Here’s to all the daughters and sons…Each year you plan your vacations. New destinations. Fancy places. City breaks with friends. Romantic getaway with your partner. Girls weekend with your BFFs. But what if you make time for a short (or not so short) trip with your mother. Just the two of you in a beautiful place, bonding, talking, feeling like a child again and be surrounded by love. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to take her on a vacay, but if it is, I bet you’ll make that day even more special and she’ll have the best memories.
Last year, I was thinking about what I should get my mother for her upcoming birthday. When I realized that every year I just buy something…clothing items, bags, jewelry, shoes, perfumes…and a flower bouquet. So, this time I wanted to take a different kind of present. And then it hit me: let’s take her on a city break! And 30 minutes later I had 2 tickets to Milan, Italy – the city of fashion – and a nice accommodation booked close to the city center.
Need I tell you that we had a blast? It was a long weekend meticulously planned by me (been in Milan 4 times before this trip so I knew exactly where to go and what to do) that ended up being the funniest weekend ever. From losing our luggage, to receiving compliments from the frontier officers (Italian men, right?), to having a great table (without a prior reservation) and an exquisite Italian brunch at Marchesi, to lots of shopping (If you ask me, Milan is the best place to shop, especially if you love Italian designers), to having the best Aperol with a view, to seeing for the first time the Museo di Novecento that offers a spectacular view of the Duomo, to long walks on the famous Montenapoleone and on the pedestrian area of Via Dante, to a quick tour of the Sforza Castle, to waking up together just like when I was little, to 350 photos in just 2 days, to lots of jokes, emotional moments, memory recollection, drinking for better times, but also giving thanks for everything we have and we know and also for everything we have but we don’t know yet, to making promises that we’ll stick together no matter what…to actually running to catch the plane back home.
It was an unforgettable weekend with the person I will love till the end of times, in my favorite city that felt so familiar and yet so different, doing what I know best – exploring places.
To sum up our experience: priceless. It was exactly as I imagined it would be and even more, because…what better way to show her some love and appreciation than to spoil her with a trip. After all…I am my mother’s daughter! That travel bug inside me did not happen by coincidence.
So, if you haven’t done it yet, I highly recommend to surprise your mom with a wonderful trip. Show her you love her. Show her you appreciate all she has done for you. Show her she is special to you. Show her the WORLD. And don’t forget to thank her for raising you well and thank God for all the moments you have together.
Travel with HER. Spend a night in the dessert admiring the shiny stars above. Go for a hike and enjoy the nature. Have a shopping weekend and go crazy. Get lost between paintings in an art museum. Be a mermaid on a tropical beach and relax on the music of the ocean. Have a wine tasting in Tuscany. Go somewhere and do everything there is to be done or go somewhere and do nothing at all. But go TOGETHER. And you will feel genuine happiness once you see your mother smile, being proud of the child she raised and knowing she did a great job. That’s her legacy. Take a moment to realize how lucky you both are to have each other. Forget the world for a bit and make her the center of your attention.