Exchange rate isn't the only thing that scares people about overseas holidays

07 May 2018 - 10:24 By AFP Relaxnews
Getting lost in a foreign country is cited as one of the biggest fears in a global travel survey.
Getting lost in a foreign country is cited as one of the biggest fears in a global travel survey.
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Language barriers and dubious accommodations have emerged the biggest obstacles in travel, according to a global survey which aims to gauge how adventurous and fearless travelers are today. 

The findings of a Booking.com survey of 20,500 global travelers reveal insight into the biggest fears and anxieties that hold people back from booking new and unfamiliar vacation destinations, and compel families to book the same all-inclusive resort year after year, or never leave the country.

About two-thirds (63%) of respondents admitted they're not adventurous travelers, while 44% expressed a desire to push the boundaries and try something new - what Booking.com calls the "limitless traveler." 

The biggest obstacles holding people back from being the intrepid globetrotter they want to be? Language barriers (28%), the fear of getting lost in a foreign country without speaking the local language (20%), and finding the right accommodation (34%) were identified as the top concerns. 

Likewise, more than a quarter (26%) expressed anxiety about being in unfamiliar situations while traveling. 

Meanwhile, volunteering trips or voluntourism was cited as the top travel adventure and getaway people would like to book but are too afraid to try, followed by gourmet adventures and sabbatical trips. 


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