Bleisure – what is it?
Of all the latest business travel buzzwords, bleisure, a portmanteau of business and leisure, has certainly captured our attention. As millennials continue to infiltrate the workforce, so do their business habits, wants and needs, and bleisure travel—mixing a business trip with a leisure one—is clearly one of them. While the practice has been around for ages, the term just recently emerged on the corporate travel scene. So, what is so important about bleisure?
First, let’s fully understand what it is. According to Click Travel, bleisure is the practice of combing business travel and leisure travel into one trip. On average, a business professional makes at least 12 trips per year, each trip requiring four nights of being away from home. That’s 12 potential opportunities to make an adventure out of a work-related trip.
You may be wondering, how does one turn a work trip into a bleisure vacation? Spend anywhere from few extra days to a week in a city. Whether you arrive a couple days in advance or take a week’s worth of PTO afterward, there are plenty of opportunities to extend your trip. Once you’ve prolonged your trip, invite friends or family along. Why travel alone when a friend or loved one can piggyback on your excursion? If your company is paying for your flight, meals and accommodations, your companion solely needs to purchase their airfare and pay for a few meals. It’s budget travel without the compromise.
For extended bleisure trips, consider furnished housing. Depending on the length of your stay, temporary housing or aparthotels are a great solution. Q&A Residential Hotel, located in Downtown Manhattan, offers full sized apartments with fully equipped kitchens and luxury hotel amenities—perfect for any bleisure trip.