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.
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.