07/20/2016 01:22 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 01:59 EDT

How To Elevate Your Next Business Trip

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We recently found in one of our surveys that one in four business travellers* experience travel stress and with business travellers spending an average of 8.9 hours by themselves in their accommodation each day (including sleeping) when travelling internationally, where you choose to rest your head can help to make or break your trip.

For many of today's road warriors, that means going beyond the traditional executive crash-pad of the past. While business travel can be exciting and full of opportunities, it can also at times feel lonely, with many of those surveyed saying they miss family, friends and general home life (34%). All the more reason to make sure your accommodation ticks all the right boxes. Especially if, like one in five business travellers, one of your favourite things about a business trip is extending it into a holiday.

Leave it to to reinvigorate your business trip with these alternative and unique stays, from cosy B&Bs to stunning apartments, all highly endorsed by fellow business travellers in some of the top cities around the world booked for business trips.

Out of this world

For something completely different that will take your business trip to a whole new level, try sleeping in a space pod! You won't be the first to step outside of the box--or pod, business travellers are loving this futuristic feeling.

MET A Space Pod, Singapore, Singapore


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Hostel life

You certainly won't get lonely at this happy hostel where you can meet and mingle with travellers from all over the world. Kick back in the common room and taste a 'Good Cachaça'--one of Brazil's favourites drinks after a long day's work.

São Paulo Lodge Business Hostel, São Paulo, Brazil


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Viva la villa

For a unique and more extravagant stay with first class business support, book Rocco Forte on your next work trip. Embrace a royal experience at a historic site that offers gourmet food. It's time to ditch the buffet and enjoy a grand stay!

Rocco Forte Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt, Germany


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The local Londoner

Whether you need to cool off and relax after a strenuous day, or you need a quiet place to keep working, Still Life Borough is a haven of peace in a busy city that's all yours. Hungry for something different but delicious while you work on that presentation? Head downstairs and take a stroll to nearby Borough Market to get a taste of some of the world's finest food.

Still Life Borough ,London, UK


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Serene in Switzerland

A busy work schedule can mean you never experience the serene side of Switzerland. But even if you don't have time to explore, you can get a snapshot of the area's splendour by staying at the beautiful Beauvilla Bern. This historic villa built in 1902 is lavishly unique and only a 10-minute walk from the old town, in case you want a quick peak at the enchanting surroundings.

Beauvilla Bern, Bern, Switzerland


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B&B in the heart of Milan

Experience a different side of Milan at a comfortable and quaint B&B in the heart of the city, close by but tucked back from the chaos you may have escaped after work. Time to rejuvenate on that next business trip!

B&B Bonaparte Suites, Milan, Italy


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Book a boutique

Offering an exclusive experience and featuring beautifully upscale designs combined with all the technical support you need for that last minute meeting prep, it's no wonder that business travellers are booking more boutiques! Make your next trip to China one where you treat yourself after working hard to bring in the bacon.

One96, Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Home NYC

Live like a local New Yorker in a stylish home near Manhattan's famous Central Park. Plush bathrobes and slippers await at this sophisticated yet cosy pad with free Wi-Fi throughout. Head out to the charming patio at the end of your--probably very long and exhausting--day.

Home NYC, New York, USA


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Hostel or Personal Space?

Have you heard about's lavish poshtels? Sputnik is a perfect example of the new 'posh hostel' trend. Whether you want your own private space or you're feeling social, you will make no mistake at this trendy traveller's paradise.

Sputnik Hostel & Personal Space, Moscow, Russia


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Brussels' top business B&B

How about a chic B&B on your next business affair in Belgium? The elegant rooms overlook Josaphat Park and feature high ceilings, crystal chandeliers and hardwood floors. Time to turn off the lights? These high tech rooms are operated by an iPad.

B&B Avenue Deschanel, Brussels, Belgium


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*Research commissioned by and independently conducted among 4,555 people (18 -65) across USA, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, China, Italy who had travelled internationally for business four times or more in the past year. Research took place between 29th of January through the 11th of February 2016.

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