A recent survey has discovered that most British travellers make no effort to learn any local lingo before they go abroad. Fewer than one in 10 package holidaymakers bother to learn useful phrases before travelling overseas. Independent travellers do make more effort, but only a quarter of them do any foreign language homework prior to overseas' breaks, the survey from the Churchill Insurance company discovered. The survey also revealed that more men (23%) than women (15%) learn foreign phrases so that they can be understood. 51% admit to eating both local and English food, while only 7% are less adventurous and always look for places that serve English cuisine. The number of Brits preferring to opt for independent travel has soared to 42% with just 33% still favouring package holidays. The change in the market has been seen over the past few years in Majorca, fuelled mainly by the no-frills airlines. Some tour operators are aware that traditional package holidays are starting to gradually go out of fashion and are trying to restructure their products to meet the changing needs of the British holidaymaker - whether they speek the lingo or not.


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