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Study: Travelers' Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

Features & Advice | Ryan Rudnansky | June 15, 2015

Study: Travelers' Dirty Little Secrets Exposed

A recent study by global Internet media company Travelzoo reveals that travelers around the globe aren’t always perfect little angels when they travel.

Travelzoo surveyed more than 9,500 adults aged 18 and over in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and China to discover how different nationalities toe the line…or jump over it altogether.

And the travelers that are most likely to have a dirty little travel secret?

Drum roll please…Americans.

Among the nationalities surveyed, Americans are the most likely to steal hotel toiletries, slippers or a robe (69 percent of those surveyed), followed by Canadians (63 percent), Chinese (61 percent), Britons (45 percent) and Germans (20 percent).

Americans are also most likely to pee in the hotel pool or ocean (64 percent, and, yes, you heard me right), play hooky to extend their vacation (24 percent) and skip on a bill (13 percent).

Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone else is a saint. Not by a long shot.

Chinese are most likely to sneak goods through customs (32 percent, compared to 23 percent of Canadians) and research their vacation during work hours (70 percent, compared to 67 percent of Americans).

And Canadians are most likely to slyly drop a towel on a lounge chair in the morning to reserve it for later (64 percent, compared to 59 percent of Americans).

Britons came out OK, ranking worst in peeing in the pool and skipping on a bill.

Oh yeah, and not so fast, German travelers. If you thought you’d get off the hook easy, think again. According to the survey, you are most likely to get a fake tan after vacation to impress everyone (7 percent) and…wait for it…cheat on your partner during vacation (10 percent).

Burned. Didn’t see that coming.

For more information about Travelzoo and to see the full results of the survey, visit



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