While on holiday, they will be spared from the 10 irritating workplace habits. However, the annoyance will follow in the form of irritating travel habits.
According to a survey by Agoda's global ‘Annoying Travel Habits’ survey, the top three irritants staff will face while on vacation are noisy travellers (57%), those glued to their devices (47%), and tourists who are insensitive to cultural nuances (46%). Rounding up the top five annoying habits are mass tour groups and selfie-takers, cited by 36% and 21% respectively.
When it comes to being glued to their devices, perhaps unsurprisingly, solo travellers spend nearly two hours a day on their devices when on holiday (117 minutes) – 15% more time than when they are traveling with friends (100 minutes) and 26% more time than if they are with family (86 minutes).
Zooming in on Malaysian travellers, the most annoying habits cited were insensitivity to cultural nuances (60%), noisy travellers (56%) and being glued to devices (51%). By age, those 55 and older are the least tolerant of noisy travellers - 74% compared to survey average of 56%. The age group most guilty of being glued to their devices are the 18 to 24 year-olds, spending 243 minutes on their devices each day versus 218 minutes for all respondents.
In neighobouring Singapore, noisy travellers (68%), insensitivity to cultural nuances (63%) and mass tour groups (49%) are the most annoying for Singaporean travellers. Tolerance for mass tour groups increases in age for Singaporeans with those aged 18 to 24 the most annoyed (53%) and those aged 55 or older the least annoyed (36%). Singaporeans spend over an hour and a half (101 minutes) a day on their devices while traveling with family; and nearly two hours a day when traveling with friends (114 minutes) or traveling solo (110 minutes).
Over in China, noisy travellers (68%), device dependence (47%) and mass tour groups (33%) are the habits they found the most annoying. Similarly, 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.
In the Philippines, the most annoying habits were insensitivity to cultural nuances (61%), noisy travellers (59%) and peopled glued to their devices (52%). Like Malaysia, the older travellers are less tolerant of noisy companions (83% versus 59% survey average). When it comes to screen time on family trips, those aged 18 to 24 (23%) use their devices the most, admitting four hours or more a day of screen time. Older family members (55 and older) are least likely to be glued to their devices (3%).
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