Moms are the best. Seriously. When you think about all the advice, the scraped knees, the tears, the dirty diapers, the laundry, the meals, and the general superhero status Mom has brought to the family, doesn’t it seem like she deserves a vacation?

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Augustino/Shutterstock

Yes. She does.

Not sure where to take her? We’ve got some tips up our sleeves. Check out these top Mother’s Day travel deals, fit for whatever plans you have in mind. You can worry about topping yourself next year.

1. Romantic Getaways – because you two could use some quality alone time (and maybe a nap).

Give the kids to grandma and grandpa. No matter how well you think things are going, your relationship could use a little revitalizing, sans kids. Whether you’re thinking domestic or international, check out these destinations for your Mother’s Day travel plans.

The International Getaway: Vienna, Austria

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Muellek Josef/Shutterstock

The romance in this city isn’t hard to find. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say your plan is to de-plane, hop in a carriage for a leisurely view of the architecture, and then fly right back home: you’ve satisfied the romance quota for the month. Kidding (but only kind of).

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You missed the mark on Valentine’s Day (big time) and maybe took her too seriously when she asked for a low-key birthday (read: this is not a no-gift request). Make up for it, and take the mother of your children to Vienna!

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A. Laengauer/Shutterstock

There’s so much to do in this picturesque city, it’s insane. Take her to the opera, stroll through the museums, or take a bike tour.
Need some bonus points? Why not reserve dinner for two in one of the Wiener Riesenrad ferris wheel cabins. Swoon!

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Ionescu Alexandru/Shutterstock

If you’re keepin’ it domestic: Providence, RI

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Stephen B. Goodwin/Shutterstock

So you maybe still haven’t renewed your passport, which means Europe is out of the question. No worries – you can totally find romantic activities in the United States!

New England has some really stunning architecture, lighthouses, and beaches galore. You may not have thought about it before, what with Boston in the mix, but there’s also quite a bit of culture to be found in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Allan Wood Photography/Shutterstock

Providence lives up to its reputation as the Renaissance City with its rich arts culture and history. On any normal day, this charming city has the potential to reignite your relationship, but there’s also an annual, on-going summer festival that is not to be missed: Waterfire!

To sum it up, Waterfire is essentially a non-profit art installation where the city literally lights its rivers on fire several times a year. Doesn’t that sound magical? Its events also include music, food, and boat tours.

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Liz West/Flickr

Waterfire’s events are scheduled at various points throughout the year and it’s absolutely stunning to see.

Liz West/flickr

Liz West/flickr

Whether or not you’re in town for a Waterfire weekend, make sure you check out the European-inspired gondala rides.


 

2. Babymoon – one last hurrah before that bundle of joy turns your family into sleepless zombies.

Hey, Moms-to-be: Babies are super exciting, but so are vacations, and you’re definitely going to want to take one while you still can. Check out these low-stress travel ideas to help rejuvenate you before the baby comes.

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2nix Studio/Shutterstock

Bring your S.O. along, or even your own mom for some extra bonding time and motherly advice.

The International Luxury Getaway: Reykjavik, Iceland

Depending on what time of year you visit, the sun schedule in Reykjavik varies from no sunlight at all in the dead of winter, to no sunset in the summer. When the sun is out, check out Reykjavik’s brightly painted dwellings and rooftops.

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Aivolie/Shutterstock

If you’re not into sleeping away your last few months of freedom, Iceland has plenty of adventures to keep you moving. Check out the arts and culture in Reykjavik, go whale watching, or take a quick trip to Viðey Island.

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Jamen Percy/Shutterstock

For the ultimate relaxation experience, make sure to visit when there are at least a few hours of darkness.

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Tsuguliev/Shutterstock

Just imagine soaking underneath the Aurora Borealis in one of Iceland’s famous geothermal spas. Your aching pregnant body will love it.

If you’re keepin’ it domestic: Charleston, South Carolina

If you prefer to take your babymoon in the U.S., slow your hectic crib-building life down to a more Southern-style pace in Charleston, SC.

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iofoto/Shutterstock

Charleston has all the gardens, museums, and history you could ever need to help you stay active and relaxed.

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MarkVanDykePhotography/Shutterstock

Plus, some lovely architecture. How can you not just fall in love with life when the neighborhoods look like this?

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David McSpadden/Flickr

Make the most of your last few childless days: walk the pier, take a boat ride, or spend your vacation on a beach. Moms-to-be, you deserve this.


 3. Wholesome fun for the whole family

So you’ve already got a kid or two, and you’re tired of spending all of your vacations in Florida? Not to worry – we’ve got a couple of family-friendly destinations up our sleeves.

The International Getaway: Helsinki, Finland

Finland’s education system is world-renowned, yes, so you’ll probably never want to leave. Totally serious. But hey, that’s not the only reason to visit Helsinki with your kids.

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Veronika Galkina/Shutterstock

Museums, walking tours, and boats are all really cool, but Helsinki is a particularly great city for kids because of the Moomin culture.

You heard right. Moomins.

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Whity/flickr

They’re adorable. Think Bernstein Bears, on a Disney-like scale. They’re everywhere, and they even have their own world.

The Moomin family originally hails from a book series written by Tove Jansson in the 1930s, and they’ve since taken a firm hold on Finnish culture. If you plan to bring your kids to Moominworld, be sure to grab a few books and videos before your trip. Your whole family will love getting to know these characters.

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BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock

Helsinki is also a super gay-friendly city, so if you’re a two-mom (or two-dad) family, you don’t have to stress while you’re having a good time with the family.

If you’re keepin’ it domestic: San Diego, California

So maybe Finland is a little out of reach, while the kids are young. No problem. San Diego is just as packed with culture and beauty.

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You’ll find most of the action in Balboa Park, where you can check out the museums to expose your kids to a little history and culture, then reward them with a day in the Belmont Theme Park. You think of everything, don’t you, Mom?

If you plan to relax while the kids wear themselves out, hit the beach!

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Steve Jurvetson/flickr

We also hear the zoo is pretty amazing. And adorable.

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Tammy Lo/Flickr


Congrats! You’re one step closer to booking Mom’s favorite (and well-deserved) vacation!
Bonus: these featured destinations are LGBT-friendly. Momma will be so proud!

Now that you’re all read up on the latest Mother’s Day flight deals, tell us where you’re taking Mom! We’d love to hear a few of your ideas in the comments, below.

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Katrina Koski writes content for CheapOair and OneTravel. When she's not traveling or writing about travel, she spends her time strategizing Scrabble and Words with Friends moves -- her magnum opus was 'unrequited' for 139 points. Katrina's favorite words are 'kiosk' and 'usurp.'