Monday, 21 April 2014 | MYT 6:00 AM

Choose - Phone in your pocket or credit card in your case?

Which one of these items will be with you when you pack for your next vacation? - Photo from

Which one of these items will be with you when you pack for your next vacation? - Photo from

Agoda.Com survey reveals things travellers can’t live without – Asians need their phones, Westerners need their credit cards.

THANKS to, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites we now know that apparently the region you come from determines what you must take with you when you travel. Asians want to be a phone-call away while Westerners love the smell of plastic (cards).

The survey, conducted online in February asked over 50,000 customers from all over the world what they least wanted to forget on vacation. Asian and Western travellers, it seems, have different priorities when packing for a trip.

Forty five percent of travellers from Asia said their mobile phone was the one item they did not want to forget; credit cards came in second with 29% of the vote. But for Europeans and travellers from the Americas, credit cards were far more important than phones. Forty seven percent of travellers from Europe picked credit cards as the item they’d least like to forget; for travellers from the Americas it was 44%. Only 19% of Europeans and travellers from the Americas picked mobile phones.

The French* had the largest disparity between these two items – 58% picked their credit card as the one thing they would least like to forget, while only 9% picked mobile phones.

Mobile phones were clearly the priority among travellers from Asia, with one exception, the Japanese. They were the only group in Asia* to choose credit cards over mobile phones, 38% to 28%.

Despite all of these differences, travellers from all over the world seemed to agree that toiletries were among the least important items to pack.

Reading on a vacation certainly seems an unlikely activity for most of these travellers. For a good book was the other item that didn’t rate highly.

*Of countries with 1,000 or more respondents

Tags / Keywords: Travel , Lifestyle , Agoda com , travel , pack , phone , credit card , Asia , Westerner , Europe , American , Japan


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