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If the survey on mobile booking patterns is to be believed, then apps such as HotelTonight, which streamline mobile bookings into a handful of taps, could make mobile bookings safer if they reduce users' bumps and falls.

Two surveys about travel searches using mobile devices found that 77% of respondents plan to use their smartphones or tablets to book more travel in 2014, but also uncovered the quirky side of travel search on mobile devices.

For example, 16% of mobile travel searches were launched in the bathroom, 17% from the “man cave,” 19% from the kitchen, 21% from the home office, and 23% from the bedroom, the surveys found.

These findings should provide new meaning and import to companies’ domestic strategies.

If the findings are to be believed, in other off-the-beaten track results, survey participants admitted that they have bumped into strangers (10%) while booking travel on mobile devices; walked into walls (9%); meandered into the wrong bathroom (7%), and tripped and fell (6%).

Getting even more personal about respondents’ attachments to their mobile phones,  “34% of Americans think it would be easier to go a week without seeing their significant other than their mobile phone,” the surveys found.

And survey participants copped to answering a call or text message over getting intimate (10%), watching their favorite team (10%) or eating at a fine restaurant (19%).

The findings actually came from two surveys.

The data about people’s attachment to their mobile phones came from a survey conducted by Wakefield Research, which queried 1,014 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18+ from May 2 to May 9, 2014. It was conduced using an email invitation and an online survey.

And, the findings about mobile bookings came from a Google survey of 500 Americans who had searched and/or booked travel on their smartphone in the prior 12 months. That survey took place October 19 to October 21, 2013.

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Tags: booking, priceline, skiftstats, smartphones

Photo credit: The majority of users in a survey said they planned on booking more travel on mobile devices in 2014. Pictured is the company's iOS app. Priceline

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