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    Most likely holiday places to row | Auto Europe

    A survey recently carried out by cruise company sailfromuk.com found that airports are the most likely venues for arguments with your loved ones. Admittedly this statistic is rather convenient coming from an organisation that promotes sailing, but nevertheless it makes sense.

    55% of the 1000 people polled said that delays, queues and lost baggage, teamed with fear of flying often leads to heated words at air terminals. This isn't the best way to kick off what should be the most enjoyable few days of the year, but it's certainly the way some of my trips have started. I sometimes find that the pressure of trying to make our family holiday a perfect one can just generate more of the stress and tension we're trying to escape from.

    Another survey carried out this year by the GMTV website and Netmums found that two thirds of people argue on holiday (with an average of two - five arguments). Almost 60% of those who argued did so with their partner. Although the journey can be a trigger, one of the main causes of rows is over different ideas of what to do.

    The recession and rain we've all endured throughout 2009 makes that fortnight in the sun more important than ever, so don't let arguments spoil your time away. Here are a few tiff-avoidance tips to take on-board:
    • Pack Early: Get those suitcases out of the loft a few days before you leave, and write a check list of items to take.
    • Communicate: Sightseeing? Shopping? Spending time alone? Talk about what you want from the holiday with everyone you're travelling with in the days/weeks before you set off, and agree to make allowances for different preferences.
    • Leave Plenty of Time for the Journey: It might result in you getting to the airport half an hour early, but that will give you a chance to relax and avoid a last-minute rush. (however you may wish to reconsider early arrival at the airport if you have a fearful flyer in your party!)
    • Plan for Delays: Prepare for the possibility of long waits by packing entertainments for yourself (and more importantly, the kids!)
    • Holiday Documents: Designate a responsible person from your party to look after holiday documents and store them in a secure place.
    • Who's Driving?: If you plan to hire a car, or even if you're parking at the airport, agree on who will be driving, and what stops you will make in advance.

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