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Fake Accents and Free Desserts: The Lighter Side of Business Travel

Features & Advice | Ryan Rudnansky | July 01, 2015

Fake Accents and Free Desserts: The Lighter Side of Business Travel

Infographic courtesy of SpringHill Suites by Marriott

The increase in millennial-minded travelers has led to a shift in the dynamics of business travel, as evidenced by a new study from SpringHill Suites by Marriott.

According to the study, many travelers see a business trip as an opportunity to get to know a destination better, escape laundry duties, splurge and create a new identity (yes, create a new identity).

More than 60 percent of survey respondents admitted to creating a new name, profession and backstory while traveling, while more than one in 10 said they fake an accent.

On top of that, 62 percent devour desserts with no shame, and 30 percent enjoy wine and specialty cocktails guilt-free (In case you were wondering, 51 percent prefer sweet treats for a midnight snack, while 49 percent prefer salty, crunchy nibbles).

When business travelers are enjoying “me” time, the majority prefer to relax in the hotel pool or hot tub, while more than one-fourth (27 percent) opt for a luxurious, steamy shower. And when they are partying, 25 percent go full Mariah Carey and belt out a song at karaoke.

But business travel is apparently just as much about not doing as doing these days. It’s a welcome escape from laundry duty, according to 36 percent of respondents. It’s also a break from “honey do” lists (30 percent) and cooking up dinner (25 percent).

When it comes to business travelers’ dream travel companions, it should come as no surprise that 32 percent would prefer to indulge with Mad Men’s Don Draper, while another 32 percent want Scandal’s Olivia Pope by their side.

Each year, Americans make more than 405 million long-distance business trips, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Apparently, American business travelers are making sure to tack on some leisure time along the way.   

And it could actually be better for companies.

More than three-fifths of respondents (63 percent) said they feel refreshed returning to work after a business trip.



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