Going away not such a holiday for women: Majority exhausted by time they arrive as other half does nothing to plan trip beyond choosing destination
09:10 GMT, 2 November 2012
For many women going on holiday isn't always the relaxing break away from home that it's supposed to be.
They spend so much time preparing for the trip including planning accommodation, travel and packing that they are exhausted by the time they reach their destination.
Eight out of ten women admitted they get no assistance from their other half on planning the logistics of the trip – other than picking the destination.
No help: From packing to booking travel and accommodation, the majority of women said they get no assistance from their partner when planning a holiday (posed by model)
Research by UK holiday rentals specialists Owners Direct found that once the destination had been jointly chosen, 82 per cent of women then had to take sole responsibility for booking flights, accommodation and car hire.
They then go on to arrange travel insurance, (64 per cent) order currency (55 per cent) and buy holiday items like clothes and sun cream (80 per cent).
The majority of women are also the ones who have to make plans to ensure their home is looked after while they are away, such as arranging for plants to be watered (69 per cent).
'Last time I let my hubby pack he forgot my underwear'
'I do the research, consult my family, but after two minutes my husband does not care anymore and I do the rest,' one woman surveyed admitted.
Some women confessed they took on all the responsibility of organising a family holiday as they didn't trust their other half to get things right.
They admitted bags were packed without essential items and travel plans were chaotic when left to their man to arrange.
'Last time I let my hubby pack he took my underwear out to put something else in the case and I had to go and buy new when we got there,' said one female respondent.
Take a break: Many men do nothing to make a family holiday happen other than help choose the destination (posed by models)
Another recalled: 'I gave my husband responsibility for passports one year and he informed me on the way to the airport that mine ran out whilst we were away!
'No flight for me, just a trip to Glasgow passport office, then the travel agents. 450 later, I was able to join them in Portugal.'
However, once on the trip, men usually gain control again with 69 per cent of men saying they do the driving on holiday.
The impact of the recession on holidays was revealed by the survey with 78 per cent opting for lower cost European destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Portugal.
Only 16 per cent went further afield in summer 2012 with the remaining 38 per cent deciding on a UK staycation.