Life with a teenage daughter or young adult can get hectic. Now that they're coming into their own little world, moms may realize a separation between themselves and their mini-me. They're so busy with school, extracurricular activities, and having their own friends that you slowly feel disconnected.
Well, fear not moms. When you have two days to spare, it's time to plan a little getaway with your young teen. These getaways don't need to be anything extravagant—they can be as low-key or lavish as you like. You can try something new or do something that you've been doing for years. So when you're ready for a few days to reconnect with your daughter, try one (or all!) of these 10 trips that can make any duo get a little bit closer.
10 DISNEY WORLD
It's the most magical place on earth! If you're on the West Coast you can visit Disneyland and if you're on the East Coast you can head down to Florida to see the original Disney World.
While a trip to Disney can be on the pricier side, going in the off-season for the Halloween or Christmas parades is a solid idea. Seeing your favorite Disney characters as a young adult is just as exciting as it was as a child, so what are you waiting for?
9 GHOST TOURS
There are multiple cities around the world that have a dark past. Places like Salem, New Orleans, and Savannah are huge attractions for those who seek out haunted attractions. If that sounds like something that you and your daughter would enjoy, do some research on the most haunted place around you and see what kind of ghost tours they offer. There are also plenty of hotels and BnBs that have had their own ghost sightings and amp it up in case anyone wants to stay the night.
8 WINTER TRIP GETAWAY
The winter months are a perfect time to stay inside to stay cozy by the fire. Making s'mores, drinking hot cocoa, and catching up over warm foods is an excellent way to bond. When the sun's up, doing outdoor activities like sledding, skiing, and snowboarding is also an awesome way to have some fun without being too dependent on each other.
You both can learn new things and push each other to be better! The best part about winter getaways is that you can find resorts all around the country. Northern California, rural Pennsylvania — come together with your daughter and see which resort seems like the best fit.
7 WINE TOUR (FOR DAUGHTERS 21+)
While most of these trip ideas are perfect for a mom and her teenage daughter, a wine tour is one of the best ways to reconnect with your daughter who is 21 or older (if you're in the states). This is also wonderful as a graduation gift when they graduate college! Wine tours are a fun and lose way to try new wines, learn more about the wine industry, and see new things — all while being driven around in a shuttle!
6 WELLNESS RETREATS
Wellness retreats are beginning to grow, and for good reason, too. They can be as far or near as you like and include activities perfect for self-care.
From daily yoga classes to facials to massages, these wellness retreats are a great way to connect while also doing things that good for your mind, body, and spirit. You'll both come home feeling totally zen and relaxed. And who knows, you can even turn this into an annual tradition.
5 TV & MOVIE LOCATION TOURS
If you and your daughter are huge movie buffs then this is a fantastic idea! There are plenty of shows and movies that take place in neighboring locations that you can take in real life. If you're heading to the Big Apple, take a look at some of your favorite shows or movies that were filmed there! The same can be said for California. If you and your daughter are heading overseas, think about taking the Harry Potter tour around England or a Star Wars tour around Ireland.
4 OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Depending on your vibe, heading to the great outdoors is a great way to learn new things. You can go on a group expedition with an actual guide or maybe go on a camping trip where you can go on hikes by yourselves to see where Mother Nature takes you.
If hiking doesn't sound exciting enough, look for lodges that offer kayaking, paddleboarding, or tubing. Places like Sedona, Salt Lake City, and the Poconos make scenic and breathtaking trips for both mother and daughter.
3 NEW YORK FOOD SCENE
New York is an amazing city to spend a few days in. Mother and daughter taking on the Big Apple! You can see the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, the Empire State Building, and let's not forget about New York's crazy food scene. Book a hotel and take a look at different food tours in the city. You even take a cooking class with some of New York's top chefs!
Sometimes, nothing beats staying in your hometown and booking a hotel room just for the heck of it. Lunge around in your room, order room service, or go to the pool with your daughter just for fun. The two of you will have the ultimate relaxation time and you can do it in the comfort of your hometown. Plus, the uninterrupted quality time with nothing getting in the way is a definite benefit.
1 DDD ROAD TRIP
Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives is a fun show on the Food Network that shows Guy Fieri going around the United States in search of the most delicious plates. From mom and pop shops to eateries that have been around for generations, Guy listens to submissions on which area has the best food in the country. He even leaves a stamp of his head on every eatery he visits so you know you're eating at a place of greatness. If you and your daughter follow the show, you check out the website to find restaurants by state. Go on an epic food road trip where you visit every eatery Guy's been to and try everything he tried in the show!