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One in three couples have holiday bust-up

ONE IN THREE couples argue while on their two-week annual holiday abroad, a new survey reveals.

And of over 7,500 Irish people surveyed by AA Travel Insurance, over a third, 36pc, said that "different interests" were a source of much of the tension.

"We spend so much time looking forward to holidays and probably not enough time thinking about what we will do when we arrive," said the AA's Conor Faughnan.

"People who talk freely about different interests in advance are far less likely to fall out with each other while away," he added.

The survey also found that 12pc of couples will argue about where to go on holidays in the first place, and while away, issues like timekeeping, tidiness and different interests are likely to set at least a third of us squabbling with our partners.

"We were a little surprised at the results but I guess they tell us that we are all human," Mr Faughnan said.

"As well as the overall findings we had over 500 individual comments made about the type of rows people have while on holidays." The survey found that that rows began at home over the amount of luggage to bring. Women complained that their their partners were often disorganised and late. Bringing the children on a plane was also suggested as a likely flashpoint, the AA found.


"Our respondents had a lot of common sense advice to give us on how to stay stress-free," says Mr Faughnan.

"The key is good communication. Discuss your plans well in advance, not just about where you are going to go but about what you are going to do when you get there."

Some 15pc of the 7,710 respondents to the poll said they were either 'very likely' or 'somewhat likely' to have an argument about alcohol. This may be because one partner or another is drinking too much.

"Too many foreign beers, sangrias or ouzos are a very bad combination in very hot sunshine," says Mr Faughnan. "Gently does it... it's better for your body and for your relationship."