Family vacations can either be a stressful nightmare or a bonding experience to create lasting memories. They're sort of what you make of them.
With that in mind, Cheapflights.com, an airfare comparison site, has compiled a list of bargain, but memorable, trips for Mom and the kids, just in time for Mothers' Day.
Of course, what might be enjoyable for a six-year-old might not hold the same appeal for a teenager, and vice versa. So the site has broken down its trip picks by age group.
For a mother with young children, it recommends a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. It's a low-stress destination with 62 miles of beaches. Besides kicking back on the sand, Myrtle Beach offers an oceanfront amusement park, and mini golf courses all over town.
Mom and her teenage kids might enjoy an excursion to Belize. The Belize Barrier Reef is huge and a delicate environmental wonder. On land, there are many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.
Kids in their 20s may have left home, but still might enjoy a trip with Mom. Cheapflights suggests Barcelona, Spain. The city is a relatively inexpensive European destination offering a rich culture, not to mention great food and wine. Attractions include the Picasso Museum and the National Museum of Catalan Art.
Okay, so maybe the kids have grown up and have families of their own. They still might like to get away with Mom to someplace exotic, like Capetown, South Africa.
The city is home to Table Mountain, whose summit is reachable by hiking trail or cable car. The city is also known for its pristine beaches, as well as restaurants, cafes, and bars.