I can't remember us Brits having such glorious weather over the summer for donkey's years. It puts everyone in a great mood and makes you want to hit the beach.
And now it's the summer holidays, what better time to do just that? But beaches aren't all they're cracked up to be though, are they? In fact, there are plenty of reasons why Brits hate the beach.
According to new research by Travel Republic, rubbish floating on the waves, seagulls nicking your food, other people’s music blaring out and Millennials posing for selfies are among Brits’ worst beach nightmares.
Also top of the list for reasons why Brits hate the beach were:
- Having to leave valuables on show
- Other beachgoers setting up camp right next to you (why do they do that?)
- Sand getting stuck in your sun cream
And what about when the kids shake their towel next to you, flinging sand everywhere? Plus luke-warm drinks and finding fag butts in the sand? (a few of my personal gripes!)
The research also revealed Brits’ top three demands for better beaches were 1. Proper showers and changing rooms 2. Waterfront bars and 3. Comfier sun beds.
Apparently we also want children-free zones, a ban on salesmen, free Wi-Fi, parasols with built-in phone chargers and a call button in sun beds to summon a waiter. Chance would be a fine thing.
All I really want is some shade, a cool drink and a sea breeze and I'm good to go.
So here's a list of the top 25 reasons why reasons why Brits hate the beach, as well what's on our wish list. Which ones ring true for you? And do you have any of your own to add?
The Worst 25 beach bugbears
- People leaving litter behind/rubbish in the sea
- Not having anywhere safe to leave your valuables if you want to go for a swim
- Sand going in your food
- People sitting right next to you when there is the whole beach free
- Other people blasting their music out
- People shaking their sandy towel near to you
- When the sand gets too hot to walk on
- Getting sand stuck on you after applying sun cream
- People walking around and selling crafts
- People playing ball sports precariously nearby
- Too windy, sending parasol and inflatables flying
- Seagulls trying to steal your food
- People bringing their pets to the beach
- Not having anywhere private to change
- People wearing inappropriate swimwear or lack of clothes for their age
- Swallowing sea water
- PDA (Public displays of affection)
- When the tide comes in and you keep having to move your stuff back
- People spending hours posing for the perfect Instagram shot
- People dripping on you as you sunbathe
- Getting all way to beach and realising you’ve forgotten your book/iPod/wallet etc.
- Children splashing water
- Ice cream melting by the time you sit down to eat it
- Not being able to get a sunbathing spot past 11am
- Sunbathing next to someone with a great body
Brits’ top 25 beach wish list
- Clean toilets/showers and changing facilities
- Beach bar at the waterfront
- Comfy sunbeds / daybeds with cushions
- Lifeguards on patrol
- Zones on the beach (e.g. kids, noisy, quiet, sports zones)
- Wooden walkways into the sea for when the sand gets too hot
- Ban on people trying to sell you crafty items
- A smoking ban
- A ban on reserving sunbeds with towels
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hammocks in the trees
- Free massages
- Unlimited ice cream
- A ‘call’ button for waiters to bring drinks/food
- Free water sports (e.g. jet skis, wind surfing)
- Ice machines
- Street food vendors
- Cold towels brought round for cooling off
- Phone charging points in parasols
- Live music/entertainment
- Complementary sun cream applied for you
- Something you can tick off a bucket list (e.g. swimming with pigs, playing with baby turtles)
- Remote controlled sunbeds and parasols
- Air-conditioned caddies to take you to the beach
- Instagrammable location (e.g. amazing views)
Do you have any favourite beaches (or least favourite ones)?
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