Pleasure and business combine well according to a recent study, which shows that over a third of British employees prolong their business trips and turn them into personal holidays on a frequent basis. Bleisure emerges as a new trend combining professional and personal life, with more than one in four believing it adds value to work assignments and helps to motivate them personally. It seems there are good reasons for mixing business with pleasure, here some of the main ones.
1. To see more of the world.
When travelling on a business trip, we are usually confronted with bustling cities and vibrant metropolises and do not have time to explore. Staying longer on a bleisure trip allows you to look around, experience and explore the city, and learn about the place.
2. To enjoy more time with friends or family.
If we opt to extend our business travel into a family holiday or a trip with friends, we are gaining valuable time with those dear to us. Spending time with family on a prolonged business trip sets the whole unit into new situation away from everyday life and saves our time in this hectic world.
3. To soak up more of the local culture.
Beginning your holiday on a business trip may mean you meet new people and take in the local culture. When professional duties have been dealt with, you are free to wander the streets of the city you have known from its business face. Suddenly, you discover the place anew and learn its smells, rhythm, local restaurants and realise they are of a new value to you.
4. To save money on other holidays.
One of the most pragmatic reasons to blend business with holidays is, of course, money. With the company covering your flight costs, and a part of the hotel stay, it is economical to extend the stay and save money on your other holiday.
5. To enjoy a much-needed break from work.
Unwind is the word! Sometimes we need only a few days off to recharge our batteries after some stressful time at work. When the business meetings are over, change your clothes and do what you always wanted to do in the city you usually travel to for business reasons. After all, unwinding and a fresh head helps you work better!
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