22 Jun Working while on holiday
In a failed attempt to fully escape from the office, one in three adults have admitted to working while on holiday.
An AA Travel Insurance survey of over 5,700 people indicates how difficult it has become to switch off from the daily grind, with 20% of participants confessing to working while on holiday. An additional 13% go one step further saying they make and take work calls despite being on vacation.
The AA research reveals that women appear to be better at disconnecting from their work life than men, with 74% saying they check emails and respond to calls, compared with 85% of men.
The survey also suggests that almost 9 in 10 of us will use a smartphone while on holidays this year. The desire to stay connected with family and friend’s means 82% of holidaymakers will send texts throughout their holidays.
Wanting to photographically capture fleeting moments also appears to be a top priority as 7 in 10 say they will snap pictures while on holidays.
As well as keeping in touch with family and friends while abroad, almost half of travellers say they’ll check in with their circles using instant messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber.
A further 47% of globetrotters will use a map to ensure they don’t get lost, while over 4 in 10 will check in with news and sport at home.
“It appears we are a nation that can’t prise ourselves away from mobile technology even whilst on holidays, despite it being the perfect opportunity to unplug,” says AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “Admittedly, I’m no better and am quite partial to checking work emails and taking a phone call or two from my sun-lounger.
“In saying that, having a smartphone to hand while on holidays can be a life-saver, especially if you’re in an emergency situation. Most travel insurers will have an emergency assistance helpline that you can call and in some cases, like ourselves, they’re contactable 24 hours a day. It’s a good idea to make sure you have the number saved in your phone before setting off in the unfortunate