Why You Should Travel with Your Sibling
Recently I went on a road trip around Scotland with my brother over spring break. It was the first trip I've gone on without one of my parents and the first time I planned a trip such as this on my own. I think I was honestly meant to be a travel agent because planning this road trip for us was just as fun as doing it. Jk, kind of. Anyways, I thought I would share some reasons why you should definitely travel with one of your siblings. If, like me, you have three other siblings then there is high probability that one of them is tolerable and maybe even enjoyable to travel with. It's statistics and also science.
You see them in a different light
They say if you want to get to know someone, go on a road trip. Away from home and making your way through a foreign country you learn who is good at being prepared (me) and who needs to be reminded to lock the rental car with all our stuff in it (my brother). Also, stress truly brings out the best in people. I don't know how many times my brother stalled the car and became quite frustrated while I just silently sat in the passenger seat hoping we wouldn't die. All jokes aside, it was great being able to spend time with just my brother. Driving around Scotland I was reminded how easy going and up for anything he is. He let me do all the planning and went with whatever I decided we should do. My brother is also probably the funniest human I know, always quick with a joke though often at my expense. He's also very good at recommending beer and easy to spot in a crowd since he's quite tall. Okay you get it my older brother is kind of cool, on to the next point.
Experiencing a new place together
Maybe, like me, you no longer live with your sibling because one of you is a full on adult that no longer lives at home. Traveling around Scotland, driving on the wrong side of the road, touring castles, and hanging out in pubs we got to have these amazing experience and create memories together. Though I can come home and tell my parents and friends all about our road trip, they'll never know how truly terrifying it is to almost be run over in your tiny rental by a double decker bus in Edinburgh. Or how awkward it is to not be able to understand someone's thick Scottish accent so you just smile and say, "yeah". These are shared experiences we will remember forever.
Your Go-To Travel Partner
Thinking about planning a non-refundable trip with your girlfriend or boyfriend? Well, don't. Girlfriends and boyfriends are stupid. They can break up with you before your amazing trip that you took so much time to plan, or worse, they can break up with you right after. Then you've wasted all that time teaching them how to take the perfect Instagram pictures only to have them take their new skills and leave. Teaching my brother how to take good pictures is really a much better investment. Also, all those fun pictures of you guys in front of cool stuff is ruined forever. Burn them. Relationships end and people break up, but with siblings, they can tell you that you're dead to them, but you'll always match up as being related on ancestry.com. Like they say, blood is thicker than girlfriends.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post! Would you ever consider traveling with a sibling? Just pick the least annoying one and try it out. Also, keep your eyes peeled for more Scotland related posts. I plan on sharing more about what we got up to on our road trip.