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Rise of the 'mega traveller'

On average, British travellers have visited seven foreign countries so far during their lifetime, a new study claims.

The website travelweekly.co.uk reports that a study by AXA Travel Insurance showed that one in ten British adults has never left the UK, but the volume of people visiting large numbers of other countries is growing steadily.

Now, 1.3 million people from the UK say that they have visited more than 20 countries around the world and 300,000 people class themselves as 'mega travellers' - people who has been to over 50 different countries.

According to the site, AXA's head of lifestyle protection, Nick Kidd, said: "Despite the rise of budget air travel a significant number of Britons have not travelled overseas on holiday.

"However, we are also witnessing the rise of a new breed of traveller, one that prefers to track down new destinations than return to old haunts."

Recently, Expedia reported that holidaymakers in the US were increasingly looking to get off the beaten track when travelling.

The company's Trendwatch Report found that 86 per cent of US travellers said they would like to visit a new and exciting destination on their next holiday.