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How Travel-for-Work Has Become the New Work-to-Travel

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

Today, more than 1.1 million people will travel for work in the U.S. alone. Business trips account for more than 405 million long-distance trips per year, so many workers are no strangers to the process. But these trips often don’t take their participants to locations they want to visit, nor do they leave enough time for sightseeing, exploring, and leisure. That’s why more workers are breaking up with corporate travel in favor of a lifestyle that lets them travel while they work — their way.

Rethinking the Concept of Travel and Work

When millions of companies sent their employees home to work remotely, a new era began. Workers were no longer location-dependent, allowing them to see that they could work from anywhere. And even though the ability to travel dipped, this didn’t stop workers from dreaming about the possibilities.

Seasoned digital nomads knew this was already the case. Many technology-driven roles already had this flexibility, but it was mostly on the basis of self-employment. Now that more companies are embracing a remote-only format and workers are refusing to come back to the office, the possibility for digital nomads has expanded even more.

Rethinking the Concept of Travel and Work

For many jobs, specifically in technology, many workers can now combine travel with work and are taking full advantage of doing so. They can see the places they’ve always wanted without eating up their two weeks of vacation or holidays.

To sweeten the deal, even more, some companies (like StayInnovation) are encouraging the work/travel movement by providing funding, housing, and job security to their employees. This is a huge boon for the local tourism industry because it’s attracting people that may not have considered those locations and companies. Plus, it reduces economic barriers that may have prevented some employees from traveling in the first place.

One idea that is spurring this movement is the fact that companies are saving money on physical overhead by having their employees work from home. With no rent, utilities, furniture, and equipment to pay for, companies can pass some of those savings onto their workers as a form of talent retention — a key priority during the ongoing Great Resignation.

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