Forget terrorism, food poisoning or even crime; the thing travellers fear more than anything else when travelling abroad is the language barrier, a new report has found.
According to the Booking.com report, which polled more than 20,500 international holidaymakers, travellers admitted to feeling held back by a lack of communication most, followed by not finding the right accommodation.
More than three in ten (32%) respondents in the study identified these particular fears, with examples including getting lost or ordering the wrong dish in a local restaurant. The next biggest fear was a feeling of anxiousness about unfamiliar situations when travelling.
As well as identifying travellers’ fears, the survey revealed that two in three (63%) travellers don’t believe they’re making the most of their vacation and ‘waste’ their holiday. Additionally, one in five (20%) of travellers said they had never felt “limitless”.
Among Australians, two in three (67%) Aussie travellers polled revealed they are not adventurous enough on holiday, despite three quarters showing a strong desire to push the boundaries while travelling.
The main factors that would help travellers overcome their anxieties and become limitless travellers are:
- Great accommodation options (37%)
- Positive reviews from other travellers (35%)
- Being able to ask questions and directions in the local language (26% and 23%)
- Being able to order their favourite food (22%)
When asked what they wanted out of their limitless travel:
- Almost two thirds (62%) of people want to experience new cultures
- Over half (51%) want to taste local delicacies
- Over a third (39%) are keen to experience staying somewhere new
- A third (33%) want to embrace meeting new people whilst travelling
What are your greatest fears when travelling? Or what, if anything, is holding you back?