This is a guest post by Marquita Wright.
As a mom, your daily schedule normally consists of a whirlwind of taking care of everyone else. From breakfast to bedtime stories, the day is a nonstop marathon of caring for your family’s needs. It’s a beautiful and rewarding journey, but let’s face it, there’s very little time left for self.
The concept of a solo mom vacation might seem like an indulgence, even a touch selfish. But here’s a gentle reminder: taking that much-needed break is not just okay; it’s incredibly beneficial for you and your family.
As a mom to twin boys, I know this firsthand. When my boys were 10 months old, I took my first solo vacation. As an avid traveler pre-pregnancy, I knew I had to do it — my soul was itching for travel. But I’ll admit, I was nervous, questioning if I was truly making the right decision.
I soon discovered how cathartic and life-giving solo mom vacations truly are, not only for myself but my family. I returned home recharged and a much happier and more present mom. And my twins had the opportunity to make memories with other family members.
Now, I prioritize taking an annual “mom-cation.” And at five years old, my boys know not only what momcations are but that Mom will return — with more love and patience for them (and probably a gift).
In addition to detailing its benefits, this post will share tactics on how to take your momcation, guilt-free, as well as provide inspiring destination ideas.
It’s time to prioritize yourself, mama! Embark on a journey of self-discovery and relaxation. Your family will thank you for it.
Benefits of a Mom Vacation, for Mom
Recharge and reconnect
Momcations provide a much-needed break from the demands of daily life. They offer an opportunity to recharge your physical and emotional batteries, allowing you to return home refreshed and ready to tackle your responsibilities with renewed energy.
Being away from your usual routine gives you the chance to reconnect with yourself. Solo momcations allow you to rediscover your interests, passions, and hobbies that may have taken a back seat to motherhood. This self-discovery can boost your self-esteem and overall happiness.
Benefits of Mom Vacation, for the Kids
Independence and resilience
When moms take vacations, kids have a chance to spend quality time with other caregivers or family members. This fosters independence and resilience as they learn to adapt to different routines and personalities.
Stronger parent-child bond
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. The time apart can strengthen the bond between you and your children. Reuniting after a mom’s vacation often leads to a deeper appreciation for each other. And they always know that Mama will return for them.
Benefits of Mom Vacation, for Family Members/Caregivers
Caregivers and family members who step in during a mom vacation create their own special bonds with the children. This strengthens the support system within the family and enhances relationships.
Providing care during mom trips can be a valuable experience for other family members. It allows them to develop their caregiving skills and fosters empathy and understanding for all that you do for your family daily.
In essence, mom vacations are really a win-win-win for everyone involved. They prioritize self-care for moms, promote growth and resilience in children, and create opportunities for valuable bonding within the family unit.
Tips for a Guilt-Free Momcation
Mom-guilt is the nagging feeling that many moms experience when they take a break from their daily routines to focus on themselves. Most moms are likely to have some level of guilt when considering taking a vacation, especially the first time. And that’s okay. It’s totally normal.
The below tips will help you prepare to combat any mom-guilt that attempts to rear its ugly head. You will be able to enjoy your time to yourself, knowing that you’ve taken the necessary steps to set your family up for success during your absence. Plus, ultimately, doing something that refills your cup will pour over to your family.
Plan ahead and prepare
We mamas like things done our way. And that’s okay. Thus, take inventory of the things you’re most particular about and prepare what you can. That could look like:
- Meal planning and preparing snacks for your family. Stock the fridge with easy-to-grab options to ensure your loved ones are well fed during your absence.
- Lay out outfits for your kids for the duration of your momcation. Label them for specific days to simplify mornings for your caregiver, if necessary.
Coordinate support in advance
- Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or caregivers who can help take care of your children while you’re away. Sharing responsibilities ensures that no one individual gets overwhelmed.
- Create a schedule that outlines who will handle drop-offs, pickups, playdates, and other daily routines, making the transition smoother for everyone.
Utilize technology for connection
- Stay connected with your kids through technology. Set up nursery cameras or baby monitors so you can check in on them when needed. This provides peace of mind.
- Schedule daily video chats or calls to catch up with your little ones. Share stories, sing lullabies, or even have virtual mealtime together to maintain that connection.
Prioritize your interests
- While on your momcation, focus on activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it’s reading, hiking, or simply lounging by the pool, do what makes you happy.
- Remember that pursuing your interests sets a positive example for your children, showing them the importance of self-care.
Practice mindfulness and self-compassion
- It’s natural to experience moments of guilt, but practice mindfulness to acknowledge these feelings without judgment. Remind yourself that self-care is essential for your overall well-being.
- Be kind to yourself and recognize that taking a break doesn’t diminish your role as a mom. In fact, it can make you a better and more rejuvenated parent when you return.
Do remember that, just like your momcation, how you choose to prepare your family for your absence depends on what is important to you. Don’t care about what your kid wears while you’re gone? Don’t pick out their outfits in advance. Care about the specific extracurricular activities they participate in? Create a calendar to reflect it.
At the end of the day, you want to do what you think will help you enjoy your mom trip the most. And that looks different for every mama, and in every stage of motherhood.
6 Amazing Mom Vacation Ideas
The great thing about a mom vacation, like any solo vacation, is that it’s all about what you want to do and desire. It can be as simple as staying at a hotel in your city for a night or two to unwind, or more involved like taking a flight across the world to learn about a new culture. So whether you want to focus on self-discovery, indulge in your passions, challenge yourself, or simply unwind, there are countless ways to plan an amazing solo mom vacation.
It’s a time to reconnect with your own needs, passions, and desires. Here are six mom vacation ideas that will allow you to do just that:
Turn the focus on you: Cenote underwater photoshoot in Tulum, Mexico
Underwater photoshoot on my momcation to Tulum, Mexico
This vacation is all about you, mama! Go from being behind the camera and taking photos of your little one(s) to being the focus of the image. But don’t just do it anywhere. Go to a destination that’s just as beautiful as you are.
For example, head to the stunning cenotes of Tulum, Mexico, and embark on a unique underwater photoshoot. This experience isn’t just about capturing wonderful moments; it’s about embracing your inner adventurer. Dive into the crystal-clear waters and let the enchanting cenotes be the backdrop to your newfound confidence.
Become one with nature: Multiday hiking retreat
Escape the hustle and bustle of daily mom life and find solace in natural beauty. A multiday hike retreat will help you rediscover a sense of inner calm, allowing for self-reflection and rejuvenation. It’s an opportunity to disconnect from the digital world, embrace solitude, and reconnect with the healing power of the great outdoors.
Choose a destination that resonates with your sense of adventure. The Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, provide the opportunity to enjoy hiking, waterfall tours, and so much more along the Appalachian Trail.
Challenge yourself and learn about a new culture: Wadi Rum, Jordan
Stepping out of your comfort zone fosters personal growth and resilience, especially when you immerse yourself in a new culture. Learning about others and their diverse experiences can serve as a mirror reflecting different aspects of your own beliefs, values, and perspectives. This mom vacation will allow you to learn about another culture while reflecting on the woman you’ve become throughout your motherhood journey.
For an immersive cultural experience, venture to Wadi Rum in Jordan. Spend a night under the vast desert sky in a traditional Bedouin camp. Engage with the local culture, taste traditional cuisine, and discover the ancient history of this captivating region. It’s a chance to step out of your comfort zone and broaden your horizons.
And of course, while you’re in Jordan, you can visit Petra, one of the world’s wonders, as well as the Dead Sea and many other historical destinations.
Find your internal serenity: Yoga retreat
Relaxation and mindfulness are crucial for mental and emotional well-being. What with balancing the daily schedule of your household, it may be challenging to do so at home. A yoga retreat will allow you to unwind and rediscover your inner peace and gratitude.
For ultimate relaxation and self-discovery, consider one in Sedona, Arizona. Find inner peace as you immerse yourself in its red-rock landscapes and serene desert environment. Practicing yoga and meditation amid the stunning scenery enhances mindfulness and encourages spiritual growth. Plus, the area’s energy vortexes are believed to promote balance and healing.
Returning home from a mom trip more relaxed and mindful will benefit your entire family.
Learn more about something you love: Wine tasting in Santa Barbara, CA
For many moms, the passions and interests you had pre-kids normally take a back seat. But this solo momcation is all about you. So pick that interest back up and deepen your knowledge and passion for it.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, treat yourself to a wine-tasting getaway in Santa Barbara, California. Explore the scenic vineyards, savor exquisite wines, and deepen your knowledge of winemaking. Plus, the ocean and mountains are beyond gorgeous, offering additional adventures.
This vacation will not only indulge your palate but also nurture your passion.
Be pampered: Luxury hotel getaway
As a mom, you are normally the one who is servicing others — cooking meals, cleaning the house, helping with homework, etc. On this mom trip, relinquish those responsibilities and become the one who receives the services at a luxury hotel getaway.
Sometimes all you need is pure indulgence and relaxation — because you’re worth it!
The great thing about a luxury hotel getaway is it can happen in most cities, so you don’t have to travel far if you don’t want to. Book a stay at a luxury hotel that caters to your every need. From sumptuous room service and world-class spa treatments to gourmet dining and pristine beaches, your only job is to relax and soak in the opulence.
Remember, a mom vacation is about giving yourself the love and care you deserve. It’s a chance to rediscover your passions, challenge yourself, and find serenity. So, go ahead and plan that solo mom getaway that focuses on you, because a happy and fulfilled mom makes for an even better parent when you return home.
Final Thoughts: Take that Momcation, Mama!
When mom-guilt attempts to rear its ugly head and stop you from taking a vacation, please remember that they are a crucial investment in your well-being and overall family dynamics. Being able to escape the daily demands of parenting, work, and household responsibilities provides a much-needed opportunity for self-care and self-discovery. Plus, when moms take time for themselves, they can return home with a renewed sense of energy, patience, and joy, which positively impacts family life.
So, TAKE THAT MOM VACATION!
About the author: Marquita Wright, The Traveling Twin Mama, along with her husband, has continued to prioritize travel even after the birth of their twin boys — with and without her family in tow. She helps women travel the world confidently through her tips, inspiration, and products.