A new study commissioned by Hilton Hotels & Resorts found that 75 percent of young professionals describe business travel as a serious bonus, with 65 percent considering it to be a status symbol.
The survey included business travelers age 23 to 35 and revealed overwhelmingly positive feelings towards globetrotting:
- More than half of respondents (56 percent) say that they create reasons to travel for business.
- Thirty-nine percent go so far as to say they wouldn’t take a job that didn’t allow them to travel for business.
- Eighty-one percent say they get more done while meeting face-to-face and 75 percent have made friends while traveling for work
The study’s findings also identified sources of tension and challenges for today’s new business travelers, among them:
- Sixty-five percent admit that they regularly pack workout gear, but end up not using it; 44 percent have gained weight due to traveling for business
- Forty-three percent often misunderstand what can be expensed and end up owing their company money
- Thirty-eight percent start to feel stressed and can’t enjoy the weekend when anticipating business travel the next week
- Thirty-six percent are stressed by trying to pack the right clothes for any situation
- Sixty-nine percent wish they could extend their trip for leisure, but 46 percent admit they feel guilty about doing so – 44 percent even worry it makes them look bad in the eyes of senior leadership