The idea of working while on vacation is nothing new. The two are common if undesirable bedfellows since there are never enough hours in a workweek. Who hasn’t, after all, felt the need for a vacation after a vacation when hundreds of unread emails and missed updates are waiting for you upon your return?
Bleisure travel, however, just might be the answer. Tapping into the sense of opportunity rather than obligation, bleisure travel lets you capitalize on what many of us do already: mix time on with time off. If you aren’t otherwise able to travel, or if you can’t travel for as long as you’d like, bleisure travel lets you work around your vacation.
That means you can stay longer, travel farther or simply travel more frequently. According to a Deloitte study cited in Bloomberg.com, those who fit work into their trips will travel twice as often as those who head out of town merely for pleasure. The majority of these so-called “laptop luggers” will extend their trips by three to six days, although some might stay on for several weeks.
When done well, bleisure travel affords the best of both worlds: inspiration from working someplace new as well as R&R. When done wrong, you favor one to the detriment of the other.