Don’t be surprised if someone you know is booking their holiday while doing the number two in the toilet. A new global survey has revealed that some Malaysians actually make vacation plans while sitting on the throne.
According to the Hotels.com Mobile Travel Tracker, over 6% Malaysian respondents confirmed travel plans at the loo.
That’s not all, Malaysians are also an “industrious” lot. Forty-six percent of the respondents admitted to making getaway bookings at their desk – in the office.
The global study – which polled 9,200 travellers across 31 countries – uncovers the impact that the mobile phone is having on our booking and travel behaviours.
It reveals that Malaysians travel for both business and leisure purposes, with 65% making hotel bookings via mobile phones. Some respondents (9%) also admitted to having used dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr while travelling.
More than 66% of Malaysians say their smartphone makes them more spontaneous when travelling. Travel booking behaviour is also becoming more last minute. Of those surveyed, 65% of people have made a same day hotel booking and a third of holidaymakers book less than a week before travelling.
Fluctuations in the exchange rate and also cost considerations remain a big “influencer” as Malaysians cut short their holidays, with the majority 40% of respondents booking up to five nights of hotel room per year, followed by 11-15 nights (21%) and six-10 nights (20%).
The study noted that the mobile device has become an essential part of travelling, enabling travellers to perform various convenient transactions such as storing e-tickets, passes, hotel confirmations and more.
Additionally, many have thrown away guidebooks in favour of their devices with 66% of respondents stating that they use their mobile as a source of information, especially when seeking nearby attractions, restaurants and other entertainment while travelling.