Working from home during the pandemic has allowed many of us to be released from the daily grind and commute to and from the office. And now, it seems that people may be reluctant to go back to their old routines. With the possibility of remote work becoming a long-term reality, it’s looking promising for those who are able to travel and set up their office anywhere – from a desk overlooking a serene lake setting 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 travellers looking to take longer trips that combine work and pleasure. Over half of global travellers (52%) said they would take the opportunity to extend any business trip so that they could schedule in some leisure time. Many are also likely to add a week or two to their holiday 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 Workcation).
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 on 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 somewhere to stay for a welcome change of scenery. These travellers are mostly looking for accommodation that has home office facilities, fast Wi-Fi and most importantly, a spectacular view or cosy area to help 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 travellers being 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.