Halifax

Sun, Sea and Smartphones

12 July 2013

  • Holidaymakers can’t switch off as technology becomes nation’s top holiday companion

Nine out of 10 holidaymakers (92%) are ditching sandcastles for smartphones as technology devices become the nation’s favourite holiday companion.

The inaugural Halifax Insurance Digital Home Index has revealed that half (50%) of UK adults are now taking technology devices on holiday to keep in touch with friends and family via email, while a quarter (22%) use these devices to do personal admin. For many UK adults annual leave is no longer a much needed respite, as one in five even admits to checking work emails while away.

A third (29%) of us now take Wi-Fi access into consideration when booking holiday accommodation, with just less than a fifth (18%) preferring to be completely un-contactable abroad.

Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Insurance, said:
“Clearly the UK is a nation of digitally savvy individuals – but a large number seem to forget that insurance, like sun cream and sunglasses, is a travel essential.

“Before setting off it’s worth checking that you have sufficient cover for your belongings to avoid being out of pocket should the worst happen. It’s bad enough coming home from the sunny weather without facing potentially hefty bills due to a lack of cover.”

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