Brits Abroad: The Worst Named Sightseeing Holiday Mistakes and the Free Duolingo Premium Offer | Travel News | Travel

New research from Virgin Media O2 has revealed the worst mistakes Brits can make on holiday. From sunburn to towels, here’s how Brits can avoid embarrassment abroad.

As millions of Brits prepare to travel abroad for a holiday, over 90% of people think Brits have bad holiday habits.

According to research, the worst vacation faux pas was expecting everyone to speak English.

Almost three quarters of respondents found it embarrassing that Britons expect foreigners to speak English.

While around 1.5 billion people around the world speak English, it’s polite to learn at least a few phrases of a country’s native language before traveling there.

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The next most embarrassing holiday habit was getting burned, with more than half of those polled finding it shameful.

Although getting burned on vacation can be uncomfortable, it can also be very dangerous for tourists.

It is always important to wear sunscreen and to reapply it regularly if tourists spend a lot of time in the sun.

Almost half of those polled found it embarrassing when British tourists leave their hotel rooms in disarray.


This year, O2 is offering Priority customers a three-month free trial of Super Duolingo to help them learn the local lingo before they travel.

Gareth Turpin, Commercial Director, Mobile, at Virgin Media O2, said: “The festive season is upon us with millions of Britons set to travel this summer for some much-needed downtime.

“But with life busier than ever these days, it can be hard to find the time to learn a language and really get into the holiday spirit. So we’ve teamed up with Duolingo to offer our customers a quick and convenient way to brush up on some basics before they leave this year.

“And because O2 is the only major network to offer roaming in the EU at no additional cost, our customers can stay up to date with their Duolingo footage while they’re away, without having to worry about data roaming charges.”

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