Technology has blurred the lines between work and play. This has given rise to a new generation of travelers, who plan their business trips so that they can also make the most of their free time. Whether it’s an accountant working on his clients’ balance sheets, a deckchair by the pool after an exhausting day, to an executive finalizing his presentation on the slopes of the Himalayas, while his children play in the resort’s leisure space – business travel has become more multidimensional than ever before. And that fuels the concept of bleisure travel.
A coat rack of the words business and leisure, it refers to the concept of combining professional business travel with personal leisure time. In the current scenario, a flexible working environment and pent-up travel demand have created the perfect environment for a leisure travel boom. In addition, thanks to better network connectivity and increasing internet penetration, business travelers are no longer forced to return to their desks immediately upon completion of their work. They can stay productive even from a distance. Therefore, business trips are extended and turned into leisure trips.
âSuch trips reduce stress, especially on long-haul journeys, increase employee satisfaction and create a better work-life balance,â says Isha Grover, travel blogger.
Actor Rajat Verma believes that there is nothing better than combining work and leisure. âI went to Chail (a hill station in Himachal Pradesh) for a shoot. Although most of the time I was shooting, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time in the middle of nature, making my trip fruitful, âhe shares.
Indeed, as with all other post-pandemic travel, safety also remains a priority for leisure travelers. Features like free Wi-Fi, a sanitized environment, cashless payments, and modern amenities are high on these travelers’ checklists. âAfter Covid-19, the whole travel scenario has completely changed. On a recent trip to Chandigarh, I pre-booked my hotel after checking the security protocols they followed. My family and I had a great time, but we also took care to maintain a social distance while enjoying and soaking up the local aspects of the place, âsays Gaurav Grover, entrepreneur and social activist.
Plus, for many professional roles, work-related travel is hard to avoid, even in the midst of the pandemic. Hence the possibility of converting them into a leisure trip, helps to stay motivated. Fashion choreographer and runway director Jagnoor Aneja says: âPeople travel with fear. Despite the relaxations, they fear leaving their homes for vacations. But when it comes to work, we have no other choice, so it’s always best to convert a business trip to a leisure trip.
Below are some key aspects of a well-planned leisure trip.
Key points for bleisure
The food factor
After the pandemic, travelers have become much more aware of what they eat and how it can contribute to their overall well-being. And this also applies to pleasure travelers. âWe prefer fresh, healthy food over a large buffet. Millennials are interested in local and authentic cuisine. And because they’re tech-savvy, they also want the food to be worthy of social media content, âGrover shares.
Travelers looking to combine business and leisure also seek a peaceful and serene environment different from the usual meeting rooms and boardrooms. âIn the old days, business travelers only worked at the desks in their rooms. But now they demand unique spaces. They are looking for options where they can work with their laptops or phones and spend time in the middle of nature, âsays Aditya Sharma, travel agent.
Modern leisure travelers have a strong sense of community and love to stay at properties that have a local flavor, Sharma explains. âAlso for their free time, they look for unique, authentic and social experiences, but also original and creative. Therefore, to try something different, many travelers now feel at home in independent hotels, âhe adds.