1 in 10 Brits live abroad yet double this amount have never even been on a plane

As a developed country with a rich global significance, the UK should sit proudly as a Nation that delivers for its people. But if we use international travel as a barometer, it would appear it is also failing many and that cannot be right; writes Dan Cheeseman.

1 in 10 Brits live abroad, so around 5.5million of us, with Australia being the prefered location with over 1.3million resident Brits.

By comparison, although in growth, only 4% of French live abroad. So, we Brits are keen to get out and explore different countries – or at least that’s what I orginally thought.

You see, for as many Brits that live abroad just as many have never even set foot outside of the UK. 1 in 10 Brits have never been abroad – with 30% citing cost and 20% saying it’s too complicated. It is a little bit depressing if you ask me as travel gives us experiences that one could never imagine unless you have done so. It energises us, we learn and just become slightly better for the experience.

It is just as shocking to know that 22% of us have never even been on an aeroplane – That’s over 1 in 5 people. Surely in today’s modern, vibrant UK, this should never be so low? Maybe I have missed the point here and many will not want to travel, but having travelled so much in this word myself I would love for fellow Brits to see what wonders await. It is truley inspriational.

Other Superpower countries fare worse

If you thought this was bad, bear a thought for Americans. Only 42% of Americans own a passport, up a whopping 15% from 2007 so they are on the increase. Looking at the other global superpower, China, it gets even worse. Only 8.7% of Chinese have passports, but this is in rapid growth.

In my humble opinion, besides family and friends, travel is the one of the biggest things we can experience to enrich and improve our time on this earth. We get one chance so to live a sheltered existence within a small bubble really seems a missed opportunity. Each to themselves I guess, but a shame none the less, we all deserve the very best from our precious existence.

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Dan is Managing Director for Inspire Kent and Choice Group Asia Media Group, which includes some of the biggest media for foreigners in Thailand.

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