If you've never taken a trip with your mom, now is the time. I'm not talking about a family trip where you're off drinking Piña Coladas while your mom reads her book by the pool. This trip involves proper mother-daughter bonding time, where there's no escaping each other for at least a few days.
1. You get to take embarrassing photos of your mom sleeping on the plane
I mean, when will this opportunity ever present itself again? Your mom likely used to take adorable yet embarrassing pictures of you all the time when you were younger and share them with her friends (and yours if you were really unlucky), so now it’s time for the tables to be turned.
My mom in hibernation on our 9 hour flight to Sweden
2. You get to experience something totally new and unfamiliar together
If it’s a destination you’ve both never been to, most of the fun can be found in planning the day’s activities, finding your way around, meeting new people, and of course taking in the sights of this new city. There’s no prior judgement, no one showing the other person around. Just the two of you, in awe of a new city, trying not to get lost. If the day doesn’t go as planned, that’s ok, she’s just happy to have spent it with you.
3. You really get to appreciate all your mom has done for you and how awesome she really is
If you don’t already appreciate your mother, taking a trip together will surface her amazing qualities even more. Patient? Just wait until she offers to stop at 3 different coffee shops in one day because your jet lag has started to kick in. Fun? Just wait until she recommends going into an ice-bar when you’re ready for bed. Makes you laugh? Just wait until she gets lost in the restaurant and appears from behind the bar because she took a wrong turn (we laughed the rest of the night over that). Whatever her qualities, traveling together really shines a light on them and gives you a whole new appreciation for your mom.
4. She serves as a great Instagram Picture taker- and won’t get annoyed when you ask multiple times
We all know how important (yet stressful) perfect pictures can be when you’re visiting a new destination. What better person to be your go-to pic taker than the woman who knows you best? Not to mention pictures with mom always get more likes. Thanks mom!
5. You get to learn more about one another
As we get older, time with our mom usually involves seeing each other over the holidays, or a dinner meetup here and there. While it's still nice to catch-up during those times, there's something about taking a break from both of your daily routines and really taking the time to talk, listen, and learn. While you may think you may know your mom inside-out and vice versa, being in a new destination and seeing each other experience the world like never before opens your eyes to things you may not have known about each other.
6. It will feel like you're on a trip with your best friend
Whether you're sipping cocktails with views of the city below you, asking your mom if you should buy that new outfit, or just laughing uncontrollably for no reason, there will be countless times you will feel like you're with your best friend. Cherish those moments, even the ones where you two are bickering like best friends too!
Ready to take a trip with your Mom? Start planning with these travel tips!
1. Search for your flights on Skyscanner
I may be a bit biased as I work for Skyscanner, but our trip to Sweden would not have been possible if it weren't for finding such a great flight deal through Norwegian Air on the site. Skyscanner compares flights, hotels, and cars from over 1,200 trusted travel partners, and lets you search for your travel without having to check multiple sites for the best price. Do a search from your home city to Everywhere to see where you should go next.
2. Discuss what you're both interested in seeing before you get there
The trip should include doing things you both enjoy, so there's no harm in each making a list of your "must-see's", comparing them, and coming up with a few things you do not want to miss while you're there. We were lucky to have an incredible Airbnb host, who gave us some of his top recommendations based on living there for years. Sometimes the best things to do aren't always listed online, so speaking with the locals provides other options you may not have known about.
3. Just book the flight and go!
There will always be some hesitation that comes with planning and booking a trip. Who says you have to go somewhere extravagant or international to enjoy some bonding time with mom? A weekend getaway or a road-trip can be just as fun, and you'll save some money too. Skyscanner has put together their top daily flight deals up to 55% off the normal ticket price, so there's no time for excuses!
Enjoy your trip!