On Traveling with Siblings

"You don't choose your family.
They are God's gift to you,
as you are to them."
- Desmond Tutu

I really enjoy traveling and I do it in different ways like solo, with friends or with an organized tours. However, most recently, I did it with family -- my siblings

I have one big sister who lives in the US and one big brother who lives in HongKong. I am the youngest (bunso) in the family and the only one left in the Philippines. We all share the same common denominator which is --- traveling.

It’s been 5 years since we last got together. My big sister planned out for everything. She acted like a boss…hhmm she is really bossy and whatever she says must be obeyed. LOL. Nevertheless, we all agreed on her best laid plan. It is 5-Day US East Coast Tour from Boston with the highlights: Niagara Falls, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Newport , New Haven, Corning with inclusions of 4 nights hotel accommodation.

Moreover, we have also seen attractions from state of Maine and New Hampshire.

 Traveling with them brought back happy memories of my childhood. There were no pretensions. I was allowed to be myself – stupid and childish- I am the bunso and I can act that way. I can be cranky when I’m tired and instantly forgiven in 5-10 minutes. LOL .
They totally understand my mood swings, humor, and weird cravings for ice cream.
It felt really good showing the most authentic version of myself.

A sibling can make the best travel buddy or the most annoying you’ll ever have. We were all aware of our different personalities. My sister is the most outspoken and bossy one. My brother is the easy-going however kinda serious kind of guy. I am the crazy-weirdo guy. We may all be different yet we handled balancing each other out. We had fun and manage to avoid “sibling fallout”.

"Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing,
and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them
our whole lives long."
- Susan Scarf Merrell