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BizReport : Mobile Marketing : January 15, 2016

Travel: 60% unwilling to go on vacation without a mobile device

A study for Expedia and its business arm Egencia, conducted by Northstar, reveals just how reliant travelers are on their mobile device while on vacation.

by Helen Leggatt

Analysis of data gathered from nearly 10,000 travelers from 19 countries reveals that a mobile device is now considered the 'single most indispensable' item to take when traveling. In fact, a mobile device was rated higher than items such as a toothbrush, deodorant and even a driver's license.

Nearly all (94%) of travelers from China and Taiwan said their mobile device was 'an important travel companion' as did 91% from Thailand. Across all respondents, a whopping 60% said they would be unwilling to go on vacation without their mobile companion!

"We have found that travelers are using mobile devices at every stage of the travel process, from researching and booking trips to capturing and sharing the travel experience," said Aman Bhutani, president of Brand Expedia Group. "And just because a traveler can use their device to read work email and stay connected to the office, they also believe it improves the quality of their vacations."

Additional findings from the research include:

- 35% say they use their mobile device more on vacation than they do at home;

- 23% purchased in-flight Wi-Fi to connect to work;

- More than half of employed mobile owners use their device to check work emails whie on vacation;

- 28% carry a spare battery or rechargeable battery pack to avoid dead devices;

- 58% think 'playing music, games or video without headphones' is the most offensive mobile behavior, followed by 'making or taking calls on speakerphone' (57%), 'taking photos or videos of strangers' (48%).

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Tags: mobile, travel, trends, vacation

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