From celebrity holiday snaps and singing police officers to cross-dressing train drivers and some good old-fashioned nudity, there have been plenty of weird and wonderful stories from the world of travel this week.
Here’s a quick look at some of the best:
Copping a London Eye-ful
Anyone enjoying a spot of sightseeing in London last weekend may have seen more than they bargained for as hundreds of exhibitionists took part in London’s Naked Bike Ride. Cyclists set off from five separate locations across the capital to encourage more people to get on their bike. Whether with or without clothes, this brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “bicycle buffs”.
Perils of Packing
Forgetting to pack something on your holiday is not only annoying, but it can also be quite costly. In fact holidaymakers spend an average of £26.50 replacing forgotten items such as swimwear, sunglasses and shorts. This is despite over 50 per cent of travellers spending an average of seven hours packing before a holiday.
Skirting the Issue
Over in Stockholm, male train drivers have thought of a new way to keep cool in their train cab on hot summer days – by wearing skirts. Wearing shorts to work is banned as they are deemed to look too relaxed, so the ingenious drivers decided to don skirts instead. We just hope they’re wearing pants…
A Crime to Music?
It’s one of the most popular holiday songs ever written, but Bedfordshire Police have recorded their own take on Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday. The song’s lyrics have been changed to include crime prevention tips. Now sing along… “We’re going to keep our iPod hidden, our phones are gonna be inside, we won’t walk home alone now, ‘cos crime prevention’s right!’ Catchy isn’t it?
Delhi Belly’s (Not) Gonna Get You!
Fed up of spending most of your exotic holiday sitting on the loo? Well holiday toilet troubles may be a thing of the past as scientists have developed a new pill to prevent the dreaded Delhi Belly – meaning you’ll be able to spend less time in the bathroom and more time on the sun lounger.
The Naked Truth
Brits are renowned for being a bit prudish at times but a recent survey has found that just 1 per cent of holidaymakers are annoyed by nudity on the beach. The most annoying things for Brits on the beach are beach sellers, littering and smoking, while loud music and heavy petting were also said to be more irritating than fellow beach-lovers baring all.