This is how millennials really feel about business travel

Christopher Columbus and the millennials have one major thing in common: They are explorers (and maybe they love a big boat.) Travel and discovering new things is many millennials favorite past time. The United Nations estimates that 20% of all international travelers are millennials (approximately 200 million people.)

So it is not surprising that if it is possible they try to work travel into their careers. In fact 75% of young professionals in the U.S. see business travel as a major work perk and 65% consider it to be a status symbol, according to a recent survey commissioned by Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Business travel perks

  • 39% of millennials go so far as to say they wouldn’t take a job that didn’t allow them to travel for business
  • 56% create reasons to travel for business
  • 71% enjoy business travel because it gives them a break from life at home
  • 88% of parents look forward to traveling for business
  • 64% of young professionals say their company expects them to be ready to travel at a moment’s notice
  • 35% of young professionals have started a romantic relationship from a business trip

So clearly young professionals view business travel as having some major positive ramifications. However, that doesn’t mean business travel doesn’t come with its share of pain points.

The downside of business travel

  • 43% often misunderstand what can be expensed and end up owing their company money
  • 65% admit they regularly pack workout gear, but end up not using it; 44% have gained weight due to business travel
  • Sunday Scaries: 38% start to feel stressed and can’t enjoy the weekend when anticipating business travel the next week
  • Wardrobe Woes: 36% are stressed by trying to pack the right clothes for any situation
  • Bleisure Stress: 69% wish they could extend their trip for leisure, but 46% admit they feel guilty about doing so—44% even worry it makes them look bad in the eyes of senior leadership

Stuart Foster, Hilton’s VP of Global Marketing, weighed in on the importance of business travel for Millennials. “This generation places a high value on experiences, and, often times to achieve that, it means combining professional obligations with personal interests.  Our research shows that today’s new business traveler is a huge proponent of ‘blesiure’ trips – extending their business trip for a few days of leisure. However, we’re seeing there’s a lot of uncertainty in this area. While 69% of young professionals often wish they could extend their business trip, 54% are unsure how their boss will react – 44% even worry it makes them look bad in the eyes of senior leadership. As seen in the research (and I’ll get into that more below), there are quite a few areas that young professionals find challenging or confusing,” he told Ladders.

As a company focused on making business travel experiences better Hilton Hotels & Resorts in recent years has rolled out a few new offerings that can alleviate some of the pain points associated with business travel as unveiled in the research. Foster said, “With Five Feet to Fitness, maintaining a wellness regime is as easy as rolling out of bed. The revolutionary in-room wellness concept brings more than 11 different fitness equipment and accessory options into the guest room itself. Finding healthy meals has never been easier. Herb N’ Kitchen, Hilton’s modern in-room delivery service and casual dining concept serves up healthy grab & go options. Inspired by Travel with Purpose, Hilton’s approach to responsible travel and tourism, Meet with Purpose was introduced. Through the initiative, meeting professionals can choose from a variety of health-conscious menu packages, including “Yoga and Yogurt”– which offers yoga classes followed by a gourmet yogurt bar – or the “Cut & Create” salad – an interactive dining experience that lets attendees customize their meal from a unique, custom-made wood display of fresh greens and accoutrements.”

Definitely something to keep in mind as business travel isn’t slowing down any time soon. In 2016 U.S. travelers took 458.9 million domestic business trips and this is expected to reach 478.2 million by 2020.