Fact: Smartphones make holidays better

2014-08-21 12:00
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Cape Town - So we’re constantly being told to switch off and unplug. And at the best of times this is much needed advice. But have you considered what a holiday without your most valued possession would actually be like?

There is no denying that awful feeling when your phone dies and you need to make a necessary call – or perhaps you’re heading to a particular destination and suddenly you cannot access your trusty map application.

A recent survey has proven what we have all secretly known – mobile phones are not as bad as we make them out to be. Everything in moderation, including moderation as the saying goes. 

Turns out, the must-have item when on holiday is your smartphone according to an InterContinental Hotels Group survey of more than 10 000 travellers across 13 countries worldwide.

It shows nearly 40% of travellers agree that their smartphone is the most important item to take on holiday, while a further 67% agree they’ll use it every single day.

The details of the smart phone holiday revolution:

- The smartphone is fast replacing the traditional postcard with 64% of respondents saying they use it to text friends. Although it is nice to send a throwback every now and again, we cannot deny the immediacy of WhatsApp or FB Messenger.

- It is the preferred way to stay connected to friends and family back home as 32% use it to Skype. Nothing beats seeing and hearing your loved ones when you are away for an extended period and even the pooch or kitty can get in on the action. 

- Sharing the holiday is as enjoyable as the holiday itself since 42% of travellers check social media every day while on holiday. Here we'd caution a bit of restraint. Add a few pics, click a few likes but don't forget you have a new destination to explore and nothing allows you to do than being sociable with the locals - in real life!

- Pics are also seen as the most popular ways to share holiday experiences, with 25% of travellers taking holiday selfies. Yes! to the selfie, thumbs up for taking as many pics as you possibly can since it will be the thing that reminds you of the holiday when your tan or henna tattoo have all but faded.

The top five uses of smart phones by holidaymakers are:

Checking work emails – 68%

Navigation / Maps – 67%

Texting – 64%

Taking holiday photos – 51%

Making calls – 42%

Have any of your own holiday tips to share? What is your most valued holiday item - tell us in the comment section below or email us at info@traveller24.co.za

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