We’ve all been there; you’re about to leave the house ready to head off to the airport and rather than feeling excited and in holiday mode, chances are there is a sense of panic and stress around you as you triple check that you have your passport with you.
However, aside from passports and travel money, there is also now a new essential for those heading away and that is the smartphone. In fact, new research has shown that 69 per cent of Britons are unable to go on holiday without using their mobile, with other a third of those surveyed actually using theirs more when they travel than they do at home.
The Expedia and Egencia Mobile Index has found that among travellers, 89 per cent take their mobiles away with them, with 90 per cent saying that they feel having their devices with them on holiday actually enhances their travel experience. This is most likely down to the various apps that are on offer which can help you check in for your flight, see how the weather is and research things to do.
Of those surveyed, 26 per cent actually researched their holiday destinations using their smartphone, and funnily enough it seems that using your mobile has now become such an integrated part of the day that 42 per cent plan their holidays in bed and 12 per cent actually uses their bathroom as the place to do it.
Once the planning has been done and you are away on your holiday, your smartphone will continue to play an important part in what you do while abroad. In fact, 37 per cent found that using their smartphone while away was a great way to get tips on their chosen destination.
When managing an itinerary for your holiday, over 17 per cent use their smartphone apps to do so, with 21 per cent checking flight alerts and an increasing number booking their ground transportation and checking into hotel rooms using their smartphones. For those who have a bad sense of direction, it seems that just under half of those surveyed are turning to their phones to navigate their way around.