Business trips have long been nicknamed as “paid holidays” for lucky corporate executives, especially those travelling to exotic locations in India and abroad, drawing envious glances from those less fortunate. However, it’s not always fun and no work, more so when the responsibility and accountability are high. There are a growing number of business travellers, who, having travelled half the way around the earth, do not want to miss the opportunity of exploring a foreign land. Why not extend the trip by a few days and top it off with a sightseeing spree? Sounds fun? Read on for more.
“Bleisure” is a term coined to describe this heady concoction of mixing business with leisure and has caught on with business travellers for good. After all, it makes perfect sense to explore a destination you have never travelled to, after finishing up with all the business tasks at hand. Since the company has already paid for the travel and the stay (the business bit at least), extending the trip can help you relax and rejuvenate, giving you some much needed “me time”. This turns out to be extremely cost-effective as you may only have to incur the costs of additional stay and food. In fact, the only effort on your part would be to convince your boss to let you stay back for a couple of days!
Local Support is a huge plus!
One huge advantage of undertaking a Bleisure trip is the reassuring presence of local colleagues and clients you have already met during the course of work. They would be more than willing to help you in choosing points of interest, local food delicacies and love to provide the little nuggets of information of where to shop and what to buy. Having a local support system in place in an unknown land is probably one of the most distinct benefits of a Bleisure trip. Leverage a bit of client-vendor relationship and get a city tour from a knowledgeable local, visiting places hidden from the average tourist.
And the family joins the fun too
Wouldn’t it be great to surprise the family or a loved one with a short holiday, making all the necessary travel and stay arrangements for them? Business travellers all over the world are extending business travel to accommodate quality time with their families and make every precious moment count. This is a smart way of gaining extra value from a business trip and squeezing in holiday time with people who matter the most in your life.
So what’s driving Bleisure towards increased popularity?
There are a growing number of millennials who travel for business and Bleisure is ideal to get more value out of these trips. In this connected world, where everyone is just a phone call or email away, it is easy to combine productivity and the opportunity to enjoy the job. Come to think of it, Bleisure trips go a long way in helping to achieve the much needed work-life balance we all strive for.