A WOMAN has revealed why she always books separate flights from her husband when they go on holiday – and that everyone should try it.
Journalist Cathy Adams explained they first started doing it 15 years ago, when her husband wanted to fly business but she wanted a cheaper economy fare.
While he used his air miles to book direct business class flights from London to Cape Town, she opted for cheap overnight flights with two stopovers.
Cathy said they even flew on separate flights for their honeymoon to New Zealand, when she fle business with air miles and he bought an economy flight.
She wrote on The Times: "Not only am I a dreadful control freak, but I also embarrass him by crying at the on-board entertainment; he refuses to fly at antisocial hours, while I don’t mind them if it means a discounted seat; and we’re cheapskates who like a good deal, so if one sees a bargain and the other is too slow on the uptake, there’s no waiting around to book."
Cathy said while some of her friends think it means they can't fly together, others said they do it too.
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She continued: "You might think that this approach is unromantic, but I’d call it incredibly sensible.
"And I’m not alone in saying that holidays bring out the worst in any relationship, spousal or otherwise."
However, she warned of a few problems to be careful of if choosing to fly separately.
One was to make sure you know where to meet at the airport when you land at different times to avoid any panic on arrival.
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She also said to have your " story ready for the immigration officials" after a few awkward situations when explaining why they were flying separately.
Cathy finished by saying: "My take is that by skipping the actual travel with your partner you also miss the passive-aggressive bickering at check-in over whose washbag pushed whose suitcase over 20kg and the jostling of elbows on the plane armrests. Instead, you can dive straight into the fun together."
Some people agreed it was a great idea – one person wrote: "After 50 years of marriage I agree that travelling separately is a great idea."
But not everyone agrees – someone else wrote: "How very very sad. One of the great joys of travel is spending quality time with the family."
Lots of mums have recently revealed why they only go on holiday with one of their kids at a time.
Mum-of-two Julie Cook said it meant she was able to get quality time with each of them.
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And mum-of-two Lana Hallowes explained she was visiting a friend in another state, and took her youngest son while her eldest, who has special needs, stayed at home to go to school.
But a mum divided opinion after she said she was planning a holiday with her newborn baby – but would leave her husband and older child behind.
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