Just a few reasons why you should pack Mother Dearest on your next vacation.
Your mom was your first ever travel buddy and here are 6 reasons (not including endless memories and unparalleled bonding) to bring your mom along on your next traveling adventure.
1. She can be your personal photographer
She will undoubtedly need a basic photography lesson, but with enough support and practice she may just be able to get you that insta pic you’ve been dreaming of. She won’t necessarily understand what you are going for, or know why the first 399 pictures weren’t good enough, but she will click away until you are satisfied.
2. She packs things like gloves
As you’re preparing for your trip you think to yourself “I wouldn’t be caught dead walking around with gloves on my hands when it’s not snowing”. You imagine yourself blending in with locals as you tell your mom to leave the gloves at home. Flash forward to when as you are walking down a city street with numb fingers and your mom whips out the gloves you told her not to pack you understand the saying “mother knows best.”
3. She understands you
After a long day on your feet, when even though you’re on vacation, you just want to buy a pint of good ‘ole Ben & Jerrys – she won’t judge you. She will find an American television station and help you finish the whole thing, eating just the right amount to give you enough, but ensure you don’t hate yourself the next morning.
4. She’s a better driver than you
As you plan your trip abroad, you casually rent a car to get around Ireland the most efficient and convenient way. It’s not until you are in a stick-shift car, on the left side of the road, on what should be a one-way street, with a jaw sore from clenching your teeth that you are thanking the Lord above that your mom is behind the wheel – and not you!
5. She can be your excuse for doing touristy things
Traveling is tough as you try to balance having a true cultural experience, and seeing everything you can. Most of the times cheesy touristy things don’t include either of those—but SOMETIMES they are fun/funny/you can see a lot/you have to try them because you are indeed a tourist. And in those sometimes, it’s nice to have Mum with you to blame on “dragging you” on….a duck tour of Dublin per say…that ends up being a hilarious way to see the city.
6. She’s your best bet at a good travel buddy
She has already seen you at your worst…multiple times. And she did carry you around for 9 months…so if you don’t travel well with your mother, there might be something wrong! Traveling can bring out the worst in people as you deal with the inevitable travel debacle (including but not limited to: delayed/cancelled flight, medical emergency, cosmetic emergency) all while living out of a suitcase for a number of weeks. Being with your mum is the best because she knows just how to deal with you in this situations—when to leave you alone, when to let you take the lead, and so on. She will also still love you after the trip…no matter what.
Guest Blog – Written by Maddy Hart