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The Rise of Bleisure

The Rise of Bleisure: Balancing Business and Leisure Travel

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In recent years, a new trend has emerged among business travellers that combines the best of both worlds: bleisure travel. This innovative approach allows professionals to blend business commitments with leisure activities, transforming often mundane work trips into memorable and fulfilling experiences. As the line between work and personal life continues to blur, many individuals are embracing the concept of bleisure travel to make the most of their time on the road. Here, we will explore the rise of bleisure travel, its benefits and tips on how to strike the perfect balance.

What is Bleisure Travel?

Bleisure refers to the practice of combining business travel with leisure. It can involve extending a business trip by a week to add on a personal holiday. This can include meeting family or friends for the additional holiday. This means of bleisure travel is an ideal way for a business traveller to unwind after his or hers busy business trip and make the most of already being in or close to a leisure resort destination. Bleisure can also be just extending a business trip by a couple of days, ensuring the business traveller has downtime or days off between a busy itinerary. This time can be used for the business traveller to rejuvenate and increase productivity as well as to explore the destination, immerse in local culture or engage in recreational pursuits.

The Benefits of Bleisure Travel

  1. Enhanced Wellbeing

Bleisure travel provides an opportunity to escape the monotony of work and rejuvenate both physically and mentally. Adding leisure activities to your itinerary can help reduce stress and increase overall wellbeing. This in turn leads to greater productivity and job satisfaction.

  1. Work – Life Balance

Blending business and leisure allows individuals to strike a healthier work life balance. It enables professionals to experience new destinations, spend quality time with loved ones, make memories and also pursue personal interests. All whilst fulfilling work obligations.

  1. Cultural Immersion

Bleisure travel offers the chance to explore local attractions, sample regional cuisine and engage in cultural experiences that may otherwise be missed during hectic business trips. It allows travellers to gain a deeper understanding of the destinations unique offerings.

  1. Networking Opportunities

Finally, extending your stay in a location after business meetings or attending industry conferences can create opportunities for networking and building relationships outside of formal settings. Informal conversations over a meal or during leisure activities can lead to deeper, more valuable connections and collaborations.

Tips for Blending Business and Leisure

You will want to plan ahead and factor in extra days at the point of booking. Ensure you speak openly with your employer about the possibility of adding on your own leisure trip or requesting extra days for leisure activities. When approved, your travel management company can source all requirements within a single brief, eliminating the need for any changes at a later point which can incur challenges. Maximise weekends as well as holidays if you can. If your business trip coincides with weekends or public holidays take advantage of these additional days. Lastly, be sure to research the destination. Search attractions, events and local customs to identify opportunities for leisurely exploration.

Ultimately, a good travel management company can handle any complexity of bleisure travel itineraries, providing a smooth and seamless transition. Enquire today with our business travel experts here at Your Travel Corporate and unlock the full potential of blended business and leisure travel.

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