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7 Tips on How to Travel with Your Parents and Not Go Crazy


Planning to travel with your parents but fear you may lose your sanity while on the trip? You kick yourself in the butt since you feel like an evil person for dreading the trip.

Fret not! No need to see a psychologist just yet. Just read this post to find out how to survive a trip with your mom, dad, or both and not go insane.

We all love our parents. We want to make them happy. However, there is a certain degree of complexity when they join you for a travel escapade.


Love them or Hate them: Family is Family


Traveling with your parents can go either way. It can be fun or it could be traumatizing. Well, maybe I am exaggerating about the traumatizing part. 

But like I said it can go either way.

It can either make for an unforgettable bonding experience. Or it can be your reason why you need to consult a psychiatrist after the trip. – kidding! Last January, I had the opportunity to travel back to Manila together with my mother.

I have always wanted to write a post that included family. I just did not have the write feature to kick start a discussion up until now.

So have I scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist yet? The answer is a big fat NO!

The trip in its entirety was memorable, as a traveler who is so used to solo trips, the experience was also very new for me.

I did not want to do a blog about the 2-day trip with my mom to Manila. Like no one has ever written about traveling in Manila and blogging about it. Right? So instead of going the expected route. Let’s take a detour and give you a different experience of our Son and Mother manila adventure.

How a solo traveler tagging along with my mother for a 2-day journey kept my sanity intact?

Related Post: Different Types of Travel Buddies


How to Travel With Parents: Mom and I



7 Tips on How to Travel with Your Parents


1. Be The Captain of the Ship


Take the lead on your adventure! When traveling with your parents, you have no idea what you are going to get. Will they be in the mood for some walking or would they prefer just staying at the hotel. Regardless of what your parent wants to do, let them feel, and understand that you are the captain of the ship.

Your goal is to find an island before your food and water ration runs out. Being the captain, you must ensure that they enjoy the experience. They are your crew. Keep them happy, or else a mutiny may happen along the way.

If you are so used to solo travels- just like me. Being the captain of the traveling ship would not be a problem. That is where years of solo travel experience comes in handy when on travel with your parents.

You know what you want to happen, and you know how to ensure that it does happen. It’s just a matter of communicating with your crew – mom or your dad of the plan.

Which brings us to Rule number 2


2. It is Always Best To Plan Ahead


Travel with your parents

Since you aim to be the captain of the ship, then you must plan ahead of time the travel itinerary.

Planning for the trip can save you a lot of questions and lessen the likelihood of a fight.

Bickering with your travel buddy more so if you are on a travel with your parents should be avoided. And one sure way to prevent these things from happening is for you to prepare for the trip days ahead.

As a solo traveler, I make general plans. What I have learned about traveling with my mother is that she should know ahead of time where we’re heading. I provided my suggestions on the list of places I plan on taking her and get her nay or yay if she wants to visit those places.

Creating that plan ahead makes RULE 1 easier to achieve. You already have the buy-in of your travel buddy. It can surely make traveling with your parents more than bearable. It can be fun!


3. Have a Secret Contingency Plan when You Travel with your Parents


Travel with your parents : Luneta park
                                                                           My Plan B : Sunset at Rizal Park


By nature, I am a worrywart, and contingency plans are second nature for me.

When on a travel with your parents, the captain of the ship (meaning YOU- if you skipped reading Rule 1) must ensure that there is a Plan B, Plan C, Plan D (you know how the alphabet works) in case your Primary plan goes wrong.

Always be open to the possibility of a delayed flight, dead beat traffic, or extreme weather conditions. When we were in Manila, we agreed that we would leave our bags at the hotel and head directly to the Philippine National Museum.

However, we had a delayed flight. And traffic was heavy since it was a Friday and it was Manila! We checked in to the hotel room. We were hungry and tired. We did not have the energy to carry on with the museum tour for that day. So I decided to pull out my Plan B itinerary card.

Having a contingency plan increases the chance of still having a great time despite a few bends in the road.


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4. Choose Comfort in All Aspects of Your Travel


Travelling With Your Parents

Be sensitive when traveling with your parents.

Regardless if you grew up with the adventurous type of mom and dad or the strict type. Always choose comfort over adventure when traveling with your parents. Place yourself in their shoes and ask the question. Will my parents enjoy this?

Remember, gone were their youthful days. Even if they never say it (mine does lol), you always need to place their needs first over yours when traveling.

No, it does not mean spending a sum of money on the trip. It’s a big difference between traveling Luxuriously VS traveling comfortably.

The hotel we stayed in is a great budget-friendly hotel.
It’s an affordable hotel. I, however, did not compromise safety and comfortability. There are a lot of budget hotels that are better or equal in service with 5-star hotels. You have to do your research and book ahead of time.


Travel with your parents: Red Planet


5. Food is the Answer to Any Problem


Cartoon characters show us that when you have not eaten, you start to hallucinate food or hallucinate the person next to you as food. Yikes!

Having food on hand while on travel with your parent can reduce stress, anxiety, and anger. So Yes, food always answers all the problems in the world. As I previously mentioned we encountered a delayed flight going to Manila. We were so hungry that we almost bought airplane food. But we decided we wanted a decent meal.

When we got lost in Chinatown – thought Binondo and Quiapo were the same! What remedied our exhaustion was food from my favorite Chinese restaurant. And when we were in our hotel room, we always had some chips and drink on hand. So always have a sandwich within reach when traveling with your parents.


Travel with your parents: Chinese Food

6. Expect Your Pictures to be Blurry


Imagine finally witnessing and recording the appearance of the Yeti or the Lochness monster only to find out you forgot to click on the record button!

Unless your parents are photographers, expect to have blurry pictures taken of yourself. Or better yet, expect you won’t have a single decent shot of yourself throughout the trip.

One thing that got me excited about having a travel buddy on my return to Manila was that I finally have a photo taken with my favorite paintings in the Philippine National Museum. I got some shots alright, but they either were blurry, not centered, or had my mother’s fingers on the shot.

Travel with your parents : Fave artwork


Travel with your parents : Mom photo

Travel with Your Parents : Spolarium
Shot I took






Travel with your Parents
Shot my mom took


7. Hakuna Matata & Enjoy the Moment


Be in the moment and enjoy your parent and son/daughter bonding experience.

I am blessed to still have both my mother and father with me. Having the opportunity to travel with them is something not everyone can readily experience. Thus even if the places we went to in Manila were places I have visited I still absolutely enjoyed my experience.

It was not the places we visited that made the trip fun and memorable. It was the opportunity to travel with my mother (cue emotional music).

As a person who has been doing solo travels for three years, it was a breath of fresh air to have someone who knows you very well join you for the trip. It was a great bonding moment. Not perfect but a great experience at that


Travel with your parents

Travel with Your Parents: Its Okay To UN-SOLO Travel Sometimes

Traveling with mother dearest reminded me of the fun and excitement of having a travel buddy. I got so used to traveling solo that this trip reminded me that you need to switch gears sometimes and mix things up.

Traveling with my parent made the experience more meaningful. Like when you want to react to something and you can share it right away with them.


Travel with your parents: Mom and Penguin


How Not to Travel with your Parents


Doing the opposite of the tips I shared with you is how you should not be traveling with your parents. Never ever should you lose patience, not keep an eye on them and not be sensitive to their needs.

I guess now that I am a bit older the table has turned. I am now the parent when it comes to traveling and they are my kids.

Finally, it helps that I have always received love and support from my parents thus it is not hard for me to give it back to them. Again, the opportunity of bringing them along my travel and food blog journey is an experience I shall forever cherish.

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34 Responses

  1. I have been considering going on a trip with my mother for some time now but I always worried we would end up in a fight or something. Since she has been on her own, she has not gotten out much. I have a few places in mind to go with her to see that I think she would enjoy. I want to surprise her for her for her 50th this summer. These are some great tips that make me feel a bit less uneasy about everything. She is a very picky woman but I think as long as I plan everything ahead and keep myself in charge of the trip, it will go smoothly. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

  2. I think that it depends on your parents’ personality too. Some are easier to travel with than others. My mum is not an easy person to travel with. Your mum is beautiful, by the way 😊

  3. You have some really great tips here Erik! With these tips and the knowledge I gained from the last time my dad came to visit for a whole week, I think I can survive another smooth vacation with the ol’ pops. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Omg this was such an amazing read because of how closely we relate to this. We learned our parents just wanted to enjoy the simplicities we ended up planning everything and taking lead

  5. Ahh, this is such a cute post. I, too, had to adapt my adventures when travelling with family and they used to drive me crazy but now they’re gone, I am so happy for the memories. Keep enjoying trips with your mum and dad for as long as possible 🙂

  6. I wish I could get my dad to travel with me some but he is 97 and says he’s been there and done that. No further interest in traveling. Your “rules” are great advice (and cute!) though for traveling with anyone.

  7. We no longer have parents to travel with. But this has some good tips for when our children travel with us. We would definitely fight for who will be the captain of our trip! Having contingency plans are always a good idea as too many times we have had unexpected things come up – both weather and sickness have derailed us. We would definitely be planning a trip that has more comfort than our children may need. But they always love being spoiled just a little with luxury accommodations. It sounds like you had a great trip with your mother. And that you were well prepared.

    1. Hi Linda! Your comment totally means a lot for me especially coming from another parent/ mom . Im sure your kids love and enjoy travelling with you folks.

      And yes, I did enjoy the travel with Momsie . In fact we are travelling again this May to Hong Kong. the trip to Manila was the trial run if I wont loose it if we travel internationally. LOL

      Cheers and safe travels to you and your kids.

  8. Omg!! This article is so me! Even though I love my parents a lot, I have to agree I do go crazy whenever I’m traveling with them. Mainly because of conflict in interests and generation gap. This is really a great read!

  9. I love this. Traveling with your parents can be good. It seems like you took the right steps to make sure both you and your mom had a good time, and didn’t go crazy! Lol.

  10. I have done a lot of traveling with my parents throughout the years and it is always so nice to have memories to look back on. I understand not everyone has awesome parents to travel with, so these tips are definitely great ones and I completely agree with just enjoying the memories being made.

  11. Your seems to be easy to be with type of person. Your photos shows she obviously enjoyed the trip.

  12. These are super helpful! I would love to travel with my mom but haven’t really been able to find a good way to plan it. This helped a lot.

  13. I like the idea of a contingency plan. We’re traveling with parents this summer and I think it might be crazy!

  14. I love everything about this post! These are great tips for me as I get ready to travel with my inlaws! I love to travel by myself so this will be a real challenge for me. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Traveling with parents sounds so fun, I don’t think my parents would hassle me if ever we travel. They are so fun and strong enough for long walks.

  16. love this topic! every single one of them is such an important guide when traveling with our parents. Thanks so much for sharing

  17. I have never tried traveling with my parents now that I grew up and this is something that can help me a lot.

  18. Choose comfort all the way is REALLY VERY important when travelling with the parentals. And I really agree that food is the solution to everything. It just helps.

  19. I will completely agree with all the points.

    I think planning is one of the most important part of travelling.

    Thanks for sharing.

  20. It’s always a good idea to have a backup to the backup to the backup. Consequently I took a trip with my parents a month ago and it went fine.

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