What causes rows with your partner on holiday?


goo Ranking took a look at causes of arguments when on holiday with one’s girlfriend or boyfriend.


Between the 7th and 8th of February 2012 just over 1,000 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. Unfortunately, the link to the demographics is broken, so I cannot report the numbers in any detail. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I hope I’m training my wife to be more lackadaisical about travel plans! She does insist on making up a timetable of where to visit, but with recent holidays it’s become less and less detailed. However, on group tours she still gets annoyed with the staff, but I’m on holiday so it’s all water off a duck’s back to me. About the only real cause of arguments has been her getting exchange rates wrong by a factor of ten and doing a touch too much shopping…

Ranking result

Q: What causes rows with you partner on holiday?

Rank   Score
1 Leaves everything up to the other person 100
2 They soon say “I’m tired!” 92.1
3 We want to go to different places 90.0
4 Losing our way 76.8
5 Getting involved in trouble 51.0
6 Cannot make ourselves understood 45.0
7 Spending a long time shopping 44.8
8 Meal times, type of food, etc 38.4
9 Forgetting stuff 38.2
10 Transport arrangements 33.7
11 Poor timekeeping 31.5
12 When to wake up, when to go to bed 28.6
13 Not going out at the destination 16.2
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