Frequent Fliers Find Trouble at Home

New Survey Reveals Road Warriors’ Greatest Worry Isn’t Delays or Lost Luggage, But the Spouse They Leave Behind

Frequent business travel can severely test a marriage. Nearly 74% of business travelers say their stay-behind spouse has expressed concern about being left home alone. Moreover, 79% frequently worry about their significant other when traveling for business. (1) These findings, among others, were revealed today in a national survey by Wakefield Research, commissioned by Logitech.

While business travel is hard, it’s harder on the spouse who has decided to stay at home. Managing alone the daily tasks of keeping a family and home, the stakes are higher when personal safety issues arise. More than half of spouses have felt anxious when their significant other was away on a business trip. There’s reason to worry. 75% of business travelers know someone who has had their home broken into.

“My husband was on the road for work almost every week,” comments Allison Travers, a home owner in Denver. “Our house is in an ‘up and coming’ neighborhood, and one morning I found a bullet hole in our guest room window. I was terrified every moment I was alone, and his absence played a role in our separation.”

To ease the anxiety, more than half of stay-at-home spouses use conventional tricks to make them feel secure, such as leaving the TV on (56%) or turning on more lights than usual (53%). Other coping mechanisms are more unusual: 15% of spouses talk to themselves, and nearly one in ten find security by sleeping with a stuffed animal.

Additional findings include:
• Travel may be taking its toll. 59% of business travelers will look for a job that requires less travel when the economy improves.

• Travelers are eager to stay home. Despite the tight economy, 54% would take a $5,000 pay cut if it meant they’d never have to travel for work again.

“When people are on the road, home security becomes a very real and intense concern,” notes Evan Tree, a 25-year veteran of the home security industry and chief product officer for Logitech’s Digital Video Security business. “Most people don’t realize that a video security system, with motion detection, remote viewing via the Internet and cell phone alerts is an affordable, easy-to-install option that can put their conscience at ease.”

Nearly half of business travelers (46%) report having at least three “burglar bait” features in their homes, including a flat-screen TV or other valuables visible from the outside (48%), or high fences or shrubbery that provide cover for burglars (41%). 39% don’t have deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. “Whether they’re too busy, or aren’t aware of their vulnerability, many Americans aren’t taking even the basic precautions,” noted Tree.