Relationships, Travel Tips

4 Reasons to travel with your grown-up family

August 29, 2016

September is rolling around quickly, and so it is the long awaited fabulous and forty trip to Vietnam with my sister. I’m a little nervous, having not been on a solo trip with my sister, for… well forever. We went to Croatia with our significant others in 2007, but a lot of things have happened since then. Babies, marriages, new careers, dealing with ageing parents. We have had one on one time of course, but not for long, and  it is always for an occasion. I’m looking forward to just being and chilling with her with no real plans. Earlier this year, I went to Bali with my almost 70 year old Dad in June, which was very special indeed. Here are 4 reasons you should consider travelling with your grown up family.

1.  You’ll never have this time again

One thing I have realised in recent times is that life is short and unpredictable. Anything can happen just around the corner. Travelling with your parents or brother/sister as adults cherishes the time we have now, and the journey you have taken on your relationship to where you are now. Health, children, cats, and this thing we call life can throw a spanner in the works at any time. We are all pressured in this busy, busy life. If you have the opportunity to take the time out with your family, then do it.   

2. You can show them what you love (and vice versa)

Coming together as grown ups isn’t the same as being dragged around on a trip with your parents when you’re a kid. You can make your own decisions about the activities you want to do. You have time to enjoy, share and learn about each others passions and interests. When my Dad came with me to Bali, he was adamant he wasn’t going to watch me do this thing called freediving. With a little coaxing from my instructor, Dad came out to the line with us, had a go himself, and got to 15m on his first try. (Show off.) He also learned why I like it, and after watching has declared to my mum that it is not as dangerous as it seems. 

3. You will have time to just be with your siblings/parents 

It is not often that we have a chance to just be in each others company without actually doing anything. Travelling gives the opportunity for that idle conversation with your family in the bar or at the airport. Real conversation, that isn’t task focused or time limited, like at someone’s birthday, or at the pressures of Christmas lunch. It is the moments of peace and acceptance of just being, that we actually become closer.

4. You’re old enough to do your own thing (if you want to)

There is no one you know better than your sister or parents, aside from your own partner or child, so if you need a sleep, guess what, you can say it out loud! No need to be polite about it. As a thirty something year old, there is no need to be pressured into doing something you’re not up for, nor be scared about walking around a foreign town solo.

Have you travelled with your parents or siblings as an adult?

Any tips?

Ashleigh XXX

PS. Because I’m on holidays, I think you you should be too! Stay tuned for a Webjet Giveaway next week. 

Photo credit: Agata Bogusz Fusion Freediving 

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

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  • Hugzilla

    So weird, but I have never once thought of doing this!! My folks live interstate, so we go and stay with them which obviously feels like a holiday to us, but not so much to them I guess!

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    i am about to head to Bali with one sister and my brother. Cant wait and so is my entire family.

  • I’d love to travel with my Dad, it’d be fabulous fun. My mum and my sister are both happier in their own home environments, so travelling with them would be a chore!

  • Great post! We’re hoping to travel with my husband’s brother’s family when all the kids are a bit older. I travelled with my in-laws a few years ago and that was a little less relaxing than I would have liked it to be… #teamIBOT

  • I’m an only child and although I love my mum to bits, she’s not that easy to travel with so a holiday with her isn’t really a holiday. That said, I do make sure I go back to the mother country to see her every year and although we don’t travel together we do have some special things. I hope you have the best time with your sis, can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • I have never traveled with my adult family members alone. My mom came with us to the Cook Islands when the kids were young but that is it. Great food for thought in the coming years as I travel home.

  • LydiaCLee

    We rarely do, but we have had a few trips…it’s good though it can bring out those weird family dynamics…That said, I’ll be devastated when the kids stop travelling with us. I know it’s only a year away but I really treasure our time away together.

  • We love travelling as an extended family with my in-laws, my parents, my hubbies brother and family. For all the reasons you mention. We usually do it once a year if possible, even if only for a long weekend. It’s fun!

  • I love my family but my parents can be a bit difficult to travel with. I’ve done it a few times now and food is the biggest problem as they are not the most adventurous people. I travelled with my sister alone last year and we did have a great time. We are hoping either next year or the year after, we can fit something in again.