My mom and I recently took our first trip together and to my surprise we had such a good time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom to the moon and back but the thought of 5 days together with no escape kinda freaked me out. My mom and I are very much alike so we often buttheads, those 5 days seemed to breeze by and we really were able to compromise and get along, so much that I was sad our trip was ending. When we got back home to Chicago, I immediately asked “where are we going next?!” that’s how much fun we had.
On the one hand, I was really excited to visit a new city and get some great weather. Spending time and bonding with my mom was a huge plus. We’ve created some memories and inside jokes that will last a lifetime. Hanging out during our trip was cool because regardless of our at home headbutting, we know each other really well and like I said, we’re very much alike. We were able to pick restaurants and activities we’d both enjoy without much question. She was totally open to wandering around aimlessly while I walked in and out of shops, and I was open to the historical tours she wants to take everywhere we go. That balance was key in us making it home in one piece. Another major pro of this trip, I felt safe and comforted knowing I was away with someone who wouldn’t let anything happen to me. Call that sappy, but I’m a big baby at heart!
On the other hand, my mom is the bossiest woman on the planet. Yes, even bossier than your mom! So as we were planning the trip and she wasn’t listening to any of my suggestions, all I could do was roll my eyes and think it would be the longest trip ever. I think that’s natural for some mother/daughter duos, moms often forget that their babies are babies anymore and daughters forget that moms can’t turn that switch off. The struggle ended when we landed, trying to plan ahead for a city neither of us had visited created so much unnecessary stress! When we got there and went with the flow, we had much better results. I think she realized it was better to put her itinerary down and just live it out. My mom and I having similar personalities worked for us. I can see how a trip with two complete opposites could go left very quickly. Imagine if I wanted to party until 4am and my mom was ready for bed by 8pm?! Disaster!
I won’t lie, I was hesitant to commit to this trip, I thought it’d be overwhelming, exhausting and aggravating. I hate to say, I was kind of dreading it. That might be natural depending on the type of relationship you have with your mom. Or, right off the bat you’ll be gung-ho and excited about it because you just know you’ll have a blast! Right now I’m pro-mother/daughter trips, it was a great way for my mom and I to get away and relax with each other which is something we don’t always get to do at home. I can’t wait until we get away again, hopefully to another super fun destination. Read all about our first trip here.
Now I’m wondering, would you take a trip with your mom? Where would you go and for how long? Have you already started a mother/daughter vacation tradition? What was it like?! Let’s chat in the comments below!