Aussies Reveal Most Annoying Travel Habits

The verdict is in. These are the most annoying travel habits according to a new survey of 10,000 globe trotters.

What you need to know
  • 56 per cent of Aussies found noisy travellers to be the most annoying habit
  • While 54 per cent of Aussies found insensitivity to cultural nuances to annoy them
  • Overuse of devices came in third, buzzing off 52 per cent of Aussie travellers

If you’ve ever been buzzed off by noisy travellers, travellers glued to their devices or those insensitive to cultural nuances you’re not alone, according to a new survey which has revealed the most annoying habits of fellow travellers according to Australians.

The research, which surveyed more than 10,000 travellers worldwide, 837 of who were Australian, found noisy travellers to be the most annoying habit for Aussie travellers with 56 per cent of respondents saying it annoyed them, followed closely by insensitivity to cultural nuances at 54 per cent and overuse of devices at 52 per cent.

Noisy travellers came in second as the most annoying habit of fellow travellers.

Aussie travellers came in with a similar tolerance level to globe trotters from other nations, such as the UK, Singapore and Malaysia, with noisy travellers also topping the list of most annoying habits for all 10,000 travellers surveyed at 57 per cent.

This was followed closely by travellers glued to their devices at 47 per cent and those insensitive to cultural nuances at 46 per cent. Mass tour groups and selfie-takers came in fourth as the most annoying traveller habits at 36 per cent an 21 per cent respectively, according to Agoda's global 'Annoying Travel Habits' survey.

Mass tourists buzzed off a number of respondents.

Chinese travellers boasted the highest tolerance for selfie-takers, with only 12 per cent of Chinese respondents irritated by selfie-takers compared to Australians who are on the other end of the tolerance spectrum with nearly a third citing holiday selfie-takers as annoying.

The research also found insensitivity to local culture nuances is more than twice as irritating for Singaporeans, Filipinos and Malaysians at 63 per cent, 61 per cent and 60 per cent consecutively, as it is for Chinese and Thai travellers at 21 and 27 per cent consecutively.  

Meanwhile, around half of British and two-fifths of American travellers are intolerant of this habit.

Square eyes: Mobile addiction

47 per cent of the global respondents cited travellers spending too much time on their mobile devices as an annoying habit.

The Vietnamese find those glued to their devices to be the most annoying habit at 59 per cent, while Thai travellers are less fussed by mobile usage at 31 per cent.

Almost half of respondents were annoyed by phone overuse.

Solo travellers were also found to spend  nearly two hours a day on their devices when on holiday, 15 per cent more time than when they are travelling with friends and 26 per cent more time than if they are with family.

Aussies were found to spend over an hour a day on their devices while travelling with family and friends and over an hour and a half a day when travelling solo.

Meanwhile, Brits spend the least time on their screens, with screen time at just over an hour a day compared to Thai travellers who spend more than two hours a day on the phone when they travel with friends or family.

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