Thursday 22 August 2019

Top 10 reasons we fight on holidays

Global Village

Vince Vaughen and Malin Akerman
Vince Vaughen and Malin Akerman
Wine bag

Anna Coogan

Ever had a tiff whilst traveling? A hot debate on holidays? A domestic at your destination?

Here are the top 10 reasons you're likely to have a fight with your other half while on holiday - like Vince Vaughn and Malin Åkerman in the movie Couples Retreat - according to

1. Men checking out other women.

2. Activities: Women might want to lounge, while men may want to go out.

3. What and where to eat.

4. Going overboard with drinking alcohol.

5. Trying to read maps, figure out directions and getting lost.

6. Packing: She tends to bring far too much stuff, him too little.

7. Women taking too long to get ready for dinner.

8. Spending too much money.

9. Getting to the airport on time.

10. Currency: How much money to get and where to get it.

George stuns in Shanghai

George Clooney  recently popped to Shanghai to promote his new film Tomorrowland, and managed to wow fans in the largest city in China which has a population of more than 20 million people.

While Shanghai is the home of some of the most stunning buildings in the world thanks to a recent construction boom, it's at ground level that many visitors say they experience the best sights and sounds of the city.

In Fuxing Park, in the colonial-era French Concession, you are likely to find elderly women belting out Chinese opera, while men in Mao-style suits can regularly be seen taking their caged birds for a stroll.

If you want to experience an architectural treat, head to the Shanghai World Financial Center with its Sky Walk 100 on the 100th floor - a glass floor which lets visitors contemplate the city from different angles, and also allows them feel like they are literally walking on clouds.

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Bag your bottle for a sunny picnic

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Eating al fresco is all part of being on holiday. And eating outdoors doesn't have to mean eating at a terraced restaurant. No, weather permitting, it can be just as much fun to have a picnic in a park or on a beach.

But what to do when you have a bottle of wine to transport and don't want to carry it in a brown paper bag?

Put it in a plastic bag with food and there's a chance you'll forget it's there, and put the bag down too abruptly, and the bottle will smash.

The Single Bottle Wine Clutch from Picnic Gift is the perfect size for a bottle of wine, and it will sit snugly on your shoulder.

It has a thermal insulated compartment to chill white wine, and comes with a stainless steel corkscrew. Costs around €21.

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