Everyone (or rather those who have one or several) should travel with siblings, at least once or twice a year.
Well, simply because siblings are family. They are like an extension of yourself and knows you inside and out. Spending time with them in a different set-up is healthy.
I won’t go all sentimental here, so don’t worry! hahaha. But as I was looking for a great topic to write, I’ve decided to write another more personal piece. Reviews, itineraries, tips and galleries will have to wait for another day. LOL.
When I was younger, I always thought that having a lot of siblings is bad. You don’t get to choose first (it’s always a race you know. LOL), you don’t always have an option and peaceful moment at home is seldom. There’s always an argument (over super petty stuff) and constant shouting (I know. We’re super loud! Haha).
But as we grew older and matured, I realized that having them is great! There is always something new to talk about. I always have someone to talk to, someone to tease and make fun of (I guess I am the annoying sister then? hahaha), share stories with and all that.
It got to the point that we bonded over traveling. We explored places we’ve never been and tried out new experiences together. I actually learned to swim and had the chance to trek Mt. Pulag with them. Cool, huh?
For some, traveling with siblings may not be as inviting as to others. If that is so, then traveling with them will be a great way to get to know your siblings more. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be instant best friends. It’s downright impossible. Relationships do need extra effort but establishing a healthy relationship with your siblings is definitely worth a try!
That being said, I have listed down several Reasons Why It’s Cool to Travel With Siblings below. If you haven’t tried it before, then maybe this list will make you want to. Or if you have, then you can just go ahead and read it. Maybe this will remind you how great it still is!
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Allows Family Quality Time
I remember back then, my siblings and I don’t really get along that well. We argue and we fight. But, when we started spending a lot of quality time together, it changed. There is a certain positive vibe when you spend a day or two with them.
I mean, you’ll be spending the entire trip with them, so that’s basically a great time to get to know them more and for you to share a piece of yourself too!
Creates Lasting Relationships
Well, as we all know, shared experiences are a great way to build lasting relationships. And traveling together gives the same magic, if not more!
Bonding over dinner under a blanket of stars and maybe getting lost in a new place or doing a long road trip, does have a certain effect on creating good and healthy relationships. This alone is as good a reason to travel with your siblings.
You Don’t Have to Worry About Planning (Much)
This reason is definitely one of my favorite! LOL. As a middle child who travel with my older sisters, planning is always done by them. Haha. And that is because they are more older. I think its a normal thing for siblings, right? The older you are the more In-Charge you become! (Or is it just in our case?).
Nevertheless, traveling with your siblings divide the load of planning for the entire trip. Usually, in our case, when we plan on out-of town trips, my sister and her husband does the planning. We can give out suggestions from time to time but my sister usually has the last say. This is alright for me as I tend to be more agreeable. 😉
You Become More Responsible
Of course, when you travel it is necessary to be responsible at all times. However, when you’re with family, you’d be more responsible in terms of ensuring everyone is safe, has eaten well and all that. You’d get that sense of responsibility to go home safe and sound.
It doesn’t matter if you’re the eldest, the youngest or the middle child. You’ll be with family so of course, you’ll be looking out for each other.
Budget is Clear
Because traveling on a budget is necessary, we always make sure that everything is planned out including the expenses that will be incurred. From the expected fare, to the accommodation, travel agency fees (if any) and right down to the food expenses.
And because you’re with the people whom you’ve grown up with, expenses and how it is divided is clearly laid out.
I remember going to Coron and my sister had already researched on the place where we can eat with an approximate budget on the money we will be spending. Neat huh?
Well, one cool reason why you should travel with your siblings is because you’d have someone that you can depend on no matter what.
If perhaps you lost some item or maybe forget to bring sunscreen, need a shirt, or maybe fall short on your budget then having your siblings around will make it easier for you. They’re the group of people whom you can turn to at times like this.
Packing is a lot easier too, especially if you have some gear to pack (camping gear and snorkeling). You can easily divide the load and just share when you’re on the trip.
Your Parents Won’t Have to Worry Much
Since your parents know that you’re traveling with your siblings, then they wouldn’t have to worry about your safety and well-being. They trust that you and your siblings will be in good hands as long as you’re with family. I remember when I got pregnant and still decided to travel. My sister saw to it that I was pretty comfortable and have everything that I needed.
You won’t have to worry about explaining and reassuring them that you’ll be fine. Well, of course, parents ARE parents. So we can’t blame them if they worry. I mean, I would too if it were my kids. But knowing that they’re with responsible people, it lessens the anxiety.
Nowadays, I enjoy traveling with siblings as much as I enjoy traveling with my husband or my friends. It’s like taking a break from being an adult and reverting back to your childhood with a sibling or two to argue with, snap a picture or two and generally just have fun!
Fun Fact: Did you know that OSMIVA is actually our initial? Yup! You read it right. Six (6) letters, six sisters! Imagine having to live with 6 sisters.. It’s crazy! But fun! 😉
I guess we do have our reasons as to why we love or maybe hate traveling with siblings. I hope mine convinced you to try it. And if you’re an only child, then good for you too! Maybe you can try traveling with parents or some family members – cousins maybe that you consider as your extended siblings.
What do you think? Share it on the comments below!
Oh, and by the way… Shout out to all the cool siblings out there!
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