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‘THE SLOB’ REVEALED AS MOST ANNOYING BEACHGOER

Press Release   •  Jun 14, 2016 10:18 BST

‘The Slob’ who leaves rubbish on the beach has been named the most annoying beachgoer globally, according to new research from travel website Expedia.co.uk.

The Expedia Flip Flop Study, which surveyed more than 11,000 travellers across 24 countries, has identified the types and traits of beachgoers that push our buttons, with those who leave rubbish on the beach voted the most unbearable by both Brits and globally (both 52%).

For Brits, not looking after your children and talking loudly are other big no-nos, meaning the ‘Inattentive Parents’ (38%) and ‘The Loud Mouth’ (46%) are found among their top three most annoying beachgoers.

Most annoying beachgoer

TYPES DESCRIPTION GLOBAL FIGURES UK FIGURES
The Slob Who leaves rubbish on the beach 52% 52%
The Boozer Who drinks heavily 41% 36%
The Inattentive Parent Who has no control over their children 38% 48%
The Loud Mouth Who speaks loudly 36% 46%
The Encroacher Who sits too close 36% 31%
The DJ Who plays loud music 30% 33%
The Sand-flinger Who flicks sand 28% 30%
The Paparazzi Who photographs strangers 26% 24%
The Ogler Who openly stares at others 22% 18%
The Chair Hog Who places belongings on chairs early in the morning 20% 24%

Compared to other countries, Brits are the most annoyed in the world by ‘The Diner’ who brings a full meal to the beach (19%) – a figure substantially higher than countries such as Sweden (1%), Italy (2%) and Norway (2%) who don’t seem to mind.

The survey also examines characteristics such as ‘The Chair Hog’ who places belongings on beach chairs first thing in the morning, not to return until much later. This type causes much frustration particularly among the Austrians (36%), Dutch (34%) and Germans (34%), which interestingly goes against the British stereotype of ‘Germans’ laying out their beach towels on sun loungers. 

Notes to editors

The study was conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar, a globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm, between April 6-21, 2016. 11,115 adults from across 24 countries were questioned.

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