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Wednesday 1 August 2018

Shut up, get off your phone and pay attention

With the European summer holiday season in full swing, online travel agent Agoda has been asking travellers what they think are the most annoying travel habits.

Noisy travellers (57%), travellers glued to their devices (47%), and those insensitive to cultural nuances (46%) topped the most annoying habits of fellow travellers according to Agoda's global Annoying Travel Habits survey. 

Mass tour groups and selfie-takers, cited by 36% and 21% respectively, completed the top five irritants. 

Chinese travellers seemingly have the highest tolerance for selfie-takers, with only 12% of Chinese respondents irritated by selfie-takers compared to Australians who are on the other end of the tolerance spectrum with nearly a third (31%) citing holiday selfie-takers as annoying. 

Insensitivity to local culture nuances is more than twice as irritating for Singaporeans, (63%) Filipinos (61%) and Malaysians (60%) as it is for Chinese (21%) and Thai (27%) travellers. 

About half of British (54%) and two-fifths of American travellers (41%) are intolerant of this habit.    

Almost half (47%) of the global respondents cited travellers spending too much time on their mobile devices as a grievance. Compared to travellers from other countries, the Vietnamese find those glued to their devices the most annoying (59%). Thai travellers, on the other hand, have the most relaxed attitude with only 31% against constant device usage on holiday.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, solo travellers spend nearly two hours a day on their devices when on holiday (117 minutes) - which is 15% more time than when they are travelling with friends (100 minutes) and 26% more time than if they are with family (86 minutes). 

Americans are the only exception to this trend and on average spend less time on their devices when travelling solo (62 minutes) than when they are with family (66 minutes) or friends (86 minutes). 

Brits are the most engaged travellers when travelling together, limiting their screen time to just over an hour (63 minutes) a day; comparatively Thai travellers spend more than two hours a day (125 minutes) on the phone when they travel with friends or family. 

The survey was conducted by independent market research firm  YouGov between June 19-25 and over 10,000 travellers were interviewed.

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