In 2011, my mother and I started an annual tradition. Each year, we take a mother-daughter vacation together. Not only does this give us an excuse to explore places our spouses aren’t interested in visiting, it also gives us an opportunity to spend some quality mother-daughter time together. The idea began after I moved away from home. Shortly after I moved to Orlando, my mom had a work trip scheduled to Washington, DC. Since I had never visited DC, she invited me to tag along for the weekend. Although there was work peppered in, we managed to explore memorials, museums and historic sites in nearby Alexandria and Georgetown.
I suppose you could say we skipped a few trips between DC and the next getaway because we did a lot of traveling throughout Florida whenever she visited me. Our Florida travels started with St. Petersburg and continued with Naples, West Palm, Sanibel Island, Miami, and Jacksonville.
New York City
In 2015, we decided to take on a destination we had both wanted to explore. I had admired New York City since falling in love with dance and Broadway as a kid. We both love history and architecture, and I really love getting my mom to try new things. Not only did we walk 10 miles in a day, but we effectively covered every area of the island between the Statue of Liberty and the Museum of Natural History.
London + Paris
On our latest trip, we decided to leave the states. My mom had yet to travel outside of the country, so we planned our annual trip to two of the world’s heaviest travel hitters. We split 10 days between London and Paris, enjoying everything from shopping in Notting Hill and walking the historic Westminster Abby, to sipping wine along Avenue des Champs-Élysées and trying escargot with Notre Dame views. Between destinations, we cruised the countryside from the comfort of a Eurostar train — an experience I’ve glowed about in previous posts.
I’m not sure if I get my travel bug from my mom or my dad. She frequently travels for work and he lives for a good road-trip with an even better soundtrack. This year, we had planned to travel northeast to NYC, Boston & Martha’s Vineyard, but had to cancel and re-plan following family events. We chose California. I hadn’t been to California with my mom in over 20 years, and in my few visits, had never been north of San Diego. In 5 days, we explored from Malibu > West Hollywood > Santa Monica > Newport Beach > Dana Point > Laguna Beach > San Diego.