Everyone's familiar with the stereotypical Mother's day gifts -- a robe, flowers, chocolate or jewellery, but we know that we'd all like to do something so much more for our moms, right? Every mom has her own distinctive personality -- whether she is known for being always in control, being wild and crazy, or a mom that loves some serious relaxation time. To help stay in her good books (at least for a little while), Travelocity.ca has compiled a list of getaways for every type of mom. Surely there's one for yours.
The In-Control Mom
New York, NY: New York is the perfect place for a mom that likes to be in control. The city has so much to see and do that you she could never fit it all in one trip -- no matter how hard she tries -- so she'll have to plan an itinerary. She can schedule perfectly timed trips to the plethora of museums, followed by brunch at a hot new restaurant or her old favourite. The big apple will have your "in-control" mom in her element and loving every minute of it.
London, UK: Whether your mom is planning on sightseeing, taking a ride on a double-decker bus, or soaking in all the history the city has to offer, London is a city that will keep her busy. Let mom schedule a trip where she can see her favourite musicals, have high tea, and then walk around Oxford Street shopping for the newest and trendiest items. No matter what she plans to do, let your "in-control" mom plan the perfect London getaway.
The Adventurous Mom
Vancouver, BC: Vancouver has an endless amount of outdoor activities for the adventurous mom, including a superb waterfront that is ideal for running, rollerblading, biking and walking. The adventurous mom will have the chance to see some of the West Coast's most gorgeous snow-capped peaks, sure to take her breath away. If she likes to ski or snowboard, be sure to rent a car and visit Whistler for some late spring skiing.
Grand Canyon, AR: Being one of the most remarkable natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is the perfect getaway for a mom that loves hiking and adventures. The southern rim is the most popular and easiest trail to access with different activities for everyone. Open all year long, the trail offers the adventurous mom the greatest hiking trails and access to the Grand Canyon Village for all her souvenir shopping, because even when it's all about her, she'll want to make it all about you and bring you home a little something!
The Food-Loving Mom
Venice, IT: What mom wouldn't want to feast on authentic Italian cuisine. Offer mom the best in Italian cuisine with a trip to Venice this Mother's Day. Not only is Venice a food-lover's dream, but it also offers rich history, culture and architecture that will leave her breathless. Don't miss out on famous Venetian cuisine like polenta, and ravioli and of course, seafood. After dinner, the food-loving mom will get lost walking around the city's streets, alleys and canals, while enjoying a fresh Italian gelato.
Halifax, NS: If your mother loves seafood then Halifax is the perfect place for her to enjoy delicious freshly caught lobster or a battered haddock fish and chips dinner.
Afterwards, she can take a walk along Pier 21 or head over to the Halifax Public Gardens and snack on some delicious salt water taffy. Beyond the fresh seafood, the city offers gorgeous piers and restaurants with ocean views to really up her food-loving experience. And no trip to Halifax is complete without a visit to the Lower Deck for some live music and a few pints.
The Time to Relax Mom
Fort Lauderdale, FL: A mom's job is never done and what better way to thank her for all of her hard work than by giving her a weekend getaway to the sunny beaches of Fort Lauderdale. Mom can enjoy laying on Fort Lauderdale's sandy-beaches or strolling along its beautiful, landscaped, beachfront promenade. Then follow that up with an afternoon of pampering at one of Fort Lauderdale's many day spas.
Los Cabos, MX: Los Cabos, including San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, offers beautiful beaches on two seas, and is a perfect place to relax. Not only is it great for tranquility, it also offers a variety of excursions for mom. Leave the planning in her hands, so as to not stress her out, and let her choose from a day at the Cabo San Lucas Desert Spa, or a Pacific sunset sail - a small, intimate experience aboard a luxurious and spacious sailing yacht.
The Dancing Mom
Miami, FL: We've all seen her embarrassing us at weddings and parties...The Dancing Mom. Well this time, let's encourage mom to put on her dancing shoes and enjoy the great night life in Miami. She can spend the day at some of North America's most beautiful beaches and shop the day away for some great deals. Then at night, she can visit some of the most popular Latin nightclubs where she can shake the night away to some hot salsa beats.
Montreal, QC: Instead of travelling to a different country, why not let mom experience the charm of Europe right here in Canada, with a weekend getaway to Montreal. Spend a day experiencing the charm of Vieux Montréal (Old Montreal) and Vieux Port Montreal (Old Montreal Port), and enjoy lunch on a sunny terrace. Then rest up because Montreal is famous for its nightlife and offers an array of options for a great night out. If she's looking for a night of dancing be sure to visit rue St. Laurent with its upscale night clubs or, for a more casual night out, visit St-Denis where you will find some of Montreal's best bars. And don't forget, Montreal is host of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, so consider one of Montreal's comedy clubs too.
So, this year -- get mom the gift of travel that best suits who she is. There's still time to book a last minute vacation to truly surprise your mom this Mother's Day!