“As Millennials begin to make up a larger portion of the global workforce, we’re seeing more corporate employee travel behaviors that focus on alleviating travel-related stress,” said Kevin Carey, Vice President & General Manager, Global Client Group, American Express Global Business Travel. “These travelers place a higher value on work/life balance and are savvy about how to travel efficiently. They make the most of their time on the road and maintain their mental and physical health while away from the office.”The Healthy, Relaxed Traveler In an added effort to relieve stress and stay healthy, the majority of U.S. business travelers surveyed say they turn to a combination of diet and exercise in order to maintain good health while traveling. According to the survey, more than seven out of ten (74%) frequent U.S. business travelers say they drink extra water, 48% stretch on the plane, and almost half use the gym at the hotel (44%). In terms of diet and nutrition, 20% of the U.S. business travelers surveyed avoid alcohol and 41% supplement their diet with vitamins. The Ups and Downs of Business Travel According to 21% of U.S. business travelers surveyed, being seated behind a child or infant is the worst place on the plane to sit followed by the restroom (14%), next to someone who takes over the armrest (11%), beside a talkative seatmate (10%), and next to someone who snores (6%). Further, to make their trips more comfortable and efficient, the most common travel-related services U.S. business travelers surveyed like to take advantage of overall are Wi-Fi in the hotel, followed by a hotel breakfast and pre-boarding options. If their company is picking up the tab, airfare upgrades, Wi-Fi in the hotel and extra legroom on flights round out the top three services that are most desired by those U.S. business traveler respondents.
The survey also asked business travelers to share their number one tip for surviving business travel. Tied for first are ‘travel light /carry-on only’ and ‘be patient and relax.’ This might be useful to keep in mind, as the most common items U.S. business travelers surveyed forget to pack are umbrellas, phone chargers, toiletries and business cards.About American Express Global Business Travel Positioned at the intersection of commerce and travel, American Express Global Business Travel offers its customers a comprehensive network, service dependability, and deep insight to help move people and businesses forward. American Express Global Business Travel provides leading travel solutions, integrated consulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities. These innovative offerings enable clients to optimize the return on their travel and meetings investments. Learn more at americanexpress.com/businesstravel. American Express Global Business Travel is part of one of the world's largest travel agency networks with locations in 138 countries worldwide. American Express (NYSE: AXP) is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/companies/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress. Key links to products and services: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, business travel, and corporate card. 1 The research was conducted among a random sample of business travelers in the US, UK and Australia, in June 2013. Approximately 500 business travelers were interviewed in each country.