A national survey conducted by the Montreal-based FlightHub has revealed a significant shift in the professional landscape.
Young Canadians no longer see employment as the sole means to guarantee their financial stability and career advancement. They now prefer work modes that incorporate travel.
Unlike previous generations focused on financial stability and professional advancement, young Canadians are increasingly embracing the trend of ‘workcations,’ which combines work and leisure.
According to the survey, almost half of Canadians (45%) aged 25 to 40 seriously consider combining work and travel abroad. Some even plan extended stays of several months in international destinations. These participants have clearly expressed their desire for extended travel, defining a duration of 39 days as ideal if they had the opportunity to work from abroad.
This shift in vacation preferences underscores the increasing importance placed on leisure and relaxation in the lives of young workers. Reasons mentioned for this trend include the ability to take longer vacations, break from the daily routine, explore new cultures, and visit relatives abroad.
According to the FlightHub survey, 47% of Canadians indicated that a company’s policy on foreign work would influence their choice of employer. This preference is even more pronounced among the younger generation, reaching 63% among Millennials.
While 70% of Boomers reject this new work approach, and 43% of this same generation also claim they cannot work while traveling, changes in work habits and the approach to work-related travel are getting clearer.