Holidaymakers spend 50% more time on their smartphone than they do sunbathing, according a global study by Hotels.com.
The Mobile Travel Tracker – a study of 9,200 travellers across 31 countries – shows that holidaymakers spend on average two hours a day topping up their tan, compared to three hours a day on their mobile devices.
Almost 10% of travellers will spend more than seven hours a day with their smartphone in their hand.
Globally, 40% of travellers are using social media to post on social media about their holidays, but only 22.33% of Britons.
While 27% of global respondents admitted to ‘checking-in’ to show off their holiday, only 13% of Brits admitted to doing this.
While 75% of Brits list Wi-Fi access in hotels as being an important deciding factor when booking hotels, 20% claim their mobile devices are their most valuable source of information while away.
Mobile devices are most often used for:
• Restaurants and food markets (40.33%)
• Sights / tourist attractions to go and see (37.67%)
• Local public transport information (19.67%)
• Maps and directions (38.67%)
Although social media access plays a huge part in Britons’ use of the smartphone, messaging and music also play a huge role.
Top five mobile uses for Brits abroad (when given access to Wi-Fi):
• Social Media (42%)
• Messaging (31%)
• Mapping (23%)
•News Service (22%)
The research also shows that 46% of people globally use their smartphone to get around thanks to map apps, and a further 20% use them to translate local words or phrases.
Around the world, 14% of travellers have used their mobile device to check into their hotel and another 5% have used their device as a room key.
Checking the weather forecast in their destination also seems to be very popular for Brits abroad with almost 32% checking this.
Dan Craig, senior director of mobile at Hotels.com, said: “For travellers the mobile effect begins with booking, as 42% of people in our study have booked a hotel on mobile.
“It’s therefore no surprise that today’s modern tourist is so reliant on their smartphone, and as technology is advancing it’s becoming a more indispensable travel companion.”