What’s Up at the Beach? Depends on What’s Showing.
If you are wondering where to wear that Speedo this summer or what nationalities might not mind if you don’t wear one at all, a new survey from Expedia might just have the answers.
The 2014 Flip Flop Report, an annual study by Expedia examining behavior and preferences among beachgoers in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand reveals what comfort there is with public nudity, what opinions lurk on the topic of speedo-style swimwear and what actual fear there is of sharks near the shoreline. The following shines light on some of this year’s findings.
In the Buff at the Beach
Germans are the likeliest to sunbathe fully nude at the beach. However, Austrians now tie their German peers in that regard. 28% of German and Austrian beachgoers report having spent a day at the beach in the buff. Worldwide, beach nudity is more common among men (18%) than women (6%). And toplessness is a largely European phenomenon, with Austrians (49%), Spaniards (42%) and Germans (39%) the likeliest to take part. 12% was the global average for beach nudity, while 20% of female beachgoers worldwide have spent time topless at a beach.