Our picks from this week’s travel headlines
STRETCHING THE STATUSCATION Is your vacation made for sharing? Adventure travel company The Flash Pack asked 1,000 Britons about their social media habits while travelling and found that almost 50% of those surveyed post social media updates once they make their booking. If that’s not too soon, they’re also doing it until much later—37% keep sharing photos and connecting with holiday companions for at least a month. Sounds like holidays are really made-for-Facebook these days.
WILL TRAVEL FOR FOOTBALL World Cup fever may be over but Brazil has emerged a winner despite bowing out of the championship. The country welcomed 1.35 million visitors, 70% more than the expected figure over the two-month period around the games. There were also 3 billion Facebook interactions about the World Cup, making it the most talked-about event in Facebook history. Now that’s what we call a score.
THE END OF THE FOURSQUARE LEADERBOARD Foursquare has officially split into two apps: Foursquare for ‘personalized local search’ and Swarm for check-ins. The two are still linked, however, with Swarm check-in capability integrated into Foursquare. The changes? Stickers and shared mayorship on Swarm, recommendations on Foursquare. We’ll miss earning points now. Any suggestions for other real-world games?
DO KOREANS NEED MORE HOLIDAYS? Over on the other side of the globe, a recent survey from South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism found that 66% of Koreans do not go off on a summer holiday, the most expensive travel season. The Asia News Network also quotes 2012 research that found over half of Korean respondents not using all of their vacation leaves, mainly because of their workload and the work culture. The Korean government would like to encourage government workers to take an additional day off in the summer and citizens to travel more with discounts in the fall of this year. They do deserve a break!