Today's travelers are hungry and connected, says survey
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Eating out is by far the most popular leisure activity for today's travelers, according to a new poll.
When we're on the road, we're far more likely to head to a restaurant than to unwind by taking exercise, getting outdoors or reading or watching TV, trip planning service TripIt said July 26.
The company, which questioned over 3,000 users on their travel habits in April/May this year, found that 82 percent of respondents dined out at least four times a month, and half of those dined out eight times or more every month.
The number of travelers getting some exercise, however, was 34 percent, slightly above the 30 percent who said they would read or watch TV.
Interestingly, travelers appear far more likely to dine out for pleasure than business despite the prospect of a free meal, with only 51 percent saying they would hit a restaurant on a business trip.
The survey, which aimed to get a better understanding of the modern traveler, also picked up some interesting points on travel technology.
Apple was by far the most popular smartphone for today's road warriors, with 66 percent of users, while only a quarter used Android and 17 percent used a BlackBerry.
A total of 96 percent of users owned some sort of smartphone, TripIt found, with the company's Gregg Brockway claiming "travellers are quick to adopt technology that makes their life on the road easier."
When it came to travel-friendly tablets the race was closer, with 51 percent preferring the iPad and 40 percent opting for Amazon's Kindle e-reader.
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