Don’t mix business with pleasure; for the traditional businesspeople among us, you might not like what you’re about to read because ‘Bleisure’ is the very definition of this combination. Whether you work from home or perhaps you take frequent business trips, a bleisure traveler will work but also extend their stay for leisure time. Today, we’re going to investigate further while providing some tips so you can do it right!
How Can You Do It?
If you’re sensing you might have opportunities to be a bleisure traveler, it couldn't be easier because you just have to utilize the time you have available. If you have a presentation in the morning, why not attend an art gallery or relax by the beach in the afternoon? If you’re a freelance worker, you can stay in each location for as long as you wish!
#1 - If you’re going to be a bleisure worker, you need to set boundaries so your leisure time doesn’t have you worrying about work. For example, you could introduce a ‘no technology’ rule so you won’t be tempted to check your emails. Think of it like a bike; you can switch gears between ‘work’ and ‘play’ modes.
#2 - Before you leave home, do some research about your destination so you can be a bleisure traveler with style rather than wasting time researching when you arrive. When we use the word ‘research’, we aren't saying you need to build a biography of the nearby landmarks but you can write a loose plan of what you want to see and do.
#3 - If you really want to do it with style, invite your friends or family for the vacation section of your trip. Although bringing family to a business trip will always be a bad idea, having them arrive when your vacation starts can be great fun. On the way, you can look into fun days out such as local parks, zoos, aquariums, etc. Rather than feeling guilty when you arrive home and tell them about your fantastic trip, they can enjoy it with you.
#4 - With all your co-workers carrying a small carry-on bag, the last thing you want to do is rock up with a huge suitcase. Therefore, we recommend a minimalist approach to your packing so you can just take a carry-on and prevent any hold-ups. As well as a few clothes, don’t forget your camera, sunglasses, laptop (with, of course), flip flops, relevant chargers, and your lucky aftershave/perfume.
#5 - Next, we recommend being clever with your accommodation (if your company hasn't already paid for a hotel); if you’re a freelance worker and in control of the whole booking process, this will all become easier. With your accommodation, you can pay out for a hotel with bike rental as well as any other features you need. With a simple bicycle, you can explore the surrounding area and really make the most of your vacation time.
#6 - Finally, don’t be afraid to spend some time alone in the hotel room. Sure, go out and explore your surroundings while you have the chance but you’ve also got an opportunity to just relax without all the pressures of the world. In today’s society, stress and depression are two major worries so look after yourself and enjoy the well-deserved break.
If you follow the six tips above, you can enjoy your bleisure travels with style this year and beyond. If you ever get the chance to travel/work in this way, we highly recommend giving it a go!