Brits vote themselves world’s worst tourists; Londoners most badly behaved

The reputation of ‘Brits abroad’ has never been one to be proud of, but a new survey from Skyscanner has revealed that the British really are the worst type of tourist.


The Brits cleaned up in nearly every category including ‘not attempting to learn any local language’, ‘being drunk and disorderly’ and ‘not trying the local food and drink’. Our lack of generosity when it comes to tipping was also noted.

But far from being a foreign attack on Brits, we voted ourselves as the worst tourists, with the UK poll receiving over 1000 votes.

The only area where we were beaten was when it came to ‘being rude’; it was perhaps our well-known British reserve that spared us here as the gold medal in this category went to the Russians, with the Germans and Americans in second and third place.


When it came to identifying exactly which part of the UK was home to the word’s worst tourists, it was Londoners who were voted number one with almost a quarter of all the votes. Geordies also fared badly with the North East taking 17% of the votes, while Mancunians and Liverpuddlians scored almost as negatively with the North West taking 16% of the votes.

UK’s Worst Tourists:

1. Londoners
2. North East England
3. North West England
4. Scotland
5. West Midlands
6. Yorkshire & The Humber
7. East Midlands
8. Wales
9. N. Ireland
10. South West England
11. East England

At the opposite end of the scale, world’s best tourists are more evenly split between different nations. The Scandinavians were voted the best at attempting the local lingo; the Japanese are considered as most polite and well behaved. Australians are the best at embracing the local food and drink, whilst it was the tip-happy Americans who clinch the prize for best tippers.

Sam Baldwin, Skyscanner Travel Editor commented:

“The vast majority of British travellers are well-behaved while abroad, and do try to embrace aspects of the local culture, customs and language. But it seems that the stereotype of the loud, lairy, drunken Brit, sunburned and stumbling from bar to bar in Spain, remains the way we perceive some of our fellow countrymen to behave while on holiday.”

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