Mother’s Day is a great excuse to talk about taking a “girls” trip. In fact, if you are wondering how to show Mom just how much she means to you, check out this Mother’s Day Sale from Hotels.com with super deals at top resorts. But, I hope it’s obvious that this sort of trip, between a mother and daughter, doesn’t have to occur once a year around a certain week in May. Oh no – there are 52 weeks in the year that are equally suitable for such an adventure.
From my perspective (I’m both a mother and a daughter), taking the time to travel together is a way to deepen your relationship outside the boundaries of your day-to-day relationship. It’s nice for daughters to see their moms embracing a new challenge, letting loose once in a while, and sharing a laugh in a moment created for them to share. Over the years, my mom and I have been to London, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, and Savannah…to name a few. And now that I have two daughters of my own, I can see a multi-generational girls adventure in the near future.
- Choosing a destination where neither of you have ever been but both would physically (a deep sea diving trip may not be the trip your 84 year old mother has always dreamed of) and mentally (Las Vegas with a 5 year old might not be the best decision) be able to handle.
- Planning the itinerary together so that you all are equally invested in having a great time. Even with kids and teenagers, giving them a say in part of the trip helps to keep their interest and enthusiasm for the experience.
- Trying something new together. Even if you are taking a staycation, there are many opportunities in most cities to experience something different – for the first time. Whether it is taking in a museum, zip-lining, golf lessons, cooking classes, watching a Broadway show, painting pottery or any other activity that you’ve always wanted to try; it’s in these moments that we can let our guard down and share a collective appreciation for the new activity and bond through the opportunity to go through something new together.
- Embracing your inner girlie-side. After all, you are taking a mother/daughter vacay – why not take some time for a spa break, a mani/pedi, shopping for shoes and purses at a cool local boutique, or high tea at a fabulous hotel like the Brown Palace in Denver or The Plaza in New York City.
Motherhood, when done well, is the hardest job of them all. It’s 24 hours a day without retirement benefits. The pay may be lousy but the benefits package is awesome. Every hard working mom (however you define the “mom” in your life) deserves some vacation time too.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!