THE EMERGENCE OF BLEISURE TRAVEL AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAVEL SAFETY PLUS

What is “bleisure” travel, I can hear you asking? (*1) “Bleisure” travel, sometimes referred to as bizcation, is when a business trip is extended, so that the business traveller can enjoy an additional period of leisure to reduce the usual stress of business travel.

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This is a relatively new phenomenon, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, so let’s explore this, as a recent trend. The (*2) (*3) potential advantages and disavantages of creating “bleisure” travel policies within companies include the following:-

ADVANTAGES OF BLEISURE TRAVEL

  1. Millennials are transforming the way companies organise business travel with the creation of the new demand to extend trips over weekends or add days that can be booked as holidays.
  2. Frequent business travel can be tiring and stressful, so if companies encourage their employees to combine business travel with some leisure time, this can help reduce burn-out and any accompanying tension.
  3. It appears that client relationships can improve and deepen by allowing travellers to spend more time in their planned destination, so that they can learn more about the local customs, culture, sensitivities and even the language; all of which can enhance their connection with the client.
  4. Corporate travel expenditure can be reduced by booking travel at weekends and off-peak hours. The flexibility of travelling at different times by including how long the employees stay before and after their business appointments will positively impact the corporate travel costs.
  5. Companies normally pay any visa costs, which otherwise the traveller would pay for, if he/she wanted to visit the same country on his/her own.
  6. Usually travel to and from the airport in the employee’s home country and business destination is paid for by the company, regardless of the return journey’s date.
  7. Open-minded “bleisure” travel policies can be included within the employees’ incentives, so that from a long-term perspective, the company’s new policy may ultimately result in attracting the best new recruits.
  8. “Bleisure” travel undoubtedly creates a better feeling of work-life balance, instead of the employee seeking to avoid business trips whenever possible.

DISADVANTAGES OF BLEISURE TRAVEL

  1. Sometimes, the planning of a “bleisure” trip can seem somewhat complex, due to trying to juggle the employer’s interests with your own. Ideally, the employee needs to ensure that the trip doesn’t cost the employer any more by extending it, and if anything, the employee may even be able to save money for the company.
  2. Before making the final reservation, check with your company first that “bleisure” trips are allowed, and what any limitations or restrictions are.
  3. The employee will need to allow  for business attire and leisure clothing in his/her luggage, if a “bleisure” trip is arranged.
  4. There may be a requirement for the employee to respond to work emails on leisure days, but arguably, this is a small price to pay for the overall benefits of exploring a new city at a fraction of the cost, should the employee have booked the trip separately.

According to (*4) Johnny Jet (Travel Editor), there is an increase of 20% in the incidence of “bleisure” trips, totalling 2.2 million in 2017. However, as mentioned previously, we are now living with COVID-19, which means that our way of life has changed in many different ways. Of course, travel in its different forms has altered, including travelling overseas, whether it is for business or for pleasure. There are now procedures and processes that we will have to follow at airports, restaurants and hotels to ensure the transmissibility of COVID-19 is reduced, and that as many people as possible are protected from infection.  Aside from COVID-19, if travel is combined into a “bleisure” trip or not, no matter what your reason is for travelling, there is always going to be a need to know how to travel safely. The risks you face when journeying overseas, depend to some extent on the country to which you are travelling. However, we live in an age when risks from criminal activities exist in a multitude of forms and may even exhibit differently, depending on cultural nuances within the countries we visit.

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At this point, none of us can predict how the world of travel will progress, but as there is a worldwide economy to preserve and protect, then logically business, vacation and “bleisure” travel will continue and increase, as the global recovery takes place. Therefore, our Travel Safety Plus training course is perfect for travellers, especially lone travellers, so that you can travel with confidence to the country of your destination. At Staff Defence, we design and customise our travel safety courses to meet the needs of corporate and leisure travellers, including a focus on cultural and criminal activities within certain destinations. We urge you to visit our website and review the Travel Safety Plus course, because we firmly believe that you and/or your company will find it greatly beneficial.

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References:

(*1). What is Bleisure Travel? The Bleisure Traveller Explained – https://www.revfine.com

(*2). The Benefits of Bleisure Travel – https://www.traveltalkmag.com.au

(*3). Advantages of BleisureTravel – https://www.focusedtravels.com

(*4). Are Bleisure Trips Becoming More Common? This Study Says Yes – https://www.forbes.com