The Rise of Bleisure Travel

4 June 2016

There is a new trend developing that's shaking up the pre-conceived notion of a business trip. For years a business trip has been solely for business, where you fly to your destination on a red-eye or early morning flight and then return on an evening flight as soon as your meetings have been concluded. Travelling takes its toll on the body so when paired with long days of meetings and hard work, business trips often leave the traveller feeling fatigued and run down.

The concept of bleisure travel has been created to counter this by cleverly pairing your business trip with leisure time so that you finish your trip feeling revitalised.

For example, instead of the usual in-and-out business trip to Singapore, why not attach a weekend to the journey so that you can spend 2 days in paradise working on your tan, playing a round of golf or catching up on your book. Just a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore is Bintan, which has an array of resorts, unspoilt beaches, watersports and a golf club.

Tokyo is another example. If you adopt the bleisure strategy and add on a weekend to your business trip then you have enough time to jump on the bullet train down to Osaka and onto Kyoto from there before returning to the capital city. Or you can just spend the weekend exploring Tokyo. Hire a tour guide to take you around and bring the historical sites to life if you really want to get the most out of your free time. With a bit of luck your partner could even join you to have a special time together.

You can inject your life with fantastic experiences, using little to no annual leave by adopting the bleisure travel strategy. All it takes is a touch of planning, expert packing and the desire to broaden your horizons for you to be coming back from your business trip with more than just the results of your hard work. You will come back with memories and stories far more interesting than those of the conventional business traveller and your life will be better for it.

Let Flight Centre Business Travel help incorporate bleisure travel into your life.

Simon Friend

Simon loves a good adventure and has explored various places in Asia, Europe, Africa, and America extensively. Highlights were camping in Botswana's Okavango Delta, driving California's Pacific Coast Highway, exploring the vineyards of Bordeaus, watching the Sumo wrestling tournament of Fukuoka, paddling down Namibia's Orange River, and even hiking the Inca Trail. A nature-loving city kid, Simon has a true passion for exploring cultures and places that leave lasting impressions.