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Expedia Report Sheds Light On Summer Beach Habits, Including U.S. Verdict On The ‘Speedo’

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Expedia has released its annual “Flip Flop Report” on international beach habits, and there are tons of interesting tidbits within the data.

First off, Austrians and Germans were most likely to sunbathe nude at the beach, with 28% reporting having spent a full day at the beach sans swimwear. Worldwide, Asian beachgoers were the most modest, with four-percent or less saying the same. Men were more likely to tan in the buff than women.

When it comes to swimwear, the “speedo” was deemed an acceptable male bathing suit by 74% of the world. Brazilians were most in favor of the nearly-nude style (95%), followed by the body confident Austrians and Germans. Oddly enough, Americans weren’t the most likely to frown on the skimpy swim gear: 57% of U.S. beach-goers gave the speedo a thumbs up, compared to the most disapproving nation, Norway, at 40%.

While the various countries definitely had different ideas of what to wear on the beach, we can all agree on one thing: We want more beach time. According to Expedia, the beach is the most popular vacation destination worldwide, and 25% of those surveyed say they’d sacrifice some of their salary for more time on the sand. Twenty-nine-percent say they’d work weekends for a month and 25% would go without a week’s salary for an extra beach vacation per year. Eleven-percent would take full-on flu for 48 hours for more beach time.

Expedia says it surveyed nearly 12,000 adults in 24 countries worldwide to come to its conclusions. To read more on the report, click here.

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