A new survey has found that a majority of working mothers traveling for business say free personal time is the best part of being...

A new survey commissioned by Working Mother magazine and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson with the magazine’s ‘Smart Moms Panel’ has found that a majority of women traveling for business say free personal time is the best part of being on a business trip away from their families.

Nearly two-thirds of the panel respondents mentioned “relax, recharge and time alone” as benefits they experience during free time on business trips. But despite the cited benefits of business travel, six in 10 respondents revealed that they also sometimes experience guilt, nervousness or loneliness while traveling on business.


“We teamed up with Working Mother magazine to survey members of their Smart Moms Panel that is comprised of more than 4,000 highly engaged working mothers to better understand the challenges of today’s women business travelers and better serve their needs,” says Steve Mogck, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Country Inns & Suites By Carlson.

“The survey findings underscore how much working mothers benefit from some ‘me time’ when traveling on business,” says Suzanne Riss, editor-in-chief of Working Mother magazine. “Yes, they miss their kids, but for many, it’s a rare and welcome chance to recharge, get a good night’s sleep, and even catch up on some reading.”

Despite conflicting emotions of leaving their families at home to travel for business, 62 per cent of respondents characterized their amount of business travel as “just right.” Only 21.5 per cent of panel members said they would like less business travel.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson says the warm, welcoming design of its hotels and their guestrooms has attracted a strong and loyal following of women and family travelers

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson says the warm, welcoming interior design of its hotels and their guestrooms has attracted a strong and loyal following of women and family travelers

The survey also found that:

● 57 per cent of respondents said the best part of a business trip away from the family was “personal time”;

● Key personal-time activities included relaxing/recharging/being alone (64 per cent); visiting a local restaurant (58 per cent); reading a book (57 per cent); shopping (45 per cent); exercise/recreation (41 per cent); and watching a movie (33.4 per cent);

● 61 per cent of respondents said they felt guilty when leaving children to go on a business trip, 38 per cent said they were nervous and 22.9 per cent said they were lonely; and

● When selecting a hotel, 56 per cent of respondents said they look for a welcoming, warm décor.

To help working mothers make the most of their personal time during business trips, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson has prepared a series of “Re-Treat” travel agendas. The company is also offering guests a ‘Free Night Fall’ offer that enables them to earn a voucher for a free night on a future stay.

In addition, Working Mother Magazine is hosting its first-ever Twitter party on Wednesday, November 11 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The party, entitled “Working Mother Me Time”, will give working moms an opportunity to retreat to Twitter for an hour of open discussion, sharing and prizes including a special retreat package complete with airfare, courtesy of Country Inns & Suites by Carlson. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165474792738&ref=mf.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson says its hotels feature a warm and welcoming residential interior design with a lobby fireplace, lending library, hot breakfast buffet, fitness room and pool, and that the design has attracted a strong and loyal following of women and family travelers.

For the seventh time in recent history, Working Mother magazine has recognized Carlson, the parent company of Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, as one of the Working Mother 100 Best Companies. Carlson was cited for its family-friendly benefits and strong values-based culture. The company received the honor for continuing its commitment to flexible work schedules, parental leave, adoption assistance, on-campus child care and its focus on the advancement of women.

For detailed information on research findings, visit the Re-Treat agendas at www.countryinns.com/retreat or the fall promotion at www.countryinns.com/fall2009.