Ah, sisters. I have, to be honest; I love having and traveling with my siblings. I just simply cannot imagine my life without one or be the older sibling, I enjoy the company of the older sibling when they are around. My sister and I have gone closer since I joined her and her husband here in Finland 10 years ago to study and to live. There’s nothing wrong back home, but I just had this feeling that I had to come here and explore. I can think of many other reasons why you should travel with your sibling but I noted five important factors why I think it is important for me and my sister to travel together abroad.
To start, here’s a little background story…
I was only 16 years old then, and my sister has made a courageous move to take a teenager from her parents at such early age. Basically, my sister and her husband raised me from then onwards. We have a special connection and despite having 12 years of difference, we got along really well. Of course, there are moments when we fought but tell if there are any siblings out there who never fight? It is so normal but for us, it doesn’t last long till we reconcile and start bonding again.
When I turned 18 years of age she, her husband and their first-born had to move to UAE because of her husband’s job. It was the first time they had to trust me and leave me alone in Finland; it was I think the best thing they have done for me. They gave me their trust that I could do it by myself and because they know they have taught me well on how to survive in Finland on my own.
The breakfast I cooked for us at our AirBnB apartment in Venice. Italian sausage, fresh cherry tomatoes, eggs, fresh bread, yogurt and cafe latte. It was delicious!
I did survive well, and I visited them couple of times in Abu Dhabi, she has toured me everywhere she thought was nice, and as well we had plenty of bonding moments while I was there with them. There were many occasions as well when we have been back home in the Philippines spending our holidays there together. We are tight like that y’all, sisters all the way!
It is always nice to create beautiful memories with your sibling but the very last holiday we had together was in Venice, Italy and it was just the two of us. You know, sisters having fun. We drank, we ate, we toured, and we just had a blast! So with no further ado, here are five reasons why you should travel or spend time with your big sister and why I think it is worth it!
5 Reasons Why You Should Spend Time With Your Big Sister
5 Reasons Why You Should Spend Time With Your Big Sister
1. Endless stories
You’ll spend every night talking about everything from wine, cheese, and snacks. Even though you two are so up to date about everything, it’s never the end of it and to talk about the same things all over again is just as fun as talking about it the first time.
It is worth it because every moment you spend with this person is so worthwhile. Just think about this, when everything else fails, you can always come running to your big sister. She’ll tell you you’re stupid but at the same time help you get on your feet. Memories and laughter shared together over simple gatherings are to be celebrated. They are the ones our hearts remember dearest.
Pasta Vongole. Possibly our favorite dish ever when we ate out! It was so fresh, so naughty, so calorie packed yet so damn good meal!
2. Pig out sessions
I don’t know about your sisters, but mine is a hell of an eater. So am I, maybe it runs in the family, but one thing for sure is that pig out sessions during your travels together is a must. We ate almost all the time and ordered food that is so naughty I don’t want to say it here. I don’t want to get in trouble!
It is worth it to spend naughty pig out sessions with your sister. She will call you fat; you’ll call her fat and you both laugh at it and then laugh at each other like idiots. In the future, at some point, you will sit down and relive these memories and be like “I can’t believe we ate that!” or “I miss that food so much I’d like to have it right now!” and from that you’ll start to go into details and reminisce the whole trip you did together. The heart knows the best things that have happened to you.
3. You can borrow everything from her suitcase/closet
My sister and I are almost the same sizes so every time I visit her, or when we travel together, we borrowed everything from each other. I borrowed her clothes; I borrowed her make up’s, I borrowed her perfume, and I borrowed everything. She would rant a bit about my borrowing problems, but that’s what big sisters are for, they have all the stuff we little sister don’t have. Which kinda sucks but oh well, you can always borrow! Besides, I’m a minimalist and borrowing is good for me, I don’t get to keep those stuff in my house!
As the younger sibling that I am, I do tend to get a lot of hands me downs from my sister and as well free goodies or borrowed stuff. Sometimes when I borrow something I’ll give it back at some point sometimes I ‘forget’ and she’ll never see the sight of it ever again. The fun thing about this is that there’s going to be a moment when you forgot that and that shirt you are currently wearing to meet your sister is actually hers, and she’ll point it out to you and you will be like “No, it’s mine” and she’ll start asking you witty questions for instance “Where did you get it?” and that’s the moment when you realized that oops it is hers, and the two of you will laugh about it and possibly the next few years when the memory pops up in a conversation again. She’ll end up giving the shirt to you because she doesn’t want it anymore anyway.
Taking a break from walking and from the sun, of course, we had a beer break! Why not!
4. You both drink like there’s no tomorrow and gossip
Okay, kill me. I stand by what I said though I mean, she is not just your sister, she is also your best friend! And what does best friend’s do? They talk, they drink, and they gossip. Nothing awful of course, we’re not the kind of people who would talk shit behind people’s back. We just simply agree on certain opinions and maybe laugh a little about it. It is fun all right! Sometimes it goes down to teasing and laughing at each other’s stupidity and reminiscing old times.
This is a usual sibling thing, I suppose. I am not going to lie about how much we had so many drunken talks about certain things and certain people. It is not because we meant bad about what we say about them, it is just the sibling thing, and it never goes out between the two of you. It stays between you for better or for worse. We do drink a lot when we are together, and we had so many conversations about everything and at that moment we both feel safe and happy that we have each other to talk to because we can say whatever without being judged. We are in our comfortable space, and we enjoy it…. With alcohol, of course.
A stolen shot of me courtesy of my sister. We were at Burano, a beautiful fisherman’s village!
5. Selfies and designated photographer
I am not a big fan of selfies but with my sister for some reason, it’s quite important that you are ready for a good selfie. May it be an interesting wall, let’s have a selfie there! May it be an interesting tree, let’s have a selfie there! It is super fun. Especially if you are the sister who is not good at taking selfies, there’s always someone who is good at taking selfies.
Anyway, taking photos is one great way to preserve the moment during your trip. I always have the camera when we travel and is always the designated photographer, and I usually take photos and always forget to upload it. Being the opposite of each other about the aspect of taking selfies or not, it unites us together. In the end, you’ll give up and join her on her selfies and realize that it is not so bad after all to take selfies especially if you look good on them… because you are wearing some make-up from your sister’s travel cosmetic box.
It is worth it because of your difference; you’ll have a blast of memories later on about how addicted the other one is about something. There are chances that one day you’ll follow your big sister’s footsteps and be a selfie fanatic yourself. Who knows right? It is common for the younger sister to look up to the older sister. I look up to my sister a lot, and I don’t regret following some of her footsteps. For one she’s an amazing mother to three healthy and beautiful boys, it takes a lot of courage and dedication to raising that many children. I am still in awe at how she managed to do all of it, of course, her husband is a big help, however, to raise the kids to be good boys’ really takes a bit of a challenge, and I hope to be like her on this one in the future.
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*Post updated on June 7, 2017
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