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The British have emerged as the most travelled people in the world, according to new research.
A study published today found that 84% 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% of Americans travel abroad while the figure for France was 69%.
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.
The research, 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.”
After Britain, people from South Korea and India were the most likely to travel abroad and Brazilians the least likely, the Times reported.
The study was based on a survey of more than 7,600 people.
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