Trying to decide what to do with those annual vacation weeks? For those curious travellers with limited time to dedicate to extensive research or to ironing out logistics, there are plenty of options out there for tailor-made adventures — because hey, why not let someone else do the planning?
The journeys below are suited to a variety of vacationing preferences; whether it’s nature, relaxation, or an ample dose of culture you seek, you’re bound to find a salve for your wanderlust. And hurry — Mother’s Day may be over, but several of the companies below offer special mom-focused discounts for bookings all throughout the month of May. Grab your passport and get ready!
For Nature Enthusiasts
This spectacular coast has mountains rising at sheer angles from the Mediterranean, old fishing towns clinging to the rocks, tiny hidden coves, and of course, lots of fabulous food. The self-guided walk starts at Amalfi itself and works westwards along the rugged peninsula, ending in bustling Sorrento. A seven-night self-guided hiking vacation with On Foot Holidays is priced from £995 per person (based on two sharing), including accommodations, luggage transfers, and comprehensive maps and directions. Shorter versions are also available.
For Hikers Seeking Haven
This journey showcases the glory of the Alps for walkers of modest abilities. Start at the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore, head up and over Mottarone to catch its stunning mountain views from the top, and then make your way down to little Lake Orta. Here there are more spiritual attractions, notably the assembly of chapels on Sacro Monte and the peaceful convent on Isola San Giulio. A seven-night self-guided hiking vacation with On Foot Holidays is priced from £860 per person (based on two sharing), including accommodations, luggage transfers, and comprehensive maps and directions. Shorter versions are also available.
For Culture Lovers
Because no two moms are the same, Naya Traveler has curated a few special journeys for different moms. For new moms with babies, explore Peru’s intricate tapestries and architectural marvels. Peru is home to one of South America’s most sophisticated ancient civilizations with over 5000 years of history to its name. Moms with teenagers can discover wild Argentina, an adventure-filled experience that deepens one’s sense of natural beauty and expands understanding of cultural identity. The Patagonian Steppe is a land of age-old Gaucho customs, pure air, arid landscapes, and enormous glaciers waiting to be explored. For the forever mom (moms with adult children), explore the treasures of unchartered Myanmar on this stunning journey. Straddling the line between Southeast Asia and India both geographically and culturally, Burma’s astonishing natural beauty, rare ethnic diversity, and rich spiritual legacy allows this country to stand out amongst its neighbours as a world apart, one that is just waiting to be discovered.
For Adventure Seekers
Leading safaris and treks in Tanzania since 2004, Duma Explorer is one of Tanzania’s only Travelife-certified tour operators. A founding partner of Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, Duma Explorer continually demonstrates a commitment to social, economic, and environmental sustainability. For all safaris of at least 7 days booked during the month of May, Duma Explorer is offering a complimentary Serengeti Balloon safari for mothers. This may be the most beautiful area in the world for a balloon flight — no power lines, fences, and few roads. Launch at dawn, rise as the sun rises, and gently float over the plains of the magnificent Serengeti. A balloon offers an opportunity to see the Serengeti from a unique perspective; you’ll notice wildlife trails made by generations of animals, which are impossible to see from the ground. After landing, celebrate in the traditional way with a champagne toast before heading off to a special ‘Out of Africa’ breakfast in the wild. The Serengeti Balloon special is valid for travel from May 2019 through May 2020. Rates for Duma Explorer safaris start at $2500 USD per person, double occupancy.
For the Camping Type
Located in Tanzania’s best wildlife destinations, Chaka Camps is a collection of boutique tented lodges offering the ultimate safari experience in comfort and style. Book 4 nights at Chaka Camps and receive the 5th night free for mom. This applies to any bookings made during the month of May for Kichuguu, Kiota, and Chaka Camps. The nights can be combined over the three properties and the offer is valid for travel from May 2019 through May 2020. The original property, Chaka Mobile Camp, completed an extensive renovation in December 2018 and follows the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti. Kiota Camp, permanently located in Central Serengeti, combines year-round game viewing with sweeping views over the Serengeti plains. Opened in June 2017, Kichuguu Camp, located inside Tarangire National Park, features gourmet Swahili cuisine and warm Tanzanian hospitality. Each property, unique in its style and design, is perfectly situated to deliver extraordinary wildlife experiences. Chaka Camps is committed to creating a unique and special experience for guests, which is matched only by a concern for preserving the natural ecology of the parks and the local economies of Tanzania. Rates for Chaka Camps start at $1500 USD per person, double occupancy, based on a 4-night paid game package safari.
For the Ultimate Pampering
One of the most popular all-inclusive, adults-only boutique hotels in Saint Lucia, Calabash Cove Resort and Spa is a Caribbean gem offering seclusion, beauty, and mesmerizing views at every turn. Its 26 villas feature old Caribbean charm coupled with modern luxurious resort amenities. From the heavenly Windsong restaurant and lively C-Bar overlooking the infinity pool to the peaceful Ti Spa, guests have everything at their fingertips when vacationing at Calabash Cove. The resort’s “Unconditional All Inclusive” covers all meals and beverages, including room service, daily food specials (including a daily lobster dish, when in season), premium brand drinks, a stocked in-room bar with full size bottles, over 20 wines from the wine list for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, gratuities/tips, and Wi-Fi.
For Wellness Fanatics
Family-friendly hidden gem Les Ilets de la Plage offers 12 private villas with direct access to the white sand beach and azure sea in Saint Barts. Secluded yet central, Les Ilets has been a well-kept secret for years, combining the privacy and serenity of a villa with a hotel concierge service at an affordable price. For any stays of 5 nights or more in May and June 2019, Les Ilets de la Plage is offering a 20% discount for mother and child for a variety of tailored experiences. Treat mom to a private Vinyasa yoga session with Carole Pernelle of Absolute Hot Yoga at Les Ilets de la Plage or on St. Jean Beach (from 140 € per hour). For nature enthusiasts, go on an island hike or tour with local guide and environmentalist Helene Bernier (50 € per hour for groups of 1 to 4 people). The tour of the island by car with guide is 100 € per hour including service, driver, insurance, license, and private guide. Or see Saint Barts in all its splendour on the water with a sunset sailing champagne cruise on the Leeward side of the island with Jicky Marine. Catamaran sunset tours are available every day in private or by group based on availability (690 € for a private tour or 124 € per person for a group tour).