Forget soap, plan a surprise trip for your mum instead
WITH Mother's Day just around the corner, many Aussies are beginning to ponder the ultimate gift idea.
This year, why not put thoughts of lavender soap aside and start planning the ultimate the gift - a trip of a lifetime with mum.
Travel.com.au executive general manager Helen Demetriou said the combination of the people and the destination were what made for a memorable holiday.
"Nothing beats holidays spent with family," she said.
Whether it's for this Mother's Day or a work in progress for next, here are travel.com.au's top five trips to do with mum to help kickstart your plans to spoil your mum in style.
1. Hobart, Tasmania
The once sleepy Hobart has risen from its slumber and radically transformed into the hottest destination for art, culture and food lovers.
If a visit to the art gallery is your mum's ultimate day out, treat her to a weekend away to visit David Walsh's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
Catch the ferry across the harbour, take in the awe-inspiring collection and then debrief over a glass of bubbles at the wine bar.
Back that up with a day at the Salamanca Markets, indulge in local produce, soak up nature and much more.
2. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
In need of a value for money holiday in the sun with a dash of culture?
Your mum will love Langkawi, Malaysia; a great alternative to Thailand or Bali.
Relax on the beach and read a book, indulge yourselves at some of the world's best day spas or if mum is more into exploring, scuba dive or snorkel in the clear waters of Palau Payar Marine Park or embark on a round trip around Dayang Bunting and Beras Basah Island.
3. Hong Kong
What better way to spoil mum than taking her to shopping paradise.
Hong Kong has a heritage as an international centre of trade so it's no surprise buying and selling continues to characterise this buzzing city.
Whether you're after world class fashion, haute couture, a splash of local colour, a work of art or a piece from a home grown designer, Hong Kong has a bargain to tempt every shopper.
4. San Francisco, USA
With its rolling landscape covered in Victorian architecture and cultural diversity, this city is loved and cherished by many - and no doubt your mum too.
Located in Northern California, San Francisco rests on only seven by seven miles of land but still remains one of the most visited cities in the world.
5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Picturesque windmills and swaying tulips set the mood for an unforgettable adventure that any mum would jump at.
Visit famous galleries, walk the historical canals, cross winding bridges, explore museums, book tickets to a concert, hire a bike and enjoy getting lost in this charming city.
Whether your mum is a lover of art, architecture, music or nature, Amsterdam is guaranteed to delight.