Well-travelled Britons leave rest in shade
Britons are the most travelled people in the world, according to research. A study published today found that 84 per cent of people from the UK regularly venture abroad — almost three- quarters more than in the US.
Britain topped the poll of 13 major countries based on adults’ likelihood of travelling to foreign countries. Only 49 per cent of Americans travel abroad; for France, the figure was 69 per cent.
The study, commissioned by International SOS, the travel and security company, found that Britons were less interested in researching the culture of the country visited. They also took a more relaxed attitude towards safety and security risks.
Research in the summer by the Travelsupermarket website found the Spanish islands of Majorca, Tenerife, Ibiza and Lanzarote were among the most popular destinations for Britons.
The new study, carried out by Ipsos Mori, said: “British travellers are more likely than any others to purchase insurance and pack a first aid kit, yet they are more relaxed about the local crime rates or safety standards of public transport.”
The study was based on a survey of more than 7,600 people. After Britain, people from South Korea and India were the most likely to travel abroad and Brazilians the least likely.