Travel Team | Jun 21, 2022
Remote work has been steadily on the rise for quite a few years now. But with the advancements in technology and the unexpected “Great Remote Work Experiment” necessitated by the pandemic, the world of work has shifted on its axis. Many experts predict that a full return to the office isn’t in the cards. Meanwhile, remote work will only continue to grow.
It's a shift that Marc Cenedella, CEO of Ladders, a career site for professionals seeking six-figure jobs and ongoing vocational enrichment, described to NBC News as “The largest change in American working and living arrangements since World War II.” When you can work from anywhere, you can also live anywhere. It changes everything from your commute to flexibility for caring for family. And it opens the door to more bleisure opportunities than ever before.
Bleisure is the blurred line between business travel and leisure travel. Today, instead of having to answer “Business or pleasure?” you can have both. Imagine what it would be like if next time you go to Los Angeles for a meeting, you could extend your stay an extra week or two to explore the entire West Coast on a trip that’s partially subsidized by your organization.
That’s the magic of bleisure travel. Among businesses that support this type of travel, employee satisfaction is on the rise and turnover is decreasing, which means that it's a win for everyone involved.
Research shows that in the U.S., 88% of bleisure travel remains domestic, with bleisure travelers taking more than six trips every year on average. And that makes sense given the fallout the pandemic has had on international travel. Moreover, bleisure travel has been a steadying force, helping the travel industry rebound a bit as more business travelers build leisure time into their itineraries.
The Global Business Travel Association anticipates that more than one in three business travelers will add leisure to one or more of their trips in 2022. If you’re one of them, and you’ve never taken a bleisure trip before, these four tips are sure to make the planning process smoother and your trip even more fun.
For many, the decision to plan a bleisure trip instead of a business-only trip depends on the destination. But if you approach your bleisure travel with that mindset, you could be missing out on some amazing places to explore and experience. Even if you’re not going to the hottest vacation spot, there's nothing keeping you in the same spot where you're doing business. A survey conducted by Great Hotels of the World shows that 28% of bleisure travelers don't stay in the same location for business and leisure. There’s no rule that you can’t rent a car and drive to an amazing second destination or discover the beauty in an area you may not have considered for vacation otherwise.
Your workplace greenlit bleisure travel, so now what? While many digital nomads are permanently on the move, bleisure travelers enjoy shorter stays. And that means you need to use smart scheduling to get the most out of your time. Weekends, long weekends, and public holidays can all help extend your trip without costing you paid vacation time. At the same time, bringing your mobile devices and laptop can make it possible to work in quirky little cafes, public plazas, or your vacation rental, so you keep being productive while still enjoying your time away.
First, you need to figure out what your work schedule will be like. What days and times do you have meetings and other obligations, for example? Then, you can plan your fun time accordingly. You might be able to bookend leisure activities and accommodations on the beginning and/or end of the trip. If you have evenings free, be sure to use them to try out a fabulous dining hot spot or catch a show.
You might also consider the level of activity you'll be engaging in. For example, if you're planning an epic hike or shredding the slopes, you might schedule your leisure time after business so you're not too physically exhausted. After all, to make bleisure travel a success, work has to come first.
Many employers will let you bring a friend or family with you. Research from Expedia shows that 65% of bleisure travelers go on their own, with 35% bringing someone with them. Visiting friends and family at or near your destination is great, but only 36% of bleisure travelers have people they know near their destination. There’s something to be said for solo travel, but having a travel buddy to explore destinations with can make your bleisure trip even sweeter.
One more tip before you start planning your trip: Don’t sleep on travel insurance. Given the uncertainty we experienced during the pandemic and the ups and downs of everyday life, travel insurance has become a necessity. Trip protection for your “workcation” can help protect the money you spent for your trip, so you can take calls and meet deadlines from exciting destinations. See how Seven Corners can help you do bleisure travel right.
Caryn Anderson is a professional copywriter who has been freelancing since 2007. She specializes in subjects that range from health and travel to lifestyle and finance. In addition to providing content for a variety of businesses, her work has been featured on popular websites such as USA Today, Bankrate, Credit Sesame, AZ Central, Livestrong and Above, and Beyond, Bed, Bath & Beyond's blog.