A new survey has revealed that more than half of Britons don’t have faith in their partner when it comes to booking a holiday – but where’s the romance in that?
Budget travel agency Sunshine.co.uk has been delving into the mysteries of British couples' booking habits. Unsurprisingly, more than half (52%) of people said they were unwilling to let go of the reigns and leave the planning entirely to their other halves…
Of the 1,855 people quizzed - all of whom have been in a relationship for at least a year - 57% said that their last holiday abroad was with their partner. When asked who booked the trip, the survey revealed that 81% had been planned by women while less than 10% were arranged by men. The remainder said they had organised the trip together - a much nicer approach! The research also showed that women are the least trusting of their loved one's booking abilities.
When asked to identify what concerns they have with the idea of their partner taking charge, the top five answers were:
1. Think they'd pick an undesirable destination
2. Wouldn't trust them to book the standard of accommodation I'd like
3. Think they'd spend too much on the break
4. Think they wouldn't spend enough on the break
5. I just prefer to be in charge
However, just like the Unique Honeymoons team, Chris Clarkson - managing director at Sunshine.co.uk - reckons working together to choose your holiday can be just as thrilling and romantic as the trip itself: "The idea of going abroad on holiday is instantly exciting, especially when you know you're going to get some relaxing time away with your partner. People can have very different tastes and this means that there are bound to be some disagreements when choosing where to go, where to stay and what to do when you're there.
"It's all about meeting in the middle and finding somewhere that works for both of you. Before booking, sit down and talk about what you want to get from the holiday and go from there. You should both be involved in the booking process, as that's one of the most exciting parts!"
The moral of these stats? If you can bear it, relinquish some of that power. You'll have a much nicer and more unified experience if you can choose your break together. Likewise, if you're the laidback one in your coupling, make a conscious effort to get involved this time round. You're much more likely to have a good time if you both agree on the destination and what to do when you get there.
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