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
1Leaves everything up to the other person100
2They soon say “I’m tired!”92.1
3We want to go to different places90.0
4Losing our way76.8
5Getting involved in trouble51.0
6Cannot make ourselves understood45.0
7Spending a long time shopping44.8
8Meal times, type of food, etc38.4
9Forgetting stuff38.2
10Transport arrangements33.7
11Poor timekeeping31.5
12When to wake up, when to go to bed28.6
13Not going out at the destination16.2
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