Me Time for Moms: Momcation Ideas for Every Budget and Schedule!

Mom, are you tired, feeling like you’ve been running all day and all night? If the answer is yes, it sounds like it’s time for a momcation!

Never heard of a momcation? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like; a vacation designed to pamper moms and give them some much-needed rest and relaxation.

The good news is that you can tailor your momcation to exactly how you need it to be. It can be as short as a weekend or as long as a week. It can even be just a day, whatever fits your schedule and budget. Let’s talk about some options.

Take Yourself on a Shopping Trip

Nothing says “me time” like shopping for yourself. Head out for the day and explore boutiques or vintage shops if you’re feeling the thrifting vibes. Or check out the sales at your favorite stores and go a bit crazy. This is your chance to say YES to you!

Best Destinations:
  • Milan
  • Dubai
  • New York
  • Your local mall

Relax With Nature

If relaxation is your main goal, heading out into nature could be the perfect way to re-energize. Go camping in the woods or visit nearby national parks for much-needed fresh air and natural beauty. And if roughing it isn’t your idea of relaxation, look for a luxury cabin or glamping spot; you deserve the best!

Best Destinations:
  • Costa Rica
  • Hawaii
  • Your local park

Unwind With Wellness

Maybe what you need is some pampering for once! Spas are great places to unwind and relax as you enjoy treatments that will leave you feeling like a new woman. If you’re looking for something more intense, there are plenty of wellness retreats that offer everything from yoga and meditation to nutrition counseling.

Best Destinations:
  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • California
  • Your local spa

Take a Cruise

Cruises are great for moms looking for an escape from their daily lives. With so many different destinations to choose from, there’s sure to be something that fits your budget and interests.

Whether you want to explore the Caribbean or cruise up the Mediterranean, a cruise is the perfect way to de-stress and escape it all.

Cruises also offer bonus activities like yoga classes, spa treatments, and cooking classes that will help keep your mind off work and home responsibilities while helping you reconnect with yourself.

Best Cruises:
  • The Mediterranean
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Alaska
  • A Cruise to Nowhere

Culture Change

Why not try taking a cultural trip? Take off somewhere near or far that offers lots of cultural experiences! Visit museums, sample regional cuisine, and explore local hotspots—these kinds of trips allow you to soak up new sights and sounds while giving you time away from home.

Best Destinations:
  • Bali
  • Cuba
  • Charleston, SC
  • Your local museum or cultural center


Last but not least, if you don’t want to or can’t leave town or go far away—you can still get away without leaving your neighborhood. Send the kids to visit the grandparents and tell hubby you need a timeout and enjoy relaxing from the comfort of a local hotel or your own home. There are no rules here.

Best Destinations:
  • A downtown hotel
  • An Airbnb for the day
  • Your own living room in your sweats and a messy bun.

The bottom line is this—mamas deserve some me-time now and then. It may not be possible to make it glamorous or luxurious all the time, but it can be done on any budget and in most circumstances with a little planning.

So go ahead, mom . . . make it happen for you like you always do for everyone else.