Growing up Sarah and I were like any other pair of siblings. We constantly challenged each other, and because of that, we didn’t get along. Nowadays, people ask us how we came to be such good friends. Our answer to these inquiries is synonymous. Surprisingly, we realized in many ways we are similar. Through challenging each other we make each other better, and through traveling together we have grown so much closer. In the ways only a sister can be, we are honest with each other and this open communication is what makes us great travel partners.
So, how do we do it?
Here are my top 5 tips for traveling with a sibling:
1. Do your research (Both of you!)
Knowing a bit about where you’re going is essential. When you research find out things to do, how much local currency you need, how you’re going to get around once you reach your destination, local cuisine, and any other pieces of interest.
2. Be on the same page
What do you each want to get out of this trip? How much do you want to spend? Make a list of your top things and compromise.
3. Stay Organized
I personally love excel documents. You can download the sheets app on your phone and have access to your itinerary even offline! On my docs, I always have my travel itinerary, a list of possible things to do in each place, and any reservations I may have made.
4. Make reservations
Making reservations ahead of time is something you can do together and it will enable you to each has a fair say. Reservations don't just apply to meals, think tours, car services, hotels, wine tastings. If you miss a reservation it is not the end of the world, it simply means you were inspired in a different direction than planned.
5. Call your parents
If you don’t they may worry about you killing each other. Speaking from experience, this is a totally valid concern.
Enfin, it is important to recognize humans are perfectly imperfect. We are hardwired to make mistakes. But when we do, accept each other's flaws, move on, and have a kick-ass trip!