Alex works for a large tourism company and is also an experienced bleisurer and is sharing some practical tips on how to start bleisuring based on his own experience.
" My name is Alex, and I have been bleisuring for about four years now. I work as a global business development manager for a large tourism company, and that has allowed me to bleisure in different areas of the world: all beaches in Mexico, Vegas, Bali (with a long layover in Japan!), Spain, Italy, and Costa Rica, one of my favorites ever, to name a few.
Business travel is often tiring and daunting, but it doesn't have to be. It can also be fun and enjoyable, and adding some leisure time is the best way to achieve it. If you haven't bleisured and want to start doing it, here are some tips that can help you with it:
- Be open about it. Many companies do not oppose bleisuring, so I highly encourage you to talk to your manager and just start enjoying.
- You don't need to break the bank or use all your vacation days. You can take a morning off, or an extra day, and pack some really nice leisure experiences to give a twist to your business travel. You don't need a whole extra week, just make the most of the time you have.
- Plan ahead. Always plan with plenty of time, so you can make sure to cover all your business duties, and allow you to do at least the top things in your list for each destination.
- Take advantage of long layovers. Especially for longer flights, you can include a long layover in a stopover city. It allows you to experience another city or country, relax in the middle of a long route, and bleisure! I did this with a 10-hour layover in Japan on a flight from Bali to Vancouver, and it was fantastic.
At the end of the day, what matters most is that you enjoy the leisure part of the journey, and add an interesting spin to those business trips. Happy bleisuring!
You can get in touch and/or follow Alex on Instagram @_alexontheroad.