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One in 10 avoids foreign travel ‘because of language barrier’
2 June 2017
Millions of Britons do not travel abroad because they cannot speak a foreign language, a report says.
A study by hostel booking site Hostelworld found that one in 10 people in this country are put off visiting overseas because of language barriers.
A survey of 8,000 people in six countries, including the UK, found only half of Britons can speak another language.
Japan topped a list of countries Britons would visit if language was not an issue, followed by Spain and China.
Otto Rosenberger of Hostelworld, said: “The ability to speak other languages isn’t essential when travelling and nobody should let it put them off, but it can make a big difference, helping you to fully immerse yourself in the culture in a way you couldn’t otherwise.
“Travelling the world is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, yet many still worry that their language skills will let them down while abroad.”
Anthony Devlin/PA Wire