Kylie Stine | Aug 28, 2019
We’ve all been there. Sitting among our piles of papers to sift through and list of upcoming meetings, we scroll through our social media feed (Don’t deny it!), see our friends on exotic vacations, and enviously wonder, “Do they even work??”
We make promises to ourselves to book a quick getaway, but then get home and become distracted with daily to-dos, like laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning. It’s easy to get caught in a seemingly never-ending cycle, believing your life would fall apart if you actually took a break and traveled.
Here’s some great news: it doesn’t have to. You can continue to be the woman who does it all — and you can do it anywhere around the world! Bleisure travel is becoming increasingly popular, and some believe it may be redefining work-life balance. Just because two weeks off of work may be out of the question, that doesn’t mean you have to be in office the whole time.
What is “bleisure travel” exactly?
The most popular form of bleisure travel is when an employee is traveling for business and extends the trip a few extra days, thus turning the business trip into a leisure vacation of sorts. On trips like these, travelers can often return on flights paid for by their companies or receive a business rate on airline tickets.
Another increasingly popular form of work is the ability to work remote, which lends itself well to the bleisure movement. Even if your career field doesn’t offer full-time remote positions, it may be possible for you to spend a week or two on a “business vacation” where you can work on the road. This way, you can get that much-needed change of scenery without falling behind on tasks.
With your dedication and these tips, you can get some R&R without missing any deadlines (or sacrificing a paycheck).
When you’re still being paid like it’s a regular work day (or if you’re being paid to travel for work), that means business is still your first priority. The evenings and weekends are your friends, but make sure to stay dedicated during the days so that you can enjoy the free time.
Remember: Work hard, play hard!
It can sometimes be difficult to stare at a screen for eight hours in a row with daily to-dos and other distractions competing for your attention. To combat this, set mini goals for yourself throughout the day, and then take short breaks where you reward yourself.
For example, if you have 10 items on your to-do list, check off 2 items before making another cup of coffee or grabbing a pastry. Check off 5 before you go to lunch. Switch locations after you check off 7. The work day will be more enjoyable, and you’ll still feel like you’re on vacation as you change up your work space.
If you know you have a call coming up, have to send an important email, or even need to edit a Google doc, make sure you’re always somewhere with a sufficient internet connection nearby.
Yes, unfortunately this means a secluded cabin in the wilderness may not be the smartest place to take a bleisure vacation.
Ditch the hotel room spend your days working in cafes, parks, coffee shops, or even another fancy hotel lobby. Look online for recommendations, or ask the locals!
Bleisure travel doesn’t have to mean you’re taking calls from another continent. This same advice applies in your own city. You can become a local tourist!
Your boss (hopefully) approved your vacation, so don’t punish yourself for being out of office by spending your entire trip working. If you met your goals of the day, close your laptop and enjoy your evening. You are on vacation, after all!