What is the most annoying thing that has ever happened to you when travelling? Getting lost and not being able to find your destination? Well, you’re not alone.
According to online accommodation booking site Hotels.com’s recent Mobile Travel Tracker survey, 77% of Malaysians dislike getting lost and they depend on map apps heavily to find the best routes to avoid traffic congestion and look for new destinations. This is the highest percentage globally. In fact, map apps make up 3.2 hours of the time Malaysians spend daily on their mobile phones during their vacations.
The tracker also revealed that Malaysian travellers are not shy about showing off their latest adventures on social media. Ninety-five percent of them update their Facebook statuses, snap selfies and post travel photos when on vacation.
Forty percent of Malaysian travellers have uploaded travel photos on social media, 27% admitted checking into places, and 33% took photos of their hotel rooms, just to show off and make their friends jealous. The advantage of doing this though, is that a traveller’s Facebook timeline can be turned into a memorable travelogue.
It is well-known that Malaysian love their food, so it’s not surprising that 76% Malaysians’ most popular searches are for restaurants, while globally, the figure was 47%. In fact, twice as many people looked for the best restaurants as opposed to the best beach, another indication that Malaysians like to stay out of the sun.
Hotels.com Mobile brand senior director Dan Craig said: “For travellers, the mobile effect begins with booking, as 42% of people in our study have booked a hotel on mobile.” ”
The global study was conducted on 9,200 travellers across 31 countries.