Nearly half of British workers in a recent survey said they travel regularly for work, with a third saying they take 50 per cent more business trips than ever before.

The business travel study, commissioned by Travelodge, showed 46 per cent of 2,000 respondents travel regularly – on average three times a week – for work.

The same number said they were more productive when out of the office, while eight out of ten respondents said they travelled as much as possible because of the importance of face-to-face meetings with clients and colleagues.

Four in ten said business travel has helped to improve their skill-set and confidence.

Desire for more work trips appears to extend beyond Britain. Last year a global study of 4,521 workers revealed that seventy per cent of business travellers find business trips more enjoyable than everyday work life, while another showed 30 per cent of business travellers would take a lower-paying job if it meant more travel for work.

On the downside, respondents in the Travelodge survey also reported spending five hours of personal time a week catching up on work missed while away on business trips.