The trend of mixing business and leisure travel, a.k.a bleisure travel, is becoming increasingly popular, according to many news sources and worldwide surveys. More and more business travelers are adding leisure activities and vacation days to their work trips.
According to Skift.com, 83% of business travelers say they use time on business trips to explore the cities they’re visiting. Another 60% of respondents said they’ve taken a business leisure trip, and 30% have added two vacation days to business trips. Six in ten respondents say they’re more likely to take this kind of bleisure trip today than they were five years ago, and 78% think adding leisure days to business travel adds value to work assignments.
For businessmen and women who travel frequently throughout the year, they use bleisure travel as a way to stay connected to their families. Additionally, since the company picks up the business traveler’s flight, it can also save the family money on airfare.
Many travelers are unsure if their company has a policy on bleisure travel. Is it allowed? Encouraged? Discouraged? These are questions to discuss with your company before delving too deep. Simply ask if your company has a policy on leisure activities during business trips. As long as the traveler is not charging the company for their leisure activities, most companies don’t seem to mind.
If you would like to travel for business and pleasure on your next business trip, your Christopherson Business Travel agent would be happy to assist you with your plans. Or they may connect you with one of our vacation-planning experts at Andavo Travel, Christopherson’s leisure travel division. Either way, Christopherson has the resources and expertise to assist you with your next bleisure trip.