Do You Bleisure?

Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 03/23/2016

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The new breed of traveler mixes business with leisure – and, in 2015, the term “bleisure” was born.

So, do you bleisure?

I will admit, throughout many years of business trips – and miles I’ve flown – I can still count on one hand the amount of bleisure trips I’ve taken.

In retrospect, I regret not capitalizing on one of the best travel perks for business travelers. I’ve been to so many amazing places on business travel (Monaco, Sitges, Krakow, Budapest, Bangkok, etc.), and I regret not taking some extra time for myself while on company or industry business.

Most corporations actually ALLOW and encourage bleisure trips (within reason) and have built into their travel policies verbiage that outlines the guidelines for bleisure travel.

In general, the policies allow for a traveler to stay a weekend, if they don’t exceed the cost of a regular business airfare. Bleisure travelers can thank the well-established airline pricing practice of discounting Saturday night stays.  

Why aren’t more business travelers and meeting/event attendees taking advantage of Bleisure trips?  

For me, it’s primarily due to lack of schedule flexibility.  Another big reason is the unwillingness to give up personal time and commitments. Some travelers don't want to foot the bill of an extended stay.

However, those who don’t bleisure pay significantly more by taking a similar trip on their own dime. Out-of-pocket costs for bleisure trips are significantly less because one of the largest trip expenses – airfare – is paid for by your company.

Some clever and seasoned business travelers actually cash in their miles, tack on a couple of extra days, and take their spouses, partners and friends with them on business trips. While they are out on business, their travel companions are out enjoying the destination.

If you’re thinking about taking a bleisure trip this year, remember – you have to keep your personal trip costs totally separate from your business trip expenses. Any mix-up could result in serious tax implications for you and your employer.

You should also make your plans known to your managing executive so that your company doesn’t have any surprises or complaints from fellow travelers who aren’t combining their business trip with leisure.

I’ll definitely be trying to take more bleisure trips in 2016 – it’s one of the last remaining perks for business travelers and meeting/event attendees. My only regret is not doing more of them earlier in my career.

Don’t have regrets like me, take advantage of the perk and start taking bleisure trips!  

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