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Mother-Daughter Trips Heal Old Wounds

It is often said that traveling with someone close to you will make or break the relationship, but many baby-boomer women are traveling with their mothers in hopes that the trip help them see eye to eye.

"We've been traveling a lot, lately," More magazine's editor in chief, Peggy Northrop, told The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler. "The average adventure traveler is a 47-year-old woman. They are traveling with girlfriends, daughters, and now they are turning that around and saying maybe mom would like to do something like this with me, too."

Northrup said that 40-plus women can use the trip as an opportunity to mend parts of their relationship with their mothers that have been less than perfect.

"You have more experience in life and your own children and suddenly you look at your mom and say, 'Man, now I understand what you were going through with me and let's try and repair this relationship, or at least find a new way to relate to one another,' " she said.

Patty Briguglio took a week-long vacation with her 82-year-old mother to Ireland. She said before the trip that their relationship had been tense at times, and needed some improvement.

"I honestly believed it was going to be a miserable time and it turned out to be a great time," she said. "I saw my mother in ways I had never seen her before. We had a blast."

Briguglio said she and her mother had a beer at lunch everyday, something she said she never envisioned her mother doing.

"We are going to Scotland next year," she said. "... We are much closer now, we talk on the phone pretty regularly."

For those who want to take a trip with their mothers, Northrup had some tips to keep in mind:

  • Be careful about what your mother can do physically. You may want to save the white water rafting trips for someone else.
  • Find the common passion; something that you can do together.
  • Make your must-do list ahead of time so you know what you can't miss.
  • Decide if you will need to schedule breaks from each other or if you will be together the entire time.
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