What are hush trips and why will they be one of the most popular travel trends in 2023? Let’s unpack the trending phenomenon that has many booking flights between virtual meetings.

The last few years of working remotely have even the amateur traveler ready to get outside to experience new locales. Once a coveted perk of forward-thinking tech companies, remote work is now standard practice for a lot of employees, making the concept of working from anywhere in the world easier than ever before. With the rise in popularity of virtual meetings via technologies like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Meet, the need for physical offices, in most cases, is a thing of the past. 

This ever-evolving change in the way companies do business means employees have more flexibility, at least on the surface. 

The benefits of working remotely are top-tier, right? No more commuting. Increased productivity. Less office drama (at least in person). Rolling out of bed to log on in your pajamas, anyone?

Or maybe that’s just us. We won’t tell.

But the biggest perk above them all? The very real ability to work from anywhere.

In addition to unlocking an expanded candidate pool (a benefit enjoyed by both companies and employees), many remote workers said goodbye to major metro areas in search of affordable housing and less hustle and bustle. Others are still incorporating short trips or stays into their routine with this newfound flexibility.

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Hush Trip Defined

In pre-pandemic times, employees may have felt inclined to inform supervisors of travel plans. However, as workplace norms got their overdue re-evaluation, so too has the custom of giving employers more information than necessary.

And thus, the “hush trip” was born.

According to C Boarding Group, a hush trip is defined as a trip an employee takes that overlaps with working hours where they don’t inform their company where they are working from and they leave some time leftover to do some exploring.

In other words: they just go.

In its most transparent form, the hush trip can also be considered a workation, although the latter term typically involves more communication or coordination with your place of employment. That said, whatever you decide to call it, these travel concepts are “bleisure” at their best.

Whether it’s an extended weekend that incorporates a “work” Friday or Monday, or a more ambitious month-long stay in Mexico, working remotely while traveling is here to stay.

Hush trips, however, have a defining characteristic: you are not actively disclosing your location with your company.

Hush trips, according to Forbes, could be one of the hottest travel trends in 2023. Hospitality sectors like Airbnb and Vrbo, and even hotels, getting into the game is all the evidence we need.

Many are specifically targeting remote workers with discounted pricing for extended stays and, by staying at a resort or hotel property, workers will likely be able to take advantage of additional amenities like the gym.

Employees are eager to get out and see the world – particularly Gen Z and Millennials. With employees sharing work location details on a need-to-know basis, the hush trip trend is growing in 2023 and beyond.

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