Thursday, November 30, 2023


Is the person you feel closest to a blood relative or not a relative?

Think about the person in your life that you feel closest to for a moment. Are they a blood relative of yours or are they not related to you by blood? For some, their family (or a family member) is their best friend, and for others their best friends are their family.

Perhaps you have a close family and a close group of friends, but who do you feel closest to? We’re curious to know. Please vote in the poll below and tell us. We apologize if it takes a few moments to load, we know it can be slow sometimes. Thanks for your patience and thanks for voting!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Skip (@guest_109086)
2 years ago

Since the question states not spouse it would have to be my adopted brother five months apart. We bonded while stationed in Europe in the early 80’s. Golf together, skeet, bowling, traveling, hunting, fishing and worked together. We live miles apart but email, text, call. And retirement is here so we are getting together to start traveling via RVs. As much hell as we’ve raised in the past it’s going to be interesting as old folks what trouble will we find and talking about fun trouble.

Last edited 2 years ago by Skip
Dave J (@guest_109083)
2 years ago

Not a relative except by marriage. It’s my wife.

Lu McNab (@guest_109077)
2 years ago

My Husband, of course is. But he’s my husband NOT a relative.

KellyR (@guest_109074)
2 years ago

Well…my wife is not a BLOOD relative. (I was told that one is not supposed to do that.) Is she a relative? – I mean she IS relative. If I didn’t feel so, I guess I wouldn’t keep her around. I think she thinks she is relative. You will have to decide if any of this is relative or not.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

I, for one, think that it is all relative, Kelly. 😆 —Diane at

KellyR (@guest_109076)
2 years ago
Reply to  RV Staff

… AND relatively speaking, not all relatives are, in fact, relative, BUT some non-relatives are, in fact, most relative. (Sorry, I will stop now.)

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  KellyR

😆 Thanks (for stopping), Kelly. My poor brain. Although you speak the truth, relatively speaking. 😉 —Diane at

Kathryn (@guest_109067)
2 years ago

Our children are not our blood; they are adopted. We are not even the same colors. But, our relationships with them in their twenties are a reward for doing all the hard work of parenting.

Rich (@guest_109063)
2 years ago

my wife of nearly 51-years.

Dan (@guest_109062)
2 years ago

My wife of 44 years.

Roy Davis (@guest_109061)
2 years ago

I clicked on “other” because the one I am closest to is my wife. Of course we are related because we’re married but we’re not a “blood” relative. Poorly wooded question.

Bob Palin (@guest_109049)
2 years ago

Another poorly constructed poll, what if they are a relative but not a blood relative? Yes, that can be ‘other’ but then does of ‘not a relative’ mean anything at all?

dave (@guest_109040)
2 years ago

I voted other. The ONLY person that I’m close to right now is my spouse.

CAREN KELLY (@guest_109028)
2 years ago

My best friend lives about 1,000 miles away and I have known her since we were about 1 year old. Our Mom’s were best friends as well, we grew up across the street from each other. When I got married and moved away, she was right behind us. She got married and stayed in that city and we moved back home. The miles apart don’t matter, we can pickup the phone or video chat like we had just seen or spoke with each other. We are sixty-four and will remain best friends forever. My hubby is my other best friend for 45 years, through thick and thin, rich and poor, and many miles and MoHo’s.

Neal Davis (@guest_109026)
2 years ago

Am closer to most of my former teammates with whom I ran in college than all relatives with the exception of my mother.

Marsha (@guest_109023)
2 years ago

I’m not surprised a lot of the responses indicated their spouse was their closest friend. As a couple who RV’s, you do spend a lot of time together, doing the things you like to do, having constant talks about what you want to do next. Living in an RV you really are involved in living the same life, and it brings you a closer relationship. You can meet some really nice people in the campground, but then you move on…with your spouse. Lost him 3 three years ago, and miss him every day.

kat (@guest_109016)
2 years ago

other than my husband, it would have to be my neighbors. my family resides a couple hundred miles away but my neighborhood family is beyond awesome. a very nice knit community reminding me of the neighborhood where i grew up.

Ron T. (@guest_109014)
2 years ago

It’s a toss up between my brother and the best man from our wedding in 1993. In both cases though, contact is rare and they’re both 500 miles away.

Richard Hughes (@guest_109011)
2 years ago

The people I play music with, with, which includes my wife, are very close friends.

Last edited 2 years ago by Richard Hughes
Sink Jaxon (@guest_109034)
2 years ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Richard I agree with you. I’ve always thought of performing together brings a kinship like no other, it’s like sharing your soul. There is a very special kind of connection that does not fade. My longest friendships in my life are/have been former bandmates. Sad to say, I’ve lost several over the years due to untimely deaths. I still think of them (even dream of them), often.

Robert Snideman (@guest_109010)
2 years ago

My Wife. Technically, not blood, but hey, we share everything else. Similar ethnic background. We could even be cousins , if we go way, way back far enough. Her blood line is a lot more Royal than mine. (The Morovingian Kings of France, Dukes of Burgundy.)

John Macatee (@guest_109007)
2 years ago

My son, adopted. Blood doesn’t matter

WEB (@guest_109006)
2 years ago

It is amazing how many people cannot follow directions.
Well, the shape this country is in maybe not too amazing, more like expected. :-/

Last edited 2 years ago by WEB
Nancy K Michaels (@guest_109002)
2 years ago

The person I feel closest to is my husband, so yes, we’re related by law. Not a blood relative, but we pretty much share everything. Perfect!!

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