Welcome!

News Feed Item

Majority of Americans Say They Would Vacation Without Staying Connected

Hotels.com Disconnect to Reconnect survey reveals Asian countries are most attached to mobile devices while traveling

DALLAS, Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new global survey from Hotels.com® found that only 35 percent of American travelers are unwilling to ditch their devices while on vacation. Travelers from Thailand were found to be the least prepared to give up their mobile technology, with a staggering 85 percent of Thai travelers saying they'd be unwilling to do so.

A new global survey from Hotels.com(R) found that only 35 percent of American travelers are unwilling to ditch their devices while on vacation.

The Disconnect to Reconnect survey examined digital vacationing habits across 28 countries worldwide, identifying the countries that find it most difficult to achieve work-life balance and switch off when on vacation. Asian countries led the way in terms of countries most attached to their devices, with Korea taking second place (78 percent), followed by Japan (69 percent), China (67 percent) and Singapore (60 percent).

"Going away on vacation should be a time to unwind, whether you're lying on a beach in Cancun or snowboarding down a mountain in Vail," says Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert at Hotels.com. "While smartphones are useful for checking the weather or viewing maps, travelers would benefit from switching off their e-mails to disconnect and restore a little more of the all-important work-life balance."

On the other end of the spectrum is India with a mere 20 percent of participants saying they would be unable to abandon their mobile devices or laptops, followed by Argentina at 22 percent. Elsewhere in North America, only 27 percent of Canadians and 28 percent of Mexican travelers said they'd be unwilling to do so.

When it comes to American travel habits, two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) say they spend at least some time using social media while on vacation, with 28 percent saying they spend an hour or more each day. A majority of Americans also admit to spending some time checking or responding to work email while on vacation (56 percent), but most say they spend less than an hour a day (36 percent), while 44 percent say they spend no time at all. Overall, most U.S. travelers (72 percent) return home with no regrets about spending time on their mobile devices.

Countries least willing to ditch their devices while on vacation

Rank

Country

% Votes

Rank

Country

% Votes

1

Thailand

85%

=15

Germany

36%

2

Korea

78%

=15

UK

36%

3

Japan

69%

17

U.S.

35%

4

China

67%

18

Colombia

33%

5

Singapore

60%

19

New Zealand

30%

=6

Taiwan

53%

=20

Denmark

29%

=6

Norway

53%

=20

Australia

29%

8

Brazil

52%

=20

Netherlands

29%

9

Ireland

51%

23

Mexico

28%

10

Finland

50%

24

Canada

27%

11

Hong Kong

46%

=25

Sweden

23%

=12

France

40%

=25

Spain

23%

=12

Russia

40%

27

Argentina

22%

14

Italy

39%

28

India

20%

 

The Hotels.com study also revealed the top 10 most important travel items for Americans. Smartphones were the most important travel item after passports, while travel insurance was the least important of all.

Top ten most important travel items for Americans:

Rank

Travel Item

1

Passport

2

Smartphone

3

Sunscreen

4

Swimwear

5

Sunglasses

6

Deodorant

7

Razor

8

Travel guide

9

Gym kit

10

Travel insurance

When it comes to bragging rights and which countries are most likely to exaggerate their vacation experiences, China comes in on top with 67 percent of respondents likely to lie to friends and family when returning home. Germany is close behind in second place with 64 percent, and Korea is third place with just under half (48 percent) admitting they would embellish a travel story to impress others. Travelers from the U.S. are less likely to exaggerate their experiences (24 percent).

Countries most likely to exaggerate their vacation experience

Rank

Country

% Votes

Rank

Country

% Votes

1

China

67%

=15

Finland

29%

2

Germany

64%

=15

Colombia

29%

3

Korea

48%

17

Norway

28%

4

Spain

47%

18

France

25%

5

Thailand

46%

=19

U.S.

24%

6

Taiwan

44%

=19

Italy

24%

7

India

40%

=21

New Zealand

20%

8

Russia

37%

=21

Canada

20%

=9

Netherlands

36%

=23

Australia

19%

=9

Japan

36%

=23

Denmark

19%

11

Singapore

35%

25

Sweden

14%

12

Ireland

34%

26

Argentina

12%

13

UK

31%

27

Hong Kong

9%

14

Brazil

30%

28

Mexico

8%

 

If you're not on vacation, use your device to share your travel technology habits with Hotels.com on Twitter at @hotelsdotcom using #mytraveltech.

About Hotels.com (http://www.hotels.com)

Hotels.com, LP. is a leading online accommodation booking website with more than 325,000 properties around the world, ranging from international chains and all-inclusive resorts to local favorites and bed & breakfasts, together with all the information needed to book the perfect stay. Special apps for mobile phones and tablets can also be downloaded enabling customers to book on the go with access to 20,000 last minute deals.

© 2014 Hotels.com, LP. Hotels.com, The Obvious Choice and the Hotels.com logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Hotels.com, LP in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. CST # 2083949-50

Press contacts:




Pat Burek

Taylor L. Cole, APR

Finn Partners for Hotels.com

Hotels.com North America

Phone: (212) 715-1542

Phone: (469) 335-8442

Email: [email protected] 

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @FinnPartners

Twitter: @TravelwithTLC

 

Hotels.com.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140812/135472

Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140226/DA72521LOGO-b

SOURCE Hotels.com

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
"I think DevOps is now a rambunctious teenager – it’s starting to get a mind of its own, wanting to get its own things but it still needs some adult supervision," explained Thomas Hooker, VP of marketing at CollabNet, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Your homes and cars can be automated and self-serviced. Why can't your storage? From simply asking questions to analyze and troubleshoot your infrastructure, to provisioning storage with snapshots, recovery and replication, your wildest sci-fi dream has come true. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, provided a ChatOps demo where you can talk to your storage and manage it from anywhere, through Slack and similar services with...
"We want to show that our solution is far less expensive with a much better total cost of ownership so we announced several key features. One is called geo-distributed erasure coding, another is support for KVM and we introduced a new capability called Multi-Part," explained Tim Desai, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Hitachi Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"I'm here to leverage my secret sauce, which is using outsourced development and the company that I utilize is delaPlex Software and they've basically allowed me to win Fortune 500 companies," noted Justin Witz, CTO of FRA and PlanTools, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We provide IoT solutions. We provide the most compatible solutions for many applications. Our solutions are industry agnostic and also protocol agnostic," explained Richard Han, Head of Sales and Marketing and Engineering at Systena America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"As we've gone out into the public cloud we've seen that over time we may have lost a few things - we've lost control, we've given up cost to a certain extent, and then security, flexibility," explained Steve Conner, VP of Sales at Cloudistics,in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We are an IT services solution provider and we sell software to support those solutions. Our focus and key areas are around security, enterprise monitoring, and continuous delivery optimization," noted John Balsavage, President of A&I Solutions, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
There is a huge demand for responsive, real-time mobile and web experiences, but current architectural patterns do not easily accommodate applications that respond to events in real time. Common solutions using message queues or HTTP long-polling quickly lead to resiliency, scalability and development velocity challenges. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ryland Degnan, a Senior Software Engineer on the Netflix Edge Platform team, will discuss how by leveraging a reactive stream-based protocol,...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Calligo, an innovative cloud service provider offering mid-sized companies the highest levels of data privacy and security, has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo ®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Calligo offers unparalleled application performance guarantees, commercial flexibility and a personalised support service from its globally located cloud plat...
As enterprise cloud becomes the norm, businesses and government programs must address compounded regulatory compliance related to data privacy and information protection. The most recent, Controlled Unclassified Information and the EU’s GDPR have board level implications and companies still struggle with demonstrating due diligence. Developers and DevOps leaders, as part of the pre-planning process and the associated supply chain, could benefit from updating their code libraries and design by in...
"Peak 10 is a hybrid infrastructure provider across the nation. We are in the thick of things when it comes to hybrid IT," explained Michael Fuhrman, Chief Technology Officer at Peak 10, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
"We were founded in 2003 and the way we were founded was about good backup and good disaster recovery for our clients, and for the last 20 years we've been pretty consistent with that," noted Marc Malafronte, Territory Manager at StorageCraft, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to w...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.