More American steal toiletries and skip out on the bill
American travelers may be the worst-behaved in the world.
A 2015 survey of more than 9,500 adults from travel deal site Travelzoo found travelers have some pretty shameful secrets — particularly Americans. A higher percentage of Americans say they urinate in the ocean or pool, take extra hotel toiletries home, call in sick to work to extend a vacation and skip out on the bill than do those from other countries. “Some of these habits are not acceptable,” says Gabe Saglie, senior editor for Travelzoo.
In four of seven categories, a higher percentage of Americans than those of any other nationality admit they had done the offending behavior. But hey, at least we are less likely to cheat on our spouses when traveling (ahem, Germans), sneak things through customs, and plan our vacations at work compared with other nationalities.
Americans are the worst behaved travelers
So what’s going on here? Travelers of all nationalities sometimes misbehave on vacation because travel is “an escape from reality, so it becomes a little easier to stretch the limits of our own mores,” explains Saglie. “Simply the fact that we are outside of our day-to-day routine and confines of everyday life allows us to play with the limits of what we find acceptable to do.”
The fact that Americans are particularly badly behaved may have to do with how little vacation we take each year. “Americans don’t really leverage their vacation time as effectively as they could,” says Saglie. “So when we do take time off … we really put a lot of weight into that time off.”
Indeed, on average Americans get far fewer vacation days than workers in most other developed countries (U.S. companies are not required to give any paid vacation, whereas those in the U.K are required to give 28 days, in Germany 20 days, and in Canada 10 days). What’s more, they don’t even take all that they do get: A survey of 2,300 workers by Glassdoor.com revealed that Americans take just over half (51%) of their paid vacation time off, which only averages 10 paid work days and six federal holidays a year anyway.
Source: Market Watch