Fifth of over-30s have never swum in the sea while 13% have never travelled by plane
02:06 GMT, 13 December 2012
They are among the best experiences in the world but it turns out thousands of stay-at-home Brits have never enjoyed them.
A fifth of over-30s have never swum in the sea, a tenth have never strolled along a Mediterranean beach and 13 per cent have never been abroad at all.
Research by online travel agency sunshine.co.uk reveals many UK adults have missed out on the joys of foreign holidays.
Never been: A fifth of over-30s have never swum in the sea, a tenth have never strolled along a Mediterranean beach and 13 per cent have never been abroad at all
More than 2200 people took part in the poll to find out how well travelled we are as a nation.
The answer was not very – with the number of countries visited averaging just two.
A hefty 19 per cent admitted they had never swum or even paddled in the sea – either in Britain or abroad – and while 21 per cent of those just didn't like the idea, three quarters (76 per cent) said the opportunity had never presented itself.
Most people who have left UK shores have only been to two countries – usually Spain and France – although most had eight on their 'to visit' list.
Furthermore, 9 per cent of those taking part had never walked on a beach overseas and 14 per cent had never travelled by plane before.
Never left: Fourteen per cent of people have never been on a plane and nine per cent had never walked on a beach overseas
Sunshine's co-founder Chris Clarkson, said: 'I was totally surprised to see that the average person over the age of 30 in the UK has only visited two countries abroad and that those countries were as close as you can get – Spain and France.
'There's a whole world out there to see, with different cultures to experience and sights that you couldn't even imagine, so it's really sad to think so many have missed out.
'It's never too late to get your exploring shoes on; you don't even need a big budget or a lot of time of work.
'I'd suggest planning your holidays in a way that you don't visit the same resort year after year; you go to a different part of the world each time.
'As long as you plan properly, going abroad doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg and, more often than not, it's even cheaper that a UK break!'