As more and more companies consider their bottom line, business travel has become essential for many executives. The ripple effect to business travelers is longer hours on the plane and on the road. Isn’t traveling to new locations supposed to be fun? The answer to this question is both yes and no. Excessive business travel can make or break you; this is according to a new study by the University of Surrey and Lund University in the UK. The research brings to light the dark side of too much business travel.
Loneliness is the first notable demerit. Business travelers are often loners who leave behind their family and friends. In many instances, their trusted social and emotional support is always left behind. This feeling of isolation will definitely dent quality of life for excessive travelers. In addition, being on the road too many times will spark family conflicts. This is often because people are out of touch with the needs of their family members or partners. When faced with serious matters that need resolution, those who travel too much may opt for escapism.
According to the research named above, a study of 10,000 employees of the World Bank reveals that 40% of all the business travelers were more likely to claim for psychological insurance. Mental wellness is always at stake for those who travel for business excessively. Traveling brings people to new cultures and in this respect, travelers may have the pressure to understand and consume different cultures and this can take a toll when done in excess. Time zone differences also cause disorientation and all this can work to compromise quality of life.
Frequent travelers will also contend with jet lag. Did you know that jet lag speeds up the aging process? As if this is not enough, being jet lagged for a long period of time will weaken your immune system. This notwithstanding the sleep problems that ride along. Traveling too often for business will compromise feeding habits where frequent fliers are more likely to eat unhealthy food. They are also not able to exercise as much as they need to. Other downsides to excessive travel include exposure to germs, increased radiation, chances of developing deep vein thrombosis, dry eye syndrome and dehydrated skin.
All the points above can hint to reduced quality of life. Executives can look into reducing their travels whenever possible. Furthermore, taking proactive measures to enhance travel experiences can also mitigate some downsides. All in all, moderation is the way to go as with all things.