6 Around-the-World Parenting Styles that Make your Mom Special

By Laura Camila Rivera

It doesn't matter if you're living the American dream or raised by the Spanish siesta lifestyle, your mom deserves to be spoiled rotten on Mother's Day. For us glampers, it's easy to take on new adventures, but home is always where Mom is. Mamas around the world have left their imprint on generations to come, so here's a quick look at different "mom-ing" strategies from around the world. Do you recognize any?

On safety

Did your mama walk you to school every morning or were you sent off on your own to instill independence? To this day, women around the world differ in this, and it may have a lot to do with who you are as a person now. In Japan, kids go to school by themselves and can be seen walking or even riding trains and buses by themselves. In Denmark, babies often nap outside in a warm stroller while mom has a cup of coffee with no worries. Meanwhile, lone kids in New York are a cause for worry and can even mean trouble for parents back home.

On birthday parties

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Latin American parties demand a lot of energy from Mamas around the world and tend to go on for hours after any preestablished end time. Birthday parties can be huge family events, especially quinceañeros! In Thailand, some people believe it's rude to celebrate on a day that mom went through so much pain. Instead, these holidays can be seen as a chance to make a monetary donation, donate blood, or do some charity work. It brings luck and good karma for the rest of the year, and kids barely seem to notice that the attention isn't on them!

On getting help

While all our mothers are clearly superheroes, this doesn't mean they need to raise their kids on their own. The phrase, "It takes a village," comes in handy in places like Brazil and Africa where it is very common to have nannies and maids to help lighten the load. In some places, it's even an expectation for financially stable families to provide jobs in the community. In New Zealand, midwives can visit the homes of recent moms for weeks after birth to help out, and in Thailand, grandma and grandpa are never too far away and may even move in to help mom get back to work sooner.

On sleeping arrangements

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How old were you when you started sleeping in your own room? Co-sleeping is a norm in places like India where space is limited or in Thailand. It isn't uncommon to see a mom sleeping in a bed with her child and dad sleeping somewhere else. This also means that kids stay up as late as their parents in a lot of places and don't adhere to a bedtime or sleep schedule. If mom's up, I'm up, we always say.

On discipline

If you've heard of la chancla, then you probably grew up in a Hispanic household where discipline consists of mom's sandal, and you've learned never to make that mistake again. Tantrums and hissy fits are a given when it comes to the terrible twos, but in Northern Ireland, people get involved. Strangers in the grocery store have no reservations about calming a baby with a temper, and in Turkey, waiters can pick up a fussy kid and bounce him around until he calms down.

On recreation

Date nights and romantic getaways are always hard in the first few years with a new kid, but some places write them out completely. In Jordan, women and men often socialize separately and, while the women may miss their partners, they have many ways to let their hair down and let loose when in the comfort of their girls nights. Family-friendly locations are common in Norway for everyone to spend time together. All around the world, when mom and dad can get away, they probably go glamping.

This Mother's Day, don't forget to say thank you for your mom's hard work by spoiling her rotten. We recommend a gift card to an around-the-world stay worthy of your around-the-world mom.

Staycation Ideas near San Diego

By Laura Camila Rivera

Every San Diego resident knows that living in a busy city leaves very little time for seeing the sights. With all that San Diego has to offer, including a myriad of beaches, parks, and attractions, it's almost overwhelming to fit these trips into your everyday schedule. Instead, join in on the trend that's sweeping the nation and make your next holiday a staycation.

Hidden treasures come to light and old places become new again when you turn your regular vacation plans into a staycation. Take this opportunity to become a tourist in your hometown with this list of San Diego musts and the perfect places to stay to have a relaxing and unplugged staycation.

Take a mini cruise around San Diego Bay.

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San Diego is the perfect location to kick off a cruise, with its amazing weather year-round and endless beaches. Better yet, book your stay on this floating accommodation to experience the luxury of a California cruise without the hustle and bustle of a public cruise.

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This luxury charter yacht in particular can be rented for various cruises or for an overnight bed and breakfast experience. Equipped with housekeeping, kitchen equipment, and even toiletries, this charter yacht has proven to be one of the coolest staycations you can brag to your coworkers about.

Spend the night in a safari tent.

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Roughing it in California no longer means what it used to. Nowadays, you can grab a few friends and spend a weekend in the outdoors without sacrificing electricity and Wi-Fi access. What better way to explore your hometown and disconnect than from the comfort of a safari tent?

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With a campfire area and the ability to sleep up six people, this deluxe, African safari-inspired tent can become the perfect getaway with a group of friends. Staying close to home has never been this easy and exciting.

Plan a Pacific Crest Trail hike.

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles—from Mexico to Canada—making California a perfect place to plan a long weekend of section hiking. From San Diego, the trail is easily accessible and reaches its highest point in this section at 9,030 feet.

For sporty glampers, a hiking staycation is made possible by accommodations like this authentic tipi, where the host is an experienced Pacific Crest Trail hiker who would be happy to assist with drop-off and pick-up in the local mountains or whatever guests' hiking needs are.

Find your perfect beach.

This may take some extensive research, but when has anyone needed an excuse to go beach hopping? Take a trip to La Jolla and have a picnic by the seals, surf your stress away at Blacks Beach, or tan by the San Diego's classic boardwalk at Mission Beach. Every glamper has their own style.

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To complete the adventure, glampers will need an adventurous accommodation. Situated near the beach, this unique and family-friendly Airstream is ideal for anyone looking to push the boundaries on a staycation. With its own private bathroom with shower and space for up to four people, getting off the grid is easy here.

Take a tour of your own home

The best way to learn something new about your surroundings is by asking an expert! Take a tour of an area you already seem to know and find out all about its history. San Diego is chock full of stories and a Segway tour, high adventure tour, or brewery and winery tour could be the best way to explore.

After a day of tourism and falling in love with San Diego all over again, it's natural to need a break. Top off your staycation with a luxury cottage by the beach and its large front deck, 55-inch curved 4K flat screen television, and comfortable bar stools.


Dying to see more? Don't miss the rest of our San Diego glamping sites here!