SINGAPORE - 1 in 5 Singapore-based travellers have apparently encountered ghosts and spirits during their travels overseas, a survey from online travel agent Zuji found.
1,629 Singapore-based travellers were polled in the annual Zuji-Dex report to find out travellers' bugbears when travelling abroad.
Unusual activities, which were not defined by Zuji, were most seen across Asia with Thailand (15 per cent), Malaysia (5 per cent) and Indonesia (5 per cent) taking the top 3 spots. 1 in 6 travellers experienced peculiar activities in Thailand.
Despite Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia claiming the top 3 eeriest travel spots, Zuji found that Malaysia and Thailand were two of the Top 10 Hotel and Package destinations, according to booking data from Jan to March this year.
Other than having supernatural encounters, Singapore-based travellers are also a superstitious lot. The Zuji survey revealed that 60 per cent believe in performing their rituals when travelling; such as knocking on the hotel room doors before entering (47 per cent of them do so) as a form of respect to the spirits.
Singapore-based travellers love jet setting, which makes flight cancellations a worst nightmare (43 per cent). Not having 24/7 washroom access when having tummy trouble was also one of their top concerns at 34 per cent.
While it may be advisable to be covered with insurance when travelling, 45 per cent of those polled would rather risk it than to purchase travel insurance. When they did buy insurance, they seemed to only get it for certain trips (30 per cent), or when it is affordable (9 per cent) as they'd rather not waste valuable funds, Zuji finds.
More than a third (38 per cent) of Singapore-based travellers are also terrified of creepy crawlies in their hotel rooms. Interestingly, 36 per cent of them are men. Other worst hotel room qualms include strange noises and deadly silence (26 per cent), followed by odd stains and smells around the carpeting (24 per cent).
The poll done by Zuji found some of local travellers' greatest vacation woes:
No. 1: Flight cancellations a worst nightmare (43 per cent)
No. 2: Finding out that the hotel is full and the booking isn't found is Singapore-based travellers' worst hotel irk (39 per cent)
No. 3: Creepy crawlies in hotel rooms (38 per cent)
No. 4: Being swept away by a riptide (35 per cent)
No. 5: Having an uneasy stomach that requires 24/7 washroom access (34 per cent)
No. 6: 30 per cent of travellers would rather be dumped by a wave and caught in their birthday suit than dragged out to sea
No. 7: Discovering that they've been scammed (27 per cent)
No. 8: Strange noises and deadly silence in hotel rooms (26 per cent)
No. 9: Odd stains and smells around the hotel carpeting (24 per cent)
Check out more of these travellers' holiday quirks and irks in the gallery below.