The data also showed that 65 percent of all global travellers carry a smartphone when they travel. Having the internet at your fingertips is a major concern for 45 percent of luxury travellers, with regards to the 25 percent who require the web to access internet banking while away on trips. “While traditional word of mouth reviews from friends, relatives and guidebooks are still used – especially among travellers from Africa & the Middle East – online resources that offer reviews from frequent travellers as well as a host of other information such as currency converters, pictures, booking and discount facilities are becoming the first source of information for most global travellers,” Visa Worldwide head of cross-border Asia Pacific, Central Europe and Middle East & Africa Ross Jackson said. Forget the sunscreen and beach towel; travellers top holiday companions are mobile phones, according to a new study. 65 percent of independent global travellers used online sources as a means of booking their holidays, while 57 percent sought information from the internet while they were travelling. When planning holidays; travel review websites, official tourism portals and service providers were accessed by 71 percent of worldwide travellers.