The worst holiday habits revealed as half of Britons admit to urinating in …

  • Worst for urinating in pool or sea are Americans with 64% admitting to it
  • Tourists from the US are most likely to bag hotel toiletries
  • One in ten Germans admit to cheating to their partners while on holiday
  • Five per cent of Britons said they have cheated on a partner abroad

By John Hutchinson for MailOnline[1]

Published: 08:58 GMT, 15 June 2015 | Updated: 11:39 GMT, 15 June 2015




A new study has revealed some disturbing truths that may make you think twice about going for a swim in the hotel pool on holiday.

Almost half of Britons have admitted to giving in to the forces of nature and relieving themselves in the sea or pools used by other holidaymakers.

But Britons aren’t the most prolific in engaging in the act. The research revealed that two in every three Americans admitted to urinating in the pool or the sea; Canada claimed an unwanted second place polling 58 per cent.

This infographic has revealed who are the worst offenders of poor <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> holiday habits

This infographic has revealed who are the worst offenders of poor Discount Holidays © holiday habits

Louise Hodges, Travelzoo spokeswoman said: Most of us wonder about things like pool hygiene when we are on Discount Holidays © holiday and we were truly surprised to see American and Canadian tourists ranking as the worst offenders when it comes to having a covert wee in the swimming pool.

‘British tourists ranked somewhere in the middle of all nations polled, with 46 per cent of us confessing to this unsavoury habit.

‘Perhaps the carefree nature of holidays makes people behave in ways they wouldnt ordinarily, but the findings are certainly food for thought when it comes to splashing up and down the pool.

‘My tip would be take an early morning dip before the hordes hit the pool.’

Travelzoo’s ‘honesty survey’ asked more than 9,500 adults across the UK, US, China, Canada and Germany to own up to their worst Discount Holidays © holiday habits, with the information released in a handy infographic.

In more shocking news, Germans were found to be the most likely to have a wandering eye on Discount Holidays © holiday with 10 per cent admitting to cheating on their partner contrasting with five per cent of Brits and just two per cent of Canadians.

Britons and Germans are also as bad as each other for trying to bag the best sun-spots, with a third of respondents admitting to making the early morning towel run to reserve a sunbed on the beach or by the pool.

Ms Hodges added: ‘Us Britons love to grumble and moan about Germans hogging all the sunbeds at the crack of dawn, little did we know we are just as bad.’

Almost half of Britons surveyed admitted to relieving themselves in the hotel pool or the sea (file photo)

Almost half of Britons surveyed admitted to relieving themselves in the hotel pool or the sea (file photo)

Americans are also the biggest culprits when it comes to heading home with the complimentary toiletries 69 per cent owned up to it compared to 45 per cent of UK holidaymakers and one in five Germans.

On the other hand, fitting in time to plan a summer getaway can be tricky, with many of us sneaking a few minutes to research our Discount Holidays © 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 ‘sicky’ to drag out that Discount Holidays © holiday feeling 15 per cent of us owned up to it, along with a quarter of Americans.


Contrary to the stereotype, it is British holidaymakers who are more likely to hog the sunbeds on holiday.

Research has shown Britons are now the most likely nation to swoop for pool and beach-side sun loungers first thing in the morning.

And such is the desperation to get towels laid first, some hotels in popular tourist spots have even issued warnings to guests about the practice.

Chris Clarkson, managing director of, who carried out the research, said: ‘Reserving sunbeds is one of the biggest Discount Holidays © holiday taboos and something which annoys the most people.

This is a scene that greets many of us when we wake up on the morning on our holidays

This is a scene that greets many of us when we wake up on the morning on our holidays

‘However, that doesn’t stop people from doing it themselves. To see that us Britons have overtaken Germans in the sunbed hogging stakes is a sign that our Discount Holidays © holiday etiquette has perhaps gone out the window.

‘People should remember that if the habit irritates them, they shouldn’t do it themselves. Where your sunbed is positioned around the pool isn’t going to determine whether or not you have a good holiday.’

Online travel agents questioned 2,150 UK adults for the survey. It revealed 71 per cent of Britons were guilty of unfairly reserving sunbeds on their last Discount Holidays © holiday abroad- and 52 per cent had actually been in trouble for it.

Yet 98 per cent admitted to feeling irritated when other holidaymakers reserved sun loungers that they would otherwise like to lie or sit on.

And 87 per cent said they had witnessed just that from fellow travellers.

Asked what nationality they were, Britons came out top (21 per cent) followed by Germans (19 per cent) and Dutch (14 per cent) The French and the Russians came in fourth and fifth.

When the same research was carried out in 2012, Germans were revealed as the most likely people to reserve sun loungers, followed by those from people from The Netherlands and people from Russia.

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