Travelling with your siblings – should you?

Last updated on November 5th, 2016 at 08:15 pm

Traveling with people can be taxing, and sometimes even more so with your siblings. I have talked about the pros and cons of group and solo travel, but what I didn’t touch on is having the perfect travel companion. Why? Because there really isn’t such a thing; no matter how well you get along, there will always be an element of disagreement or compromise when there is more than one person involved. Which is why the best travel companion for me is my sister!

Traveling with your silblings - should you? | Laugh Travel Eat
Pin me – and hope that my sister doesn’t kill me 🙂

You might be thinking what? Didn’t you just say that travelling with your sibling can be even more taxing and that having a companion means compromising? Well, it is, but again, nothing in life is perfect, and here’s why I think siblings make the best travel companion:

Pros of traveling with your siblings:

1. You know each other really well

Eating fried fish at Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre| Laugh Travel Eat
Only my sister can take such a true photo of me… this is genuinely me 99% of the time.

Chances are that if you guys are siblings, you grew up together. There’s probably no one who knows you better than your brothers and sisters. They know what you like and what you don’t like, and vice versa. There’s no second guessing at what the other person wants to do because you know.

2. No need to sugar coat things

Dying of heat after climbing up to the top of Vulcano | Laugh Travel Eat
Want me to hike with you all the way up a volcano under the scorching sun? Prepare for an onslaught of complains!

Sometimes when things go the way you don’t want them to, you might bottle it up and not say a word to your companion because, well, you just don’t feel like you could.

But with your sibling, you say it as it is and let the other person know how you don’t want to do this or that. Communication is not an issue. You hate that photo I took of you? Fine, I will take another five hundred shots until you are satisfied.

3. You are family, logistics are much easier

My sister handling the logistics of things
My sister handling the logistics of things

A lot of the times money ends up being the source of all problems when you are travelling, and you can’t avoid it. There will be that time when you are scrambling to get cash out at the till to pay for a group meal and then forgetting who ate what and how much did hat cost. Some people are cool with it, but at the end of the day – it’s best to keep things as clear and fair as possible. However, keeping track of your expenditures abroad isn’t easy. And when you are with family, you can be as lenient on how to split things as you want and there’s no danger of them running away. More often than not, the older sibling ends up paying for the younger ones (don’t get any idea about it being the right thing to do though!).


4. Fall out? You are good the next day!

my sister and I at the beach next to the hot spring at Vulcano | Laugh Travel Eat
Everything was ok after she yelled at me for complaining all the way up the volcano

So you argued with each other and have a fallout. Big deal. This kind of things happened a thousand times when you were a child, and you are all good to go the next day. My sister and I argue almost daily and threaten to never travel with each other again, but that’s all empty threats. Because who else is easier to deal with than your own sibling?

Now this wouldn’t be a complete blog post if I don’t list some cons, although I would like to think that the pros severely outweighs them:

 Cons of travelling with your siblings:

1. Sibling squabbles
silbing-scabblesNot taking any bs from each other means that there is more cause for argument. While you might be fine the next day, having a row with someone on your travels can dampen your good mood. It all depends on just how well you get on with your sibling, so assess this on a case by case basis.

2. Sticking to familiarity

my sister and I swimming in the clear blue water at Lipari| Laugh Travel Eat
It’s easy to just stick together because you are familiar with each other

When you are travelling with someone you know, it’s easy to just stick to doing the same old stuff that is within your comfort zone (although the same goes for group travels!). If you want to experience something new, make new friends then perhaps it’s better to travel solo. However, I do know of some cases where sticking together gives you more courage to approach others.

So have you travelled with your sibling before? And would you prefer travelling with them or with your friends or just solo? Let me know!

Traveling with your silblings - should you? | Laugh Travel Eat
Pin me – and hope that my sister doesn’t kill me 🙂


Written by Nam Cheah

Hi, my name is Nam. I am 24 and spent half my life in Hong Kong and the other half in UK. I believe there's endless experience and beauty in the world and this is me chronicling how to experience the best at the best price.


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