When you are young, I don’t think you really appreciate your mothers as much as you do when you are older and understand what they have gone through raising you- their daughters. So now that you are older (and reading My Vacation Lady‘s blogs) if you could take a mother-daughter vacation, where would you go?
Let’s say that the sky is the limit– for both time and budget. Where would you like to spend time with your mother for a vacation?
My mother died at the age of 49. She lived in a much simpler life than we do now and didn’t take many vacations. She honeymooned in Florida (took the train down from NYC). We took family vacations to hotels in the Catskill Mountains and once she went with a friend to Aruba. I think if my mother were still alive (and she would be 87 now), I think I would like to take her on a cruise to Alaska. I think she might have appreciated the beauty of the state and she would have enjoyed the cruise itself. While I doubt that she would take a helicopter tour or go flightseeing, we would still be able to see Mendenhall Glacier, take some leisurely excursions to explore some of the towns and I think she would have been amazed at the glacier parks.
For my daughter, we’ve done so many family cruises when she and her brother were kids and we are doing another family cruise this year so I think I would take my daughter to Kauai. She honeymooned there and it is my favorite island in Hawaii and, of course, she would know what resort we would stay in. I think we would enjoy the fabulous spa, enjoy the pools and the beach and do a bit of walking on some nearby trails.
Interestingly– her response— Australia or Europe— if I was paying 🙂
Here are some great ideas for Mother Daughter Vacations:
1. Spa retreats- there are some great spa resorts within the US but you can also get some resorts with great spas in the Caribbean. Mexico or Hawaii.
2. U.S City fun (maybe New York, Charleston, Savannah, San Diego or San Francisco) or how about Europe— Paris, Rome, London
3. A cruise- there is always something going on (day and night) so you can enjoy some new destinations by day and enjoy the cruise ship amenities during days at sea and the evening
4. An escorted tour– sometimes women traveling would prefer the feeling of the safety of being in a group so an escorted group tour might be perfect. You can have your itinerary all planned out with sightseeing and some meals included and you also have time to explore on your own. It might be the perfect combination of sightseeing and exploration without all of the planning
5. A River Cruise- while not exactly an escorted tour and not exactly an ocean cruise, taking a river cruise allows you to explore little towns that you might not have the opportunity to visit and you only have to pack and unpack once. With some great itineraries in Europe and Asia, this would be perfect for the mothers and daughters who love history and culture.
When I polled a number of clients and travel colleagues, it was interesting to hear the response of where they would take their mothers for a mother daughter vacation. One went to Canyon Ranch for a spa weekend. Others talked about taking their mothers to the places in Europe where the family came from. Another mentioned Italy for the food, wine and history and others mentioned Paris.
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