Traveling to Europe for a mother-daughter vacation can be the perfect way to make memories and strengthen your bond with your daughter. Spending a week or two in an unfamiliar place, overcoming obstacles and navigating new territory, will undoubtedly bring you closer, and you’ll have lots of fond memories to reflect on long after your trip is over.
However, the success of your trip will largely depend on your destination. Pick the wrong city, and you’ll find yourself bored, over budget, or otherwise unhappy with your experience. It’s important to put some thought into your vacation spot and make sure the two of you will be happy with your choice.
Looking for some inspiration for your mother-daughter Europe trip? Here are a few spots you can consider visiting together:
If you’ve always dreamed of visiting Italy, consider planning a mother-daughter trip to Florence. It’s home to some of the world’s most well-known works of art, like Michelangelo’s David, and you can easily spend a week exploring the museums and historic sites in the city.
Rather shop ‘til you drop or spend your days strolling the streets, people-watching and simply enjoying the atmosphere? You can do that too. And you’ll both enjoy eating your way through the city’s impressive restaurant scene.
Who doesn’t dream of a trip to Paris? Easy to navigate and offering endless options for fun and entertainment, it’s the perfect spot for mother-daughter duos. You can shop for shoes or sweet indulgences, treat yourself to a luxurious day spa experience, book a photographer for an impromptu (or well-planned) photo shoot, or do just about anything else you can dream of – after all, you’re in the City of Lights!
Don’t forget to add a day trip to Versailles to your itinerary. This famous palace, known for its ornately manicured gardens and gilded interior, is the perfect place to channel your inner royal – or enjoy a picnic lunch!
For a friendly, down-to-earth experience in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, plan a trip to Amsterdam. You’ll both love strolling the cobbled streets, or if you’re feeling adventurous, exploring the city by bicycle (the favorite local method of transportation). Shop for antiques, local goods, and flowers at one of the city’s many open-air markets, or visit during the holiday season to enjoy the charming Christmas markets that pop up throughout the city.
If you’re looking for a chance to embrace your adventurous side, consider a girls’ trip to Iceland. From Reykjavik, the country’s capital, you can set out on numerous excursions to hike, ride horses and ATV’s, tour lava fields, and witness some of the most stunning views you’ll find anywhere. You can also kick back and relax in the Blue Lagoon and, depending on when you choose to visit, may be able to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
Rather spend a week on the beach, soaking up the sun and catching up on your latest read? Head to Barcelona, where you can do precisely that – and so much more. You’ll both love exploring the city, admiring the architecture and indulging in tapas and other tasty bites. Try your hand at something new and sign up for a cooking class or dance lesson while you’re there!
As you can see, there are lots of options for your mother-daughter vacation, depending on how you’d enjoy spending your time together. Put some thought into how you’d like to get away and have some fun, then make it happen!