80% would work from vacation if it meant extending travel

Forget about working from home – eight out of ten remote workers surveyed are ready to do their work from vacation.

According to a recent survey of 2,000 remote workers and flexible remote workers, 80% would consider working remotely from their place of leisure as a way to extend their travel time.

This was especially true for respondents aged 26 to 41 (83%), who accounted for 70% of the respondents.

Overall, half of those surveyed said they were as happy to work on vacation (48%) as they are at the local coffee shop (47%).

When asked about the choice between a longer trip that required remote work and a shorter trip that did not require work, twice as many respondents chose the former (46% vs. 26%).

A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Marriott Vacations Worldwide also indicates that the average remote worker takes four overnight trips a year, with 83% of them taking at least one such trip in 2022.

At the same time, the average remote worker takes only nine days of vacation in the same period, with one in five (22%) taking five days or less and nine in 10 (90%) less than three weeks.

This is in line with similar findings from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, which found that the majority of private sector workers (65%) only get 5 to 14 paid days off after a year of work.

Of those surveyed by OnePoll, only 40% said their employer offers unlimited leave, and 39% are not compensated for unused paid leave.

With this in mind, it’s not surprising that 79% of respondents say they’re more interested in “jobs” than two years ago, and plan to take one to five vacations in 2023.

“The rise of remote working has changed the way people think about vacations and leisure travel,” said Lori Gustafson, EVP, Chief Brand and Digital Officer at Marriott Vacations Worldwide. “The flexibility of no longer having to be confined to the office has opened up a new opportunity for Americans to give in to their love of wandering and take up ‘the workplace’.

Seven out of ten employees (73%) now take more days off per year than before they started working remotely. More than two in three (69%) say the flexibility of working remotely has improved their overall well-being and happiness.

Remote workers are already used to doing their work outside the office – 96% said they often work remotely from a place other than home, with 65% doing it often.

Not surprisingly, those surveyed listed hotel rooms (25%) and vacation rentals (23%) as the best places to work while on vacation – although one in six wouldn’t even feel productive sitting by the pool (18%).

In addition to location, space (36%), silence (38%) and Internet access (42%), these are the three most important amenities that employees look for when choosing accommodation for a hybrid holiday with work.

“Travel is not only about location, but also about experiences. Those who work remotely from their destination not only have the space to separate their working day from their vacation, but also enjoy a range of experiences and adventures when the working day comes to an end,” added Gustafson. “When you can work from anywhere, every weekend can be a long weekend to enjoy your vacation, visit friends and family you haven’t seen in a while, and just make up for lost time.”

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