Brits are worst-dressed travellers
Published 04/06/2010 | 00:16
Britons travelling abroad have failed to shake off their socks-and-sandals image and have been voted the worst-dressed holidaymakers in Europe, it has been revealed.
The unwelcome award comes despite 36% of Britons admitting they dress more adventurously while on a break, a survey by the TripAdvisor company found.
The next worst-dressed foreign tourists were the Germans and the Americans, with the survey of 2,717 European travellers, including 732 Britons, showing the Italians to be the best-dressed holidaymakers.
The poll found that 28% of holidaying Britons check their work emails at least twice a day, while the French are the worst at being unable to stop checking emails while away.
93% of Britons make at least some effort to speak the local language while on holiday, but 20% of French travellers say they make no attempt at foreign tongues, the study noted.
It also found that 76% of Britons plan to take a summer holiday this year, with 11% not taking one and 11% undecided. 22% plan to spend less on a summer break this year than last, but 20% reckon they will splash out more.
37% of Britons plan to spend more than £1,000 per person and an extravagant 6% will be spending over £3,000 per person on a summer break, according to the survey. 15% say concern over the volcanic ash problem has influenced their summer holiday plans.
TripAdvisor spokeswoman Emma O'Boyle said: "It's been a tough two years for the travel industry but it seems we have turned a cautious corner.
"Despite airline strikes, an uncertain economy and an erupting volcano, it's reassuring to see British travellers recognising the importance of a summer holiday again."