Remote workers are changing how they travel, with increasing flexibility in the workplace allowing them to work on the road and extend the length of their trips.
Has remote work changed the travel landscape forever?
While some workers return to the office this year, many others continue to work remotely indefinitely. This seismic shift has changed where people live and work and, increasingly, how they travel.
In the first quarter of 2022, nearly 25 per cent of job postings at the 50,000 largest companies in the US and Canada were for permanently remote positions, according to the job listing service Ladders. That’s up from a mere 4 per cent before the pandemic.
“It has enabled us to extend trips, leave early and work different hours,” says Kirsten Reckman, a credit risk manager based in Tampa, Florida, who works remotely. “My boss is very accommodating as long as the work gets done.”
Reckmen’s experience reflects a larger trend. One in five travellers this summer plan to work on the road, according to international professional services network Deloitte. Of these so-called “laptop luggers”, four in five plan to extend the length of their trips because of schedule flexibility.