Business travellers in the UK are taking more day trips to do business but like to extend overseas travel with personal time too, a new survey has said.
New research revealed by American Express Global Business Travel found UK business travellers are taking an average of seven business trips a year, with six being overseas. Around 72% like to switch off from work while on a business trip and enjoy having no WiFi, while only 17% will work on a long-haul flight.
However while they liked to switch off en route, business travellers favoured having WiFi in hotel rooms alongside breakfast and lounge access.
Fewer UK travellers pay themselves for extras like upgrades or WiFi compared to those in the US and Australia, but if the company picks up the tab travellers like to get an airline upgrade, hotel WiFi and airport lounge access.
Its research suggested business travellers are looking to maintain a work/life balance and relax at any given opportunity.
“As Millennials begin to make up a larger portion of the global workforce, we’re seeing more corporate employee travel behaviours that focus on alleviating travel-related stress,” explained Champa Magesh, vice president and general manager U.K., American Express Global Business Travel. “These travellers place a higher value on work/life balance and are savvy about how to travel efficiently. They make the most of their time on the road and maintain their mental and physical health while away from the office.”
Seven in 10 business travellers said they would prefer to travel by train when possible and is the most popular choice for journeys less than 200 miles.