BETHESDA, MD—Coinciding with Marriott’s Global Travel Day on Oct. 14, and in celebration of the recent acquisition of Starwood by Marriott International, the brand released its global travel tracker survey that illustrates trends among travelers worldwide.
According to international respondents of the Global Travel Tracker released by Marriott Rewards, while a vast majority of people choose a nap over getting the heart rate pumping with a long run (67% vs. 33%), it’s not as cut and dry in how to return to work more relaxed.
More than 6,600 travelers in 14 international cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, Toronto, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Paris, Dubai, Tokyo, Shanghai and Munich participated in the online survey that show trends in traveler’s habits on the road.
“It’s fascinating to see that the habits formed and stories gathered might be personal in nature, but universal in experience,” said Karin Timpone, global marketing officer, Marriott International. “Global Travel Day celebrates the merger of Marriott and Starwood and the linking of our loyalty programs, so now travelers everywhere can find the perfect hotel almost anywhere around the world.”
According to the study, travelers from around the world have a host of stories to share:
The Lure of Email: Rather than unplugging and recharging, travelers prefer to stay connected with work via email, with less than half those surveyed (47%) being able to completely disconnect while on vacation. While women do a better job than men (34% vs. 23%), men tend to return to work less stressed than women (44% vs. 36%). Travelers from Tokyo reported to be the most stressed after a vacation (35%) and those from Mexico City the least stressed (4%).
Destination Relaxation: Although the list of fitness activities can be endless, the majority of travelers get their exercise by walking around town (56%). They also overwhelmingly enjoy relaxing at the spa (86%) and beach time is favored over hiking in the mountains (71% over 29%). And women are more content to skip exercise and lounge by the pool (27% over 17%) when given the option of exercising.
Let Someone Else Make the Bed: Nearly one-third (30%) of travelers say that not making the bed or leaving their hotel room a mess is their biggest vacation indulgence, while one in four (25%) indicate that staying in bed and ordering room service is their biggest vacation splurge.
Squad Goals: Love wins! When it comes to favorite travel companions, 60% of all travelers would choose their spouse/significant other or their family. Washington, DC residents are the most likely to travel with their spouse (39%) while 17% of those from Mumbai travel with extended families most.
Getting to Know Your Colleagues: One-fourth (25%) of responders have had to share a guestroom with a colleague. Travelers from Mumbai (38%) share rooms the most, while business travelers from Tokyo, the least (10%).
The findings also reveal that travelers in certain cities return to work less stressed that others, while some travelers prefer staying connected while away. Residents of Tokyo are most stressed returning to work after vacation, with 35% of respondents reporting some levels of stress. Residents of Mexico City reported the lowest levels of stress on return from vacation at a mere 4%.