As an avid traveller, it’s hard to watch movies about travel without having a gazillion thoughts running through my head. That’s because I not only use films for travel inspo (I’m putting Ecuador on my list after the beaut scenes in SNATCHED), but I pay attention to all the details and note lessons learned. Having experienced an unforgettable mother-daughter trip to Dominican Republic a few years ago with my own mom, I was excited to grab a copy of SNATCHED (the DVD was just released) to see how my getaway compared with Emily (Amy Schumer) and Linda’s (Goldie Hawn). Let’s just say there were a few differences in our journeys, but the outcomes were the same: a new perspective of mom as an individual and the desire to create more travel memories together…
The film got my wheels turning so I thought I’d share some mother-daughter travel tips inspired by SNATCHED in case you guys are considering going on a vacay with mama:
1. Book Two Beds – I think it’s nice to share a room with mom (I loved the week-long sleepover with mine), but definitely make sure the hotel/resort gives you two beds. There will be nights when you or your mom stay up late (like Emily did in SNATCHED) and the last thing you want to do is wake up your travel buddy from their sweet slumber as you slip into bed.
2. Push Your Mom Out Of Her Comfort Zone – Many mamas are calculated and risk-averse like Linda’s character so it’s good to give them a push here and there. I took mine on a surprise excursion that she would have NEVER signed up for by herself — one that involved waterfall jumping and hiking through a jungle in the Dominican Republic. It was such a challenging experience that had me being her pillar of strength rather than the other way around. But, in the end, she was so proud of herself for accomplishing the unthinkable. Memories made.
3. Travel With Mom After Big Life Events – We all change paths multiple times throughout our lives — new job/country/house/baby/partner (or lack thereof in Emily’s case) etc. — which brings with it a lot of stress and uncertainty. To give yourself perspective, consider booking a trip with mama. I find traveling with mine to be therapeutic: her wisdom, experience and general sense of calm is exactly the remedy to any chaos in my life.
4. Don’t Forget To Allow For Alone Time – No matter how much you love your travel companion, one of my biggest travel tips is to spend some time apart. Whether it’s reading a book by the pool or grabbing a drink at the bar like Emily did in SNATCHED, you’d be surprised at how much more pleasant a trip can be when you don’t spend 24/7 together.
5. Use Travel As A Way To Discover The Other Side Of Mom – I could totally relate when Emily flipped through her mom’s old photo album and saw her as an individual for the first time. “You don’t do anything fun anymore,” she declared when trying to convince Linda to be her travel buddy. I think moms have a tendency to think a bit too much before making decisions so help yours bring spontaneity back into her life by giving her a little nudge. She likely has another side that you never knew existed! I highly recommend getting to know yours outside of the family home.
Le sigh.. watching SNATCHED reminded me that I’m due for another mother-daughter getaway. Have you guys been on one? If so, where? I’m taking notes!!
A huge thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for sponsoring this post. If you didn’t get a chance to see the film in theatres, it’s now avail on Blu-ray/DVD.