What do you do with your smartphone while on vacation?
Smartphones! It’s a love – hate relationship for some when on vacation. Do you unplug or stay connected?
And the Smartphone survey says….
Forget the sunscreen, magazines and guide books, research released by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) revealed that of more than 10,000 travelers across 13 countries worldwide, the must-have item for a vacation is your smartphone.
Smartphones were revealed as one of the most important items for two in five travelers’ to pack in their suitcases.
Just how important are Smartphones you ask?
According to the research by IHG® Rewards Club, nearly 40% of travelers agree that their smartphone is the most important item to take on holiday – and 67% agree that they will use it every single day. As a result, 1 in 10 travelers clock an impressive average of 70 hours online while on holiday – almost 20% of the actual time spent on a two week holiday.
Smartphones answer questions about Sea Ranch Abalone Bay
We definitely believe you should have your Smartphone with when you arrive at Sea Ranch Abalone Bay. It will serve as your digital access point to our online Touchstay® Guidebook for Sea Ranch Abalone Bay.
It’s packed full of helpful tips and fun information from check-in time to the WiFi code, to how to use our appliances and other amenities.
Getting your Guidebook to Abalone Bay and Travel Tips for Sea Ranch
Whether staying with us or interested in learning more about The Sea Ranch, your smartphone is an important tool for you. As a member of our Inner Circle you are eligible for our overall guidebook for The Sea Ranch area shown here.
Upon inquiring about a vacation stay and booking you will receive a link to download our encyclopedic everything you ever thought you might need to know about our house and region. Digital welcome books allow us to answer your questions easily and in a way that works for you.
The best thing about our Welcome Guidebook is it works even when there is no internet reception! It’s called Progressive Web App technology, or PWA for short. It looks and functions like a native app, with offline access.
Keep us with you at all times (and share with your family)
Be sure to follow the prompt to download or add this guide to your homepage as a bookmark so you can access it at any time, anywhere. Trust us, this is the way to go! Think of it like having us “virtually” by your side, showing you:
- How to find us
- The WiFi code
- Check-in instructions
- Discovering wonderful local places
- Excellent restaurants
- How to find eternal happiness
Well, maybe not that last one, but hopefully you will leave us relaxed, contented, and rejuvenated!
Smartphones our digital postcards
The survey found that the smartphone is fast replacing the traditional postcard with 64% of respondents saying they use it to text friends and another 32% to Skype friends and family back home, while on holiday. However, recounting holiday experiences with friends and family still remains one of the most enjoyable ways of sharing a holiday, with one in ten travelers saying this is as enjoyable as the holiday itself.
Smartphones: Your research tool
Planning a holiday is, nearly, half the fun – (45%) of all travelers say it is the best part of a holiday and more than a third (37%) spend over a day researching a holiday.
Susanna Freer Epstein, Senior Vice President Customer Loyalty Marketing, IHG said:
“This research shows how mobile technology is revolutionizing the holiday experience – from enabling travelers to dream about and plan their holidays, to helping enjoy the trip itself and share their experiences with their friends and family.”
Keeping social and connected with your smartphone
The survey also uncovered that 42% of travelers check social media every day while on holiday, with 25% of them even saying they always check Facebook before going to sleep. Taking selfies is also increasingly becoming one of the most popular ways to share holiday experiences, with 25% of travelers surveyed saying they use their smartphones for holiday selfies.
The top ten uses of smartphones by vacation makers are:
- Checking work emails – 68%
- Navigation / Maps – 67%
- Texting – 64%
- Taking vacation photos – 51%
- Making calls – 42%
- Snapping pictures of meals – 35%
- Updating Facebook / Twitter – 32%
- Skype-ing friends/family – 32%
- Playing games – 27%
- Taking selfies – 25%
No worries about bringing your smartphone, iPad, computer or other tech device to Abalone Bay. We have free WiFi for your use.
What do you do on your smartphone while on vacation? Could you bare to leave it behind?