The Average British Tourist Takes Five Gadgets on Holiday

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

New research shows that the average British holidaymaker has five different gadgets with them when they go on their travels.

mobile phoneAccording to a recent report, 65% of travellers use smartphones, laptops or tablets to keep in touch with friends and family back home and almost a quarter of all holidaymakers surveyed used a device to keep up with the goings-on with regards to their Facebook profiles and Twitter accounts.

Far from being a break from the pressures of work, over half of those questioned said that they find it hard to leave work at home and some even take their dedicated work smartphone with them.

Some experts have expressed concern that people aren’t taking advantage of their holiday downtime to unwind and come back to the UK refreshed and revitalized.

Dr Gill Jenkins, a General Practitioner, commented: “When you’re on holiday try to enjoy the break from your routine as it does you good to switch off completely now and then to de-stress and recharge your batteries.

“Having your phone with you and being able to get in touch with home if you need to can put your mind at rest during your break, but make sure you’re not checking Facebook, Twitter and work emails constantly.”

Another way to put your mind at ease when on holiday is to take a prepaid cardwith you. Since this is loaded with currency before you jet off, these can help you stay on top of your budget whilst overseas, minimising the risk of a calamitous impact on your finances.

Of course, you can use various gadgets to help you make the most of your holiday. Being able to check out local attractions online or to access transport timetables can be extremely useful. Some smartphones even have apps that can translate menu and signs into your own language.

If you do take your smartphone abroad, remember to turn off data roaming so that you don’t incur extra charges!


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