Published on Thursday, February 20, 2020

Execs like to travel on business to 'get away from their family'

British executives like travelling on business to get away from their family and get a good night's sleep, proving what many of those left back home have long suspected.

It was voted the second 'best thing about business travel' in a survey of corporate travellers by the Business Travel Show which takes place in London next week.

The number one reason was the chance to visit new countries and cities.

Here's the list of the top five reason:

1. 23% getting to visit new countries and cities
2. 20% time away from family, to switch off and get a decent night's sleep
3. 10% to get work done on the plane
4. 8% the chance to tag a leisure trip on
5. 8% to meet new people and interact with global colleagues

"Nobody will debate that, for most, life in 2020 is fast-paced, chaotic and high-pressured; we're expected to juggle a hundred different things each day and keep every ball in the air. We're expected to 'have it all'; the big flashy career, the happy overachieving family, the beautiful home with its perfectly manicured garden, and still make time for the gym," said Northstar Travel Group UK managing director David Chapple.

"The need to switch off from family life is real, and business travel is providing that. Going to work for a rest - and getting a good night's sleep - is the new norm in 2020. It seems more of us than ever are turning to work in order to get a break from it all."

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