Reasons to Travel with Mom

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I know your first reaction is probably one of surprise. What do you mean travel with my mom? Why would I do that?  Let me share from a mom’s point of view why you should travel with your mom.

To start, I am the mother of three, now adult, children.  I have two daughter’s and one son.  Thanks to being in the travel industry for over 10 years now I’ve had a bit more access than most to have this wonderful opportunity to share with my children.  We’ve done All-Inclusive vacations, Cruises, and even went as far as Australia and New Zealand over the course of their teen/adult years thus far.  I wouldn’t trade the time with them for anything! So, for all you ‘children’ out there let me tell you why you should be traveling with your mom.  And quite frankly the distance and destination doesn’t matter. It’s all about the journey together.

She is your biggest supporter. We’ve been there through thick and thin with you.  We’ve shared your triumphs and defeats. We’ve taken your anger and shared your joy.  As a mom all we want is to see you happy and share in it with you. What better way for mom to continue her support for you then to see you wonder and watch you flourish on vacation together.  This takes me back to watching my youngest master wind surfing while in the Dominican Republic.

You’ll learn new things about her.
Maybe mom can dance or maybe not, but you’ll have fun finding out. I chuckle at the memories of me and my daughter taking Salsa lessons in Costa Maya. Traveling with mom let’s you see mom with her “hair down.” Being away one-on-one lets you see mom as a person and not just as a mom.  We often forget that are mom’s were humans just like us before they took on that title and role of mom.  Which means they have stories to share and a trip makes a great time to discover her secrets.

She deserves to be pampered.  Remember this is the woman who likely wiped your bottom for months. She has been spat on,  wet on, gone without food, and gone without sleep just to make sure you were taken care of.  Mom has spent her whole life looking out for you.  Make your mom feel special beyond mother’s day.

You’ll have fun.  Your mom is up for adventure just like you. Or she may be willing to have her arm twisted to try new things with you. Flashbacks of bungy jumping with my son cross my mind.  And with so many great places and ways to travel you can find options that allow you to both do things you like.

At the end of the day or should I say trip, you will have made mom very happy and you will have MEMORIES to last a lifetime.  Most of all you shouldn’t take for granted the time you have with her, so start now.  Have a day out with mom or a weekend a way or a vacation of a lifetime, but no matter which you choose you should choose to travel with mom while you can.


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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How Many Summers Do You Have Left?

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No summers left for me. My kids have left the nest. The years went by so much faster than I ever imagined they would.  Yet I remember all the special summers and things we did. Things seemed slower then. I particularly remember what was probably our largest summer trip. I spent a year planning it.  The kids were only toddlers, the three of them aged 2, 4, and 6 years.   I had planned a two week driving trip in Germany and Austria for our little brood. It was the summer of 2002.  I can still see the shock on Cullen’s face when a goat decided to charge at him at the fence, the wide open mouth of my youngest as she came down the rodelbahn with her dad, and the look of astonishment on my oldest daughter when we slept in a castle just like the princesses in her fairy tales.  It was an incredible experience in so many ways.  We continued to have summer trips some small, some large, some abroad and some in our own backyard throughout the years. Truly moments I will forever cherish.

So how many summers do you have left?  How many summers have you taken that vacation?  There are may reasons why you should not skip it.  It doesn’t have to be far away or grand either to receive the gifts you get when you take time to vacation with your children before they are on their own.  Here is a list of my top reasons to take that summer vacation with your kids before their 18 summers are gone.

Discover Something New- You don’t have to go far to try new things or even learn new things.  I remember one summer with the kids where we actually were home and I took boxes from the move and turned them into an make believe airplane and suitcases. With help from books from the library we traveled the world that summer in our very own backyard.

Appreciate The Ordinary- Something as simple as lying on your back looking up at the stars can so easily be achieved with a quick weekend camping trip.  I remember several of ours that took us to Arkansas and to Kentucky areas not far out of Memphis where we were living at the time.  Nothing truly beats sitting by a fire with a marshmallow on the end of a stick.

Get Fully Submerged-When your adventure takes you away get involved with the culture of the area. Join in ritual or a dance. Learn some of the language. Eat the foods they eat. Mingle with the locals. You and your children will be richer for it.

Be Silly-We are so serious when we are in our day to day. Work, school, and life’s mishaps. Vacations are the perfect time to let the laughs happen.  And even better catch it on film and in pictures.   I can’t tell you how many photos we’ve gone back over to laugh at a moment in time.

Time is ticking. Summer is coming. Where will your vacations take you before your 18 are gone?


Lisa Rossmeissl is the owner of Boomerang Escapes, a home-based agency located in Old Bridge, New Jersey with agents in TN, MS, and WI. 

She has been a professional travel consultant since 2008 and specializes in Australia and the South Pacific. Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji, and Cook Islands are among the specialist certificates she holds.  Her agency’s focus is on creating custom itineraries with their client’s wants, desires, and budgets in mind.  She and her planners believe in getting to know the traveler to ensure they have a vacation to remember.  With each planner specializing in a different market area, Boomerang Escapes can offer a wide variety of leisure vacation planning.

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