First of all let me start by saying my mom is THE BEST! Now I know I am bias, but she truly is. We have done a few holidays together before and even when I am so far away from home, we call each other a few times a week, so the basis for a holiday like this was already there. I know some people don’t have this close of a relationship with their moms, but even if, or maybe because of that, try out some of these things and see what happens, it might make miracles happen ;) I truly had the best time with her and can’t stress enough how important it is to spend quality time with your family and loved ones!
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Backpacking with Mom for a few weeks - amazing adventure!
#1 Think of it as a holiday, not just two or three weeks travelling - everyone who has been travelling for a longer time will know what I mean. Spending a two or three week holiday somewhere is different than travelling full time for a few months. You do things differently, spend less money, find all the cheap eats and places to go, and probably do the less touristy things. Anyways for your mom (or anyone else coming to visit you while you are on this awesome trip) it is just that - a HOLIDAY and a break from the chaos, stress, and hard work of a full time job. Acknowledge that and spend time resting, enjoying each others company, and the good weather and beaches rather than packing all day full with 100 things to do and see.
#2 Be prepared to pay more - if your mom is like mine, then putting her in a ten bed dorm with stuffy air, no window, only one fan for all, and a shared bathroom in the hallway, probably won’t cut it and will make the holiday and experience less enjoyable for both of you (who wants a cranky mom for three weeks?!). Be prepared to spend a bit of extra money for a clean and nice double room, attached (hot) shower in a bit of a nicer Guesthouse or Hotel.
#3 Book things in advance - book things like your next accommodation in advance, your mom will thank you for it. It saves the hassle of looking around by foot in a place that you have not been before, carrying your heavy bags, and sweating from all the heat and humidity. My personal favourite for this is booking.com - it has some of the best deals and low prices, plus so many amazing places for every budget to choose from! From dorm rooms in hostels, to simple guesthouses, to expensive hotels or villas, booking.com has it all!
#4 Take things a bit slower - now I am in my mid 20’s, my mom is in her mid 50’s...! (Go you mom for doing a trip like this!) That means to sometimes take things a bit slower. Take more time in one place, sit and rest if the dead heat of the afternoon sun is too much, take a taxi (blue bird taxis are the way to go and are a lot cheaper than anything else in Bali) if walking is too far, and allow some time for a cold drink or a chat - soon enough you will be on your own again and can go the tempo you want to and are used to.
#5 And lastly (but the most important of it all) ENJOY IT!! - how amazing is it that your mom is coming all that way to spend a few weeks with YOU!? Enjoy every single minute and cherish every moment with her - she is after all your mom and one of the most important people in the world! ❤️
Fun times with Mom in Bali, Nusa Lembongan
Best Mom ever - travelling in style and enjoying a drink and the company with Singapore’s skyline