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29 May 2013 09:24
A new report reveals how British holidaymakers see themselves when they are abroad
The national appetite for overseas holidays is showing no sign of waning, with 18 million of us set to arrange
travel insurance and jet off this summer to destinations such as Spain, Greece and Turkey. It is a trend that has continued for years, but has the typical British tourist remained the same?
New research from travel association ABTA has discovered what modern British holidaymakers really think of themselves. Some stereotypes remain, such as the 65% of Brits who choose not to learn local languages and believe that everyone abroad can speak English.
It's not just how we speak that hasn't changed, but how we act and how we dress too. More than half of those polled (55%) still expect to see drunken behaviour and 38% think we dress badly while on holiday.
On the other hand, 32% and 42% of those polled think Brits are polite and friendly respectively.
People from the North East of England speak the highest of British holidaymakers, with 63% of them considering us 'friendly' abroad and a fifth claiming we are happy to use foreign languages.
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