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2018 Vacations to Plan for Your Mom

Popular Trips to Gift for Mother’s Day

Coming up with the perfect Mother’s Day gift can be a daunting task if you don’t know exactly where to start. Travel Leaders Group, our parent company, released a survey of the most popular booked vacations in 2018, and Vacation thought we’d pull together a couple ideas for you to consider gifting to mom on her special day. Now, just because Mother’s Day is in few weeks, doesn’t mean you have to scramble to plan it all. Vacation’s on-call travel specialists can help match you with a travel agent to help you work out the details for a fabulous vacay your mom is gonna love! But first, here’s a few fun ideas to consider. 

Arrange a Caribbean Cruise Aboard the Largest Vessel in the World

Alaska cruises ranked No. 1 on our list of 2018 Top U.S. Destinations, but if you’re looking for a sunnier and warmer vacation idea, a Vacation travel agent can help you plan a Caribbean cruise for your mom on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, the largest vessel in the world! You could give her a 3-night cruise to explore one or two destinations such as Cozumel, Nassau and CocoCay. But, it’s your mom, so go ahead and splurge with a 7-night cruise of the Western or Eastern Caribbean that may include ports of calls such as Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Roatan, Honduras; and Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico. And if she wants family to tag along on her trip, the Symphony of the Seas keeps cruisers of all ages happy with 20 places to dine and more than 30 family-friendly activities and shows, including zip-lining, a rock-climbing wall, a cupcake class, a sushi-making class, laser tag, the FlowRider surf simulator, a live orchestra, Aquatheater shows and an adults-only Solarium. With help from a Vacation travel agent, send your mom on a fun cruise – solo or with the fam – to create a lifetime of memories. 

One of Vacation's expert travel agents can help you plan an amazing Caribbean cruise for your mom!
CocoCay: A Vacation travel agent can help you book an amazing Caribbean cruise for your mom on the Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas to visit fun destinations, including the Bahamas.

Prepare Her for an Amazing, but Relaxing Vacay in Mexico

Depending on where you live in the U.S., Mexico can be an ideal vacation for moms who would enjoy an all-inclusive stay at a beachfront resort or love to lounge in an luxurious hotel that includes exclusive high-end amenities. Your first task is to choose a place that fits her travel personality. According to the Travel Trends Survey, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya are the hottest travel destinations in Mexico this year. This region is for moms who enjoy vibrant nightlife and everything from parasailing to zip-lining while retiring to a high-rise hotel overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. A travel agent can arrange a fun private sailing tour between Cancun and the Isla Mujeres. South of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya are known for their luxurious all-inclusive resorts and adventures beyond the beach like the ancient Maya ruins and eco-friendly parks like Xcaret Park and Xel-Ha Park. No matter which destination you choose, one of Vacation’s expert travel agents can help you find the right resort for your mom. 

One of Vacation's expert travel agents can help you plan an unforgettable vacay in Mexico for your mom!
Mexico Vacay: Send mom packing to stay at a luxurious beachfront resort for an unforgettable stress-free vacation.

Explore the Possibilities of an Exquisite European River Cruise

Give your mom the ultimate gift of travel and send her on a luxurious river cruise to explore Europe. Traverse the Danube River through the heart and soul of Central Europe for 8-22 days via AmaWaterways with guided tours in cities along the way such as Nuremberg, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Vukovar, Croatia; and Belgrade, Serbia. Sail along the Rhone River to explore the wineries from Paris to Barcelona on a 14-day cruise or arrange for mom to a have a more elaborate journey along the Rhine – Europe’s most spellbinding river – to see hillside castles, lush vineyards and storybook villages between Amsterdam and Zurich, Switzerland. It’s the perfect trip to see several countries without the hassle of her constantly repacking. Unpack once and let the European adventure begin!

One of Vacation's expert travel agents can help you plan an amazing European river cruise for your mom!
European River Cruise: Consider planning a river cruise down the Danube River visit cities such as Prague, Vienna and Budapest. 

Plan Her Escape to a Luxurious Beachfront Getaway on Maui

Give your mom paradise on earth! Work with a travel agent to book a spacious one-bedroom, oceanfront suite with a jaw-dropping view of the other Hawaiian Islands at the 5-star Four Seasons Maui at Wailea. Stand-up paddleboard yoga, tennis lessons and a massage in a traditional open-air hale hau next to the Wailea Beach are just a few high-end amenities and activities that will keep her singing your praises long after this exquisite vacay. For a budget-savvy alternative, consider the Travaasa Hana, Maui. This all-inclusive resort features 70 rooms on acres of uncrowded property that overlook the Hana Bay. It’s the perfect getaway if your mom would enjoy a secluded beach getaway.

One of Vacation's expert travel agents can help you plan a trip for your mom to the island paradise, Maui!
Four Seasons Maui at Wailea: Mom can unwind at this 5-star hotel located right on Wailea Beach, where she can watch the jaw-dropping, beautiful sunset every day.

Give Her the Royal Treatment in London

For moms who can’t get enough 4-1-1 about Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new bundle of joy – London may be the ideal vacation. Let a travel agent help plan her transport from London to see Windsor Castle, only an hour drive west of the city, to see where the upcoming nuptials between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place on May 19, 2018. And of course, a trip to take few Instagram-worthy pics in front of the Queen Mum’s residence, Buckingham Palace, is a must! Kensington Palace (once the residence of Princess Diana), Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Tate Modern Museum, Westminster Abbey and The Tower of London (home to the Crown Jewels of England) are all stops that should be added to her Royal Tour.

Inspired by this article and want to speak with an expert travel agent about how you can plan an unforgettable vacation for your mom? Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with an expert travel agent to customize an itinerary she’s gonna love.

One of Vacation's expert travel agents can help you plan an excursion for your mom to see Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Mehgan Markle's wedding was held.
London: Give your mom the gift of travel. One of our expert travel agents can arrange a visit Windsor Castle, located just outside of London. She can see where Prince Harry and Mehgan Markle will get married!