Egencia, the business travel arm of the Expedia group, has revealed what business travellers miss most when travelling for work, as well as what improves their satisfaction and productivity the most during business trips.

As part of the company’s latest Business Travel and Technology Survey (surveying 4,521 business travellers globally) it was revealed that UK business travellers miss their beds (42%) more than their children (33%) when travelling for work. Globally, children and beds are equally missed, with 36% of those surveyed agreeing on this.

Top of the list globally was spouses who were cited as being missed most by 50% of those travelling for work. This number rose to 55% in the UK - the highest ranked from all countries surveyed after France (60%).

Given that spouses, beds and children are missed most, many companies choose to offer time off - with 42% in the UK and 38% globally - as compensation over other travel related perks.

However, given the focus on work-life balance in these findings, globally travellers still value non-stop flights (33%), class upgrades (33%) and in-flight Wi-Fi (33%) more than extra time off (32%) when it comes to improving their satisfaction during business travel. Moreover only 26% of business travellers in the UK think extra time off would help them stay productive.

Although missing spouses, beds and children (perhaps not even in that order!) will continue to be a mainstay of business travel, perks such as in-flight Wi-Fi and non-stop flights have become more valuable than ever to business travellers - a noteworthy aspect for companies and travel management providers looking for ways to make travellers’ lives easier, and business travel more productive.

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