You blamed each other for breaking that piece of China your parents loved. You ratted each other out for getting home past dark after playing capture the flag. It’s almost as if your job is simply to annoy each other at any moment you can. So, traveling with your sibling seems like an awful idea, right? Picture the plane ride where you can’t get away from them or, in my case, a multi-month road trip where it’s just the two of you and the road. Endlessly badgering one another can’t be fun. But, here’s why traveling with your sibling is one of the best decisions you’ll make:
Niceties (and boundaries) are Out the Window
You can let yourself smell as nasty as you want. That week-without-a-shower outdoorsy stank means nothing to them. They’re family—your sibling is stuck with you. Also, those farts and burps you hold in? Let them be free! As Shrek once said “better out than in.” Your sibling won’t think any less of you than they already do if you let your body make its natural gasses. They’ve seen you at your worst prior to this trip, trust me.
You Do What You Want
You feel no shame in making them stop on the side of the road to snag a picture of a random Paul Bunyan statue or telling them you absolutely have to pee at the next rest stop. There’s also this no-shame policy that you can eat whatever you want without being ridiculed because you know they’re grabbing that double burger and French fries right alongside you.
It’s OK Not to Talk
You’ve spent years living with your sibling. You know when it’s time to shut up and let them have their space. It’s this unspoken understanding and, let’s be honest, nearly ESP. That uncomfortable feeling that you have to consistently entertain your friend or travel companion is simply nonexistent on this trip. Your sibling is still there and will love you even at the end of a day’s long silence.
This is a person you know will never leave your life. This is not a friend that you can lose contact with or a significant other you can break up with. The pictures and memories will be fond and never tainted with a bad breakup or a falling out. And, hey, at family gatherings you can band together to tell your story instead of feeling left out of the spotlight or being afraid of stealing the limelight for too long.
You might get people shocked that you can stand your sibling for an extended period, but you’ll be incredibly happy to have shared a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your family member. Pictures will commemorate your trip, and there’s no doubt you’ll have grown closer. Take a chance and steal your sibling for an adventure of a lifetime.