In a depressingly stereotypical survey of 2,000 British adults, men’s responsibilities include transporting the family to the airport, carrying luggage and driving abroad, while almost half (43 per cent) of their partners don’t even trust them to carry their own passport.
In most cases, women take on holiday planning in the early stages, researching destinations and planning what to do in fine detail. They also do all the shopping, packing and money changing. Meaning that by the time they do jet off, they’re in even more dire need of a break.
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“It would appear that women are generally more organised when it comes to going away, and invest time researching the ideal holiday destinations, planning what to do when they get there and making sure everything is planned in the finest detail,” explained Victoria Sanders, of Teletext holidays, which commissioned the research.
“Men on the other hand seem to be more relaxed and spontaneous creatures; happy to simply turn up at the planned destination when told, and assuming responsibility of the few jobs they’re allowed to do when needed.
“It isn’t the case that men are incapable of planning holidays, but more that they are happy to hand over the reins to their partners and reap the rewards later on.”
Perhaps this year it’s time to chill out pre holiday and let your partner pull his weight. It won’t necessarily lead to a Home Alone moment.