Bleisure, or the combination of business and leisure travel, is a growing trend among corporate travelers. In 2016, 17% of leisure trips included a business component, up from 11% in 2012 and 14% in 2015.
This travel trend is due to a number of factors, including cost-conscious millennial employees and more reasonable airfare costs in general. Millennials are less likely to travel strictly for leisure due to the cost, so they’re more excited about embracing more affordable bleisure trips than other generations of employees. With more affordable airfare, travel companions can join business travelers during the leisure pieces of their trips.
Tips for Bleisure Travel
- Plan your business obligations for mid- to late-week and take advantage of the weekend in your destination. This way, you won’t need to use your limited paid time off to enjoy the trip. If it works out, consider planning a bleisure trip around a long weekend.
- Choose which business trips you want to add leisure to carefully. Potential candidates include destinations with very long travel times, such as Asia and Australia, or locations you’ve never visited before.
- Let your boss and coworkers know your plans before you leave on bleisure travel. This way, everyone knows you’re putting business first and taking in your destination on personal time.
- Explore your business destination after your last morning meeting or following dinner one night. Then, head to a nearby city for the leisure portion of your trip. This is very easy to do in many parts of Europe and the US.
- Pack smart for your bleisure trip. You’re combining two trips into one, but you don’t get twice the luggage.
- Plan which attractions, restaurants, neighborhoods and parks you want to see before you leave home. You won’t have time to create an itinerary once in meetings and conferences, and you don’t want to waste time on a trip already shorter than most vacations.
- Keep business and leisure separate while traveling, especially when it comes to your credit cards. Misusing a generous travel policy can easily cause companies to change it.