Posted by: Tony Carson | 27 October, 2007

Disinfectant: travelers don’t leave home without it

Used to be you travelled to find new experiences in new places. That often mean discomfort and risk, part of the excitement of the adventure.

Now it’s all about rest and relaxation on a beach (64%) in a germ-free zone.

TripAdvisor, a travel Web site, surveyed more than 2,500 travelers globally, finding the greatest concerns were about germs.

“The major trends we’re observing are that travelers value cleanliness above all else and are becoming more environmentally conscious,” Michele Perry, spokeswoman for TripAdvisor, said in a statement.

The survey found 80% of respondents were concerned about germs, bacteria and viruses when traveling.

Airplanes were deemed the most germy, according to 28 percent of those polled, with public transportation next, followed by restaurants, hotels, and airports.

In keeping with the germaphobia, 55% of travelers said they tend to wash and disinfect their hands more often while traveling with 27% of Americans — up from 22% in 2005 — taking disinfectant, cleaning supplies, shower shoes, pillows, towels or linens, when going on a trip.

Nearly half — or 45% — of travelers said their worst experience at a hotel was a dirty bathroom or dirty sheets but 17% said they encountered vermin.

Full story here: Travelers leave cell phones behind

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