As millions of families begin their summer holidays we’re joined by William Hanson for a guide on how to behave appropriately when away.
"It's never appropriate. I know there are some fashion houses that have started to bring it in this year... you still look like a wally." - William Hanson on the socks and sandals debate
From whether it’s okay for men to be topless in a cafe, to the old sandals with socks debate and even how to change on the beach, William gives his verdict on it all - and we’ve sent Alison Hammond to holiday hotspot Weston Super Mare to find some offenders!
What would William do?
Topless men in public?
William says: "I hate men going topless. It doesn't matter what type of body you have, whether you look like a Love Island contestant or not. It's a shared experience, you may want to go topless, but there are probably lots of people who don't want to see it. There’s a time and a place, the supermarket is not a swimming pool. It's not hygienic, I don't want to be picking their hair out of the mangos.”
Holiday boozing pre-noon?
William says: “I just don’t like it, and would never do it myself. Your holiday isn’t meant to start in the airport. There’s also obviously a general correlation between drinking and behaviour plummeting, you can’t behave in an airport how you would in your private villa in Portugal.”
Socks and sandals?
William says: “I've never tried socks and sandals, I would imagine it's quite difficult to wear them. In my opinion it’s just an attention seeking thing. People who wear socks with flip flops or sandals are just making a cry for help.”
Changing in public?
William says: “Changing on the beach - if it's not a nudist beach, don't make it one. If there's somewhere to go, like a beach hut, go to one. You have to be bothered and respect others.”
Eating at the same place every night?
William says: “Staying at the same table for dinner, every night, at the same hotel restaurant, eating the same or similar food is very lower middle behaviour. Embrace variety!”
William says: “You can ‘hog’ a sunbed for a maximum of 30 minutes, but putting your belongings on it and not using it is unacceptable. Obviously it depends on how busy the pool area is, but if it’s busy then under 30 minutes is the longest you can save. Pool attendants really need to be more on top of this in my opinion.”
The towel shakers:
William says: “If the beach is crowded then obviously this becomes a problem, but there’s no excuse for spraying people with sand, you have legs, just pick it up and walk towards the sea when you need to shake it out. Your holiday is not a holiday from good manners, you have to consider other people.”
Is it okay to wear your sunglasses indoors?
William says: “Sunglasses indoors - there really is no need. It's a ‘look at me’ statement. Especially when you are trying to have a conversation, it’s just rude not to look people in the eye.”
“In a dimly lit environment it’s actually just dangerous, you might trip over something.”