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From Nice to Naughty: When Good Travelers Go Bad

Posted by on September 14, 2015

We have been fortunate to never witness really bad behavior when traveling (although we have been sorely tempted to display some of our own when exhausted) although we have seen plenty of very rude people. But these statistics may open your eyes to what is happening out there!

This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s  Tailwind blog on September 2.

Being in a foreign environment tends to provide travelers with a feeling of anonymity. It’s regarded as a space governed by different social rules, and while abroad people often engage in behavior that they would normally not allow. But we wanted to know just how naughty they would actually get—or at least, what they would cop up to.

From stealing food to skinny dipping, Hipmunk got the dirt (anonymously, of course) on just how badly travelers behave while en voyage. Scroll down after the infographic for even more naughty traveler behavior:


More Naughty Behavior:

Stealing Souvenirs

12% of travelers surveyed have swiped a towel or robe

Supporting Stowaways

37% of travelers surveyed have snuck in an extra, unregistered guest into their hotel rooms to stay the night

Skirting (U.S.) Laws

Travelers take advantage of activities that are perfectly permitted in their host countries, but may put them in legal hot water in the U.S.

12%  Doing drugs in countries in which they’re sanctioned

21%  Driving faster than any US speed limit

23%  Under-21 drinking

30%  Eating non-FDA-approved foods, like certain French cheeses

So, tell us. What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done on vacation? Sound off in the comments below!

Methodology:  Hipmunk surveyed nearly 1,000 travelers from from July 7 through August 6, 2015, about their travel habits and behaviors.
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