I have traveled to several destinations alone, with my husband, and with my kids. And traveling with my siblings is also one of my treasured moments. From spending Christmas in Singapore, having a blast in Disneyland Hong Kong, going to the Underground River in the Philippines, sand duning in Qatar, and exploring Kuala Lumpur, my brother and sister are one of the best travel buddies.
Carmen, Michael, and Dianne
Here are some of the reasons why I love traveling with my siblings.
1. I can be myself.
I can be myself throughout the trip, and I know they won’t judge me. I can be childish and stupid, or be cranky and miserable, my siblings will forgive me. I can be an ill-mannered godzilla while I enjoy our travel.
2. No need to impress them.
There is no need to make up small talk or keep up with the conversation. I can be silent if I want to.
3. We know what to expect
Even though I haven’t lived with them for 8 years now, I still know what to expect. We know our personal habits. They know I am a neat freak. So they know I am going to fix everybody’s stuff (they better hide what needs to be hidden). I know that none of them likes to wake up early. So forget about checking out the sunrise or going somewhere early in the morning. I know already that my brother likes to eat at a mid-range restaurant, so don’t bother searching for a budget restaurant. My sister has skin problems, so necessary preparations are needed if we want to go hiking. I know we all love theme parks, so Disneyland is always the best option! Cool, isn’t it?
4. Less to no embarrassment.
I can wear whatever I want, sit however I want, and eat however and whatever I want. I won’t feel embarrassed. If I prefer eating a Mcdonald’s burger over the local cuisine or if I forgot to shave my legs or slip out loud farts, I won’t feel embarrassed. I am just that comfortable with my siblings. And I am sure they feel the same way.
5. We can borrow things (constantly and even without permission)
This is what I like the most! I can always borrow clothes from my brother. My brother and I are of the same size. So I can borrow his tees or sweater, and wear them as house clothes. That’s why whenever I go to the Philippines, my bag is always lighter. And when we travel, we can just bring one set of toiletries. Practical, right?
6. Easy to communicate
From my extensive traveling, I realized I have no patience when traveling with friends or group. I will put up with it and be polite just because we are a group. I don’t like staying in one place for more than 1 hour, I want to move on to the next item on the list. With my siblings, I have no fear of telling them how much I am enjoying an experience so we have to stay longer. Or how much I am not enjoying an experience so we better go. I can also tell them to take hundreds of photos of me until I get the ‘right’ photo.
7. We become more responsible
I am the eldest, so it is a given that I’ll be responsible. However, when we travel, everybody seems to be a map expert. It’s not only me who become more responsible. My brother and sister become more responsible too – making sure that we are walking or traveling in the right direction, or riding the right bus or train, or waiting at the right boarding gate.
We also become responsible and accountable for our actions. We don’t go to bar or club. I and my sister don’t smoke or drink. My brother doesn’t drink irresponsibly when we are all together. We also don’t engage in any extreme activities.
Thus it can be reassuring to know that they will try their best to keep everybody safe, and that I have their back and they’ve got mine.
8. Easy to ask our parents’ permission
I remember when I asked permission to go swimming with my friends, my mom asked a lot of questions. My dad even checked out the place to see if it was safe and no suspicious persons lurking around. But traveling with my siblings? They approved almost instantly. Sometimes, they are the one urging me to bring my brother and/or sister with me on one of my travels.
9. Quality time
As I have mentioned above, I have not lived them for 8 years. So traveling gives us a chance to catch up and bond more. Yes, we talk over the phone via FaceTime or Skype, but it’s still better when I see them in person. We get to talk about our lives, work, school, personal matter, family issues, politics, etc. I can see their facial expression and nonverbal cues clearly. I can easily hug them or kiss them.
10. I can easily talk about money
There will be no conscious money talks, no splitting, and no fuss. I can easily plan our budget and can tell them without inhibitions their share. I am a stay-at-home mom but I have money. My brother has a work. But my sister is still a student so she won’t be able to contribute that much. I usually ask my Mom for my sister’s share. Lol. We usually buy our own ticket. I always shoulder the hotel expenses because I am a little bit picky. The rest of the expenses like food and transportation will be divided among all of us. Or sometimes, they take care of the other expenses. Either way, it’s very easy to talk about money with them and also easy to ask if they haven’t paid their share. Plus, if any of us run out of money, we can easily ask each other for some money.
Don’t get me wrong: traveling with my siblings isn’t always fun. We argue. My brother picks on my sister. My sister cries. We annoy and irritate each other. It can be frustrating. But we are good after a few minutes. We’ll be fine and we are always ready to carry on with our adventure.
Have you been on an adventure with your siblings lately? How was the experience? Share it with us!
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