Life of a business traveler 出張者の生活





The psychological effects are significant as well, with frequent fliers experiencing disorientation and stress.





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Business travel looks alluring at first glance. Jet-setting is a symbol of success, being connected, and having attained high social status. But such frequent travel is accompanied by frequently overlooked downsides. Researchers at the University of Surrey in Britain, and Linnaeus University in Sweden, have synthesized previous research to shed light on both the glamorization and detrimental effects of hypermobility.

The study finds three types of consequences: physiological, psychological and emotional, and social. The physiological ones are the most obvious. Jet lag is the affliction travelers know best, although they may not anticipate some of its potential effects, like speeding ageing or increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Travelling to different time zones on the other side of the planet can lead to a few days lost to jetlag. Those who fly far and frequently are also exposed to high amounts of radiation, with research showing that commercial air crew's having more exposure than nuclear power workers.

Frequent business travelers also have fewer opportunities to exercise and tend to exhibit worse eating habits while in transit than at home. After examining 13,000 medical records in a corporate wellness plan, Columbia University researchers last year tied excessive business travel to poor health and suggested corporations may want to consider the availability of fitness facilities in hotel property selection, offer reimbursement incentives for healthy eating and incorporate employee stress management programs. The study also found that travel stress was higher for women, older employees, more frequent travelers and senior executives.

The psychological and emotional toll of business travel is more abstract, but just as real. Frequent flyers experience travel disorientation from changing places and time zones so often. They also suffer mounting stress, given that “time spent travelling will rarely be offset through a reduced workload, and that there may be anxieties associated with work continuing to accumulate whilst away”. Due to the absence from family and friends, “hypermobility is frequently an isolating and lonely experience,” the authors write. The accumulated impact can be substantial. One study of 10,000 World Bank employees found that the business travelers among them were three times as likely to file psychological insurance claims.

The social impact of constant travel could result in strained relationships due to couple spending time apart. Marriages suffer from the time apart, as does children’s behavior. What is more, relationships tend to become more unequal, as the partner who stays at home is forced to take on more domestic duties. There’s a gender disparity here, since most business travelers are men. A 2011 survey of Asian business travelers by Accor, a hotel firm, found that 74% were men. Seemingly the last comprehensive research into American business travelers in 2002 found that 77% were male. Friendships also fray, as business travelers often “sacrifice local collective activities and instead prioritize their immediate families when returning from trips”. Time at home between trips is often spent recuperating from fatigue and otherwise with immediate family, leading friendships and other social networks to weaken.

Of course, these impacts are mitigated by the fact that they fall disproportionately on a segment of the population that is already doing rather well. The mobile elite” tend to have higher incomes and access to better health care than the population at large. According to the study, in Sweden, 3% of the population accounts for a quarter of international travel; in France, 5% covers half of the population’s total distance travelled. So these may be problems of the 1% (or the 3%, or the 5%). But they’re real enough regardless. Since frequent travel is becoming more common, the negative effects could begin to impact a broader population. In addition, work and further research in this direction could alter the current situation.


  • physiological : [adj] 生理学的な。体や臓器が通常どおり健康に動いていること
  • exposure : [noun] 露出。害のあるものから、保護がない状態
  • disorientation : [noun] 方向感覚の喪失。時間、場所、識別に関して混乱している状態
  • strained : [adj] 緊張。難しいまたは不器用な
  • spouse : [noun] 配偶者。夫または妻。夫婦の一方から見た他方








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