If there’s one takeaway from a new report about travel fouls people commit around the world, it’s this: America is No. 1 when it comes to going No. 1.
Travelzoo surveyed travelers from five countries, and according to the deal site’s anonymous answers, Americans lead the world at peeing in the ocean or public pools – 64 percent admitted to doing so. In second place was our neighbor to the north, Canada, where 58 percent confessed to tinkling. Rounding out the guilty pee parties were 46 percent of the British, 44 percent of Germans, and 41 percent of Chinese.
Considering all the grief Chinese tourists are getting these days, at least they can hold this one over our heads. Not literally of course.
Only those five nationalities were polled in the survey, so who knows, maybe we need to watch out for Italian or New Zealander tourists in the hotel pool even more.
“As a global company, we have a unique opportunity to tap the minds of travelers from around the world,” Travelzoo senior editor Gabe Saglie told Yahoo Travel. “We all have quirky travel habits and we thought it would be interesting to see the commonalities and differences across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.”
Throughout Travelzoo’s dirty-secret survey, which included 9,577 adults, German travelers appear to be the most ethical – except when it comes to cheating on their partners and spray tans. Here are some other results:
Stealing hotel goodies: Americans also led the way in checking out with hotel bathrobes, slippers, or toiletries (69 percent). Probably because we like to wash after all that public urination. The rest of the offenders: 63 percent of Canadians, 61 percent of Chinese, 45 percent of British, and just 20 percent of those do-gooder Germans.