Sunday, March 20, 2022

Bye bye 9-to-5: Work from wherever you want

 Working from home during the pandemic has allowed many of us to be released from the daily grind and commuting to and from the office. Now it seems that people are reluctant to go back to their old routines. With the possibility of remote work becoming a long-term reality, it looks promising for those who are able to travel and set up their office anywhere – from a desk overlooking a serene lake to swapping your mountain screensaver for a real-life alpine backdrop.

Work and play

Now that people may have the freedom to work from wherever they choose, 2021 could bring a significant rise in travelers looking to take longer trips that combine work and pleasure. Over half of global travelers (52%) said they would take the opportunity to extend business trips so they could schedule in some leisure time. Many are also likely to add a week or two to their vacation in order to work remotely.

Slide 1 – Working from home during the pandemic has made me consider working remotely from a different destination (i.e. taking a “workation”).
Slide 2 – I would consider going to a travel destination that forces me to self-isolate on arrival if I could work remotely while in quarantine.
Slide 3 – I’ll take the opportunity to extend business trips so I can have leisure time at the destination.
Click the arrows to view the responses to the questions. Global shaded in red.

Accommodation must-haves

While working from our own homes has its perks, over one-third (37%) of those asked have already considered booking a place to stay for a welcome change of scenery. These travelers are mostly looking for accommodations that have home office facilities, fast Wi-Fi, and, most importantly, a beautiful view or cozy area to make the work day fly by.

The business side of travel

Laptops are looking to become the newest travel necessity of 2021, with 40% of travelers more willing to quarantine in destinations as long as they can work remotely. The world of corporate travel will also see an increased demand for privacy, cleanliness, and longer stays.

*Research commissioned by and conducted among a sample of adults who have traveled for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and must be planning to travel in the next 12 months (if/once travel restrictions are lifted). In total 20,934 respondents across 28 countries were polled (including 999 from USA, 496 from Canada, 497 from Mexico, 997 from Colombia, 999 from Brazil, 499 from Argentina, 995 from Australia, 499 from New Zealand, 999 from Spain, 996 from Italy, 996 from France, 999 from UK, 996 from Germany, 498 from Netherlands, 499 from Denmark, 499 from Sweden, 498 from Croatia, 1001 from Russia, 498 from Israel, 997 from India, 994 from China, 499 from Hong Kong, 497 from Thailand, 496 from Singapore, 499 from Taiwan, 997 from South Korea, 500 from Vietnam, and 995 from Japan). Respondents completed an online survey in July 2020.
†Based on the share of filter users who used the “pet-friendly” filter, comparing the average use of the filter across 2019.
‡Based on endorsements left on as part of post-stay reviews. Insight based on endorsements that saw the biggest increase in monthly usage between April 1, 2020 and September 11, 2020, compared to the average monthly endorsements between January 2019 and February 2020.
§Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a sample of 50,688 respondents across 29 markets. To participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 or older, have traveled at least once in the past 12 month, and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online in November 2019.


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