More Vacationers Will Pack Laptops Alongside Their Swimsuits This Summer; Travelocity Survey Reveals More Than 88 Percent of Travelers Won’t Be Able to Let Go of Their Personal Technology While on Vacation

SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 23, 2005–While it may not be a complete surprise that consumers are becoming increasingly dependent on their personal technology, Travelocity’s latest survey of leisure travelers showed that even while “getting away”, many vacationers remain tied to technology and can be “plugged-in” to the world from even the most remote places. According to this recent Travelocity(R) study conducted in partnership with nationally-syndicated family travel columnist Eileen Ogintz, one in three people actually find it MORE stressful to NOT be plugged-in, whether via cell phone, laptop, or PDA.

More than half of travelers between the ages of 22 to 45 admit to sneaking away from family and friends to check and respond to e-mail, voicemail, or instant messages. Also, most travelers in this age group impose no limits whatsoever on how frequently they “plug in” while vacationing. So, why do vacationers need to remain continuously connected even when they are supposed to be away?

“Technology has become such an integral part of travelers’ lives that many of us find it impossible to completely unplug,” said Amy Ziff, Travelocity’s editor-at-large. “This is an astonishing trend that demonstrates a change in how we vacation. It’s interesting to consider just how much rest and relaxation vacationers are really getting while away.”

The joint poll conducted from April 21 – 26, 2005 consisted of responses from 834 Travelocity members. The poll was conducted to obtain information about travelers’ use of electronic devices, such as laptops and mobile phones while on vacation, and their impact on vacation planning and activities. Complete survey details can be found at and additional findings include:

    Behavioral Statistics

    --  While hotels, airlines, and airports are aggressively moving
        towards providing easy, affordable high-speed Internet access,
        most travelers (84 percent) say they do not select their
        vacation destinations based on the type of access they have to

    --  Forty percent of travelers are checking their work email while
        on vacation

    --  Thirty Three percent of travelers have mobile phones handy to
        stay in contact with work even when it's not related to a work

    --  One in every four respondents will bring laptops on their

    --  Most travelers report that they will go several days without
        checking e-mail or voicemail, 13 percent report that they
        never check their messages at all, and 6 percent indicate that
        for them it's only a matter of hours between checking in

“Clearly, it’s harder and harder for everyone to totally unplug on vacation, especially when the travel industry makes it so easy to stay connected wherever you are,” said Eileen Ogintz, author of the nationally syndicated family travel column ‘Taking the Kids’. “But there’s nothing wrong with setting some limits, whether for the kids to text message friends at home or for mom and dad to catch up on work e-mail and phone messages. The point of vacation, after all, is to reconnect with one another.”

    Age Demographics:

    --  Travelers who are most likely to be plugged-in while on
        vacation are among the younger demographic (primarily between
        the ages of 22 and 45)

    --  The most plugged in travelers are those who are from 22 - 34
        years old (81 percent), and they use their electronic devices
        most commonly for non-work related activities, such as
        checking personal e-mail, keeping up with current events, or
        keeping tabs on weather

    --  Most travelers check their personal e-mail at least once while
        on vacation with up to half checking work-related e-mail as

        --  Sixty percent to 77 percent of respondents check their
            personal e-mail while away on vacation (60 percent of
            those aged 60-77, 77 percent of those aged 22-34)

        --  Nearly 30 percent of respondents ages 60 - 70 check work
            e-mail whereas about 50 percent of respondents ages 35 -
            45 reportedly check work e-mail.

    --  Thirty six percent of children are plugged in while on
        vacation, whether using their music players, handheld games or
        mobile phones

    --  On average, travelers take between one and two electronic
        devices with them, while the 35 - 45 year age group is likely
        to pack the most on average

    --  The 35-45 year olds also are the most likely (29 percent) to
        bring along handheld or computer games

“It’s interesting to see the evolution of younger age groups who incorporate technology more and more into their everyday lives, for entertainment, relaxation, and just to stay in touch,” said Ziff. “As the tech savvy grow up, electronic devices seem to grow with them every step of the way.”

About the Travelocity Plugged-In Poll

The Travelocity study was fielded from April 21 – 26, 2005 via a survey of Travelocity members who have traveled in the previous 12 months. Results were accumulated from more than 900 responses received. Leading travel Web site Travelocity developed the survey in conjunction with family travel columnist Eileen Ogintz, author of the nationally syndicated ‘Taking the Kids’ column, distributed by Tribune Media Services. For complete details on the study, visit

About Eileen Ogintz

Eileen Ogintz’s latest books include Globe Pequot for kids: The Kid’s Guide: Cruising Alaska and The Kid’s Guide: New York City. They are available at bookstores and online at E-mail Eileen travel questions at

About Travelocity

Travelocity’s industry-leading technology and straight-talking, honest information help travelers take more rewarding and affordable trips. With millions of registered users and booking $4.9 billion of travel in 2004, Travelocity(R) negotiates thousands of low-priced deals with the world’s most reputable travel providers – top airlines, hotels, car rental companies, cruise lines, and other destination attractions and services. Additionally, Travelocity offers deeply-discounted rates for weekend getaways and dynamic packages through its Last Minute Deals and TotalTrip(SM) shopping engines, and provides customer service support over the phone 24 hours a day. Based in Southlake, Texas, Travelocity also operates Travelocity Business(SM) for corporate customers, powers international travel Web sites in eight languages, and has been recognized for its consumer advocacy and global leadership in online travel. More information about Travelocity is available at Travelocity is owned by Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE:TSG), a world leader in travel commerce. More information about Sabre Holdings is available at

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SOURCE: Travelocity