Incredible tours and travel inspiration for mother-daughter bonding
One simple day of the year is not nearly enough to spend adoring the warrior that we call “Mum”. Sure, flowers are a pretty gift, but white beaches and European cities are far prettier. Being mums ourselves can really make you appreciate your own mama even more, so why not plan something special and give her a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget? Maybe you’re already thick as thieves and are seasoned travel partners, or perhaps you’re looking for a special way to say thank you for all that she has done and continues to do. Or you have your own teen or young adult you’d like to jet off somewhere amazing with.
From the golden beaches of Costa Rica, to the rambling streets of Barcelona, to the breath-taking hills of Iceland, here are some amazing adventures that will undoubtedly make the family scrapbook.
Chances are, it’s your first time ever visiting one of these majestic islands of the South Pacific — Bora Bora, Tahiti, Mo’orea, etc. They’re not the easiest to get to, but once you do arrive prepare for Mum to swoon.
Truly the definition of “paradise”, French Polynesia is almost too dreamy of a destination to believe. Given the laid-back culture these islands possess it’s the perfect place to take things slow and simple. And well, that’s more than okay! Relax with some cocktails on the beach whilst trying to wrap both of your heads around that otherworldly, turquoise water and mossy mountainous peaks in the distance. This one is on just about everyone’s destination bucket-list.
Where: Airports vary depending on which island you choose to visit. Bora Bora tends to be the easiest to access with the best resorts as well as WWII historical sites.
Cost: Prices vary depending on how luxurious and adventurous you’d like to make the trip.
Best time of year to go: November or April is when you’ll get Bora Bora’s best temperatures and see the least amount of tourists on the island.
Tip: We highly recommend the snorkelling tour by Reef Discovery.
Exploring the natural beauty of Iceland is without question a necessary travel “to-do”, and via camper van is the best way to do it! If you both love all things adventurous and off-the-grid, Iceland is a can’t-miss experience. Hop on Iceland’s iconic Ring Road, which circumnavigates the entire island and provides camping sites along the way close to the country’s top attractions. If it gets to be a little rough and rugged, no problem. Treat yourselves to a well deserved rest day in one of Iceland’s many hot springs. We recommend the Blue Lagoon!
Where: Fly into Keflavík International Airport.
Cost: Happy Campers vans start at 125 Euros per day during the low season.
Best time of year to go: Though it may be chilly, we recommend the low season to save a bit of cash and to see the Northern Lights, which can typically be spotted between September and October.
Tip: Iceland is notorious for spotty Wi-Fi. Be sure to bring a physical map when you’re out cruising through the mountains so you don’t get lost.
Treat yourselves to a little R&R in beautiful Costa Rica! The ideal spot for luxurious spa treatments, yoga retreats, and natural healing mineral waters, food and plants. The best part? You can soak in all the lush vibes while overlooking the breath-taking volcanic backdrops that are around every corner in Pura Vida. Just a quick and cheap flight away from the US (so it can be added to the itinerary easily if you’re visiting), Costa Rica really is a favourite escape amongst wellness-savvy ladies. If Mum is a workaholic who deserves some TLC, this tropical paradise delivers.
Where: Fly into Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport and check out Tabacon Thermal Resort, which is renown for it’s mother and daughter spa getaways.
Cost: Prices vary depending on packages and resorts
Best time of year to go: Mid-December to April is Costa Rica’s dry season.
Tip: The US dollar is widely accepted throughout Costa Rica. No need to worry about money exchanges if you’re coming from the states!
Ah, Barcelona. How everyone loves you so! And really, what’s not to like? Take Mum cycling through the touristy neighbourhoods of El Born or Gothic Quarter, shop the streets of La Rambla, or settle into a taverna for endless tapas, Spanish wine, and good chat. In Barcelona, Mum will get a taste of the good life, literally. Food is the heart and soul of Spanish culture, so be sure to sign up for a cooking class together and bring everything you learn into the kitchen together back home. Trust us when we say, Barcelona is as beautiful and enthralling as you imagine it to be.
Where: Fly into Barcelona–El Prat Airport.
Cost: Cooking classes with Barcelona Cooking begin at 65 Euros.
Best time of year to go: June through August is when Barcelona is at its most vibrant.
If your animal lovers, The Dragon Trip’s Panda Volunteering Tour is the perfect authentic and insightful wildlife conservation experience. And though most think that pandas can only be found in China, the company also provides tours in Japan and Southeast Asia as well. You and mum will have the opportunity to prepare food, clean and care for the animals as well as opportunities to explore the country you choose as well. Check out their website here.
Where: China, Japan or Southeast Asia. Airports vary depending on which destination you choose.
Cost: Prices to volunteer with Dragon Trip start at US$1,500 which includes guided services, accommodation, transportation and activities.
Best time of year to go: Anytime during the spring is ideal for Asia.
Tip: If you decide to head to Japan for this experience, be sure to see the infamous cherry blossoms that arrive in the spring. You will fall in love!
This article was originally published on Sassy Hong Kong on 6 April and has been updated for Sassy Mama Hong Kong