Travelling for work doesn’t have to be strictly business, as many professionals now use corporate travel as an opportunity to fit in some well-deserved leisure time.
Recent statistics from Booking.com found that 49% of business travellers are prolonging their corporate trips so they have more time to enjoy the location. This isn’t a random occurrence though, it’s a trend that’s been taking off in recent years, with many referring to it as ‘bleisure’.
If you fancy getting on board with the growing bleisure trend, then we’ve come up with some tips to help you get the most out of your next business trip.
Making time for you
A great way to fit in some essential ‘you time’ is to wake up a few hours earlier than you usually would before a meeting to do some exercise or treat yourself to a fulfilling breakfast. This way you can arrive at your destination with a full stomach and a clear mind.
Prepare for business
If you have work to do in preparation for a big meeting or conference, you should aim to complete it prior to going on the trip. Once official business is taken care of, you have more free time for leisure activities.
Another way to save time and money if you’re in an unfamiliar city is to work with a business travel company, as they have the booking tools to arrange all of your transport and get you exactly where you need to be.
Choosing the right accommodation can have a big impact on your stay, so it’d be wise to find out what your company budget is for the trip and search for the best option within that price range.
If what you want is slightly over the budget, we suggest putting some of your own spend towards the hotel so you can make the most of your time there.
Somewhere with a spa or pool is ideal, as it gives you the perfect opportunity to unwind after the working day is through.
Know the rules
Although many companies are happy for their staff to mix business with leisure, it’s still a good idea to read up on policies regarding corporate trips. It helps to be aware of the guidelines about company expenses and their duty of care/risk management obligations during your stay.
There are lots of benefits for employers and their staff when it comes to bleisure travel. For business travellers, it’s a great way to incorporate professional duties with some well-earned relaxation time and for employers, it can help to boost overall wellbeing and productivity in the workplace.
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