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The 39 Best Mother-Daughter Weekend Trips in the World

Last Updated on August 21, 2022 by Nina Ahmedow

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There are so many types of trips mothers and daughters can take together, and it all depends on their interests. Not every mother-daughter trip has to turn into a mother-and-daughter spa weekend. Whethere you’re adventure lovers, city trippers, or shopping queens, there are plenty of vacation ideas for mother-and-daughter pairs.

That’s why, in this post about the best mother-daughter trips in the USA and across the world, I’m including a variety of choices including shopping getaways, mother-daughter beach vacations, adventure journeys, and city trips. I will list accommodation options for weekend mother-daughter trips on a budget as well as more high-end choices for a total of 39 destinations.

Mother-Daughter Weekend Trips in North America

There are a ton of options for good mother-daughter trips in North America, but I can only pick a few of them. So from great mother-daughter trips in the US to Canada and Mexico, here are some options.

New Orleans, USA

Is there a US city more mysterious and exciting than New Orleans? All over the world, the city is fabled for its music, food, and culture. Mardi Gras might be an interesting choice if you’re looking for fun mother-daughter trips in the US. But even if you travel to New Orleans at any other time Creole culture is certainly going to put a spell on you. New Orleans should definitely be on your list of fun mother-daughter weekend trips.

If you’re at all interested in the esoteric or occult, you might be able to make some interesting purchases related to the history of voodoo in the city. Do keep in mind however that religion is a sensitive and private topic and not something to be used as an accessory. Don’t buy gimmicky products that poke fun at or stereotype voodoo.

stunning building in the french quarter in new orleans
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Luckily, there’s no need to worry about the availability of vegan food in New Orleans. Check out this vegan guide to New Orleans to find the best food spots.

Where to Stay in New Orleans

Luxury: Maison de la Luz

Mid-Range: Inn at the Old Jail

Budget: Express Studio

New York City, USA

Let’s be honest here, New York City is probably the one place anyone who’s not from North America wants to visit in the US. But even if you’re already in North America looking for mother-daughter weekend trip ideas “the capital of the world” will be an extraordinary experience. Of course, a weekend can never be enough for all the sights this enormous city has to offer, but it’s a start.

Mother-and-daughter duos will particularly enjoy the museums, the views from the cool rooftop bars, and all the amazing vegan restaurants. Don’t forget to watch a Broadway show as well to turn this into one of those cool mother-daughter trips you will be able to talk about for years to come. If you’re into dancing why not learn Salsa in the city where it first emerged? This NYC Salsa Class is open to people of all levels. If Jazz is more your thing you may want to consider joining this Evening Harlem Jazz Tour.

If you stayed up late you can take it slowly the next day and relax at one of the many beautiful parks in the city. New York City is a special destination so be careful, this city might spoil subsequent mother-and-daughter trips in the US.

Where to Stay in New York City

As accommodation in New York is notoriously expensive you should at least make sure to get quality for what you’re paying.

Luxury: Archer Hotel New York

Mid-Range: LIC Hotel

Budget: The Ultimate

Quebec City, Canada

As shameful as it is, I have to admit that while I lived in Montreal I never actually made it to Quebec City. Don’t make this mistake. If you live somewhere in North America and are looking for mom-daughter getaway ideas, Quebec City is the closest thing you can get to a trip to Europe. The city’s fabulous architecture earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage site list making it one of the best cultural mother-daughter trips in Canada.

Château Frontenac in Quebec City
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If being surrounded by a foreign language is the best thing to put you in a travel mood, then you’ll enjoy being surrounded by Québecois in the province’s capital. The city is the perfect destination for mothers and daughters who are into culture, art, cute cafés, and history.

For a great view of the city, take this Quebec City Sightseeing Cruise. And don’t worry about the food in the city either. Of course, it’s entirely possible to eat vegan in Quebec City as well.

Where to Stay in Quebec City

Luxury: Hôtel du Vieux-Québec (carbon-neutral and uses 100% biogas!)

Mid-Range: Hôtel Château Bellevue

Budget: Auberge Internationale de Québec

Tulum, Mexico

Gorgeous beaches, ancient history, and plenty of relaxation options. You can find all that and more in Tulum. This Mexican town is close to Mayan ruins that anyone should visit on their trip to this part of the country. This Tulum Ruins Tour takes place before the midday sun, making it a healthier and more sensible option.

The town itself has become a hot spot for eco-conscious travelers with sustainable resorts, mother-daughter weekend retreats, and plenty of vegan food options, plus it’s a street art heaven. Tulum also has spas if you’re looking for mother-and-daughter spa breaks.

With all that said, it’s clear that Tulum has to be included in any list of mother-daughter trip ideas.

Where to Stay in Tulum

Luxury: Downtown Tulum

Mid-Range: Kaab Tulum

Budget: Diamante K

Victoria, Canada

Ever since a friend of mine moved to British Columbia I’m simply in awe of all the nature activities she gets to do. If you and your mother or daughter are big fans of lush landscapes and impressive mountains then BC is the perfect destination for a mother-daughter weekend trip. You could either do exciting things like hiking, skiing, and biking in nature, or, if you’re more into relaxation in a nature setting, then there are excellent spas in this Canadian province. No matter what type of trip you choose make sure you take in the breathtaking views.

British Columbia Parliament in Victoria
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In Victoria you can do adventurous things such as whale watching, so it should be high on your list of fun mother-daughter trips. This Whale Watching Tour is offered by ethical tour operators who don’t get too close to the whales and are actual scientists who study these magnificent animals. If wildlife isn’t exactly your thing there’s also enough to see in Victoria for people who are into culture. For the best vegan food in Victoria check out this vegan guide to Victoria.

Where to Stay in Victoria

Luxury: Abigail’s Hotel

Mid-Range: Days Inn by Wyndham Victoria Uptown

Budget: Arbutus Inn

Washington, D.C., USA

The capital of the US is not a typical tourist destination for foreign visitors, but if you’re already based in the country you’ll probably appreciate a visit to your capital to learn more about its history. Washington, D.C. is home to various important monuments that tell the story of the USA. Likewise, the city is home to several interesting museums you can get lost in.

Capitol in Washington
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If you want to indulge in nature then make sure you visit during cherry blossom season (and do read these beautiful cherry blossom quotes before you go)! Washington, D.C. has a very high ratio of parks so you can easily balance all the sightseeing with visits to beautiful spots like Rock Creek Park, Roosevelt Island, Kenilworth Park, the National Arboretum, or Meridian Hill Park.

Not sure where to eat? Check out this vegan guide to Washington, D.C, and you’ll see that the capital is among the best mother-daughter vacations in the US.

Where to Stay in Washington, D.C.

Luxury: Four Seasons Hotel Washington

Mid-Range: Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

Budget: Capitol Hill Guest Suite

Weekend Trips for Mother-Daughter Duos in Europe

Whether you’re looking for Mother’s Day trip ideas or places to take your mom for her birthday there are destinations all over Europe that are particularly suitable for mothers and daughters. With such a small region you don’t even have to travel far for a mother-daughter weekend away from your usual surroundings.

Algarve, Portugal

If you’re based in Europe or North Africa and are looking for the best mother-daughter weekend getaways on the beach Portugal’s Algarve region is one of your best options. The clean beaches on the Atlantic Ocean make Portugal’s south its most popular tourist destination. So if you want to relax on the beach the Algarve should be at the top of your list.

Hiking is another popular activity in the region and will reward you with magnificent views. And don’t worry, you won’t have to starve either: Check out this vegan food guide to the Algarve to know where to eat.

It’s impossible to visit Portugal and not be mesmerized by the beautiful tile work on Portuguese architecture. Azulejos are some of the best souvenirs you can bring from any trip to Portugal, and they directly support local artisans.

Where to Stay in the Algarve

Luxury: Fantastic apartment in Portimao

Mid-Range: Secluded getaway

Budget: Casa Chico

Bergen, Norway

Bergen is a very picturesque Norwegian city where you can take photos for days and enjoy the beautiful city center as well as the surroundings. This is one of those mom-and-daughter weekend getaways that goes a little bit beyond what everyone else does which is why it may not show up on every list of the best mother/daughter trips to take.

Bryggen neighborhood in Bergen
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Bergen is a great destination for music lovers with its very own Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performing every week. From fall to spring you have the chance to see a modern jazz performance at Bergen Jazzforum every weekend.

Although Bergen isn’t a typical summer destination, its location by the water gives you plenty of opportunity for beach walks.

Where to Stay in Bergen

Luxury: Det Hanseatiske Hotel

Mid-Range: Grand Hotel Terminus

Budget: Citybox Danmarksplass

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest view over  Danube and parliament

Hungary’s capital makes for one of the best city breaks in all of Europe. The city is both elegant as well as quirky, historic as well as modern. The grandiose architecture transports you back into the Austro-Hungarian Empire but also shows the struggles of Hungary’s Communist past.

Don’t miss a walk along the impressive Danube river, and make sure you cross between Buda and Pest using one of the many bridges. Or opt for this Danube River Evening Cruise to see the city’s main sights from the river. If you want to catch a bit of relaxation out in nature, head to Margaret Island with its beautiful parks.

Looking for mother-daughter weekend spa getaways? Perhaps the best part about Budapest are the numerous spas the city is known for. Why not treat yourself and your mother or daughter to a different spa every day? Surprisingly, Budapest is also incredibly vegan-friendly. Find out more in my vegan Budapest guide.

If you’re looking for mother-daughter trips on a budget, Budapest is one of your best choices. Most things are incredibly cheap in Hungary’s capital compared to the rest of Europe, and even your mother-daughter spa getaways will be more affordable here.

Where to Stay in Budapest

Luxury: Grand Budapest Apartment

Mid-Range: Pal’s Hostel and Apartments

Budget: Apartment Belváros – Lipótváros

London, UK

London is without a doubt one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and thus a particularly suitable destination if you’re concerned about racism in other European destinations, but also if you want to have a great mother-daughter getaway with as much variety as possible. Whether you have a typical English afternoon tea experience, go for Ethiopian dinner, have lunch at a Japanese vegan sushi place, or taste flavorful South Asian dishes, London has all of that. Find out more about traveling as a vegan in London before you arrive.

London's Big Ben from across the Thames
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And don’t worry about London’s reputation as an expensive city: Many museums in London are free meaning you can actually spend an entire weekend spending money on nothing aside from accommodation, food, and transport!

But if you’re okay with spending some money here and there by all means take advantage of all the live shows that happen in London. The music scene in the UK’s capital is extremely vibrant, and there is something for every taste and budget.

Alternatively, you may want to opt for a theater performance given the city’s role as one of the world’s leading theater destinations. Check out the top theaters in London along with ticket prices.

Where to Stay in London

Luxury: 2-bed penthouse

Mid-Range: New 2-bedroom apartment

Budget: Cozy flat across from Dulwich Park

Paris, France

My mother and I have been to Paris together more than once, and I think it’s truly an underrated destination for mother-daughter pairs. Sure, the city has a reputation for romance, but that’s only the surface. The French capital has so much more to offer placing it high on my list of ideas for great mother-daughter vacations.

Pont Alexandre III in Paris
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Paris offers tons of sightseeing options, restaurants for different budgets, as well as shopping opportunities if that’s what you and your mother or daughter bond over. Make sure to take in the views from Montmartre – yes, it’s crowded with tourists, but it’s one of the best places for mother-daughter trips and is really worthy of the attention it receives.

Don’t forget to bring your camera and enough SD cards and maybe even consider joining a private photography tour with a professional photographer to capture your most amazing memories. Check out this vegan Paris guide to silence your fears about eating vegan in France’s capital.

Where to Stay in Paris

Paris is perhaps the most popular tourist destination, and, as such, accommodation is very expensive. Try to at least stay somewhat central to make the most of your weekend.

Mid-Range: Hôtel Vic Eiffel

Budget: Hôtel Darcet

Rome, Italy

Rome is an amazing destination if you’re interested in history. You can see an impressive amount of ancient ruins in the city center, and they coexist with the picturesque Italian architecture of more modern times. While the food isn’t the best compared with other parts of Italy, there’s still plenty of opportunities to indulge in wonderful vegan food in Rome.

architecture of Rome

If you’re not yet convinced about Rome as a destination for mother-and-daughter trip ideas keep in mind that the coolest thing about Rome is that you get to visit another country as well, the Vatican City, which is located in Rome’s city center and home to a few must-see sights.

Make sure you take your time in the Eternal City, as one of the best things about it is to simply stroll around and take in all the different views and vibes. Perhaps you’ll even happen across a traditional market and buy some ingredients to recreate your favorite Italian dishes.

Where to Stay in Rome

Luxury: Suite Spagna 29

Mid-Range: Casa Benedetto

Budget: Cozy apartment on Piazza Navona

Mom-and-Daughter Weekend Trips in the Caribbean

Some of the best mom-daughter trips in the Caribbean cater more to those who are into relaxation and nature. There are various options, but here are some of the best mother-daughter trips to take.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Tourism in the Dominican Republic is well-established so if you don’t want to have to organize much yourself a resort stay in the DR might be perfect for you. This Spanish-speaking country on the island of Hispaniola is home to beautiful beaches and stunning landscapes once you venture into the country.

Pool huts and palm trees
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Punta Cana is the perfect destination if you’re looking for an all-inclusive option to add to your mother-and-daughter getaway weekend ideas. If you’re looking for more than the beach you can head to the town of Jarabacoa to explore the nearby waterfalls!

For the perfect souvenirs from Punta Cana go to Altos de Chavón where artisans have their own workshops.

Where to Stay in Punta Cana

Luxury: The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club

Mid-Range: VIK Hotel Arena Blanca

Saint Kitts, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts is the larger of the two islands that make up this Caribbean island nation and one of the most fun mother-daughter vacations. The beautiful island is the perfect place to relax away from the crowds. The scenery is stunning so make sure you don’t only stay in your resort but rather take advantage of this destination for Mother’s Day weekend trips or special birthday gifts.

Hiking is one of the best things to do on Saint Kitts, but because most trails are not marked very well, tourists are encouraged to book a guided tour. This guided hike to Mount Liamuiga Volcano will reward you with picturesque views of nearby islands such as Nevis and Saint Barthélemy.

If you’re looking for a beautiful souvenir, know that Saint Kitts is famous for its batik cloth, clothing, accessories, and decorations. Buying one of these pieces is a great way to support local artisans.

Where to Stay in Saint Kitts

Luxury: Marriott St. Kitts Beach Club

Budget: Sugar Bay Club

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is one of the less touristy Caribbean island nations but that doesn’t make it any less stunning. The island’s mindblowing landscapes are home to several spas where you can unwind and become a calmer version of yourself. The gorgeous mountains are unique to the region and give Saint Lucia a completely different feel to other Caribbean destinations. You also don’t have to worry about eating vegan in Saint Lucia.

Treat yourself to a visit to the Sulphur Springs, the famous hot springs. Nothing beats nature when it comes to an indulgent spa experience. Or go snorkeling at one of the stunning beaches.

Where to Stay in Saint Lucia

Mid-Range: South Sea House

Budget: Apartment Espoir

St. Martin, France/Netherlands

This island is divided between France and the Netherlands, and both sides are well worth a visit. Whether you prefer the Dutch or French side totally depends on you, of course. There are numerous wonderful beaches where you can spend a day lounging, snorkeling, or checking out the beach bars and clubs.

Where to Stay in St. Martin

Luxury: La Playa Orient Bay

Mid-Range: Ocean Shore

Budget: Alicia’s Inn

The Bahamas

While for most of the world, the Bahamas isn’t exactly a weekend destination, if you’re located in the US or the Caribbean it’s one of the best mom-and-daughter getaways. Sandy beaches, the mesmerizing colors of the Caribbean Sea, and a fantastic climate are some of the main draws of this island nation.

There are fabulous resorts where you can both get pampered and simply enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. With English being the official language it’s also a trip that is more comfortable for people who only speak English. The Bahamas definitely belong to those places to go with your daughter or mother to simply relax or consider for mother-daughter spa weekend breaks.

However, there are also beautiful sights to take in, such as when visiting Lucayan National Park with its fascinating flora and fauna as well as beaches inviting you to have a blissful time doing nothing. Thunderball Grotto is another place for an unforgettable experience.

Where to Stay in The Bahamas

Luxury: Rosewood Baha Mar

Mid-Range: Saunders Beach Cottage

Budget: Baja Mar Bed n Breakfast

Turks and Caicos Islands, UK

The TCI are known for their stunning beaches and also offer many adventure activities making them a great destination for adrenaline junkies looking for mother-daughter adventure trips. Even if you spend most of your time at a resort you can still see more of the islands if you go on a boat tour. Plus, of course, the sea is the perfect place to experience a completely different world.

The award-winning Grace Bay is an amazing spot for indulging in some beach relaxation. There is no lack of water sports available either. But if you’re happy simply relaxing on mother-daughter spa retreats that’s a great option on the Turks and Caicos Islands as well. To make sure you are well-fed, here are some vegan tips for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Where to Stay on Turks and Caicos Islands

Luxury: Beach House

Mid-Range: Pelican Beach Hotel

Mother-and-Daughter Weekend Breaks in Asia

From mother-daughter shopping trips to nature destinations, Asia has an enormous variety of choices whether you’re looking for cheap mother-daughter weekend getaways or have more money at your disposal. There are so many good mother-and-daughter trips to choose from depending on where in Asia you’re based.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut is known as one of the cities in the world with the most beautiful women, so if that makes you want to skip Beirut with your partner why not give the city a visit with your mom? Nothing to worry about in terms of competition or jealousy there. If your mother is young at heart and still up for hitting the clubs, this Arab city might be the perfect destination. Far too often people overlook Beirut when searching for fun mother-daughter getaways but this is a mistake. But Beirut is also a great location for mother-daughter spa trips if that’s more your thing.

Shopping queens will be excited to know that Beirut is the region’s shopping capital with plenty of shopping streets, malls, and markets. When you need a break, there’s enough vegan food in Beirut so you can indulge in the world-famous Lebanese cuisine.

Another thing Beirut is an ideal destination for is scuba diving with its dozens of shipwrecks, marine life, and submerged ancient sites.

Where to Stay in Beirut

Luxury: Bossa Nova Beirut Hotel

Mid-Range: Viccini Suites

Budget: Al-Jawhara Suites

Borneo, Malaysia

If you and your mother or daughter are nature lovers then Borneo is an obvious choice. Whether you prefer mother-daughter hiking trips, adventure activities, or want to observe beautiful wild animals in the jungle, the Malaysian part of Borneo gives you plenty of experiences you can bond over.

The huge island is one of the best spots to see our relatives, orangutans, making it one of the best mother-and-daughter trips surrounded by nature. Gunung Mulu National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site where you can easily spend the entirety of your trip. To see even more of Borneo catch the Sabah Railway from Tenom to Beaufort, the only railway on the entire island!

Where to Stay in Borneo

Budget: Borneo Sandakan Backpackers

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Long gone are the days when the UAE seemed like a scary destination. In fact, cities like Dubai have become very popular travel destinations, in particular for people who aren’t on a tight budget and want to go shopping. If you’re looking for mother-daughter getaway ideas that include shopping in enormous malls, relaxing on the beach, and exploring the old town (yes, such a thing exists in Dubai) then consider a trip to Dubai.

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The Dubai Creek is the area to explore to understand the city’s history. It is here that trading boats left and arrived, eventually building a significant portion of Dubai’s wealth. Check out this guide on where to eat vegan in Dubai and be amazed at the options.

Where to Stay in Dubai

Luxury: FAM Living

Mid-Range: Raffles Dubai

Budget: Edge Creekside Hotel

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto invites you to see a more traditional side of Japan. One that may not be featured on the news anymore where everything is about high-tech, quirkiness, and the megalopolis that is Tokyo. Kyoto is a fantastic idea for those looking for more cultural mom-and-daughter trips.

Nineizaka in Kyoto
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There’s an enormous amount of things to see in Kyoto, so one of the best ways to make sure you don’t miss anything is to join this e-bike tour of Kyoto which includes both well-known sights as well as less famous attractions.

Public baths are a cornerstone of Kyoto’s culture so make sure you schedule a visit to an onsen, such as Funaoka Onsen, one of the oldest bathing houses in the city. Another way to relax is to join this guided zen meditation and Japanese garden tour. While I am critical of using religious and cultural practices as tourist attractions, I believe that a 2.5 hour guided tour and explanation is a great way to truly learn about the local culture and not simply exotify it.

With all these things to do in Kyoto don’t worry, you can definitely survive as a vegan in the city. Have a look at this vegan Kyoto guide before you go.

Where to Stay in Kyoto

Mid-Range: The Machiya Shinsen-en

Budget: Riverside Tofukuji

Palawan, Philippines

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to spend a relaxing weekend in Asia and want to stay away from drunk backpackers, Palawan is the right destination for you. It’s also one of the best cheap mother-daughter vacations in Asia. Palawan is a great choice for those looking for mother-and-daughter pamper weekends. Make sure to check out this helpful guide on eating vegan in Palawan before you go.

Beach on Palawan
Photo by Cris Tagupa on Unsplash

Where to Stay in Palawan

Luxury: Playa Encantada Beach Resort

Mid-Range: The Cabins at LVF

Budget: Cleon Villas Pension

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei at sunset
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If you and your mother or daughter are only remotely interested in vegan food then Taipei, the Taiwanese capital has to be on your list of fun places for mother-daughter trips. The city is one of the vegan-friendliest in the world and has plenty of options for you to choose from. But Taipei is also well-known in East Asia for being a shopping paradise so if you’re a mother-daughter duo based in Asia that wants to bond over shopping, give Taipei a go.

Want to relax and restore your energy levels? Jump into any of the hot springs in the Taipei area. There are both natural pools as well as deluxe spas depending on how much money you want to spend. If you want to relax even more you can visit the large parks the city is home to.

Where to Stay in Taipei

Luxury: The Grand Hotel

Mid-Range: Star Hostel Taipei Main Station

Budget: Bridge Living

Mother-Daughter Weekend Getaway Ideas in Central America

Many people thinking about cheap mother-daughter trips are considering Central America, though it’s best suited for longer trips. But if you’re already located in the area you can have some great mother-daughter trips for a weekend.


If you and your mother want to visit Central America but don’t do well with languages other than English you might want to give Belize a try where English is the official language. The country is a perfect mother-and-daughter weekend getaway for those who want to learn about Mayan history or have adventures in caves or go scuba diving or snorkeling in the sea. This is a country for some really exciting experiences putting it high on the list of fun mother-daughter weekend getaways.

beautiful beach in Belize
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One of the most exciting things to do is a hike followed by a zip-lining adventure which will allow you to see the rain forest from a completely different perspective!

Where to Stay in Belize

Luxury: The Palms Oceanfront Suites

Mid-Range: Sea Dreams Hotel

Budget: Hacienda Tropical Guest House

Costa Rica

Known for its motto pura vida, Costa Rica makes for an amazing destination for eco-conscious mother and daughter duos. It offers breathtaking landscapes, including volcanoes, jungles, and forests that you can hike through, as well as beaches where you can relax or participate in water sports, such as surfing. Costa Rica has different mother-daughter vacation packages that make for a great trip.

If you’re more into relaxing and recharging then there are options for mother-and-daughter retreats as well. Keep Costa Rica in mind when looking into mother-and-daughter spa weekend breaks.

Photo by Zdeněk Macháček on Unsplash

Where to Stay in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations, and although many eco-lodges are quite pricy, there are some that are more affordable.

Luxury: Congo Bongo EcoVillage

Mid-Range: Four Monkeys Eco Lodge

Mother-and-Daughter Weekend Trips in South America

If you’re looking for mother-and-daughter weekend getaways in South America you’re really lucky. The continent has such diverse landscapes and cultures that you can find something for every travel style. These are some of the best destinations for fun mother-and-daughter trips in South America.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is the home of tango music, and although it is now synonymous with the sophisticated Argentine lifestyle, the origins of tango are much more underground. If you and your mother or daughter love music and dance, the Argentine capital is a must-visit, but make sure you explore its history as well, including the famous first lady Eva Perón. Buenos Aires is perhaps one of the most elegant places to take your mom or daughter.

Buenos Aires is also an excellent destination if you’re located in South America but want a bit of a European vibe. Most of Argentina’s population is ethnically Italian, and it shows in the city’s culture. With all of that, it’s surely among the best places for mother-daughter bonding trips. Spend a few hours at a spa to simply unwind in this beautiful city.

For a useful souvenir get a mate gourd and bombilla and keep drinking mate long after you’re back from your trip. To find out where to eat check out this guide to vegan restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Where to Stay in Buenos Aires

Luxury: Nuss Buenos Aires Soho

Budget: Apartment in Palermo

Cartagena, Colombia

This city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast is one of the most magnificent examples of colonial architecture in South America. Colonialism has negatively affected the entire continent, but some aspects of it have been embraced by the local cultures as part of their own heritage.

In Cartagena, you will be able to take photos for days with all the colorful backdrops for your memories. Plus, as the city is located by the sea you can even spend some time relaxing at the beach.

Check out this guide to vegan restaurants in Cartagena to know what to expect in terms of food.

Where to Stay in Cartagena

Luxury: NH Collection Royal La Merced

Mid-Range: Hotel Casa Mara

Budget: Hotel Villa Colonial

Cusco, Peru

The marvelous capital of the Incan Empire definitely has to be on your radar if you and your mother or daughter are interested in history. The architecture in the San Blas area is really impressive, and not far from Cusco you can see the mindblowing Machu Picchu and other ancient ruins.

Whatever you do, make sure you learn more about the indigenous people of the region and their culture. There are so many museums in Cusco, from a Machu Picchu museum and a museum dedicated to the region’s history to a museum showcasing traditional textiles as well as a folk art museum.

If you prefer to do your sightseeing outside you should absolutely join this Cusco and Sacsayhuaman tour which takes you to the archaeological sites in Cusco itself as well as to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and the Santo Domingo Cathedral.

Where to Stay in Cusco

Luxury: Monasterio

Mid-Range: Hotel Rumi Punku

Budget: Hostal Turistico San Blas

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

landscape of galapagos islands with ocean
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If you love nature and wildlife Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands are an incredible destination. Whether you want to see Galapagos tortoises or sea lions you will definitely enjoy the fauna of the islands. Biking is an especially nice way to get around and allows you to see more, although hiking is also an excellent activity.

Be sure to have a look at this vegan guide to the Galapagos Islands as the islands are obviously not famous for being a vegan paradise.

Where to Stay on Galapagos Islands

Luxury: Hotel Cucuve

Mid-Range: Hostal Galapagos

Budget: Lonesome George Ecolodge

Patagonia, Chile

Whether you’re only going for the incredible landscapes or also want to pay a visit to the home of Che Guevara, the Chilean part of Patagonia is a great destination if you’re located in South America. There’s mountains, lakes, and forests allowing you to bond with your mother or daughter over the beauty of nature.

Where to Stay in Patagonia

Budget: Yaganhouse

Mother-and-Daughter Weekend Away Options in Africa

There are some amazing mother-and-daughter adventures to be had on this huge continent. Here are only a few of the many great places for mother-daughter trips.

Cape Town, South Africa

One of the trendiest and most colorful destinations in Africa, at least according to Instagram, might be Cape Town. The city is definitely a great destination if you’re looking for mother-daughter spa weekend getaways.

Clifton Beach outside Cape Town
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Whether you’re going for a Mother’s Day weekend getaway or a birthday trip there’s plenty of stuff to do in Cape Town. The vibrant South African city is a fantastic location for top mother-daughter trips.

If you want to do whale watching but aren’t too keen on going on a whale watching cruise there are viewpoints near Fish Hoek. Different types of whales can be spotted between June and November.

If you’re an art enthusiast explore the South African National Gallery, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, and the Galleria Gibello. South African art is world-famous so if your budget allows you can get a great souvenir.

There’s a whole website dedicated to veganism in Cape Town so be sure to check it out to be up to date on all things vegan in Cape Town.

Where to Stay in Cape Town

Luxury: De Verdwaalde Boer

Mid-Range: Cactusberry Lodge

Budget: Bohemian Lofts Backpackers


boat near beach in Malawi
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One of the most underrated destinations on the African continent would have to be Malawi. But it actually makes for a great destination whether you’re into safaris or want to immerse yourself in the culture in one of the villages. Accommodation in Malawi includes many low-key options such as homestays with families or eco camps which also makes Malawi a fantastic destination for inexpensive mother-daughter trips.

Where to Stay in Malawi

Luxury: Kumbali Country Lodge

Budget: Monkey Bay Beach Lodge

Marrakesh, Morocco

Anyone who loves travel probably dreams about a visit to this magical Moroccan city. Located in the northwest of Africa, it’s a convenient destination if you and your mother or daughter are based in Europe. The colorful city is more affordable than destinations in Europe, and you get to experience a completely different vibe.

You don’t even need to know Arabic to get around the city, as French is still widely spoken as a result of colonization, though English is less common. Whether you want to observe the bustling life in the main square, taste delicious food, or get a serious dose of relaxation at a hammam, Marrakesh is a great choice for mother and daughter duos who are curious and want to experience life the way the local population does. But the hammams alone would make it perfect if you’re looking for mother-daughter retreats.

Vegans might have a hard time in Marrakesh due not only to the abuse of animals like monkeys and snakes as tourist attractions, but also in terms of the food. Luckily, you can consult this vegan Marrakesh guide to find your best food options.

Where to Stay in Marrakesh

Luxury: Riad Melhoun & Spa

Mid-Range: Hotel Cecil

Budget: Riad Chennaoui

Nairobi, Kenya

Who says city breaks can’t happen in East Africa? Besides, Kenya’s capital might be the only metropolis in the world where you can see wild animals minutes after leaving the city center. Plus, you can even go ice-skating in the city (at the Panari Hotel) for a more unexpected activity.

Nairobi skyline
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For a much more typical but perhaps must-do activity, Nairobi is obviously the place to book a safari.

Where to Stay in Nairobi

Luxury: Sarova Stanley

Mid-Range: Kilele Homestay Kileshwa

Budget: Medina Hotel


tree at sunset in Serengeti, Tanzania
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A country that is surely on many people’s lists to visit is the gorgeous East African nation of Tanzania. Whether you want to go on a safari or spend your days in the magical Zanzibar you can do so many things in Tanzania.

Tanzania is home to some of the most alluring beaches in the world – think white sand, palm trees, and the beautiful Indian Ocean. This also makes scuba diving a memorable activity rewarding you with picturesque underwater views. If you’re new to the experience you can book this introductory scuba diving lesson on Tumbatu Island in the Zanzibar archipelago.

When shopping for souvenirs forego the masks sold on market which usually have no connection to East African culture and instead invest in a Tingatinga painting. You can even book this Tingatinga tour where you learn about the history of the style and see the artists create magnificent pieces of art.

Where to Stay in Tanzania

Luxury: Passion Boutique Hotel Zanzibar

Mid-Range: Utamaduni House

Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend Destinations in Oceania

A lot of mother-daughter trip posts forget about destinations in Oceania, but the region has plenty of places to go for mother-daughter trips as well.

French Polynesia, France

Granted, French Polynesia is not a weekend destination for most of the world, but if your departure airport is Auckland then it’s a mere 5-hour flight to Papeete. If you want to be completely isolated from the rest of the world and relax on pristine beaches then French Polynesia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

huts and palm trees on Bora Bora in French Polynesia
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This would be a great place to look for mother-daughter resort vacations, and you can nourish your body with natural pineapple and orange juice, as well as coconut water. For actual vegan food check out this vegan food guide for Tahiti.

There are obviously tons of fish to see in the water so make sure you join this Fakarava Scuba Diving Tour and marvel at the beautiful life underwater.

Where to Stay in French Polynesia

Mid-Range: Kohutahia Lodge

Budget: Fare Om

Hawaii, USA

Adventure lovers probably put Hawaii at the top of good places for mother-daughter trips due to its lush green landscape and mountains. The picture-perfect beaches will make any mother-daughter duo relax instantly.

Hawaii is pretty much only a feasible weekend destination for people located on the US West Coast, but I thought it was still worth mentioning because the landscapes are simply out of this world. I was a major fan of the tv show Lost which made me fall in love with Hawaii. If you and your mother or daughter love either hiking, watersports, or simply lying on the beach you will absolutely love it there.

Although the food is very meat-centric there are some ways to be vegan in Hawaii, but it’s important to be prepared.

impressive mountain landscape behind the ocean in Kauai, Hawaii
Photo by Braden Jarvis on Unsplash

Where to Stay in Hawaii

Luxury: Polynesian Residences Waikiki Beach

Mid-Range: Holiday Inn Express Waikiki

Budget: Ainani Jade Ohana

Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera and skyline during the day
Photo by Dan Freeman on Unsplash

Australia’s biggest and most well-known city is the perfect location for travelers who want to experience culture, food, but also a bit of nature and adventure outside of the city center. Sydney is one of the best mother-daughter vacation spots for people in Australia or New Zealand whether you’re looking for Mother’s Day getaways or birthday gifts.

There is a lot to see in Sydney, but luckily you can find most of it, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Tower, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in the city center. The Sydney Harbour is one of the world’s most recognizable sights, and you can see it both from the city, by boat, or by helicopter.

The city also has a great scene for live music so make sure to check if there are any artists you would like to see while there. And don’t forget to check out this list of vegan eateries in Sydney so you can have the best foodie experience.

Where to Stay in Sydney

Luxury: The Darling at the Star

Mid-Range: East Sydney Hotel

Budget: The Village Glebe

mother-daughter weekend trips pin lemons and luggage

So there you go, 39 mother-daughter vacation ideas in different parts of the world! Let me know which one you’re booking first! Do you have any other ideas for mother-daughter trips?


  • Reply
    Lily Fang
    June 20, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Such a helpful list with great recs around the world! I’ve never actually been on a mother-daughter trip – can you believe it?! I’d love to go to New Orleans, Algarve, the Turks and Caicos, and Tanzania with her. My mom actually studied in Germany for a bit and also speaks German, so I’d think she’d love to travel back there one day!

    Super appreciate this list and the vegan resources linked, plus the tips on how to support locals!

    • Reply
      Nina Ahmedow
      June 20, 2021 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you, Lily! I’m glad you found this helpful. That’s so cool your mom studied in Germany, I had no idea!

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