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‘Workation’: the new way for Vietnamese to travel during COVID-19

Saturday, March 06, 2021, 09:20 GMT+7
‘Workation’: the new way for Vietnamese to travel during COVID-19
Cherry blossoms blooming along Xuan Huong Lake in the Central Highlands City of Da Lat, one of the most favored destinations for Vietnamese tourists, are seen in this picture taken in early February 2021. Photo: Thien Khai / Tuoi Tre

More than half of the Vietnamese workers surveyed in a poll sponsored by Booking.com have shown their interest in working while on vacation.

“As recently uncovered by Booking.com in its Future of Travel predictions, 52 percent of Vietnamese travelers have already considered booking somewhere to stay in order to work from a different destination,” the travel marketplace said in a press release on Wednesday.

The research, commissioned by Booking.com, sampled adults who have traveled for business or leisure in the past 12 months and are planning to travel in the next 12 months (if/when travel restrictions are lifted), it added.

In total, 20,934 respondents from 28 countries and territories were polled, including 500 from Vietnam, through an online survey which was completed in July 2020.

‘Workation’, as explained by Booking.com, is a combination of ‘work’ and ‘vacation’ and involves working away from office, blending leisure with business.

While not a completely new concept, it seems to have captured the attention of travelers worldwide since the outbreak of COVID-19 made working from home a new normal. 

According to the research, 58 percent of Vietnamese travelers said they would take the opportunity to extend a business trip in order schedule leisure time, while many are also likely to add a week or two to their holiday in order to work remotely.

Also, 61 percent of surveyed Vietnamese agreed that due to the increase in working from home and reliance on technology, business travel will be considered less essential than before.

“Now that people may have the freedom to work from wherever they choose, 2021 could bring a rise in travelers looking to take longer trips where they can combine work with pleasure,” Booking.com predicted.

‘Workation’ travelers are mostly looking for accommodation that has home office facilities, fast Wi-Fi and most importantly, a spectacular view or cozy area to help make the workday fly by, it commented.

“Remote working is becoming a likely long-term reality as health and safety is a top priority in the current environment,” Anthony Lu, Vietnam’s regional director at Booking.com explained. “To break the monotony of working from home, travelers want to escape to a destination where they can easily blend leisure with business.”

The trend seems to extend far beyond Vietnamese travelers, with 37 percent of global respondents also having considered booking somewhere to stay for a welcome change of scenery, while working from our homes has its perks, though.

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