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Expatriate Insurance News: Local knowledge 'key to good trip'

Expatriates and holidaymakers can always benefit from consulting and engaging with locals, according to a travel expert.

Simon Calder, travel editor of The Independent, said: "The first rule of any traveller is to ask, and if you do that people are generally very happy to help you."

Rather than relying on the internet, Mr Calder urged would-be expatriates to research their chosen overseas location by asking questions of the local people.

"I would always urge people to get out and about and explore as much as they can of the destination," he advised.

His comments come after a survey by Orlando Tourism, which suggested just one in five (21 per cent) British travellers would talk with locals on their trips abroad to discover local knowledge, with the vast majority doing all of their research online.

Most travellers admitted they only ever see around 42 per cent of the local attractions and sites every time they go abroad, leading to 65 per cent of respondents regretting their missing out on interesting bits of the trip.

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