Brits just as likely as Germans to hog a sunbed and everyone pees in the pool

Travelzoo survey reveals embarrassing holiday habits

A global survey on travel secrets by deal experts at Travelzoo has revealed that British and Germans tourists are as bad as each other when it comes to hogging sunbeds on holiday. A third of respondents from both nations admitted to making the early morning towel run to reserve a sunbed on the beach or by the pool.

Travelzoo’s independent Global Travel Secrets Survey asked over 9,500 adults across the UK, US, China, Canada and Germany to own up to their worst holiday habits. The research also revealed that Americans are the worst culprits in peeing in the hotel pool or the sea (65% of Americans have done this), closely followed by half of Canadians and 46 per cent of Brits.

Americans are also the most likely to head home with the complimentary toiletries or other hotel room items – 69 per cent owned up to it compared to 45 per cent of UK holidaymakers and one in five Germans.

On the other hand, Germans were most likely to have a wandering eye on holiday with 10 per cent admitting to cheating on their partner on foreign shores, contrasting with five per cent of Brits and just two per cent of Canadians.

Fitting in time to plan a summer getaway can be tricky, with many of us sneaking a few minutes to research our holiday options during working hours. Whilst 40 per cent of Brits admitted to doing so, it seems that Americans (67 per cent), Canadians (64 per cent) and a staggering 70 per cent of the Chinese were the worst culprits for checking out sunshine escapes on the boss’s time.

Here in the UK it seems we also have no qualms when it comes to pulling a ‘sickie’ to drag out that holiday feeling – 15 per cent of us owned up to it, along with a quarter of Americans.

Travelzoo spokeswoman Louise Hodges said,"Travelzoo’s Global Travel Secrets study showed that not all international tourists behave in the same way, and that there is a temptation for us all to do things on holiday we probably wouldn’t do in normal life.

“Through our teams around the world, we have been able to build up a real picture of how Chinese, American, Canadian, German and British tourists take part in some questionable behaviour on holiday. From sneaking out with the hotel bathrobe to relieving oneself in the pool – it seems that each nation has a penchant bending the rules a little away from home.”

* This survey was conducted independently by with 9,577 adults in the UK, USA, Canada, Germany and China between 11 May 2015 and 8 June 2015.

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