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Selfish side of holiday mums.

Women are more selfish than men when it comes to booking a family holiday, according to a new survey.

Slightly more than half 51 per cent of men put their partner first when choosing a trip away, compared with only 44pc of women.

And while only 25pc of men thought about what holiday their children would like when booking, women were only marginally more concerned about their offspring - with just 33pc putting the kids first.

'It is a common-held belief in the travel industry that women try to please their partners and children first before themselves,' said Lawrence Hunt, chief executive of Internet travel agency which conducted the survey of 1,000 UK residents.

He went on: 'We were surprised when our research clearly showed that this is not the case any more.'

The company also found that 72pc of people found booking a holiday from a high street travel agent was stressful. Among annoyances cited by those surveyed included hidden extras putting up the final price paid and inexperienced counter staff.

More than 11 million British holidaymakers take part in dangerous or risky sports each year, yet about two million are not insured, a survey shows.

And of those who take out travel insurance more than two in five do not bother to check their policy's small print, the NOP survey for American Express revealed.

'This complacent attitude could cost holidaymakers dear as they could face large medical bills abroad,' said American Express.

Women are more conscientious than men about taking out insurance and also checking the small print, the survey discovered.
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Date:Jan 22, 2001
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