“Bleisure?” – you might be thinking we have made a spelling error, but imagine if you will- you’re getting ready for your business trip, you have your suitcase laid out ready to be packed… in goes your smart shirts, polished shoes, your tie and finally, your swimming trunks, mask and snorkel. Seems like an unlikely packing situation, however, with the rise of business & leisure travel or ‘Bleisure travel’, these types of combinations are being seen more and more.
Business and leisure have often been on two different poles, however a recent trend in travel has seen that business people are leaning towards incorporating leisure activities into their business trips as a means of unplugging from work, becoming acquainted with the culture of the places they are visiting, maximizing the use of expensive plane tickets as well as acting as a fantastic way to utilize one’s time.
Studies have shown that traveling executives and entrepreneurs, although affluent, are short on one thing: Time. It is this lack of time and the need to unwind which has seen such a recent rise in these individuals making time for some fun while away on their business trips.
Planning a business trip? Here are some of the top 5 things to do for fun in the worlds most visited business hubs:
1) Explore New York
Business in NY? Why not in your down time take a trip to the many iconic monuments, parks and buildings the city has to offer.
Take a stroll in Central Park, then a tour of the Statue of Liberty, and don’t forget about the Empire State Building.
2) Night life in London
London, one of the worlds key business hotspots is home to a plethora of not just business institutions, but world renowned buildings and monuments, with a rich heritage and bustling nightlife.
Take some time to see the Big Ben, or visit some of the swanky clubs in the cities Soho district.
3) Beaches in the Philippines
With 3 major CBD’s the Philippines is a bustling business hub, which also so happens to be home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world.
Slip away to El Nido or Boracay to unwind and relax after your dealings.
4) Sandboarding in Dubai
Dubai in recent years has become a key part of business in the east and acts as a layover point for many international routes.
The city is known for its sprawling sand dunes where tourists are able to go Sandboarding and Camel Back Ridding!
5) Wine Tasting in Cape Town
The Cape Town CBD is home to some of the country’s largest companies, and a thriving economic hub, with countless restaurants, bars and incredible views. Just 30 minutes outside of the city though, you will find the countries winelands, comprising of 100s of some of the best wine farms in the world, most of which offer tastings of their wines. Take a wine tour of the Stellenbosch estates and experience what this magnificent city has to offer!
The rise of business and leisure travel is something we welcome with open arms, as unwinding from the stress of work is vital! When choosing a suitcase for your ‘Bleisure Travels’ make sure you choose neutral cases which are hardy, yet accommodating for both your leisure and business wear!