Local Love: Trip Trustees

Midtown Reader loves locally owned businesses! As an independently owned bookstore, we thrive in a community that supports shopping local. We intimately know the value of that support, so we are partnering with Trip Trustees to recommend some books surrounding safe travel and outdoor activities at a time like this.

Trip Trustees is a locally owned business that serves to connect families to civic-duty personnel on their off-duty time (or those that are retired from their vocation) to be Travel Assistants for seniors in our community.

Trip Trustees was founded in 2017 by Gino Fina. Fina served in the United States Navy as a Navy pilot for 11 years and afterward decided to use his GI Bill to become a registered nurse. Gino now works at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital specializing in psychiatric nursing while also still pursuing his dream as a pilot working for American Airlines. Working in healthcare and as a pilot, Gino recognized the need for senior assisted travel, which is when he created Trip Trustees!

Though we might not be able to travel right now, Midtown Reader and Trip Trustees know that books can transport readers to amazing and new places. We have put together a list of books to check out from our travel section until it is safe to travel again:


100 PARKS, 5,000 IDEAS

by Joe Yogerst

This is a book you will return to again and again. Full of beautiful pictures from the best parks in the United States and Canada, you’ll get a sense of wanderlust almost immediately! Not only is the book gorgeous, but it also has lodging information, nearby attractions, and must see highlights. A great coffee table book and a perfect gift for an adventurous friend!

"This book has gone straight to the top as a go-to guide for all sorts of parks. Not only is it full of great information and ideas, but it also contains gorgeous photos on every page." -Along for the Trip


by John Muir

Our National Parks will make even the experienced explorer feel the need to hit the roads immediately in search of a new adventure! Originally published in 1901, John Muir passionately shows the importance of protecting our beautiful parks and reservations, which is just as relevant today as it was then.



by Terri Mashour

If you’re looking to find some trails that are off the beaten path, then check out Backcountry Trails of Florida! It is a great guide book full of information about 100 different trails throughout Florida that would make for a great socially distanced day out in nature. Terri Mashour explains where to find these little-known routes, which ecosystems they feature, and how to plan your perfect outdoor adventure.