We have a lot to thank our mothers for. They’re the ones who carried us, who nurtured us, who showed us right from wrong, how to get over heartbreak, and the key to choosing the best watermelon (does it sound hollow when you tap it?). Our mothers are some of the most precious women in our lives, and Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate them.
This year, why not rethink your Mother’s Day gift? Cooking classes and flowers are nice, but if you want to really treat your mom, don’t overlook the power of a well-planned experience. We have a list of options your mom is sure to love. These are the best places to travel with your mom—whether she wants to take a Bucket List European vacation, or to finally stand at the rim of the Grand Canyon, we have something for every style of traveler.
Not sure where to start? We can help you narrow down the kinds of trips your mom would like by determining her travel style. Here are eight of the most common styles we’ve seen, and the best affordable tours for each type!
The Cruisin’ Mama
This mom knows how to LIVE! She recognizes everybody’s need for a bit of pampering, and how to properly dabble in indulgence. To her, there is nothing better than a long cruise—she loves the great food, thoughtful service, and beautiful destinations—not to mention only having to unpack once! Her fondness for the comfort and ease of cruising is matched only by her passion for experiencing all that each port stop has to offer. She takes her shoes off for a pedicure and spa treatment with as much gusto as she puts them back on for sightseeing—she really enjoys visiting historic sites, perusing unique bazaars, and sampling local foods. For her this combination of ease, comfort, and pampering, paired with spectacular sightseeing, is the ultimate way to see the world.
Three of the trips that we would recommend for the Cruisin’ Mama are the Italian Discovery & Transatlantic Cruise, Treasures of the Far East, and the Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour.
The Italian Discovery & Transatlantic Cruise is a 22-day journey from the United States to the heart of Italy. She will enjoy New York City, Bermuda, Portugal, Spain, France, and finally Italy, to visit several of its most prominent and exciting big cities. Transatlantic cruises are dreams come true for Cruisin’ Mamas!
Treasures of the Far East is the ultimate cruise through China and Japan. See evidence of these wonderfully ancient cultures in between massages and delicious included meals.
Our Grand Alaskan Cruise & Tour is heavy on pampering and natural beauty. See the Last Frontier’s most iconic sights—calving glaciers, deeply forested peaks, the glorious Inside Passage—all while being fawned over by the staff of Holland America Line’s spectacular ms Westerdam.
The History Buff
If your mom knows everything about history—maybe she’s a retired teacher, a huge fan of Hamilton, or simply a voracious reader—we have some unforgettable tours.
She will see history come to vivid life by visiting the grounds where famous and infamous events actually took place, and we have two tours that we think she will really love: Highlights of American History tour and Bella Italia.
Highlights of American History will take you through the most important sites of the early United States. See Washington, D.C, President Washington’s home of Mount Vernon, our first capital city of Philadelphia, and more. This is the ultimate tour for the American History aficionado.
Meanwhile, Bella Italia is the mamma mia of all Italy tours, and is perfect for lovers of more ancient history. See Rome and the Vatican, Florence and Pisa, and take an incredible tour of ancient Venice, former home of Marco Polo, Casanova, and the world’s most highly guarded glass-making secrets.
If your mom lives life by her own rules and understands that age really is nothing but a number, she should be proud to have earned the title of Adventure Lover. She is always up for a challenge—whether that means watching the sun rise from the sky above Albuquerque, or traveling to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
The Adventure Lover will really enjoy our brand-new Jewels of Arabia, and our always popular Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Southwestern Tour.
Jewels of Arabia is one of our most ambitious tours to date. You will travel from Italy through the Mediterranean, across the Suez Canal in Egypt, and to Jordan, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. She will see some of the most incredible scenery in the world—ancient wonders and modern marvels—while experiencing utterly unique cultural traditions. The tour’s penultimate day includes a trip to the 148th floor of the massive Burj Khalifa. It’s taller than the clouds, and a real thrill for visitors.
Our Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta & Southwestern Tour brings even more excitement. Travel through Arizona’s infamous Tombstone—site of the legendary gunfight at the O.K Corral that cemented the Wild West legends of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Enjoy the striking beauty of the desert en route to Albuquerque, where you can choose to take an optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran.
The Hopeful Romantic
Does she cry at weddings? Does she devour Nicholas Sparks novels in a single sitting? Does she swoon over The Bachelor? If your mom loves love, we would consider her a Hopeful Romantic, and we know some truly spectacular trips that she will go positively crazy for.
Hawaiian Escape is short, sweet, and oh-so-special. She will spend seven blissful days relaxing in paradise. Long walks on the beach, pampering, and sunset drinks are non-negotiables as she takes in Oahu and Maui at her speed.
We have many different European River Cruises to choose from, each more magical than the next. If she enjoys taking her time and watching the stunning landscape go by at an easy pace, this is perfect for her. In between tours of beautiful castles and adorable cities, the only thing to do is slowly take in the scenery—and maybe wine tasting, if the fancy strikes. We think the Hopeful Romantic will especially love the Enchanting Danube River Cruise & Tour, one of our leading European vacations where she will see Vienna, Melk Abbey, Hungary’s ancient Kalocsa, and breathtaking Prague.
Green Thumb Mum
A Green Thumb Mum knows just what to do to make her garden prosper—whether on a vast farm or in brightly colored pots indoors—and she loves nothing more than visiting the world’s great gardens.
One of the best gardens she will ever see is on Wonders of Southeast Asia. Singapore is famous for its incredible food, sophisticated culture, and breathtaking gardens. Gardens by the Bay is by far the most famous—and impressive. It is a nature park that covers 250 acres, and is home to a bounty of colorful orchids, beautiful waterfalls, and numerous garden sections that mimic the natural climates of different parts of the world. The Gardens by the Bay is one of the best in the world, and the Green Thumb Mum will not want to leave this first destination on our Southeast Asia cruise
Maybe it’s the way they talk. Maybe it’s Shakespeare or the Beatles. Maybe it’s how just a little bit of clotted cream and raspberry jam elevate a simple scone into something truly marvelous. No matter why she loves everything British, we know The Anglophile will certainly enjoy these tours.
The Anglophile has her pick of one of our three British tours, or she can combine them. Choose from Essential Britain, a highlights tour of England, Wales, and Scotland; Sights of Scotland, a trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh via the Highlands, and our YMT Signature Best of Ireland tour, an odyssey that loops around the entire island and stops at nearly all the most famous Irish destinations in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
The Cool Mom
She’s not like a regular mom—she’s a cool mom! If your mom is the life of the party, then we have numerous tours that she’ll love. Think warm locales with friendly people and delicious signature drinks—places The Cool Mom can really let her hair down!
We suggest Greece & Her Islands, Highlights of Australia & New Zealand, and our quintessential Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour.
Greece & Her Islands is an amazing cruise tour combining ancient history with intensive leisure. The Cool Mom should seek out tavernas, tiny restaurants that serve authentic cuisine and delicious spirits like anise-flavored ouzo, an aperitif said to have been created by 14th century Greek monks.
Highlights of Australia & New Zealand is another wonderful choice for The Cool Mom. Lovely weather, friendly people, and a renowned passion for beer are all on the menu on this incredible 18-day Australia and New Zealand cruise tour.
Finally, our Rose Parade & Los Angeles Tour is a guaranteed winner for The Cool Mom. A short 5-day trip to the City of Angels, she will love ringing in the New Year surrounded by the lights and excitement of the glamorous seaside metropolis. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and other local areas are full of incredible dining and entertainment options. We have several more Rose Parade tours to choose from, but if a Cool Mom wants to let loose for a short time, this trip couldn’t be better for her.
Naturalists like to get far out from the hustle and bustle of modern life. She agrees with the John Lubbock quote, “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” All she wants in a trip is natural beauty, which YMT Vacations is thrilled to provide with our National Parks of the Golden West Tour. She can see up to nine of America’s most stunning National Parks, including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon.
Your mother’s travel type is just one of the countless special things about her. No matter if she’s a Green Thumb Mum or a History Buff, we know that on Mother’s Day she deserves to be celebrated by taking her on a meaningful journey that she will never forget.
Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at YMT.