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August 29, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

With the announcement electronic devices can be kept switched on during take-off and landing on Qantas and Virgin Australia flights from today onwards, Australia’s favourite online travel destination, Wotif.com, predicts travellers snapping ‘selfies’ of their entire in-flight experience could be the next ‘selfie’ trend.

Whether you’re a ‘selfie’ enthusiast or loath the rise of the digital ‘selfie’, the self-portrait craze is already a popular travel trend, with one in two Aussies confessing they take holiday ‘selfies’, according to a recent survey by Wotif.com.

Wotif.com spokesperson, Kirsty La Bruniy said the survey of almost 7,000 Australians revealed Gen Y were the most prolific holiday ‘selfie’ snappers, but travellers of all ages snapped a holiday ‘selfie’.

“More Aussies than not are taking holiday ‘selfies’, with 56% revealing they take one or more ‘selfies’ per day, when on a trip,” Ms La Bruniy said.

Ms La Bruniy said that while the holiday ‘selfie’ could be found on most Gen Y travellers’ phones, the travel ‘selfie’ was also embraced by Gen X and not completely shunned by baby boomers.

“Gen Y’s push the travel ‘selfie’ trend. More than 80% of people aged between 18 and 29 take holiday ‘selfies’ with 32% of those taking between three and five per day when away and12% can’t get enough of the ‘selfie’, snapping a minimum of 10 photos of themselves a day.

“Being less ‘selfie’-centred than Gen Y, 63% of respondents aged 30 to 49 revealed they take holiday ‘selfies’ – of these, 32% take at least one ‘selfie’ per day on holiday; 22% take three to five; 5% snap up to nine; and only 5% taking a minimum of 10 a day while away.

“Surprisingly 40% of respondents aged 50 to 65 revealed they take holiday ‘selfies’, while respondents aged 66 years of age and over were least likely to take a ‘selfie’ on holiday, with only 20% of this age bracket having snapped a travel ‘selfie’.

“Even though many travellers admit to taking more than 10 ‘selfies’ a day, we think very few travellers could keep up the ‘selfie’-pace of Kim Kardashian who reportedly took more than 1,000 ‘selfies’ on her recent Thailand holiday, or Bieber’s latest ‘selfie’ spree while holidaying in Ibiza.

“Travellers and celebs alike have jumped on board the ‘selfie’ photo bandwagon, with many ‘selfie’ trends appearing on news feeds, being tweeted and hash tagged around the world, with everything from the mirror selfies to the latest hairy armpit ‘selfie’ trend, it was only a matter of time before cameras were ditched in favour of phone ‘selfies’ on holiday.

“They’re easier than ever to take with ‘selfie sticks’ being held in front of iconic backdrops all over the world.”

“As a result of today’s launch of gate-to-gate use of electronic devices in flight mode, we’re expecting to see even more in-flight ‘selfies’ hitting our social newsfeeds.”

Grab your phone and explore the globe with 120,000 flights and 13 million rooms at Wotif.com/wotifia. Don’t forget to Instagram your in-flight ‘selfie’ to our new Instagram account @wotifcom.

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