the end of the world.

They’ve photographed Gibraltar’s Barbary apes and Gentoo Penguins frolicking in the surf on Falkland Island beaches.

From North Carolina’s Outer Banks to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Al and Sunny love to wander and wonder and enjoy.

Everywhere they go, they capture unforgettable moments with their cameras and notebooks, moments to share with their readers. Their work has been published in magazines and newspapers. It has been recognized with awards from the National Federation of Press Women, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Seven Sisters Book Awards, and The Independent Author Network Book Awards.

“We write to encourage others to travel, to take a break from their ordinary routine and discover the many rewards of traveling with your eyes wide open,” Sunny said. “Go somewhere new, even if it’s only in the next county. And have fun exploring the sites, the sounds and flavors of the place. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you’ll have.”

Al added, “We also write to share the wonder of our own travels. To help you feel what it’s like to be on a cruise ship, or wandering the back alleys of Venice, Italy. We hope our books give readers a real sense of our travel adventures.”

Cold Beer and a Hot Dart

Before smartphones or international data plans, global adventure travel required extensive pre-trip research, solid street smarts, survival ingenuity, human interaction, guidebooks, paper maps, cross-cultural knowledge, and a shit ton of luck. This compelling memoir follows Brandon Wolfe and his international companions as they navigate that world of wanderology 12,000 km/7,450 miles by land and water throughout several countries within Southeast Africa.

Brandon and his comrades find themselves evading wild animals, braving disease, encountering natural wonders, meeting unforgettable locals, and even scrambling to overcome their own stupidity to take in every dose of pure adventure. This riveting expedition explores the openness in authentic friendships, revels in the uncertainties within technology-free travel, captures the wonder of human resilience, yet also gets candid on the victories and struggles that come along with an addiction to adventure.

Cold Beer and a Hot Dart is a rollicking, hedonistic coming of age story that blends excitement, heart, wit, and self-reflection into a captivating, old school backpacking journey.
*Product Review Disclaimer*- some reviews that have been posted are in reference to the first edition of Cold Beer and a Hot Dart, which was published in 2015 and since been discontinued.


Meet Brandon Wolfe

Brandon Wolfe is the author of the best-selling self-help adventure memoir “Cold Beer and a Hot Dart.” In addition, his award-winning screenplay titled “Freedom’s Basement” has garnered outstanding praise from prestigious screenwriting competitions worldwide. Brandon’s writing is committed to thought-provoking content and sustainable self-help practices that will remain relevant to later generations. Aside from writing, Brandon is an avid culture-focused traveler, adventure enthusiast, passionate humanist, and creative visionary

Cruising the Mediterranean

A shared passion for exploration. The Mediterranean trip of their dreams.
There’s no better time for adventure than right now.


Enthusiastic explorers Al and Sunny Lockwood treasure the challenge and excitement of travel. From train rides through the Smokies to campouts in Yellowstone, they’ve documented their travel adventures to critical acclaim. With retirement, they expand their horizons and ship off for a new adventure in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Come along with Al and Sunny as they experience the dazzling beauty of the Greek Isles, the mouthwatering delights of Italian cuisine, the unique calls to prayer chanted from Istanbul’s minarets.

You’ll hold your breath riding the sky-high Acropolis lift, marvel at the lacework canals of Venice, and lose yourself in the rich wares and aromas of the Grand Bazaar.

Their daily excursions will expand your mind and deepen your understanding as you find yourself immersed in the Mediterranean’s vibrant array of cultures and history.

In Cruising the Mediterranean you’ll discover:
– Personal reflections, insights and humor
– Intriguing facts about Mediterranean history, landmarks and cultures
– Tips for pacing your daily outings to conserve energy and maintain interest
– Ways to adopt an adventuresome spirit so that obstacles or disappointments
don’t ruin your pleasure
– The emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual benefits of travel and much,
much more!

Cruising the Mediterranean is a breathtaking travelogue for explorers who refuse to let
aging limit their adventures.

If you like warm personal stories, cultural journeys, and actionable tips for planning your own cruise adventure, then you’ll love Al and Sunny Lockwood’s inspirational memoir capturing the heart of the Mediterranean.

Buy Cruising the Mediterranean today and join them on a timeless, unforgettable journey!


Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood

Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.

In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.

The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”

Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal.

Next, Al and Sunny visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, and various Greek islands.

Together Al and Sunny have visited more than 30 countries.

“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine and take a chance on adventure and fun.”

Travel Adventures for the Young at Heart

Too old to travel the world? Don’t you believe it! These travel memoirs will have you packing your bag and searching for your passport.

When Al and Sunny Lockwood registered for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise, little did they know that their trip would morph into 42 days of fascinating travel, surprising discoveries, colorful characters, and delicious fun.

This box set captures their engrossing journey in dazzling detail.

Candid, authentic, warmly personal, Travel Adventures for the Young at Heartis full of enthusiasm and life and great advice on traveling.

Visit awe-inspiring cathedrals, romantic canals, quaint hotels and magical neighborhoods.

From Amsterdam’s Red Light District to the nerve-wracking ride on Athens’ Acropolis lift, the high-spirited Lockwoods prove it’s never too late to capture glittering memories to last a lifetime.

Buy Travel Adventures for the Young at Heart today and join Al and Sunny on their unforgettable journey.


Meet Al & Sunny Lockwood

Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.

In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.

The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”

Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal.

Then Al and Sunny visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, and various Greek islands.
The three books that cover that 42-day trip comprise the Travel Adventures box set.

More recently, they’ve cruised eastern Canada, visiting the Maritimes, Quebec City and Montreal. They’ve also cruised the Caribbean and visited 11 Central and South American countries. And they’ve traveled extensively throughout the USA.

Together they’ve visited more than 30 countries on six continents, and have explored 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine for a week or two and take a chance on adventure and fun.”

Unknown Treasures

Dean inherits a cedar chest and is going through it one cold day. He discovered a tiny piece of paper the size of a business card. It had his grandfather’s name on it and his birthplace was Dawsonville, Ga. He makes sure he is in Dawsonville the next morning when the courthouse is open. Dean’s father was born in Texas and his grandparents visited relatives in Texas often. Why hadn’t anyone spoken of Dawsonville? Why hadn’t he heard of family in Dawsonville? What will Dean discover? How will he react? Take this adventure with Dean as he discovers how different and interesting family situations can be. If you like short stories of surprises that are true, then you will love Unknown Treasures. Gray your free copy of Unknown Treasures and Start the journeys of surprise Now!

Meet Dorot

Dorothy Wehunt believes that each of us has the right to be successful and has within us what we need to do so. Dorothy has a MS in psychology and has helped others to achieve their goals through her training programs and coaching for more than fifteen years. Dorothy has published three self-help books – “Build Self-Esteem,” “Rise Up to Yourself: Greater Success Awaits,” and “Achieve Success with Self-Esteem.” Through her writing of self-help books, she hopes to help others believe in their abilities and themselves and their goals and dreams. And thus, take positive and needed action with confidence to achieve them and become the person they really want to be. And she he has three true short story books published – “Unknown Treasures”, “Unexpected Memories”, “Memorable Choices.” She hopes her books of true short stories of inspiration, motivation, and lessons learned encourage and inspire others. And give insight into situations to find solutions to challenges. Thus, motivate others to act to achieve in life and to find happiness.

Let’s Travel Baby! How to Travel Internationally on a Budget for the New or Seasoned Traveler

Are you itching to explore the world but convinced it’s beyond your budget, too daunting, or simply too perplexing to begin? If you’ve ever scrolled through envy-inducing Instagram or TikTok posts of influencers lounging in Thailand’s crystal-clear waters or sipping hot chocolate in Paris with impeccable timing, you’re not alone. The infamous “tiny cup and camera-ready smile” moment has given us all a case of international FOMO. We’ve all wondered, “Will it ever be my turn?” Whether spurred by social media, nostalgia, or a friend’s captivating tales of backpacking through Europe, we’ve all yearned to travel at some point. Despite the illusion of social media, many believe that travel is reserved for the affluent or those with endless hours to spare on lengthy transatlantic flights. Here’s the fantastic news—traveling has never been more accessible and affordable than it is now, and I’m here to guide the way. Drawing on my experiences, insights, and research, this book serves as your compass to navigate the financial, emotional, and mental aspects of global travel. Just five years ago, I was a cash-strapped 20-year-old college student dreaming of exploring the world. Today, I’ve visited 20 countries across five continents. Along the way, I made my fair share of rookie mistakes, but now, you can skip those missteps and embark on your journey faster. “Let’s Travel, Baby!” aims to get you exploring the world swiftly, inexpensively, safely, and efficiently. My first solo trip to Jamaica cost me only $500, including my airfare—no credit card debt or missed car payments. I’ve savored Belgian chocolate waffles in Brussels, soaked up the sun in Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands, and pedaled through the streets of London. It’s my job to show you how to turn these experiences into your reality. Bid farewell to student loans and wave goodbye to entry-level salaries; this book is your ticket. Your dreams are on the brink of becoming a reality, and with this guide, they’re closer than ever. Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned globetrotter seeking money-saving tips and efficiency hacks, I’m thrilled you’re here. You’ve got this, baby! Now, let’s travel.

Meet Catie the Traveler

Having been to over 20 countries in under five years, I learned a lot about traveling. I would get tons of questions on my social media asking how I was able to travel so frequently, so this led me to writing travel books to help someone like yourself travel the world.

Paradise Cove

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be LGBTQ or a SCUBA diver to enjoy this story. It’s a fictional suspense story about a group of friends trying to make a difference in a conservative Caribbean island nation with a romantic subplot. Some of you may have even lived parts of this story. I am a new author, but I am not inexperienced. Please check it out.

Meet Gary Fitzgerald

Gary Fitzgerald has lived in the four corners of the United States and many places in-between, but the majority of his time was spent in Texas and 5 other states in the southern U.S. He is a U.S. Navy veteran of 6 years, serving as a nuclear Machinist Mate on a fast attack submarine, and spent 6 more years in the commercial nuclear industry. Gary later got his degree in mechanical engineering, where he met his husband and worked as an explosion hazards risk consultant, traveling the world for 22 years. In that time, he authored over a thousand project reports and industry publications, becoming a well-known expert in the field of vapor cloud explosions. He and his husband fell in love with SCUBA diving on a trip to Australia in 1999 and have been avid divers since, often going with groups of other gay divers. Currently retired in Southern California, Gary is enjoying a slower pace, spending time volunteering at the local animal shelter.