Southeast Asians more likely to work on holiday – study

90% of Southeast Asians read emails on holiday, and 81% respond to them
90% of Southeast Asians read emails on holiday, and 81% respond to them

Southeast Asian travellers are more likely to continue working while on holiday, a new TripAdvisor report has found.

Having polled almost 17,000 people across 14 countries, the study revealed that Southeast Asians are more likely than other regions to read and respond to work emails, and even participate in conference calls while on holiday.

In total, 67% of respondents surveyed in Southeast Asia reported having worked on vacation in the past year, compared to the global average of 46%.

The region also exceeded the world standard in a series of work activities, including checking emails (90% of Southeast Asians, compared to 67% global average), responding to emails (81% compared to 58%), working on presentations (22% compared to 11%) and participating in conference calls (16% compared to 9%).

This is despite the fact that, on average, respondents in Southeast Asia were found to be allotted just 20 days of annual leave – four fewer than the global average.

“The TripAdvisor survey shows that travellers in Southeast Asia receive less annual leave than other Western countries, and when they do take time-off it is often more like a ‘workation’ than a vacation,” said Jean Ow-Yeong, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

“In today’s highly connected world, Southeast Asian travellers feel the need to stay plugged in even when on vacation.”

And while 55% of Southeast Asian travellers said they don’t mind doing a little bit of work on holiday, some do feel pressured into it. Nineteen percent of respondents said they would feel guilty if they didn’t work on vacation, while 15% said their managers expect it.

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