These Are the Most Annoying Travel Habits of 2018

Aug 2, 2018

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A recent study published by Agoda revealed the most annoying travel habits, as reported by 10 different countries, spanning three different continents. Which habits did over 10,000 travelers find report as most annoying?

The worst offenders were noisy travelers (57%), then travelers glued to their phones (47%) and those insensitive to cultural nuances (46%) were the biggest pet peeves. Mass tour groups (36%) and selfie-takers (21%) were the other two major annoyances.

When considering the biggest irritants for travelers in the US, the results mirrored those seen around the world. Noisy travelers made the top of the list, with 53% claiming this to be a major annoyance. 48% were irritated by travelers glued to their devices and 41% considered insensitivity to cultural nuances a major grievances. When comparing men and women, American men were “more tolerant” of noisy travelers (60%) than women were (46%).

Americans also were the only participants among the 10 countries in the survey to report spending less time on their mobile devices when traveling solo (62 minutes) than when traveling with family (66 minutes) or friends (86 minutes).

Chinese travelers had the highest tolerance for selfie-takers, with only 12% listing this as a annoyance. On the other hand, Australians found the practice significantly more annoying, with 31% reporting this as an irritant.

68% of Chinese and Singaporean travelers alike reported that noisy travelers were a grave annoyance.

59% of Vietnamese travelers found those glued to their phones the most irritating travel habit, the highest among the countries considered in the study.

Brits were the least attached to their devices when traveling, with participants reportedly spending an average of 63 minutes a day dedicated to screen time. Thai travelers averaged just over double that, with 125 minutes on their phones when traveling with others.

For us, the takeaway from this study is easy: Be considerate of your fellow travelers, and of the cultural differences you encounter across the world.

Featured photo of passengers arriving at the international terminal of O’Hare International Airport on April 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, by Scott Olson/Getty Images

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