Travel Tips: See The World With Your Sisters

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 02:49 PM

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It’s been one of my favorite things, travelling with my sisters. We’ve trekked Prague Castle together, nibbled Seoul churros and ice cream together, and there has never been a dull moment with them around! We’re planning to travel to Taiwan this December, and it might be a good idea to review some tips to planning a trip with the girls who know you best, and how to survive without wanting to pull each other’s hair out!

Choose a lead and other roles

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This sounds simple and kind of obvious, but in a family with strong personalities, choosing someone to lead the group can save everyone from heartache. Having clear roles will avoid questions about who needs to do what, or why someone didn’t do something. Someone will have to be the navigator, the budget-holder, and the group leader, at the very least! 

Have a photo policy in place

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Yes this sounds slightly ridiculous, but we have a strict no-judgements photo policy in the event of a perfect Instagram moment. We usually take turns, and since we all understand that the perfect photo is just as crucial as the moment itself, we don’t begrudge each other of it. Then someone is assigned to take videos, and one to take photos for art’s sake. 

Practice patience!

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The convenient thing about traveling with your sisters is that you know their morning habits. Yes, it can be trying when you know there’s a whole city out there to explore, but having a little patience will avoid fights, and infinite patience will make everyone happy! It may help to have a rotation and schedule for shower times, but even then, expect to wait for some time. 

Take some solo time

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Everyone needs some time alone, especially when you’re starting to argue about whether you should go back to the shopping street, the night market or that cute little cafe near your hotel. Choose one spot and spend one hour of alone time to see the city the way you want it—just make sure you know how to get back home!

Split pasalubong duties

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One of the most taxing things about travelling is having to buy presents for everyone. Splitting the duties makes things a lot easier. We also end up lining up the presents on the bed just to make sure we didn’t miss anyone. 

 

Do you have any tips for travelling with your sisters? Leave them in the comments below!

 

About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!
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