British travellers admit to working while away on foreign holidays

Some 90% of travellers admit to checking their business emails while on holiday, according to a new survey.

The poll by Ipsos and Accor Hotel's Pullman brand showed that more and more people are turning breaks into working holidays.

According to the survey, 86% of Britons who are regular travellers take a work mobile phone away with them, while 40% take a laptop.

The Britons were among 2,252 travellers from seven countries who were questioned. All those who responded were aged between 25 and 65 and stayed in mid-range and upmarket hotels while away.

Almost three quarters (73%) of respondents worked during their holidays, with 82% of Britons saying they felt obliged to do so, while 60% thought it would be beneficial for their career.

Some 83% of the Brazilians and 92% of the Chinese travellers surveyed said out-of-hours working helped their career development.

The figures showed that four in 10 checked their emails in bed before going to sleep.

Almost two thirds (62%) of Britons said they felt they had to keep up to date with work while they were away because of the responsibilities they had, while 28% wanted to show commitment and 14% justified it by saying that everyone at work did it.

Pullman global marketing senior vice-president, Xavier Louyot, said: "Our knowledge of seasoned international travellers has led us to observe various trends over the years.

"The concept of a 9-5 job is quickly becoming a thing of the past. The need to remain connected to both business and leisure lifestyles has led to a dependence on technology."

The amount of work people are doing seems to be having an effect on other aspects of their lives, with 72% of Britons saying work devices impacted on their personal life.

Meanwhile, about half (51%) said they felt guilty they could not spend as much time with their loved ones as they would like and 27% were rebuked by loved ones for not switching off.

More than one in 10 (13%) admitted to hiding their out-of-office activities from loved ones.

Copyright Press Association 2013