• 6 April 2022

Have you ever been on vacation with your mom? We’re not talking about the family holidays you took when you were a kid, we’re talking about mother and daughter trips that taken as an adult to spend some quality time with your mom. 

If you haven’t, perhaps it’s time to change that! Mother-daughter getaways can be a wonderful way to strengthen your bond with your mom. It’s also a fantastic way for you both to travel and see the world! With Mother’s Day coming up, Expat Explore has put together some of the best mother-daughter vacation ideas. Pick your favourite and get booking!

Travel tip: Why not create a fun ‘mother and daughter trips’ bucket list, and tick them off as you go? This will give you both something to look forward to and will ensure that you don’t forget to plan regular getaways with mom! 

Here are the some of the best destinations for a mother-daughter holiday:

1. New York City, USA

New York is one of the most fabulous mother and daughter vacation destinations! Take your mom to see the Statue of Liberty, enjoy quiet walks through Central Park and experience fun evenings out at one of the many bars and clubs in the “city that never sleeps”. 

NYC is also famous for its Broadway stage productions and is certainly one of the best places to enjoy a theatrical performance! While in the city, be sure to enjoy some of the delicious food that New York is famous for – corn dogs, bagels, pizza, and as much coffee as you can drink! 

Central park in Manhattan, New York
Central Park in Manhattan, New York

Related: Spend three days in New York when you join our Eastern USA and Canada Escape tour!

2. Sicily, Italy

This is a top contender for mother-daughter trips of a lifetime! Sicily is full of magnificent beaches, picturesque Medieval churches, and, of course, the most divine Italian food and wine. 

Enjoy a mother-daughter Sicily tour and take advantage of the fascinating views during a relaxing, yet exciting holiday. Nothing says mother and daughter bonding like a day spent suntanning on an Italian beach!

Taormina in all its glory at the Italian sea coast
Taormina in all its glory at the Italian sea coast
3. Bali, Indonesia

If you’re looking for mother-daughter trips on a budget, Bali is a great option. The tropical paradise offers low-cost vacations with a luxurious feel. Check into an all-inclusive resort and spend your vacation swimming, exploring and being pampered to the max. 

Bali offers some rejuvenating experiences. After a holiday of spa treatments, hiking and yoga classes, both you and your mom will be fully rested and ready to tackle your busy schedules again!

The Pura Beratan Temple of Bali
The Pura Beratan Temple of Bali
4. Tokyo, Japan

This magical Asian city offers the perfect combination of ancient traditions, modern architecture and technological innovations. Explore stunning, historic temples, shop til you drop and marvel at the neon skyscrapers that tower over the city!

Enjoy a captivating visit to Tokyo on our new Highlights of Japan tour, and come hungry because Japanese food (think sushi, ramen and wagyu beef) is famously delicious – although, never better than your mom’s cooking!

Locals wearing a traditional kimono at the Sensoji Temple
Locals wearing a traditional kimono at the Sensoji Temple
5. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is another perfect destination for a mother-daughter getaway. From vast open spaces in the Winelands to cosmopolitan city streets in the shadow of Table Mountain. 

Take the best mother-daughter trip to Cape Town and rest assured it will be full of adventure, beauty, and unique culture. Why not extend the trip and see the best of South Africa while you’re at it?  

The beautiful winelands overlooking the famous Table Mountain in Cape Town
The beautiful Winelands in Cape Town

Related: Read our blog and discover the best things to do in Cape Town!

6. Sydney, Australia

An Australian road trip with mom sounds like the perfect girls’ weekend away. See unique and adorable animals like Koalas and Kangaroos. Enjoy the changing landscapes of the wild outback and cosmopolitan city as you go.

Starting or ending your Australian getaway in Sydney is a smart choice. This large city offers something for every personality. Set off on kayaking and ferry rides in the harbour, eat at delectable seafood restaurants and, of course , visit the Sydney Opera House

The view of the Sydney Opera House
View of the Sydney Opera House
7. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The capital of Argentina is regarded as the Paris of South America! Wander around this bustling metropolis and take in the colourful streets, opulent buildings and vibrant local culture. Enjoy a South American travel adventure with your mom and take in the beauty that this charming city offers. 

You can both enjoy a variety of adventures, from enjoying live music to taking a traditional dance class. Not to mention the endless world-class restaurants and art museums. 

A colourful house in the La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires
A colourful house in the La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires
8. London, England

London is a favourite for many travellers and is a great option for your mom and daughter trip. The city has many iconic landmarks and attractions; enough to keep you busy for days!

Treat your mom to traditional English tea, take photos with the palace guards, and view the city from the London Eye. You can spend some time in London as well as see more of England’s beautiful countryside on a United Kingdom tour.

The unique red telephone booths of London
The unique red telephone booths of London

Top 5 Reasons to Vacation with Mom

Aside from the fact that she cared for you, dressed you and fed you during some of the least glamorous years of your life, here are a few more reasons to go on holiday with your mom:

1. She knows you better than anyone else

Who else knows that you’re deadly afraid of heights and will not enjoy that rooftop bar no matter how cool it looks? Is there anyone else who knows how much you love French literature and is willing to be dragged along to each and every museum and library? 

Probably not. This is why any trip with mom is often a thousand times better than a solo trip or even a trip with friends!   

2. You’ll both be able to expose each other to new experiences

She’ll drag you to the famous museum and you’ll convince her to attend the music festival (or vice versa). Taking mom with you on an adventure will undoubtedly guarantee that you’re both pushed out of your comfort zone but in the best way possible. 

Enjoy local cuisine
Enjoying local cuisine together
3. You’ll always feel safe

Regardless of how old you get, your mom will always have the ability to make you feel safe and secure. This can come in really handy while you’re travelling through foreign countries. 

4. It’s a great bonding opportunity

Travelling with someone is always a great way to learn more about who they are. How they act in strange environments, how they deal with new cultures and what they’re like when faced with new experiences tells you a lot about a person. 

Taking a mother and daughter trip is the ultimate way to get to know your mom as a person rather than simply as your mother. She’ll also get to know you better as an adult compared to how you were as a child. 

Bonding and exploring the city
Bonding and exploring the city
5. It’s a chance to spoil her

As a mother, she’s probably sacrificed a whole lot for you, and she probably wouldn’t change that for the world. But it’s always nice, as an adult, to be able to thank her in special ways. Spoil her for Mother’s Day, her birthday or simply because she deserves some rest and relaxation! 


Say “I love you, Mom” with one of these mother and daughter trip ideas. Plan a surprise trip, or spend some time together planning and preparing for a fun girls’ getaway. If you’re still not quite sure where your next mother-daughter travels should be, have a look at our upcoming tours or get in contact with us. We’ll be happy to suggest top mother and daughter trip packages for you! Expat Explore will take care of all the planning of itineraries, accommodation and activities so that you and your mom can have a stress-free break.

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