TRAVEL: Americans find business travel a welcome escape

7ad8a16c(StatePoint) Each year Americans make more than 405 million long-distance business trips, according to Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While business trips have not traditionally been associated with relaxation, more and more often, travelers are finding ways to treat themselves while on the road.

In a city where no one knows your name, travelers have no shame in partaking in activities they usually shy away from at home, according to a new study. Three out of five business travelers admitted to going undercover, creating a new identity with a different name, profession and backstory; a quarter have unleashed their inner Mariah Carey at karaoke and 16 percent have faked an elaborate accent.

In fact, 63 percent of business travelers return to work feeling refreshed and productive, according to the study, which was conducted by SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a hotel brand helping to redefine business travel by providing features like separate living, working and sleeping spaces, along with small indulgences traditionally reserved for leisure travel.

So the next time the boss signs you up for some travel, don’t sigh. Business trips can be a great escape from monotony and an opportunity to discover new destinations.

July 8, 2015
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