More UK residents would rather jet off on weekend breaks with friends than go away for romantic mini-breaks with their significant others, a survey...

More UK residents would rather jet off on weekend breaks with friends than go away for romantic mini-breaks with their significant others, a survey by AA Travel Insurance has found.

The survey of 2,000 British residents found that more than half (55 per cent) of those in relationships have left their partners behind to go away on mini-breaks without them, and 13 per cent of them admitted that they actually preferred going on short breaks without their partners.


Getting away with friends to take part in leisure activities that romantic partners don’t enjoy ― such as shopping, fishing or golf ― was among the most common reasons for leaving loved ones behind, with 22 per cent of respondents citing this as a reason.

Around 10 per cent of survey respondents described a need for time away from their other halves as a reason they went away on breaks with friends. However, 19 per cent of Welsh people taking part in the survey expressed a desire for space and time away from their partners as a reason for going on breaks.

Overall, it seems Londoners are those most likely to want to escape their partners, with 44 per cent saying they have jetted off on their own or with friends. This compares with 34 per cent of survey respondents in the South of England, 35 per cent of those in the North and 36 per cent in Scotland.

Graben, in the heart of Vienna's old town, is a busy pedestrian street filled with bars and restaurants and is a magnet for Vienna visitors looking for liquid refreshment and solid sustenance while sightseeing on a warm day

Graben, in the heart of Vienna's old town, is a busy pedestrian street filled with bars and restaurants and is a magnet for Vienna visitors looking for liquid refreshment and solid sustenance while sightseeing on a warm day

The survey also showed that:

● More than one in ten of the respondents (11 per cent) said they go away on ‘Clean Weekends’ to spend some quality time alone;

● More than one in 20 (7 per cent) go away with friends more than with their significant others; and

● More than one in ten (11 per cent) admitted to going away with friends as their partners couldn’t afford to go.

It appears mini-breaks generally offer a chance for UK residents to have some time away from partners and do things they usually wouldn’t necessarily do if partners were accompanying them on a break.

From a list of 10 mini-break activities provided by the survey (a list that does not appear to have included ‘finding romance’ or ‘sex’), men ranked their preferred activities in the following order: 1) drinking in bars and clubs; 2) eating out; 3) sightseeing; 4) sport; 5) shopping; 6) adventure activities; 7) walking in the countryside; 8 ) visiting art galleries and museums; 9) sunbathing; and 10) spa treatments.

For mini-breaks, women ranked the 10 activites in the following order of preference: 1) eating out; 2) shopping; 3) sightseeing; 4) drinking in bars and clubs; 5) walking in the countryside; 6) visiting art galleries and museums; 7) spa treatments; 8 ) sunbathing; 9) sport; and 10) adventure activities.

AA Travel Insurance is a division of Drakefield Insurance Services Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority. Drakefield Insurance Services Limited is part of The AA, the UK’s Automobile Association.