Guest Blog | Sisters Kircher on the Road

By Anne Kircher

Sometimes, being an older sister feels like a weight-bearing exercise. Erin and Anne on Newport Beach, California.

“The Sisters Kircher” doesn’t quite have the same ring as “The Sisters Bailey”, but my sister Erin and I are a lot like Sarah and Perrin: we talk so quickly to each other that only experienced listeners can follow, we are both (intelligent) blondes, and we both adore traveling.

Luckily, we’ve matured past our childhood family road trips, where Erin, four and a half years my junior, fiercely defended her “special spot” – littered with crumbled animal crackers and sticky from spilled juice – against my attacks of launching Gushers fruit snacks at her from the back seat of our mini van.

Anne, Erin and Brother Kircher Scott, brought (close) together by a car trip

Now she’s my partner in crime.  Two summers ago, we traveled through England and Scotland with our parents. The trip brought us closer together as we bonded over insane jet lag, great English street names  (Cockfosters, Balls’ Pond Road… see a theme?), and, after 3 weeks abroad, our intense craving for McDonald’s. She was also essential in helping me keep sane whenever our parents accidentally lapsed into treating us like 8 year olds – we could at least commiserate with each other.

College visits are far more fun when you're 1) traveling abroad with your sister and 2) not trying to get in. Erin and Anne on an Oxford quad.

When I came home from my recent travels with Perrin in Southeast Asia, full of tales wildly different from our SoCal upbringing, it inspired Erin to do more traveling of her own. I convinced her to apply to ACLE, to give her a chance to experience Italy and backpack through Europe this summer. And that’s the other benefit of having a sister: going to visit her will be a great excuse to go on another trip!

Anne and Erin above and beyond Oxford University


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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