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10 common holiday arguments couples have

You might have been planning this dream trip to Portugal/Thailand/New Zealand for months, but when it comes down to it, there are still a few arguments to be had in paradise. These are some of the most common couples tiffs you’ll have on holiday…

1. ‘Don’t eat that’.

Hand of the Thai vendor showing roasted scorpio. Street market in central Bangkok, Thailand.

You’re on the Khao San strip in Thailand, and your better (?) half picks up a scorpion. It looks pretty dodgy. They’ve never eaten a scorpion before. In fact, they usually push broccoli around the plate until admitting they’re not a fan. But this time it’ll be different! You only live once, right? You definitely don’t get scorpions at the pub at home. (This is for a good reason. They’re chewy, don’t taste good and likely to cause an upset stomach – and minor holiday argument the next day).

Here’s our quick guide to foods you should also avoid before flying.

2. ‘No, I know the way, honestly.’

Couple arguing in the car - 10 most common holiday arguments couples have

It doesn’t matter that you’ve never been to this part of the world before, they drive on the other side of the road and they speak another language. Your partner is a pro at navigation. That’s until you end up lost on an old country road at night, and you’re being approached by less-than-friendly looking strangers. Wouldn’t have happened if they’d looked at the map…

3. ‘I definitely don’t need sunscreen, I don’t burn.’

Man gets sun burn - 10 most common holiday arguments couples have

Whilst sunlight is statistically proven to cause skin cancer, even with SPF, your fiancé/boyfriend/girlfriend seems to be immune to the damaging effects of the sun. After all, today’s burn is tomorrow’s tan anyway. Ignore the fact you have Celtic skin and you occasionally get a little pink on a summer’s day in Dublin.

Pampering your skin seems like a much better idea. Here are 10 of the best spa hotels in Dublin.

4. ‘We don’t need to leave yet. We’re on time’

Rush Hour With Cars And Generic Vehicles Traffic Jam In Bangkok At Night.

Everyone has a different idea of being ‘on time’. For you, it might be arriving 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure time. This leaves plenty of time in case you forget anything, there’s traffic, or dilemmas at the airport. For her/him, it’s leaving precisely 30 minutes before you need to be there, even if the journey takes 50 minutes. And it’s peak time for traffic. Queue one big argument and a rather sweaty run to get to your gate on time.

5. ‘Yeah, I packed the passports’

Passport and glasses on top of a map - 10 most common holiday arguments couples have

You each have things you’re taking care of – adapters, downloading maps, making reservations. Their responsibility was the passports. Wasn’t it? Or was it yours? They thought so, apparently. Nothing is worse than getting to the airport and realising the passports are neatly tucked away… at home. In the drawer.

6. ‘Yeah, I need 6 bikinis for the week in Spain.’

Couple in bathing suits arguing - 10 most common holiday arguments couples have

Whether it’s 6 bikinis, 7 pairs of shoes or simply way too much in terms of toiletries, one of you like to take ‘a little extra’ – you know, just in case they don’t have shampoo in Barcelona. This then causes an argument about the fees you’ll have to pay at the airport.

Get ahead of the game and get to know baggage limits, weights and charges for different airlines before you go.

7. ‘One more drink – this couple is SO cool!’

Girls in traditional Dirndl dresses are drinking beer and having fun with their friends at the Oktoberfest in Munich

One of the best things about travelling is making friends with those new people, especially the fun couple downstairs from Brazil. They have so many funny stories – so much so that your other half is absolutely smitten with them, and demands that you stay up until 4am drinking with them, despite the boat reservation you have at 9am. It’s fine. You only spent, you know, a few hundred to spend the trip with each other, only to spend several nights in the company of some complete strangers…

8. ‘You’re not buying it, it’s cheap tat’

Sobrero and other Day of the Dead memorabilia

Well, you are buying it, because this is an authentic Mexican sombrero from Cancun. And they have Forever 21 here – and it’s totally new stock! You’ll have to stock up. Ignore the fact it totally blows your remaining holiday budget. You’re only here once, and you know, all these clothes will look amazing once summer finally rolls around in Ireland

If it’s your better half that does this, maybe share our top tips for packing with them.

9. ‘I wasn’t flirting with him/her, did it look like that?’

Flirting with the waiter - 10 most common holiday arguments couples have

Sounds familiar? Flirting with other, often scantily clad people under the hot sun ranks steadily among the most common holiday arguments couples have. For some reason, you’re really, really attractive to the waiters in your hotel, you can’t help it, it must be that tan you’ve been working on. But your other half won’t think it’s so brilliant that you’ve been sharing Margaritas with Alejandro/Alejandra at the bar. In fact, that’s a very, very quick way to cause an argument.

From learning to compromise to avoiding over-planning, here are 10 tips for a heavenly first holiday together.

10. ‘Babe, where did you park the car?’

Parking - 10 most common holiday arguments couples have

You parked it in the first terminal, right? Or maybe the second. You can’t remember which floor either. And it’s dark when you arrive back home. And you’re both exhausted. Do yourselves both a huge favour and avoid this ridiculously common holiday argument by keeping the receipt the Park & Fly guy gives you.

Now, go and enjoy that trip to Europe. Avoid (or at least minimise) the holiday arguments, and spend more time in one of these dreamy locations…

Couple in a romantic holiday

Book a romantic weekend and avoid the arguments about budgets with these top tips!

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10 common holiday arguments couples have – at a glance

Couple in a holiday argument
1. ‘Don’t eat that’.
2. ‘No, I know the way, honestly.’
3. ‘I definitely don’t need sunscreen, I don’t burn.’
4. ‘We don’t need to leave yet. We’re on time’
5. ‘Yeah, I packed the passports’
6. ‘Yeah, I need 6 bikinis for the week in Spain.’
7. ‘One more drink – this couple is SO cool!’
8. ‘You’re not buying it, it’s cheap tat’
9. ‘I wasn’t flirting with him/her, did it look like that?’
10. ‘Babe, where did you park the car?’

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