Have you ever extended a business trip to give yourself a little personal time? Did you tell anyone?
Nearly two thirds of business travelers have tacked on a personal vacation without telling anyone, including their coworkers (32%), boss (26%) or even their own partner (22%), according to a new survey from La Quinta by Wyndham.
The findings come out of the “La Quinta Means Business” survey, which was conducted by phone and included 1,000 U.S. travelers ages 35–54 who take at least 10 business trips per year.
It appears that road warriors crave alone time. Forty-three percent of business travelers with children in school say they have extended a business trip by one to two days specifically to take time for themselves.
On average, business travelers say they extended a trip for three extra days, with 42 percent of respondents extending trips for three to five days. More than half (51%) say they extended their business trips to explore the destination, with 56 percent saying that summer is the best time to extend a business trip for a personal vacation.
In addition, nearly three in 10 (29%) business travelers admit that they have skipped out on a meeting or work event to take a nap or do something restful while on a business trip.