In honor of Mother’s Day, I decided to do a blog post honoring one of my favorite humans….my mom. This past year while spending 7 months abroad, I was lucky enough to have my beautiful mother join me for 2 1/2 months of my travels. With no plan or timeline in the beginning, we ended up exploring 5 different countries together: New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand! My mom took an early retirement buyout package after a successful career consulting with FedEx. I had nothing but time and an open schedule since taking a leave of absence and break from the real world for the year, so we were lucky enough to have the opportunity and time to do this together!
It’s no surprise that my mom and I love to explore and travel because I get my spirit for adventure from her (which you can read more about in my blog about my travel history here).
It is one of the best things ever because you become best friends on another level sharing inside jokes and laughter, you have limitless love and support and above all else, you create memories of a lifetime with someone you love!
If you ever get a chance to do something or anything similar with your mom or someone close to you, do it. Even if you can’t take a major trip, take the time to experience new things together and get out of your comfort zones. Not only will this bond you in new ways and bring you both more happiness, but you will have everlasting memories of the things you experienced together.
We began our epic trip of a lifetime together when she met me in New Zealand. We ended up traveling both the North and South islands together for just over a month.
(To learn more about traveling New Zealand, read my blog about it here.)
After New Zealand, we hopped on a plane and flew over to its neighbor Australia where we decided to do an epic road trip around the massive country of Oz. Beaches, kangaroos, koalas, wine tasting, and endless adventures sum up our time here.
(Read more about traveling Australia here.)
After Australia, neither of us was ready to go home just yet so we decided to change the pace a bit and head to Vietnam for some culture shock, tasty pho, amazing shopping and more sightseeing. We started our trip in Vietnam in the busy city of Ho Chi Minh. We then worked our way up the coastline going to Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hanoi and Halong Bay.
(Learn more about traveling through Vietnam here.)
After Vietnam, we decided to spend a few days in Siem Reap, Cambodia to explore the wonders of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world!
(Read more about Angkor Wat here.)
Lastly, we ended our travels in Thailand. Although I had already spent a month and a half in Thailand on my own prior to her joining me on this trip, I was more than happy to get back to the land of beautiful islands and stunning beaches and so was she. (We decided last minute to head there from Cambodia after talking to a girl in a coffee shop who told us about the island of Koh Chang. She described an island paradise and after all of the sightseeing and nonstop traveling we had done, that was exactly what we needed.)
(Read more about traveling in Thailand here.)
We spent our last 3 weeks together in Thailand on a beach spending our days reading, relaxing, swimming and pampering ourselves with massages and daily coconuts. Like mother, like daughter! 🙂
(If you are wondering how a trip like this is possible stay tuned for my upcoming blog on travel and how it can be more affordable than you may think!)
(Stay tuned for a blog post all about traveling through Thailand coming soon.)
Life Lessons Learned from My Mom:
- Live with love in your heart
- Have no fear
- Take chances
- Never stop learning and growing
- Always say yes to new adventures
- Stay active
- Be giving and generous
- Age is just a number- always be young at heart
- Believe in yourself
To My Mom:
Thank you for being you and for showing me how to live life to the fullest with nothing but passion and love in your heart! I love you! Happy Mother’s Day!