Once upon a time, you were a small kid with a petty allowance. That meant the very best gift you could possibly manage to give your mom was a handmade coupon book filled with sweet (though free) redeemable gifts. These tended to include things like breakfast in bed, a week of doing the dishes, a massage, doing your homework without being asked, and similar good-kid tasks. Your mom was obviously touched by your generous offer. It wasn’t redeeming those coupons (if she did) that was so special to her. It was the thoughtfulness, care, and possibility of it bringing you closer together!
Now that you’re a grown adult and you have your own money, you’re (hopefully) more capable of purchasing more substantial things for your mom. But it’s important to understand that spending time together and getting to know each other better is still pretty high on her wish list. Taking an annual trip with your mom, just the two of you is perhaps one of the best gifts you could offer her! Here’s why:
It’s a Great Time To Connect
You might have your own family or your own preferred collection of travel friends. Your mom might not be the first person you think of when planning a trip. Nevertheless, you should probably start considering her more! Whether it’s a long trip overseas or a quick weekend getaway, this special activity filled with unknown adventure will open doors to multiple experiences for you. Seize this amazing opportunity to get to know each other better. You both might think you know each other pretty well. Mom did birth you after all. But the truth is there’s probably a lot of history and baggage clouding your views of one another. Both mom and daughter alike are real human beings, not just mother and daughter. Taking an annual trip together can help you dig deeper, discover untold stories, go beyond the history you’ve endured together, and strengthen your relationship.
You Both Will Be Out of Your Comfort Zones
Think about the most recent times you’ve seen your mom. Have these meetings happened at one of your homes? Or at a local coffee shop or restaurant? Traveling forces you to make decisions and discoveries. It forces one or both of you to call a lot of shots you wouldn’t normally have to call. You get to compromise and prioritize. You get to make blind choices and build even more trust. You’ll likely end up doing something that one or the both of you have never done!
Getting out of your comfort zone is bound to be a thrilling experience. It will also prove to be rewarding for your relationship with your mom – provided you work together and are willing to have some fun!
You’ll Realize How Much She Loves You
Your mom might even be willing to take 10,000 more photos of you then any of your friends would have the patience for. She’ll put up with your mood swings when you get hungry or lost. She’ll want to do things that you want to do and see the sights that you have in mind because she wants you to be happy. You’ll start to realize all of the ways she prefers you, all the ways she chooses what you want over what she wants, and how she becomes interested in what you’re interested in, just to make your life better.
Taking a trip with your mom might sound odd at first. You’ll likely be out of your comfort zone for a substantial amount of the trip. But the experiences you’ll gain are bound to be rewarding. You might not come home with the kinds of stories you’d have if you went on a trip with your friends, but you’ll certainly be encouraged, loved, and have been closer to your mother as a result.