Holiday HabitsGoing on holiday is something we all look forward to. It’s a chance to relax and get away from our usual routine. But when we take ourselves out of predictable daily life, it can be easy to quickly develop bad habits. Some of the common holiday habits people pick up include:

1. Taking things from the hotel

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

Will the pillow fit in your luggage?

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

Or maybe some hotel towels?

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

Don’t even try to snatch a few utensils!

We’ve all been there. We know we don’t need them, nor would we usually just take things without asking. But when we see how many miniature toiletries we could fit in our bags, something takes over. But people take all kinds of things from hotels including bathrobes, coat hangers, pillows and even ornaments. Some of the most unusual items stolen from hotels include:

  • Stuffed boar (Hotel du Vin, Birmingham)
  • Curtains and mirrors (Travelodge)
  • A chandelier (Shangri-La, Hong Kong)
  • A marble fireplace (Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire)
  • The room number (Franklin Hotel, Knightsbridge)
  • A medieval sword and a 4ft wooden bear (anonymous)
  • A $300,000 Andy Warhol artwork (W Hong Kong)
  • A grand piano (Starwood Hotels)

2. Overindulging

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

How can you resist this Viennese sachertorte ???

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

Holidays don’t always do wonders for the waistline. 60% of travellers say they gain at least two kilos on holiday, 25% put on at least three kilos and 5% put on roughly six kilos on more. Whether it’s overindulging on the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet or a few too many sugary cocktails every night, the calories soon add up and won’t be as easy to shift.

3. Overspending

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

Shoes in Ukraine. When you can’t choose….buy them all?

You might not think overspending would make this list of bad holiday habits, seeing as holiday-goers have taken everything they need from the hotel. But going over budget, or not setting a travel budget at all, is commonplace. As careful you are with money at home, it seems people can’t resist the temptation of a novelty souvenir or two.

4. Bragging on social media

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

What hashtag should I put? #blessed #vacation

You might want everyone else to know you’re on holiday having a great time. But they won’t thank you for endless photographs of the beach or selfies in your sunglasses. Keep it to a minimum.

5. Bad hygiene

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

This doesn’t look like a restroom. Does it?

Believe it or not, 64% of Americans admit to taking a wee in the ocean or pool. It’s something people would be pretty embarrassed to admit, or disgusted if they saw someone else doing it, but seem pretty happy to urinate in public places themselves.

6. Calling in sick to extend your holiday

6 Bad Holiday Habits Everyone Develops

“My cat needs me.”

Depending on where you go on holiday, travelling back can undo a lot of the de-stressing you’ve working hard on. When you’ve had a long day of flights and transfers, along with waiting for your luggage and dealing with queues, it can be extremely tempting to extend your holiday by calling in sick.

Saying you must have caught a bug on the plane or eaten something dodgy at the airport might be suspicious, but when you’re tucked up in bed, it’s just another thing that can wait until tomorrow.

What bad habits do you develop on holiday? Please do share 🙂

Note: This is a collaborative post with C. Green Consulting. 

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