Leavetown.com, the short-term rental booking platform for the savvy independent traveler, has released findings from its survey of dedicated Leavetown customers around how the new remote work environment has inspired travel aspirations and empowered people to seize increased opportunities to travel. Data from Leavetown’s customers from across the globe reveals high levels of optimism about working remotely, even post-pandemic, and the possibility this presents for living and working nomadically.
The majority of respondents (81%) think they will continue to work remotely post pandemic at least part of the time - with 45% agreeing that they will continue to work remotely most of the time - highlighting the fact that the trend for remote working is here to stay.
65% of Leavetown’s travelers surveyed are feeling more optimistic about working remotely compared to pre-pandemic life - suggesting they’re embracing the digitalisation of the workplace and the benefits that working remotely affords.
Half of all respondents (51%) said that they anticipate being able to enjoy more time traveling over the next 12 months because of the ability to work remotely - pointing to travel intent and excitement.
The vast majority (90%) plan to take trips over the next 12 months combining work and vacation - with almost a third (33%) planning at least 4 work/ vacation trips over the next year - evidence of the continued trend to live and work as a digital nomad.
Introducing the era of the nomadic work traveler
Over the last year, many people have seen their work environment change dramatically. Tech adoption has accelerated and many are now realising that not only is it possible to work effectively and efficiently remotely, but that this new flexible working environment brings many benefits, particularly in terms of work/ life balance. This has fuelled aspirations for living and working as a digital nomad.
Mike Liverton, CEO of Leavetown, explains why so many people are choosing to live as a digital nomad: “Events of the past year have accelerated a lifestyle ambition that might otherwise have been a decade in the making. We know people love to travel. With remote working now an accepted way of working, there’s nothing to stop travelers combining work with travel. The tech is there to support them, in terms of both the work IT needs, but also the accommodation booking platforms.”
Leading by example, the team at Leavetown is 100% remote working. Liverton continues: “We firmly believe in the nomadic work lifestyle. At Leavetown, we live and work as global digital nomads - in just the same way as many of our customers do. This gives us a true understanding of their wants and needs, meaning we can offer the best accommodation options.”
The survey was conducted by Leavetown in April and May 2021.