A third of remote employees would rather quit than return to work full-time in person: Airbnb

More than a third (38%) of self-identified remote employees say they would rather quit their jobs than return to work full-time in person, according to a survey of 7,500 consumers by Airbnb.

The Airbnb survey found shifting trends in travel, where a third say they will be living elsewhere after the pandemic while working remotely more often. Almost half or 45% of nights booked on Airbnb were for at least a week, up from 38% two years ago.

Notably, people aged 60 to 90, or adults most likely to have retired, used long-term stays on Airbnb more than any other age group.

The majority of respondents say they will make more trips during off-peak hours (55%) and days (53%), during long weekends (55%) and on spur of the moment (53%) . .

Over 1,000,000 travelers have stayed on Airbnb continuously for at least three months in the past year. Survey results suggest that customers this year are spending more on longer stays than at any time in Airbnb history.

The survey indicates that in Bangkok and Phuket, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Arlington, Virginia, at least 50 percent of the last nights booked were for long stays.

“Travelers are looking for Wi-Fi and workspaces, in keeping with the move towards remote working, as well as kitchens, in keeping with living anywhere. Searches that filter ads allowing pets increased by 55%. Search filtering for ads with Wi-Fi, kitchens and pets nearly doubled (up 95%). Long-stay searches for listings that allow pets more than doubled (up 128%). Long-stay searches for homes with laptop-friendly workspaces increased by 73%. Long-stay searches for homes with Wi-Fi and pets have increased by 270%, ”the survey said.

As countries around the world begin to ease their travel restrictions, there is a sudden surge in interest in these countries, and there is strong demand that stretches through 2022.

In addition, in the week following the announcement on October 15 of the reopening date in the United States, overnight stays booked by foreign customers from November 8 increased by 44%. Of all the places these guests travel from, the top five source cities are London, Paris, Santiago, Toronto, and Vancouver.

“Of all possible travel durations, from early 2021 to now, the greatest acceleration in growth for customers has been for trips over 3,000 miles from home. Overall, cross-border travel increased steadily throughout the year, from 20% of gross nights booked in the first quarter, to 27% in the second, to 33% in the third, “the survey said.

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