How to Make Bleisure Work for Your Business Travel

Editor’s Note: We’d like to thank our guest blogger, Vincent Stokes, for writing this informative piece about how to incorporate leisure into your corporate travel program and make it work for you. Here’s the bottom line: Plan more bleisure travel in 2017. Find out why your mental health, your family, and even your boss will thank you later. 

If you are involved in the business world, you might have come across the term “bleisure” before. This new word is meant to describe mixing work time with vacation time on business trips. This may sound like common sense, but when you consider that Americans wasted 658 million vacation days this past year, this “common sense” might be much needed. Is it really any wonder why Americans suffer from chronic stress nowadays? The “bleisure” movement hopes to inspire other workers to take it easy on their business trips. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few strategies for planning the perfect “bleisure” trip.

– Book At Least One Extra Day

Most expert “bleisure” travelers book at least one extra day on their business trips, and they all recommend other business travelers do the same. According to a piece by World Travel Market, some companies have established travel policies in accordance with bleisure travel. For instance, certain organizations allow employees to add on, as a maximum, half the number of additional leave days of the combined official working days. (e.g out of your 4 working days, you can add up to 2 additional extra days of leave).

This is an especially valuable idea if you happen to be a chronic workaholic. People who book this extra day (or two) not only have reduced travel stress, they also say it gives them a chance to better understand the local environment in which they are working.

– Learning While You Enjoy

Picking up on that last point, most business travelers learn more on their “bleisure” day than on their business days. Staying in offices, conferences, and office rooms all day detaches people quite a bit from the richness and vibrancy of the local culture. The best way to understand the psyches of your clients is to experience the culture you are in head-on. So, not only is this extra day a chance to enjoy, you can also learn a great deal of information on local customs, the local language, and the local culture.

– Don’t Feel You Need to Go It Alone

If you’ve got a family or significant other, you don’t need to leave them out of all the fun. Many experts recommend planning your vacations around your business schedule. You can take advantage of all the perks offered by your business, plus schedule extra days for quality vacation time with your family. In fact, some reports have estimated that around half of bleisure travelers are doing so.

– Plan Ahead

Of course, successful “bleisure” travel does require a great degree of planning. This is where technology can be your best friend. There are many apps online that can help you plan your “bleisure” adventures well in advance. One popular app for “bleisure” enthusiasts is called Moovit. Moovit helps its users by giving them quality information on transportation within thousands of the world’s most popular cities. Most adventurous travelers prefer Moovit because using the public transportation in a new city gives a more authentic taste of that city’s unique personality. All the news you need to know about transportation will be right at your fingertips with this app. Moovit is currently available on iOS, Android, and Windows products.

Another great app to help “bleisure” travelers plan their trip is Yelp. This app will let travelers know all about the greatest restaurants and attractions in various cities around the world. It’s best to take a look at apps like Yelp before heading off to get a general sense of what sights and smells are within your hotel’s vicinity.

– Insure Yourself

If you’re a “bleisure” traveler who wants really explore your city, you’ll probably end up renting a car for a few days. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, even on “bleisure” vacations. The best way to protect yourself in a foreign country is to buy insurance, especially rental car insurance. This will save you a lot of headaches as you cruise around your foreign paradise.

 

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