Expedia.com’s annual Flip Flop Report finds that Europeans are more comfortable sunbathing topless than Americans, and that the biggest concern of U.S. beachgoers is theft, not sharks. Also worth noting: 65% of respondents from around the world said Speedos were acceptable beachwear.
By Victoria Taylor / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, July 19, 2013
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American women, as well as those from some Asian countries, were the most likely to keep their tops on at the beach.
No matter how hot it gets, most beach-going Americans aren’t looking to take off some, or all, of their clothes.
According to Expedia.com’s annual Flip Flop Report, only 5% admitted they have sunbathed in the buff at the beach, and just a quarter described themselves as “comfortable” with topless beaches. This means they are more likely to go au naturel than residents of some Asian countries, but are more reserved about seaside nudity than Europeans.
Women in Denmark, Italy and Norway were the most likely to ditch their bikini tops, while those in the U.S. and the Asia Pacific countries were most likely to cover up. Nearly three-quarters of French participants (71%) said they were “somewhat or very comfortable” with topless beaches, but a solid 42% said they would “never” go topless or nude themselves.
Germans are least afraid to show off a lot of skin at the beach, according to a recent survey.
The Germans win the prize for most likely to hang out on the beach in their birthday rather than bathing suit. Almost one in five German respondents (17%) admitted they have spent a day on the beach in the nude.
When it comes to Speedos, some 65% of survey respondents said they were fine with the skimpy suits. The French seem to be overwhelmingly okay with Speedos, as 91% said they were an adequate beachwear option.
About a quarter of beachgoers worldwide said they were ‘very or somewhat comfortable’ with topless beaches.
Americans, however, were split on banana hammocks, with 52% answered that they were acceptable and 48% saying they were not.
Seeing too much skin was not among the most prevalent concerns for global beachgoers. More than half of the Americans surveyed said they were worried about having their wallet or another possession stolen.
Even though the survey was conducted pre-Sharknado mania, 16% of Americans listed sharks as their chief fear at the beach. Meanwhile, in Denmark, 71% of respondents said they had “no concern” about sharks.
Expedia.com asked 8,606 people from 21 countries about their beach behaviors and attitudes to compile the Flip Flop Report.