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Know your road warriors

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A survey of 800 business travelers found five kinds of characters:

1. The veteran. Average years in the profession: 19. They take up to a dozen business trips a year. They almost invariably bring a laptop.

2. The road weary. They average 15 trips a year, half by car. They feel hassled and cash-strapped, spending $1,330 per trip, the least of any group here.

3. The wide-eyed and anxious. Following the rules and getting around stresses these folks. They take fewer trips on average, about 11. They’re male, and about half are under age 35.

4. The passionate. These young, enthusiastic travelers average 13 trips per year, mainly by plane, and pack several gadgets.

5. The newbie. Eager to explore, these frequent fliers take about 14 trips per year and typically stay six days, heavily using social media.

— Adapted from “The five kinds of road warriors,” Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times,

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