One in four Gen Z Kiwi travellers expect to be able to work from anywhere in the world - survey

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28 percent of 18-25 year olds say they expect to work from abroad more in 2023. Photo credit: Getty Images

New research has found more than one in every four Gen Z New Zealanders expect to be able to work from anywhere in the world over the next year.

The study, released by Allianz Partners NZ, showed 28 percent of the 18-25 age group say they expect "to work from abroad more frequently" in 2023.

"Younger Kiwis are traditionally the people who want to go overseas for an Overseas Experience and to get out and explore the world," said Allianz Partners New Zealand CEO Kevin Blyth. 

"After having to put these plans on hold for a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no surprise that this group is eager to make travel a top priority in 2023. With video conferencing now the norm and many teams working flexibly, some Gen Z Kiwis will be looking to take work-life balance to the next level by continuing to work remotely while having an overseas experience."

The research surveyed 500 people aged 18 years or older.

However, Allianz Partners NZ cautioned that although the work-from-anywhere trend may be growing, there are still "some obstacles" to be overcome.

"In some countries, for example,  regulations stipulate that you cannot spend more than  a certain period in a particular hotel, such as the 30-day limit mandated in Portugal," the company said in its States of Mind Travel report.

"Long stays can also raise tax  residency issues for companies and individuals, and these  rules should be kept under review with changes in working  patterns and international mobility in mind."

The news comes after Allianz Partners NZ released a study in November that found 96 percent of Kiwis plan to travel in the next year and one in three of us (34 percent) are now more likely to purchase travel insurance now than prior to the pandemic.

A June 2020 review of Google searches for flights and accommodation revealed international outbound travel demand in New Zealand had topped pre-pandemic levels by more than 40 percent.

Australia was proving a popular option for Kiwi travellers with four out of the top five most in-demand cities being Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

London, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Dubai, New York and Las Vegas had also proved to be popular destinations, according to the search trends.

A survey commissioned by technology company Cisco found a whopping 83.2 percent of New Zealand employees had said the ability to work from anywhere had made them happier.

There were 28,000 people surveyed for that global study.