For starters, it's good for your health.

By Betsy Cribb
Updated February 25, 2020
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Mother-daughter time is special no matter what you’re doing. But traveling together is a bonding experience you’ll never forget. Here are the top seven reasons you should take a trip with your daughter this year, and every one after that.

Travel prep is a bonding experience.

Planning your trip means that the two of you will be constantly engaged in conversations about where to go, what to do, and how to pack. All of that anticipation is something fun for you to share until the adventure arrives.

It’s good for your health.

A study from Harvard Medical School showed evidence that strong relationships are as beneficial for your long-term health as a healthy diet, good sleep, and not smoking. And nothing strengthens a mother-daughter bond quite like a few days spent soaking up the sun together on the Carolina coast or driving Mississippi backroads in search of the best Delta tamales. Fill up the tank and book that Airbnb in the name of longevity.

You could discover new interests.

Travel, by nature, encourages you to stretch your limits and venture beyond your comfort zone; and it’s a lot easier to do that with your number-one fan by your side. In exploring unfamiliar experiences, you may stumble upon a shared affinity for a new hobby, like hot yoga or candle-pouring. Plus, an activity you can enjoy together after you’ve returned home beats a souvenir T-shirt any day of the week.

It’s a chance to have uninterrupted time together.

Sure, you see each other every Sunday for family dinner and holidays are a given, but when was the last time you actually got to sit down, just the two of you, and have a real, grown-up conversation without tripping over toys or kissing skinned knees in the middle of it? A weekend getaway with none of the usual distractions guarantees you’ll be able to (finally!) catch up.

You might learn a thing or two.

You’re the one she calls when she needs a pro-tip on seasoning her cast iron skillet or can’t find her grandfather’s mailing address. But spend a little one-on-one time with your daughter, and it’s likely that she’ll teach you a thing or two, too: TikTok is not a breath mint, and barre is the place she spends Saturday mornings, not Saturday nights.

You’ll finally have photos of the two of you.

Bring on the selfies! You were likely always the one behind the camera throughout your daughter’s childhood, so here’s your chance to make up for missed photo-ops. Besides, Alys Beach makes for a much prettier backdrop than the roller skate rink where she had her eighth birthday party.

You’ll create a memorable tradition.

Your daughter undoubtedly loves the china you’ve passed down to her, but memories with you are far more precious. Setting aside time to travel together annually—even if it’s just down the road—gives the two of you something to look forward to and ensures that all-important bonding time each year. Plus, you’ll have plenty of memories from past trips to rehash and reminisce on until your next getaway.