11 Reasons to Travel with Your Mom

My mom and me in Ireland.

James Joyce said, “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” If moms are our compass, why not take them with us? Whether you set off to explore distant lands or take a long weekend getaway, here are 11 reasons to ditch the card and flowers this year and turn that brunch reservation into a travel itinerary.

1) You’ll make hilarious, inspiring, frustrating, heartfelt, hair-tearing, irreplaceable, lifelong memories. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by. Regret is a drag.

2) She’s a details man. She’ll remember the sunscreen, bug spray, Pepto Bismal, shampoo, your favorite snack, that reservation number…

3) Seeing the world through her eyes will give you a different perspective on life and travel. She’s seen it all so pay attention.

4) You’ll see a different side of one another. Watching my mom, the anti-hiker, trek up hill after “damn” hill in Ireland made me insanely happy and proud. Staging a jail break allows you to leave traditional familial roles at home and learn something new about one another.

5) She thinks you’re awesome. How many travel companions have thought you were THE BEST EVER?

6) You’ll meet different people. My mom can talk to anyone about anything (once to a cashier about my training bra) but even if this isn’t the case, she’ll meet and strike up conversations with folks you probably wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

7) She knows your favorite meals and might treat you or, even better, cook them for you on the road!

8) You’ll have real conversations. Away from life’s daily distractions and stresses, you can focus on the stuff that really matters. That four hour train trip to the coast or airport margaritas during a three hour layover is the perfect time to get down to it.

9) She’s fearless. She gave birth to you, didn’t she? She’s been there through rogue spider attacks, open wounds, bad grades, heartbreak, fender benders, losing friends and losing jobs. Watch and learn.

10) The woman can find a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g.

11) To say thank you. No one has sacrificed and put up with more than she has. As Kelly Oxford said, “If you like people who do stupid shit all the time, become a parent.” She loved you when you were a drooling, stumbling, babbling little drunk baby. She loved you when you were an antagonistic, moody, rebellious shithead teenager. She loved you when you were an overly confident, free spirited, know-it-all, ultra busy sophomore. She loved you when you were a freaked out, insecure, penniless, jobless 20-something. She loved you when you figured it all out and she’ll be there when it slips away again. So book a flight, pack her bags and say a sincere thanks.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments below. Happy Mother’s Day!

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