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Americans Envy Europe's Vacation, Not Its Topless Beaches

Americans Envy Europe's Vacation, Not Its Topless Beaches

With terror threats potentially making Americans wary of traveling to Europe, maybe it's time to bring European traditions stateside. The new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll tells us which one to import first: longer vacations. The poll, which also declared Jennifer Aniston the world's most eligible single woman, ranked European traditions Americans would consider adopting.

Thirty percent of men and 41 percent of women dream of longer holidays, although only 9 percent of Americans would spend that time on a topless beach. At the bottom of the list: the great European tradition of extramarital affairs. Surprisingly, 0 percent of men (and 1 percent of women) said they want Americans to adopt a more lassez-faire attitude toward fidelity. Afternoon siestas have the support of 15 percent of Americans, while a royal family gets 6 percent.

If I could bring a little more European flavor to the US, I'd import longer vacations, a reluctance to leave your house in sweats, and high-speed trains. What European traditions would you like to adopt?

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luckyduckyy luckyduckyy 6 years
I don't understand about the whole extra-marital part of this. Europeans are just as likely as non-Europeans to detest extramarital affairs. The idea of a lassez-fair fidelity stems for a stereotype about France. It's quite old. I remember reading about American colonists horrified to READ about France's sexual proclivities. However, I believe it is untrue. It's just a stereotype.
Venus1 Venus1 7 years
I travel across Europe regularly for work. I choose not wear a top on beaches during my time off. Men don't. why should I? This is nothing to do with fidelity, it is to do with personal freedom and equality. It's my option and my choice! As the lovely Kate (above) says nobody forces you to. you are just permitted to.
KateAthens KateAthens 7 years
I don't see what's the problem in European beaches. No one forces anyone to take their top off or anything. Its just that things are less strict. Nobody gonna care or call the police if you do.
Katie-Sweeney Katie-Sweeney 7 years
I'd like to adopt: European Sundays (where everything is closed so the only thing you can do is enjoy a leisurely lunch with family); coffee that's not on the go, but rather enjoyed in a fabulous little coffee shop; late night dinners; and a general acceptance of people drinking beer at 11 am on a weekday. Lastly: smaller beers! Sometimes I don't want to drink a whole pint...
shaima shaima 7 years
I'm French and I hate it when philosophers or sociologists try to make infidelity rational: "yeah we're just humans, life isn't always constant" please whatever it still HURTS! I pray that I'll never have to go through it. It's funny, I didn't know for the high-speed trains. I thought you guys had the most of them, with such a wide country. As for the sweat pants, I would never go out with it hahaha
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
I was going to make exactly the same comment as starbucks... ALL beaches are topless, but there are some beaches that are specifically nudist/naturist. I love it, if only because you can avoid tan lines. Definitely agree that high-speed trains would be a great improvement to the US (although apparently California is in the early stages of building one?), and I would also love for more businesses to be closed on Sundays. It can be a pain when you're out of butter or eggs or something and all the grocery stores are closed, but at the same time it's so nice to have a day where all you can do is spend time with your family.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I am German...I actually wish Europeans could adopt some of the friendliness that's everywhere in the US. People just tend to be more open and welcoming. We do not have 'topless beaches', though. We do have 'nude beaches', which are very rare (they were very popular in East Germany). It's just that Europeans aren't so uptight about nudity. You can go topless on pretty much every beach and nobody cares....
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I will say the easy-going-attitude they have and they tend to be more open minded about sex.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
*hung up on. Must still be working on that edit feature, Sugar.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
Don't know if this is a tradition, but I have heard that european men are much less hung on on a woman's age than American men. If this is true, would love to hear the europeans chime in...I get so sick of American men and their longing for the 20 year old blondes with the big implants.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Yeah I do not know why people think there is more infidelity in Europe hah. Hooray for the high speed trains (even though they're very expensive in some countries) and not leaving the house in sweat pants! haha. Is "the customer is always right" a tradition? Because I've never seen that in Europe. I like it better that way. People get away with way too much in the states.
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