What do some of the most experienced travelers think of life on the road? T+L and Fortune surveyed them to find out. Readers of both magazines offered insights into the best—and worst—parts of business travel

Travel Habits
Besides work, here's what business travelers have done while on the road:

• 71% snuck in sightseeing between meetings
• 71% only bring a carry-on bag
• 68% said they maintained their regular exercise and eating habits
• 54% have extended a work trip for leisure
• 40% ordered room service
• 28% say scrutiny of expense reports has increased from five years ago
• 23% have not removed liquids from their bag at security
• 7% got "creative" with their expense report

Most Frustrating Aspects of Flying
Flying is the most stressful part of a business trip, according to respondents. Here, the most frustrating aspects:

• Cramped legroom/seat comfort (51%)
• Delays/cancellations (42%)
• Poor customer service (26%)
• Inefficient boarding process (23%)
• Lack of space for carry-on baggage (20%)
• Annoying fellow passengers (19%)
• Airport security (16%)
• Hidden fees (12%)
• Lack of good food options (12%)
• Limited seat availability (12%)
• Restrictive loyalty programs (11%)
• Lost/delayed luggage (10%)
• Limited connectivity (e.g. Wi-Fi, cell service, etc.) (6%)
• Immigration/passport control (5%)

Most Valued Hotel Amenities:

• In-room technology/Wi-Fi (55%)
• Room comfort/design (54%)
• Loyalty program (41%)
• Late check-out/early check-in (33%)
• Customer service (29%)
• Restaurants/bars/public spaces (28%)
• Fitness facilities (23%)
• Meeting/business facilities (3%)
• Spa (3%)

Feelings About Business Travel:

• 48% I usually enjoy it
• 35% Some trips I like, others not so much
• 9% It’s a necessary evil
• 7% I relish my road warrior status
• 1% I’d rather be getting a root canal

Top Apps
The most important digital tools for road warriors: 

• Google Maps (53%)
• Kayak (22%)
• Expedia (21%)
• Yelp (17%)
• Skype (15%)
• Seat Guru (14%)
• Orbitz (12%)
• TripIt (8%)
• Uber (7%)
• GateGuru (4%)
• TripCase (3%)
• Hipmunk (2%)
• Trip Advisor (2%)
• Flight+ (2%)
• Foursquare (2%)
• HotelTonight (1%)
• WorldMate (1%)
• Skyscanner (1%)

For the complete business travel coverage, including the best hotel brands and ways to eat healthy on the road, check out travelandleisure.com/best-in-business-travel.

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