When it comes to business travel, all work and no play equals missed opportunity. A survey by BridgeStreet Global Hospitality found that 60 percent of respondents blend business and leisure travel. It’s called “bleisure.” You might not be a fan of the word, but you’ll love these tips for tacking a few days of fun on to your next business trip.
Pick a hotel close to your business appointments and leisure activities to avoid the hassle of switching rooms. And keep an eye out for last-minute deals, like SPG Hot Escapes. New discounts on stays within the next six weeks are posted every Wednesday at spg.com/escapes.
Put the concierge to work
As soon as you check in, visit the concierge desk and let them know you’ll be sticking around for the weekend. Give them a written list of your interests - sushi, golf, antique shopping, country music - and ask them to help you plot out a detailed itinerary. The concierge is your key to the city.
Give restaurants a rest
Take the long way home
Hit the road
That rental car’s tank of gas can easily transport you from downtown Los Angeles to the Palm Springs desert, or from the Houston boardroom to Galveston Island’s boardwalk. Venturing out to nearby destinations, especially those with a different vibe, is like getting two trips in one.
If your business trip takes you to a port city, use it as a launch pad to hit the high seas. Many cruise lines offer short, weekend excursions for time-strapped passengers. Find them at cruises.orbitz.com by narrowing the “cruise length” search field to 1-2 nights.
There’s an app for that
The more the merrier
Bring friends and family. Your corporate travel department is already footing the bill for the hotel room. Might as well share it with a buddy, your significant other or the whole brood, especially if you book a spacious suite.
It doesn’t take too much work to build some R&R into your business trip. Make the most of those unused vacation days so when it’s time to go back to the grindstone, you’re nice and refreshed — not to mention more productive.