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Brits lap up foreign culture

23 January 2009 17:44

Brits lap up foreign culture

They may have a reputation for being loud and boozy abroad, but new research suggests that Brits are more than willing to embrace foreign cultures when travelling abroad.

According to Saga, which offers travel insurance for over 65's, holidaymakers from the UK are also more likely to try new things during their travels than they are at home.

The insurance provider found that 55 per cent of Brits will try exotic foods when they are abroad, with 63 per cent of over 50s also happy to make new friends by sparking conversation with strangers.

Saga's research also indicated that 11 per cent of Brits abroad are likely to participate in an extreme sport. It is advisable that these people take out travel insurance for sports and activities.

"It's good to see that people enjoy themselves when abroad and embrace the local culture," said Andrew Goodsell, Saga chief executive.

"But it is important to ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances so you really can have a carefree holiday."

Research published by Bupa this month suggested that a number of British expatriates will travel home for Christmas, with six in ten admitting that they miss the company of their family and friends during the festive season.