Traveling for work means that you must head out of town, spend your days in meetings and conferences – sometimes even using your dining time to have one-on-one meetings. Then, you must quickly head back home in order to get back into the office. True? False. All work and no play is becoming a thing of the past with the introduction of bleisure.
The new generation of suits is embracing the importance of personal well-being and mental clarity. They also are great at multi-tasking and blending their work life and home life to benefit them to the fullest. After all, the better you feel, the better you work. Perhaps all of this is what has led to a new trend of adding on some leisure time to your business travel; hence the name bleisure.
Bleisure is growing in popularity – and for good reason. It has great perks and great benefits – and if you aren’t taking advantage of it, then you are traveling all wrong.
So, How Does Bleisure Work?
Like the name suggests, bleisure is a combination of business and leisure. The idea behind it is to add some leisure time on to your business travel. This provides you a chance to enjoy yourself and complete what you traveled there to do for work. Just adding a couple of days can have unimaginable benefits for your life.
Let’s explore just how it works in a bit more detail. You can add an additional few days of leisure on to your business trip, either at the beginning or the end of the trip. Of course, adding it to the end means you can take care of business first and get it out of the way before you relax and enjoy some leisure time.
For example, let’s say you must travel for business meetings on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Instead of heading back home Wednesday night or Thursday morning, you will extend your trip – heading back on Sunday night. That way, you can enjoy your long weekend as a mini-vacation before heading back to the office.
Importance of Vacations
Vacations are important for so many reasons. In fact, they have been known to:
- Relieve stress
- Re-establish your sense of focus
- Help prevent illnesses – even including heart disease and weight problems
- Reduce the chance for burnout or mental strain
- Lead you to greater happiness
- Help increase your productivity levels at work
- Improve your sleep
Choosing to take a loved one or family member with you on your bleisure trip can also help you benefit with an increased strengthening of your relationship.
If you know and understand just how important vacations are, then maybe you have good intentions of planning one each year. Yet how often does that happen? When was the last time you took a vacation for yourself? It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day activities of life that a vacation tends to get pushed to the back burner.
Bleisure, in a sense, is almost like a forced vacation. It is a surefire way of getting you to take a step aside and relax. After all, you will already be at the destination for work – so all you need to do is extend the trip by a couple of days.
And, even if you are always dedicated to taking vacations each year, taking advantage of bleisure travel will only increase the above-mentioned benefits.
Save Time and Money
Bleisure allows you to save time and money. You know how important vacations are and how beneficial they are to your overall well-being. By adding your vacation into your business travel, you do not have to take a separate vacation.
In addition, your company is planning to send you to your destination for work. They also must bring you back. Therefore, if you can throw an extra few days into your business travel – you can have a mini-vacation without the otherwise necessary travel expense!
Explore New Places
You never know where work will send you. Depending on your industry or the reason for the business travel, you may find yourself in some unique locations. And, often times, these may be places you would never have otherwise chosen. It is not every day that you hear someone say they have to head out to Moon Township, PA for vacation. However, this is close to Pittsburgh and, if you have business meetings here, then you can take advantage of all that Pittsburgh has to offer. You wouldn’t ordinarily choose it as a vacation destination, so explore it and enjoy it – and mark it off your list.
Work travel can bring you face to face with places you may have never heard of. Or, it can take you to some of the hottest and happening places in the world. Take advantage of all these opportunities.
Travel In Style
When is the last time you flew a private jet to your vacation destination? If you are like most people, this is probably something that you have not done. But, if you choose to take your vacation as a bit of bleisure, then you can – and maybe even let your company pick up the tab.
Private jet flights can offer you a chance to unwind. You can sit back, put your feet up and take a nap. Or, stream the latest movies and TV shows. If you want to prepare yourself for your business meeting, you can always make some phone calls, handle your emails, or run through your PowerPoint presentation one last time. Enjoy all the privacy that this jet has to offer.
Then, when you are leaving your busy destination – and all the tourists are heading to the long security lines, you can head to the private airport for your flight.
It is not always necessary to keep up with the always-changing trends. In fact, doing so can get dizzying and tiring. Every now and then, however, there is something that comes along that makes life better and more satisfying. Bleisure travel is one of those trends.