Millennials like to mix their words together: staycation, brunch, frenemy…and it doesn’t stop there. With more young adults wanting to mix the world of work and leisure, they are often extending their business trips for a couple of days so they can also explore the destination. What’s the new name for this? Bleisure.
Last month a survey released by hotel chain brand, La Quinta® by Wyndham, showed that 51 per cent of business travellers extended their business trips to explore the destination after their meetings were finished. Surprisingly, 64 per cent of those that extended their trips did not tell anyone they were doing so either, including their boss, co-workers and partners back at home.
But, as wellbeing is becoming increasingly important in the workplace, perhaps there is no harm in adding a couple of extra days to a business trip for relaxation. Here are three reasons why you should try it.
Adding a couple of extra days onto your business trip for yourself creates the perfect balance between work and travel. After a few days meetings, you can take advantage of being in a new place and take time to explore, relax and enjoy yourself before returning to the office. Not only will this help you, it will also benefit your colleagues when you return happier, lighter and like you’ve had a mini-break.
Being in a different place invites the opportunity to meet new people and network for your business. While enjoying a couple of drinks at the local bar, you never know who you might meet, which could lead onto making some worthy connections.
Gone are the days where you only see the four walls of the hotel room. Take the opportunity to get out and explore more of the world by extending the business trip for an extra day or two. Not only will this enrichen your cultural experiences, it will also give you the hit of wanderlust you need to go back to the office feeling energised.
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