We all love trips with our parents. They have a more expensive taste [they stay in nicer hotels and order more courses at dinner]. And obviously, they end up footing the bill.
But if you have ever traveled with your mother anywhere, you know that there’s more to it than that. My mother and I backpacked [we called it “suitcasing”] across Europethis summer, hitting six countries, and 8 cities. Did we get along 100% of the time? Absolutely not. But it was still the best mother-daughter bonding trip of a lifetime. Would I do it again? Definitely.
Going in, I knew our trip would be incredible. Seeing ancient architecture, visiting cities I’ve only ever dreamed of… of course it would be amazing. But who knew that it would be experiences like stealing ice cubes from a restaurant on the Grand Canal in Venice, running away from selfie-stick hagglers by the Colosseum in Rome, and late night gelato runs on La Rambla in Barcelona with my mom that would make our trip life-changing.
It’s a great way to spend time with the person who raised you.
A mommy-daughter trip is way different than a family vacation. Most family trips involve endless bickering with your siblings, your dad stopping at every battlefield along the Eastern Seaboard [okay maybe that was only my dad] and hours spent trying to get the perfect family photo for that year’s Christmas card. That’s not to say family trips aren’t enjoyable, they are. But a trip with just your mom is different.
A girl’s unsung hero is their mom. Mothers have the most impact on a girl’s life [even if she is a daddy’s girl]. A trip with your mom is the perfect time to get to know her better and maybe finally drop that unspoken “thank you, mom [for everything you have ever given me and for driving across the Midwest to all of my sports tournaments and for all the unexpected gifts and for being friends with my friends and for not being the embarrassing mom and for loving me unconditionally]”.
You’ll find out that you share a lot more in common than you thought.
While your mom has been around for your entire life, you weren’t around for her entire life. You’ll hear stories about vodka-soaked apples, and nights spent hugging the porcelain throne. You’ll find out about trips with best friends to the Cayman Islands and probably some stories involving your dad that you wish you never knew.
But most importantly, you’ll find out that you are actually similar to your mom. Maybe you share dream vacation destinations or have the same bedtime routine. Perhaps you find out that you feel the same about Italian gelato [it’s the greatest thing in the world], you both fell in love with the work of Antoni Gaudí in Barcelona, and almost bought matching dresses in Croatia.
You may find out that you’re turning into your mom.
You’ll see her not only as a “mom”, but as a friend too.
You may find out that your mom is actually cool. You’ll share memories and inside stories. You’ll get amazing advice from someone who was once in your shoes, whether it be about your job hunt, your friends, or just about a guy. There is no one else who will tell you how it is as honestly as your mother. Sometimes it is infuriating, but at the end of the day, you’ll realize that she’s your best friend and no matter how frustrating, she’ll always love you unconditionally [even when you make her mad too!].
You can’t take a mother-daughter trip with anyone else.
It’s an experience that you will look back on with fondness, and tell your kids about. I’m already thinking about the next trip around the world with my mom!