Known as bleisure travel or workcations, by tacking on extra days to
an already planned business trip you combine the best of both work and
play, fitting in epic adventures on even the most stodgy of business trips.
What is Bleisure Travel?
"Bleisure" travel—a portmanteau of “business” and
“leisure”—is a growing segment of the travel industry. With Internet
access nigh on ubiquitous the world over, employees are taking a page
nomad brethren by finding ways to mix a little fun into their
work trips. Known by some as workcations, bleisure travelers don’t let
a little work stop their chance to visit iconic sights and
list adventures nearby.
Who are These Bleisure Travelers?
Business Review found that six out of 10 people have added
personal days onto a business trip (not shabby…but we were hoping for
a 10/10 here). There’s no record of how many people perform
job-related functions while on vacation (we sincerely hope they’re
logging billable hours for those!), but in today’s high-demand,
on-call world, the number is likely high. Technology blurs the lines
between work “on” time and home “off” time, compelling those who work
to find innovative solutions for merging their work (a necessity) with
travel (a joy).
Still not convinced?
There are more than just fun reasons to undertake bleisure travel:
Employees who are well-rested before, say, a big presentation or
likely to perform well.
People need downtime to recover from the rigors of traveling and the
stress of these types of functions.
You need downtime to make
life of travel a reality.
Tacking a couple of days onto the beginning or end of a business
trip is good for you and therefore good for your employer. Honestly,
you’re essentially doing your boss a favor when you
your vacation time to
your unknown. Plus, it's easy enough to pack a
takes you from work to play.
How Plan a Successful Bleisure Trip
1. Ask your boss.
If you’re interested in planning a bleisure trip and workcation, the
first thing to do is
to your boss. You might be surprised to find out that s/he
is a lot more accommodating than you’d expect. Bleisure travel is
hardly a niche phenomenon, and most employers have at least heard of
2. Assess your time off.
If you have vacation or personal time available, most bosses are
happy to let you add a couple of days onto the trip to take in local
sights, or to visit signature attractions. For those lacking enough
vacation time, use the weekend or a public holiday for extra travel
time, either arriving early or departing later.
Of course, you’ll be paying for any extra hotel stays, food, or
other expenses from your
, so make sure it’s topped up!.
3. Bring the whole gang.
Another popular form of bleisure travel is bringing a significant
other and/or even children with you on your trip. Yup, you could a
bleisure trip that includes a
girls’ weekend or
getaway with your bae. In a time where companies are turning
an increasingly attentive eye to the critical work/family balance,
there has never been a better opportunity to marry work, travel, and a
family trip, especially if your employer is already footing the bill
for a hotel. Save up airline miles to swing the ticket for your spouse
or kids. They can entertain themselves while you’re on the clock, and
you will have the comfort of being surrounded by your loved ones when
you’re done for the day.
4. Pack with business and leisure in mind.
with a plan means bringing exactly what you need for both
parts of your workcation. Fill your
bag with work stuff and use a
organizer for your electronics. Then move onto the fun
stuff—perhaps those killer swimming trunks or cute bathing suit you
found—and pack it like a pro by using
cubes Tetris-ed into an
carry on (because who has time for checked bag fees).
Bleisure is a hybrid form of travel that allows you to travel the
world even when you haven’t yet managed to quit your job. Squeeze
every second of travel into your life by thinking outside the box—
and downtime were made for
Related Links (from Eagle Creek blog):
to Negotiate More Vacation Time
Remotely: What is the Digital Nomad Lifestyle
to Save Money for Your Next Big Vacation