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More Business Travelers Have Roommates

Embassy Suites surveyed 700 business travelers recently to gauge travel trends.

Not surprisingly, 71% of the business travelers say they've changed their travel habits over the last year. More of them are flying coach, buying cheaper meals and looking for more reasonably-priced hotels.

But what's surprising is that more of them are willing to share a hotel room: Almost one-fifth (17%) say they're bunking with co-workers to save a few bucks.

USA Today is asking readers what they think about sharing a hotel room with a co-worker. The vast majority say they would absolutely hate it. In fact, some would gladly pay the difference out of pocket in order to have their own room. One commenter threatens to go on a beans and cabbage diet if his employer starts making co-workers share hotel rooms. Hah.

I can see his point, though. The last thing anyone wants to do after a long day of work far from home is make conversation with a co-worker who is trimming his nose hair and wearing Simpsons pajamas. It's hard to rest and refuel if your roommate is arguing with her boyfriend on her cell phone or blurts out, "Oh! Battlefield Earth is on! Have you seen it? You gotta watch it!" Or maybe you find out your roommate/co-worker likes to watch Japanese tentacle porn while drinking massive amounts of Captain Morgan rum. How long until we go home?

Anyway, rooming with co-workers is an interesting trend and I'll be interested to see if it outlives the recession.


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