Working Vacations Common in '95

CELLULAR phones, beepers, and laptop computers joined many vacationers on trips this summer, reports a recent survey.

More than half of the 617 working Americans polled said they took time off, and of those, 23 percent said they performed job-related activities while away, according to a study by Steelcase Inc., an office furnituremaker in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Nearly all the respondents said they used technology to do their work, which included catching up on reading, checking in with the boss, and doing paperwork.

The top three destinations for business travelers are Western Europe, Canada, and Asia, finds a survey by Wisconsin consulting firm Runzheimer International. The poll of 76 corporate travel managers also reports that the average international business trip costs $3,485, almost half of which is usually airfare.

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