Poll: One in five “laptop-luggers” desire to travel while remote working

Poll: One in five “laptop-luggers” desire to travel while remote working

September 7th, 2022

A recent Harris Poll shows more than a fifth of those who want to work remote either partially or full time, desire the ability to travel while working remotely. More than two-thirds of these employees consider the requirement to work onsite an outdated practice.

According to the Aug. 31 edition of Visit NC Newslink, Deloitte reports that the rise of remote workers, “laptop-luggers,” who travel can do more than just expand the number of travelers, but these travelers have above average buying power when compared to those who want to “unplug.”

Working while on vacation increases a travel budget by more than twice as compared to 2019. As well, more than half of those working while traveling added three or more days to the duration of their longest leisure trip due to remote working. One in five American travelers reported that they planned to fit some work in during their longest summer trip.

Percentage of trips extended by days. [Deloitte]
Laptop-luggers, according to Deloitte, value comfort, loyalty points and safety more than others when planning travel.

They were two times as likely to stay in a private rental for the first time during the pandemic and are one-and-a-half times as likely to continue using them on future trips.

Interestingly, they are also interested in saving time while traveling. Fifteen percent are more likely to drive shorter distances than those who choose to unplug while traveling.

To capitalize on the increase in out-of-office work due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau published a guide in the fall of 2022 about the advantages of remote working on the Outer Banks.

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