Shout out to my mum for coming with me (or for letting me crash her solo trip) to the highlands of Scotland & the Isle of Skye on my latest trip. My mother is an extraordinarily loving (even if sometimes slightly too formal), hard working, strong, resilient, selfless and adorably cute woman and being away from her for the past 10 months has been challenging at times to say the least.
This Scotland trip was a much needed break from work, (dare I say it) London and general day to day life problems and for a week or so I got to escape to a little Island with one of the handful of people that make me feel completely safe & appreciated; my dear mum. As this was our first trip just the two of us, I can definitely say that if you ever get the chance to go on a little Mummy + Me trip – do it. And here’s why:
1.Mum & Daughter bonding
Sorry siblings- for a week she was all mine. I had long bus rides and train rides and dinners and breakfasts to blurt out everything about my life that you can’t say over a phone call. We were the cute ‘Mum & Daughter’ travelling pair in a bus load of friends and husbands & wives and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
2. Slow it Down
The trip to the highlands of Scotland involved amazing views at every turn and every day copping an earful of historical facts from our zealous driver. It was the perfect trip to relax and take in the beauty of nature and the incredible scenery that is at every turn in Scotland. A big change from my usual quick city breaks where I try to cram in every site I can during the day and spend many-a-night drinking the local brew, this trip we stayed in tiny picturesque towns on the corner of nowhere where we sipped our prosecco and ate hearty meals.
Slowing down the travel slightly meant more time for walks around the villages together, exploring the chocolate box towns. My mum even followed me into a (slug infested) wheat field in the middle of the Wirral, England stating only ‘at least it’s an adventure’.
3. Accommodation Upgrade
Given, I was lucky enough to have amazing parents that gave a lot of charity to their daughter on this trip. However, travelling with your mum means – no hostel rooms! No locking your suitcase away in that lockable under your bed, no sharing bathrooms with a floor of teens and 20 somethings and finally getting those little free shampoo & conditioners I’ve heard so much about (can you tell I’ve been deprived lately?).
4. She Takes A LOT of Photos (And you can force her to take those classic yoga + scenery shots)
Finally, someone who won’t groan when I ask her to take another artful shot of me looking into the distance or doing yet another yoga pose against a pretty background. While her (slightly comical when brought out at dinner) Ipad camera was constantly out and snapping away, at least you’re sure you won’t miss anything (not even that coffee you both had at a pit stop between breakfast, lunch and cheesecake).
5. Makes it More Special
It took us 24 years to travel just the two of us, how likely is it that it will happen again any time soon? Travelling with my mum and seeing amazing sites together is something that just the two of have and can look back on. Showing her around Edinburgh and the two of us navigating our way around the Isle of Skye together (albeit with a guide) was such a fun experience and something that would have been completely different if it had been with anyone else!