Remote working has become mainstream
“We used to do separate activities in separate physical locations. We lived at home. We worked in the office. We spent the night in a hotel room. Now we need to be able to do all of these things wherever we are, ”said Will Lucas, Founder of Mint House.
The average length of stay at Mint House, which operates apartment-style lodgings in Miami, Denver, Detroit and other U.S. cities, fell from three nights to 21 nights at the height of the pandemic. Post-stay surveys from the same period show that 81% of Mint House clients were working remotely from their unit.
The company offers day passes, extended stay packages and a Mint Pass membership, with perks like discounted overnight rates and flexible cancellations, to give travelers telecommuting travel options. Mint House is also expanding its footprint: it has added nearly 450 units in seven cities in the past six months.
“We’ve seen a decent percentage of companies walk away completely, and I think a lot of what we see today is here to stay,” Lucas said. “There was already a need for flexible accommodation, before the pandemic. It only made things faster.
The flexibility of working and distance learning is also fueling long-term travel bookings for Julie Danziger, New York-based advisor with Embark Beyond. At the start of the pandemic, she saw individuals and families taking their laptops on long trips to one place only: a month in Italy, two months in Mexico or three months in California, for example.
Now that immunization rates are on the rise and customers are feeling more comfortable getting around, Danziger is booking shorter and more frequent trips.
“Customers tell us, ‘I don’t have to stay in one place for three months. I want to move to three different places, ”she said.
Through the agency’s partnership with Belmond, travelers who meet the minimum stay requirements can move from one property to another on a single booking at no additional cost. The Belmond Nomadic Lease program starts at around $ 58,000 per month in Europe or $ 16,000 per month at properties in Peru.
Danziger has also designed personalized virtual office adventures in Greece, the Caribbean, Tahiti and beyond.
“Technological advancements and more powerful WiFi in new areas make remote working more reasonable. With everything that’s going on now, it’s also more accepted, ”she said. “People feel comfortable with it, and I don’t think it’s going to go away. There’s always value in having an office, but there’s a good feeling of freedom knowing that you can grab your computer and go to Turks and Caicos or Cabo and still do your job.