DON'T surprise her! Women confess they hate spontaneity from their partner – especially if they spring a weekend away
13:57 GMT, 22 October 2012
This will come as a surprise to many men who expect to earn Brownie points by whisking their other half off for a surprise romantic getaway.
In a recent survey, 60 per cent of women confessed they hate surprises, with a third admitting they would be annoyed if their partner sprang a holiday on them – because they would have no time to prepare for it.
The research found the typical woman
wants seven days and 11 hours notice before even the shortest break so she can plan her outfits (with at least three shopping trips) and arrange cover at work.
Unwelcome treat: A third of women surveyed said they'd hate to be whisked away on a surprise trip because they'd want time to prepare for it (posed by models)
While romantic city breaks or a spot
of culture are welcome treats, planning is key to couples enjoying a
trip away together, the study of 2,000 women shows.
Key activities before leaving home include having beauty treatments, cancelling prior arrangements and ensuring all essentials are packed.
The research, commissioned by British Airways, found women think at least nine outfits are
needed for short breaks and one in four said forgetting a key item would spoil their time away.
Don't forget your toothbrush: Women said they need to pack at least nine outfits for a short break and the trip would be ruined if they left any essential items behind (posed by model)
Office worker Sophie Bailey, 33, from Southampton, Hants, said she was not impressed when her boyfriend whisked her away to Morocco without notice.
WOMEN’S PRE-TRIP TO-DO LIST
1. Plan outfits
2. Sort out work handover
3. Research restaurants and places to visit at destination
4. Clear the fridge of anything that will go off
5. Shop for holiday outfits and accessories
6. Clear social diary
7. Get hair cut
8. Get excited about the trip by catching up with friends
9. Have beauty appointments
10. Eat a lighter diet to feel better in bikini/swimwear
She said: 'It was a really sweet idea to celebrate our first year together but really I hated it.
'He packed my bags so I had all the wrong clothes and my hair straighteners had been left behind. I had to grin and bear it because the trip showed he cared, but it was awful.
'He knows to give me at least a week’s notice before any future trips.'
Abigail Comber, head of brands at British Airways, said: 'It might not always occur to men just how much preparation their partners put in to any trip away.
'Even if they may only be flying
short-haul, they rush through researching places to eat and things to
do, as well as last minute beauty appointments.
'Women have a lot to do before they go on holiday.'
However, the research showed many women have no need to worry about getting caught out by a surprise trip away – as four in 10 say a romantic trip away 'just wouldn’t cross their partner's minds'.
In the average relationship, women are treated to just two thoughtful gestures by their partner and a quarter of women feel their partner's idea of being spontaneous is a takeaway meal.