ebookers.com have commissioned one of those marketing vehicle surveys, but this one is quite interesting and sort of confirms what we all suspect. For example…
59% of British couples end up arguing on holiday, with a quarter (25%) rowing by day three of their break
Topping the list of factors contributing to holiday fall-outs are: Not agreeing how to spend time together (34%), spending too much time together (27%) and spending too much money (27%)
Women are more likely to blame alcohol (26%) for fueling arguments on holiday, compared to men who are more concerned with their partner eying up others on the beach (12%).
But it’s not all bad – whether they argued or not, over half of Brits (56%) came back from holiday feeling their relationship was stronger.
The research, which polled 2,000 British adults, delved into couples’ holiday habits revealing that, couples’ arguments are starting before they even set off on holiday, with not being able to agree on the holiday destination (52%) and the frustrations of the holiday booking process (37%) rocking the relationship boat.
Jo Hemmings, relationship psychologist, comments, “Holidays are the perfect time for couples to escape the everyday routine and find time to relax together. But the truth is that we’re working harder than ever before and taking fewer holidays, so by the time we actually go away, we’re exhausted and often irritable – the perfect recipe for arguments.
“I often tell couples they should talk to each other before they go to ensure they’re both clear on what they’re looking to get out of their holiday. Everyone wants something different from their breaks away, so if one of you wants to hike up a mountain while the other sunbathes on the beach, then allow yourselves some ‘me time’ and don’t feel guilty about spending a few hours apart. It will give you lots to talk about over that romantic meal by the sea and it may just help you avoid a heated argument.”