Are you like most Canadians when it comes to likes and dislikes about a beach vacation? just released the results of the 2017 Expedia® Flip Flop Report — a global study that explores cultural differences in beach attitudes and behaviors across 17 countries from around the globe.   Here are the highlights from Canadian beach vacation seekers:

  • Half the respondents say the winter blues is one of the biggest reasons they take a beach holiday. Also topping the list are a need for relaxation and shaking up the routine.
  • 96 per cent Canadians were satisfied with the last vacation they took.
  • On, sun destinations dominated the “top searched destinations” from Toronto between December 15, 2017 and January 15, 2018, with travel dates of January 15 to March 15, 2018.
  • Vacation spots in Mexico including Cancun and Puerto Vallarta ranked high for Canadians, along with destinations to Florida, like Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Miami and Fort Myers.
  • On average, Canadians are willing to fly 8.8 hours and drive 8.7 hours for a beach holiday. This ranks them in the top five keenest flyers/drivers in the world.
  • In the past year, Canadians spent a total of over 85.8 million days on beach vacations, which puts them among the top five vacationers in the world.
  • Over seventy per cent of Canadians begin to prepare for a beach vacation less than a month before leaving – which suggests Canadians are ready to pick-up and go as soon as the weather turns.
  • The over-packing compulsion afflicts almost seventy per cent of Canadians, with a large proportion going for the “more-than-needed” amount.
  • What annoys Canadians the most while on the beach?    We are getting increasingly annoyed by “The Slob” (73%), followed by “The Sand-flinger” (58%), and “The DJ” (54%).

Interestingly, over two thirds (66%) of Canadians indicated that the “most inappropriate beach attire” is ….the birthday suit.  Which suggests that Canada’s beaches are not likely to see the European-style sun worshippers wearing only a smile any time soon!