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04 July 2014 09:13
Topless sunbathing and skinny dipping are things Britons are prepared to do on holiday
Britons have no problem sunbathing topless or going skinny dipping on holidays abroad, according to new research.
Hotels.com found one in four of the 2,000 adults it questioned admit to going topless on trips to sun-kissed destinations, while the same proportion happily bare all when swimming in the sea.
Attending a stranger's party (21%) ranks third in the list of daredevil things that Brits get up to during their travels, followed by white-water rafting (19%) and getting up close and personal with a dangerous animal (18%).
Three-fifths (60%) of respondents confess to adopting a more carefree attitude while on holiday, compared to a more reserved approach at home. With this in mind, it is important that travellers protect themselves on their trips overseas by taking out adequate travel insurance before they leave.
Other activities that Brits do on holiday but wouldn't do at home include getting a piercing or tattoo (13%), skydiving (12%) and bungee jumping (10%).
Travelling in an unlicensed taxi (7%) and getting married spontaneously (6%) complete the top 10.
Older women appear to be more daring when it comes to sunbathing topless, with half of the over-45s polled willing to strip down to their waist compared to a quarter (25%) of 16 to 24-year-olds.
Holidaymakers from Scotland are the most likely to gate-crash a stranger's event (33%), making them the bravest party animals, and those from Wales are the most likely to gain a new inking while away (20%).
But while 16 to 24-year-olds may be less willing to sunbathe topless than their older counterparts, they are certainly not shy when it comes to tying the knot. Just under a fifth (15%) of them admit to having unplanned weddings abroad.
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