A long time ago I opted for a night of staycation on my own for my Mother’s Day gift. People thought I was a bit cray cray. Some even asked if I was okay. Others, however, understood why even without me saying so (mostly other mothers).
You see, when the family goes away for a holiday, mums don’t really get a holiday. And family holidays aren’t always picture postcard perfect. Our job of being carers and mothers don’t stop just because we are in a different location. We still mother. It cannot be helped.
So this Mother’s Day, if you really want to get your mum or the mother of your children something truly special, consider giving them the gift of transformational travel… Travel that helps get mumma’s groove back.
WorldVentures is a travel membership company that offers thousands of Aussie travellers the chance to experience fun, freedom and life fulfilment on specially designed and curated DreamTrips holidays.
There are a range of Australian and international DreamTrips holidays available to satisfy any mum’s wanderlust this year. Whether it turns into a family holiday, or a mum-only getaway (preferred), DreamTrips holidays offer the perfect blend of sightseeing, relaxation and cultural appreciation.
Here’s a sample of some of the getaways WorldVentures has on offer:-
- 14-17 May 2017
- 3 Nights
Tour Phillip Island Nature Park and take in all the beauty of the island. Enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Koala Conservation Centre where you will wander the treetop boardwalks and come face to face with charming koalas in their natural habitat. You will also visit the Churchill Island Heritage Farm where you can appreciate the restoration of the farm and cottages of early Australian settlers. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade is the world’s only commercial venue where you can see penguins in their natural habitat and you will have the opportunity to see these tiny, flightless fowls waddle home at sunset. You will have plenty of free time to enjoy the local sights and attractions. Take the time to visit the amazing Fitzroy Gardens or the Queen Victoria Market which is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.
- 16-21 May 2017
- 5 Nights
Sun, surf and sand is what you can expect from this DreamTrips holiday. Give mum the thrill of a jet boat ride along the scenic Broadwater estuary before heading to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can wander through open animal enclosures, feed kangaroos and get up close to koalas. Within the Sanctuary you can also experience the bird show that features an Australian pelican and colourful parrots, or tour the sanctuary on a miniature train. To top off an already amazing holiday, enjoy a full-day visit to Wet’n’Wild and Warner Bros. Movie World to entertain the whole family.
- 23-28 May 2017
- 5 Nights
Rated the top holiday hotspot for DreamTrips Australian members, you must take mum on this DreamTrip to Cairns to enjoy some of the beautiful scenery and spectacular sights of her own backyard. Discover one of Australia’s ecological marvels, the ancient Daintree Rainforest, with a cruise of the Daintree River and a full-day tour of Mossman Gorge Centre, including a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk (a private tour along easy-graded tracks). Equally breathtaking is the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s biggest coral kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spanning more than 2,092 kilometres in the Coral Sea off north-eastern Australia’s Queensland coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the only one of the world’s 7 natural wonders that can be recognised from space. You will have the chance to snorkel and sail the Great Barrier Reef’s life-rich waters on an Ocean Spirit cruise — an exciting daylong getaway that also includes informative presentations by marine biologists, snorkelling demonstrations, and more. Finally, you’ll visit Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, located within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, where you’ll learn about the relationship between Australia’s animals and their natural habitat. Within this sanctuary there are paths and boardwalks for you to explore and become completely immersed in the surroundings among dense flora and protected wildlife.
International travel is good too
Make the most of cheap airfares and enjoy some truly unique experiences and some time for R&R this Mother’s Day on these international DreamTrips holidays. I’m sure your mum would love to go to any of these places…
- 13-21 May 2017
- 8 Nights
The dream destination for many mothers, this DreamTrip will have you revelling in the tropical charms of the Bahia coast in Porto Seguro. Sail to the 12,000-square-meter coral platform Recife de Fora, a marine sanctuary where you can observe a wide variety of tropical sea life at low tide. Then head down the coast to Trancoso to lounge in the surf and sand at one of its pristine beaches or live like a local as you stroll through the local village. You can tour the historical city of Porto Seguro to see popular sites like the full-size replica of the ship led by Pedro Álvares Cabral, the discoverer of Brazil before getting a taste of adventure as you trek down forest trails to Taipe Beach on an ATV. Leave land behind again for a relaxing boat trip that takes you to a natural coral formation for a scuba diving excursion and take advantage of your full-day pass to Arraial d’Ajuda Eco Park, where you can enjoy the waterpark’s thrilling rides or just relax by the water.
- 15-18 May 2017
- 3 Nights
Ranked as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, mum will love this island getaway to Santorini for Mother’s Day. On this DreamTrip, marvel at the Santorini landmarks as you enjoy a sunset catamaran cruise and even have the chance to enjoy an evening dip in the Aegean Sea. While cruising, feast on a traditional buffet dinner, including Greek salad, grilled chicken, pork skewers, roasted vegetables, pasta with red sauce, stuffed vine leaves, local fruits, Santorinian wine and more! You will have ample leisure time to browse local shopping strips to find some handmade souvenirs, or simply relax and take some time out to yourself.
21-24 May 2017
One of the most picturesque and awe-inspiring holiday destinations that features on many people’s bucket lists, this is a DreamTrip to remember. For the thrill seekers, this DreamTrip holiday starts with action packed adventure with a full day Koh Tao trip by speedboat. You will visit Ao Muang and spend the morning on this bay’s tranquil, uncrowded beaches and snorkel among colourful coral beds. You will then hop on over to the neighbouring island of Koh Nang Yuan where you can also enjoy some snorkelling and water fun or take a short hike to the top of a peak for a view of unimaginable vistas.
- 22-28 May 2017
- 6 Nights
Mum won’t mind taking the entire family along to enjoy this DreamTrip to Denarau Island, Fiji. A sightseers delight, this DreamTrip will have you exploring the exquisite Garden of the Sleeping Giant, Viseisei (widely believed to be the 1st-ever Fijian village), and the Hindu temple Sri Siva Subramaniya. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Nadi’s fresh fruit and vegetable markets and immerse yourself in the Fijian culture and experience the authentic tastes of the region. You will then set sail to Tivua Island for a full day of activities highlighting Fiji’s unique culture and natural surroundings. On the island, take a medicine nature walk, learn to husk and weave coconut fibres and participate in a traditional kava ceremony. You can also snorkel around the island and drift through 500 acres of vibrant coral beds and marvel at the diverse marine life. The whole family will be entertained with activities such as volleyball, building sandcastles and joining a treasure hunt all on the itinerary for young family members. As with all DreamTrips holidays, you will have ample leisure time to explore on your own or sit back and relax.
- 24-28 May 2017
- 4 Nights
A favourite holiday destination for many Australian travellers, this post-Mother’s Day getaway to Bali will have you savouring stunning sights and indulging in the fragrantly spiced cuisines. . Enjoy a visit to Tanah Lot, the home of an iconic temple set on a rock close to shore. Built in the 16th century, the temple is an important site for religious pilgrimages. You will have plenty of time to explore on your own during this DreamTrip. Take in more of the Balinese culture and sights, or make the most of resort facilities such as enjoying a massage or remembering your experience with a picture of you in traditional Balinese costume.
This post is in collaboration with WorldVentures