Noisy travellers a real pain

SINGAPORE, 1 August 201: The latest Agoda survey lifts the lid off what are the most annoying travel habits you are most likely to encounter and noisy travellers are top.

The prominent online travel agency headquartered in Singapore made the observations in its annual annoying travel habits survey, released Tuesday.

The top five irritants were noisy travellers (57%), travellers glued to their devices (47%), and those insensitive to cultural nuances (46%) mass tour groups (36%) and selfie-takers (21%).

Ironically, Chinese travellers had a higher than average intolerance for noisy travellers (68%) and we all thought they enjoyed high decibel exchange.

They were up there with other nationalities showing an aversion for device dependence (47%), but were slightly more tolerant of mass tour groups (33%).

Chinese travellers are more mindful of their device use. While on family trips, only 10% admitted to spending four, or more hours, on their devices when traveling with family, versus 30% when going solo

Chinese travellers seemingly have the highest tolerance for selfie-takers, with only 12% of Chinese respondents saying they were irritated 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.

Mobile device addiction

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 (31%) towards 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 traveling 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 traveling solo (62 minutes) than when they are with family (66 minutes) or friends (86 minutes).

UK citizens are the most engaged travellers when traveling 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.

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