More than one in ten (14%) British travellers have been missed out on visiting a particular holiday destination because of a perceived language barrier, according to research conducted by Skyscanner.


Whilst French is the most widely spoken foreign language amongst Brits, it is also one of the countries that Brits are most likely to have avoided visiting if they don’t speak the language.

The research also found that British men are taking the lead with the lingo on holiday. Although on average women speak more languages, men are more confident when it comes to conversing abroad and are more likely to jet off to foreign shores regardless of any language barrier.

Almost half of men (41%) said the last time they held a conversation in a foreign language was during their last holiday, whilst 28% of women say the last time for them was at school. 

At the other end of the scale, almost a third of those from Northern Ireland (30%) and 27% of those from the North East of England, expect to be understood in English whenever they go on holiday. Furthermore, 15% of those from the North East claim to never speak any other language, no matter where they are in the world. 

Victoria Bailie, a spokesperson at the company, said: “With budget airlines opening routes to new destinations such as Russia, there are more opportunities than ever before for British travellers to experience new destinations.

"It's a shame that some people have let their language skills dictate their holiday plans, as they could be missing out on some great experiences. Being in a foreign country is one of best ways to pick up a foreign language, but it’s good to learn a few key phrases before you go as the locals always appreciate it. A simple hello and thank you can get you a long way."


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