Chinese travellers are more likely to miss having internet connectivity while travelling than those from any other country, according to Accorhotels’ Ideal Travel Companion survey.
About 74 per cent of respondents from China said they miss internet when on the road. India came second, with 59 per cent, followed by Brazil, with 56 per cent.
According to the survey, a free and reliable internet connection was the most missed thing while travelling, more so than friends and relatives, their own bed and pillow, their pets and speaking their native language. Some 47 per cent of global respondents cited internet as among the things they miss most.
As for travel companions, Chinese travellers seem particularly amenable to travelling for leisure with their colleagues and superiors. Some 74 per cent said they would definitely travel with their colleagues, compared to 48 per cent from around the world, while 40 per cent of travellers from China would travel with their boss, next to 22 per cent for a global average.
Compare that with travellers from India, where 25 per cent of respondents said their favourite way to travel was by themselves.