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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