More than half of men have absolutely no say in where they go on holiday. A study of 2,000 adults shows women take the lead on all aspects of holiday planning, from choosing the destination, researching the deals, shopping for the trip and booking the transport.

In fact, the only things men are responsible for are getting the family to the airport, carrying the luggage once there and driving abroad.

Unsurprisingly women largely assume responsibility of all the pre-holiday shopping – but admit to spending an astonishing £243.08 in the process.

That’s the equivalent of a quarter of the average overall holiday cost spent on items such as sun tan lotions, clothes, swimwear, books and accessories.

The poll shows that more than half of women prefer to take charge of the holiday money, exchanging British pounds for local currency and saving up in advance.

And forty three per cent of women even insist on carrying all the passports when travelling for fear they get lost or misplaced.

Victoria Sanders, managing director, Teletext Holidays, said: “This research clearly shows that women still have a tight hold of the reins when it comes to organising any holiday and are the ones looking for ideas and inspiration about where to go next and taking the time to look for the best deals.”

“But when it comes to responsibility for getting the family to the airport, carrying the luggage once there and driving abroad that still comes down to men most of the time.”

As well as choosing where to visit on holiday, women are more likely to book the flights than men and will also sort out all transport when arriving at the destination.

Four in 10 women always take control of making sure things are looked after at home – such as feeding the cats, making sure bills are paid and having the plants watered.

But despite having little involvement in the holiday planning, men have plenty to say when they get to the airport.

More than one in 10 women claim their partner has gone mad when he’s realised how much has been squeezed into the suitcase.

And 14 per cent of ladies have been accused of spending way too much money before even getting to the holiday destination.

Victoria Sanders added: “When we did similar research ten years ago, it was very clear women were in control of the holiday booking process – but time moves on and it’s important not to stereotype the roles men and women play in the travel booking and planning process.”

“Yet even in 2012, despite more working women than ever before, it’s clear that with holidays men and women fall into traditional roles.”

“Women are still generally the more organised ones 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.”

Breakdown of holiday responsibilities


  • Choosing the holiday destination
  • Holiday money
  • Booking the flights
  • Packing the bags
  • Shopping for new holiday clothes
  • Shopping for toiletries and sun tan lotions
  • Making sure things at home are looked after
  • Creating an itinerary for the holiday
  • Booking transport for the holiday
  • Carrying the passports
  • Speaking to foreign people

  • Sorting out transport to the airport
  • Carrying the holiday luggage
  • Driving abroad
  • Navigating abroad