Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean and Mexico Resorts recently surveyed travelers about the tech ties that bind us all on vacation, some 1,184 people in all (53 percent male, 47 percent female), and made some notable and completely understandable findings:
--85 percent of respondents had experienced being annoyed by someone chatting loudly on their cell phone while traveling
--50 percent reported checking their own emails and voicemails several times a day - while on vacation
--36 percent said they did it on the beach
--82 percent used their social-network channels to stay connected
--More than 50 percent felt staying connected to work added to their stress while vacation
--30 percent said they gave their cell numbers to clients while on vacation
--31 percent reported being tempted to toss their cell phones into the ocean (frankly, we thought that would be higher)
So who does that bother? Not the spouses or traveling companions of those taking the survey. A scant 15 percent of respondents felt that their connectivity bugged their spouses, partners or fellow travelers.
Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts has engineered a solution - if you're willing to take it. The company has launched a new "Braincation" program, offering tech-free zones at each of its nine properties in the Caribbean and Mexico. Starting in December and running through winter, designated "peaceful" areas at each resort will encourage tech-loving guests to disconnect and not use anything with a plug or battery and to just enjoy themselves. Which, technically, is what being on vacation is all about. And you don't need a survey to know that.
For info on the resorts, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com