From hordes of selfie-stick carrying travellers blocking the sights to noisy, boisterous groups of travellers inconsiderate of locals - there are plenty of habits and behaviours that are pretty annoying. But what exactly do travellers of various nationalities think are the most annoying travel habits?
Online travel agency, Agoda, has recently released the findings of their global ‘Annoying Travel Habits’ survey in an attempt to answer precisely that question.
Conducted by YouGov, an independent market research firm, 10,384 respondents to the survey were interviewed online.
At the top of the list of annoying travel habits are ‘noisy travellers’ with 57% of the surveyed participants indicating an irritation with loud, raucous travellers. Another way to put this is that 57% of the respondents find American travellers annoying.
Coming in second on the list of annoying travel habits is ‘travellers glued to their devices’ with 47%. This is completely understandable - it can be frustrating when travellers miss the experience of being present and mindful of their surroundings and choose to instead enjoy their travel experience vicariously through their own devices and social media. Also, people who are glued to their devices do a lot of pretty dumb stuff like destroy expensive artworks, get bitten by crocodiles and more.
People who are insensitive to cultural nuances came in third on the list of top annoying travel habits. Mass tour groups and people who take selfies came in 4th and 5th on the list respectively with 36% and 21% of respondents considering these to be some of the most annoying things people do when travelling.
Speaking of mass groups and people taking selfies, according to the survey, Chinese travellers have the greatest tolerance for people taking selfies compared with the irritated Australians who find the activity to be very annoying. Only 12% of Chinese respondents found selfie-taking travellers to be annoying as opposed to the 31% of Australians.
When it comes to being annoyed by travellers and their cultural faux pas and insensitivity, the Chinese (21%) and Thai (27%) are less than half as likely to be annoyed than Filipinos (61%), Malaysians (60%) and Singaporeans (63%). American and British travellers, like the Singaporeans, find this particular habit to be particularly annoying with 41 and 54% of respondents indicating as much.
There is a near consensus among the totality of the global respondents in the survey that spending too much time on mobile device is one of the greatest annoying travel habits people have contemporarily, claiming 47% of the vote.