What It Is And Why Should You Turn Your Business Trips Into Mini-Vacations!
It's almost Mathematics... combine business and leisure words and you get a new one: bleisure!
But, what exactly is bleisure travel?!
More than a combination of words, more than a new trend, it's the way many business travelers found to make their trips a little bit fun, by extending their stay for one or two days more and taking some time off at the destination. It's mixing business travel obligations with some small vacation time!
If you are a business traveler, you're probably familiar with this: fly to your destination overnight, arrive in the morning, have a full day of meetings and return to the airport to fly back home late at night, the same day...
That's quite a fun, uh?!
But according to a 2015 trend report by Skift travel website, 60% of all international travelers said they've already taken a bleisure trip - either by adding at least one day at the beginning or at the end of their business trip - with 30% adding two or more days.
Additionally, almost 55% of bleisure travelers bring family members with them, while about 29% said they haven't done a bleisure trip yet, but would like or ar actually planning to.
Moreover, according to Travel Weekly site, "For travel agents, bleisure offers an opportunity to tap into a traveler who generally spends more and books more products than people who take strictly leisure trips, according to the Consumer Trends report."
In fact, if business travel is emerging as a lifestyle rather than necessity for a growing number of people, why not combining some time off and explore the city you're at?! The benefits are huge! You can get more relaxed, spend some time with your significant other, explore a new destination and still be more productive during your business duties! It's a win-win!
How to Turn Your Business Travel Into a Bleisure Trip
Whether you're traveling solo, a conference attendee or as part of a working team, you can take some time off to yourself and turn your business into a bleisure travel! Follow these simple rules:
Schedule at least two days at the end of your business trip. Don't leave your work to last. Spend your time off after your duties to get some relaxing time, otherwise you would be thinking about work during your "holidays".
Be transparent and state your intentions (not only to your employer, but also to everyone you're traveling with). Bleisure travel is not a work crime, but the last thing you would want is to give a wrong impression about what you are doing during a pure "business" trip. Avoid misunderstandings!
Bring someone along. If you are married and have kids, you know how hard it is to have time just for the couple. Bleisure travel is a great way to spend some time together and it's much better than exploring sights alone!
Don't be afraid to ask your employer some time off at your destination. It can be just one day off, but imagine if it's a Friday... you can take 1 day and get an extended weekend!
Keep personal and business finances separated. Respect your company's travel policies as far as payments and reimbursements are concerned. This way you won't get into trouble.
Use a travel consultant to manage your bleisure trips. It may seem unnecessary at first, but do you know how to change flight dates and times, extending hotel stays, cancelling arranged transfers and adding local activities at your destination... all at once, while you are there?! A travel consultant will come in hand to help you. it's the difference between a bleisure travel and spending your extra days talking on the phone with airlines and paying huge fees! At Travel Consulting Hub, we know how demanding business travel can be. If you want to take a bleisure travel, relying (just) on technology and travel apps can take out all your fun.
Why Now It's The Perfect Time For Bleisure Travel
Are you planning a bleisure trip in 2017?! Now it's better than ever!
Most of the biggest business cities tourism bureaus and business hotels alike are already targetting this new type of travelers with special rates, activities and programs.
With increasingly and appealing offers, why not take advantage of this new way to travel?!...
Travel smart. Save money & take some time off! Bleisure travel is here to stay!