As frequent business travelers, one might assume that meeting planners and attendees often feel worn out and road-weary. There's new evidence to the contrary, however: A new survey by Marriott's Fairfield Inn & Suites explores the emotions of more than 1,000 frequent business travelers before, during and after a business trip and concludes that business travel actually makes you happier.
Published yesterday, the first-of-its-kind study found that business travel has personal benefits that complement its professional purpose. Specifically:
• Seventy-six percent of respondents reported that because they travel for business, they simply feel more prepared in life.
• Eighty-six percent of respondents report that because they travel for business, they value time with family and friends more.
• Eighty-three percent value their own personal time more.
• Ninety-two percent say that taking business trips has made them a better overall traveler.
• Seventy-six percent claim their friends view them as expert travelers.
"The overwhelming majority of travelers are satisfied or very satisfied with the amount they travel for business, which says a lot about the personal benefits to business travel," said Shruti Buckley, vice president and global brand manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites. "Thirty percent would even like to travel more often."
Despite all the downsides of business travel — including travel delays; missing their families, pets and home-cooked meals; losing their luggage; or even skipping a family event — the vast majority of frequent business travelers report positive emotions when preparing for (86 percent) and during (88 percent) a trip, according to Fairfield. The most common emotions reported include feeling confident, knowledgeable, interested, calm, excited, eager, well-connected and happy.
"While more than half of frequent business travelers say they work twice as much when on the road, they also experience a certain feeling of freedom," Buckley continued. "Sixty percent report feeling free to do whatever they want, which is empowering, as is getting their job done."