And just when you thought you had outgrown bunking with strangers or people who aren’t your wife, here comes another upsetting trend. With business travel costs expected to rise 6% next year, companies are looking for innovative and/or unconventional ways to cut costs.
Here is where the icky part comes in: Some companies are saving on lodging by having employees share hotel rooms on business trips
Until recently, room sharing by business travelers was limited to those making highly infrequent trips or to academics and government employees on strict and meager per diems. But it seems that businesses are hunkering down on their employees bunking up.
A recent survey conducted for Orbitz for Business found that 24% of business travelers have been required to share a room with a colleague on the road.
One obvious reason for this recent shift: Hotel costs are rising as much as 15% and are especially high in big cities.
To read more about this tightening trend, see the New York Times article on the subject.
Or write in with your own anecdotes to sharing a room when on the road.