Navigation Menu

It’s that time of year again where people around the world honor mothers. While it may be quite easy to spend time with your mother and show her how much you love her when you live close to one another, it can prove rather difficult when separated by distance.

Solo female travelers like myself often face the challenge of honoring their mothers from miles away, but in reality, distance doesn’t have to prevent you from showing how much you cherish your mother daughter bond. Distance certainly hasn’t impacted my strong bond with my mother despite my many solo travels and living interstate.

Mothers and daughters often share a lifetime of experiences together, serving as each other’s sources of emotional support and becoming trusted companions who share laughter, tears, and the joys of life’s milestones together.

Let’s explore the art of maintaining that irreplaceable mother-daughter bond, no matter where your solo travels may take you.

How Solo Female Travelers Can Honor Mothers from Afar

Virtual Connection, Genuine Affection

In a world where technology defies boundaries, a video call becomes a lifeline. Staying virtually connected with your mother is one way you can maintain a strong and meaningful relationship, especially when physical distance separates you.

The key is to schedule regular phone calls, video chats, or text messages to stay in touch. Even a brief check-in can help you stay connected and maintain a sense of closeness despite the distance.

Share updates about your life that include photos and videos of not only important milestones and achievements but also your simple day-to-day life. Of course, planning extra time for virtual meetups around the holidays and birthdays are extra important if distance prevents you from being together in the same place.

As a solo traveler, it can be quite easy to want to share all your incredible world adventures with your mom who undoubtedly does indeed want to hear about them, however, remember to also focus on your mother’s interests, hobbies, and activities. She too needs your support and encouragement in regards to her interests and pursuits.

Gifts and Thoughtful Gestures from Afar

Sending thoughtful gifts or organizing thoughtful gestures for your mom from afar speak volumes. Solo travel needn’t diminish the tradition of giving, rather it can refine it. Technology has made it easier and cheaper than ever to send gifts or plan something special for your mom even when you may be on the other side of the world.

A bouquet of flowers is always a nice tough since it remains a timeless expression of love and appreciation. Imagine the delight when flowers for Mom arrive unannounced at her doorstep. However, try not to just send any flowers, rather flowers that are special or unique to her or your relationship together. This can be choosing her birth month flowers, flowers you know are her favorites, or possibly ones that symbolize your special moments together such as maybe ones you used to plant together.

Another idea is to put together a personalized care package filled with your mom’s favorite treats, snacks, skincare products, and other small gifts. You can also include handwritten notes, photos, or mementos to add a personal touch.

Purchasing an online class or workshop in something she’s interested in is also a great idea, whether it’s cooking, painting, photography, or gardening. This allows her to learn something new and enjoy a creative outlet from the comfort of her home. It also gives them something to share with you during your video chats or calls.

Staying with virtual gift ideas, you can easily organize virtual experiences for her online, such as a virtual tour of a museum, online concert or performance, or virtual cooking class. You can also create a playlist of her favorite songs or artists you think she may enjoy that she can download and listen to, realizing that she will likely think of you upon listening to the songs each time. You can also create a digital photo album or family photos or special moments you’ve shared together.

Signing your mom up for a subscription service tailored to her interests, such as a monthly book club, streaming service, or gourmet food delivery is an easy way to showcase your continuous care for her throughout the year since she will have something to look forward to each month.

Personalized DIY Gifts & Tokens of Shared Memories

Creating personalized DIY gifts for your mom can convey extra thoughtfulness and love. Craft something tangible, a capsule of shared stories and laughter in the form of a memory book filled with photos, mementos, and written memories of special moments you’ve shared with your mom. Gather mementos from your travels that resonate with mutual experiences or inside jokes.

Design personalized jewelry for your mom, such as a beaded bracelet, pendant necklace, or earrings. You can use her favorite colors, birthstones, or meaningful charms like those offered by Pandora bracelets to make it extra special.

Compile a customized recipe book featuring your mom’s favorite recipes, family classics, and special dishes. You can write out the recipes by hand, include photos, and decorate the pages with illustrations or personalized quotes or notes.

Make personalized home decor items for your mom, such as a hand-painted canvas, decorative vase, or photo collage wall art. Get creative with materials, colors, and designs to match her style and preferences.

Of course, a simple heartfelt letter or poem expressing your love, gratitude, and appreciation for your mom can also be quite powerful despite it basically costing nothing. But let me talk further of the power of handwritten letters in a moment.

Synchronous Celebrations From Afar

Not all gestures need to be tangible. Sometimes, the most profound connections are forged in shared experiences, synced in time if not in space. Such acts of unity create ripples of togetherness, keeping the mother-daughter bond resilient since they act as reminders that physical distance is no match for the power of emotional proximity.

No matter which activity you choose, the key is to find something that you both enjoy and that allows you to connect and spend quality time together, despite the physical distance. Get creative, stay open-minded, and most importantly, have fun making memories with your mom virtually.

Plan a virtual dinner date with your mom where you both cook or order the same meal and enjoy it together over video call. Set the mood with candles, music, and conversation to make it feel like a special occasion.

Join an online exercise class together, such as yoga, dance, or fitness workouts. It’s a fun way to stay active and healthy while bonding and motivating each other from a distance. I have personally done this with my own mother and it actually made my daily yoga feel extra special.

You could also schedule a virtual movie night with your mom where you can watch a movie or TV show together while video chatting. Use streaming platforms that offer synchronized viewing so you can watch simultaneously and react in real-time.

Another option is crafting or DIY project to work on together virtually, such as knitting, painting, or scrapbooking. Share materials, ideas, and progress photos as you create together. If you both aren’t very artsy, simply opt for playing online games or trivia together, whether it’s a classic board game adapted for virtual play, multiplayer video game, or online trivia quizzes. It’s a fun way to challenge each other and bond over friendly competition.

Enduring Narratives Penned Down 

The art of letter-writing, though seemingly archaic, holds an unmatched charm and can make you feel extremely close with your mom even when the distance feels vast. Handwritten letters between mothers and daughters hold a unique and powerful significance that digital communication just can’t replicate.

Handwritten letters carry a personal touch that digital messages lack. The act of physically writing out thoughts and emotions adds a layer of intimacy and authenticity to the communication.

Actually holding a letter in one’s hands, feeling the texture of the paper, and seeing the handwriting creates a sensory experience that digital messages cannot replicate. It also shows that you took the extra time, effort, and cost that handwritten letters require as opposed to going the quick, easy, and cheap way of sending an email or text.

Handwritten letters have a greater emotional impact compared to digital messages and often become cherished keepsakes that can be saved, re-read, and treasured for years to come. They serve as tangible reminders of the love, wisdom, and guidance shared between mother and daughter.

Above all else, a handwritten letter is unique and reflects the individuality of the writer, as opposed to an email or text which all look the same. From the style of handwriting to the choice of stationery, each letter is a reflection of the sender’s personality and thoughtfulness.

Distance may physically separate a mother and daughter, but it can never diminish the unbreakable bond and love they share. Through handwritten letters, virtual calls, shared memories, and heartfelt gestures, mothers and daughters can easily continue to nurture and strengthen their connection, transcending miles and time zones.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007.  Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.




Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *