By Terry Trucco
Passport, smartphone and sunscreen are the top three items in order of importance Americans say they pack when they go on vacation. (Travel insurance comes in at the bottom of the list.)
But given a choice, a majority of Americans say their preference is to holiday without a mobile device, according to Hotels.com’s Global Disconnect Survey of 2,495 respondents from 28 countries. Indeed, just 35 percent of Americans said they were unwilling to ditch their electronic devices on a vacation.
At the opposite end of the smartphone spectrum are travelers from Thailand, where 85 percent of respondents said they were not prepared to vacation without a mobile device. Clutching smartphones and laptops right behind them were travelers from Korea (78 percent), Japan (69 percent) and China (67 percent). In contrast, just 20 percent of respondents from India said they were hesitant to vacation without plugging in. (more…)