How to plan the ultimate business plus pleasure trip

By Christina Cavaleri June 23, 2017
Business trip

There is nothing better then getting paid to travel for work, but wouldn’t it be great if we could mix the business travel with pleasure?

Nathan Graham, Regional Sales Manager at Cheapflights ANZ, said: 

“Work trips are being extended to take advantage of paid return airfares to explore cities like New York, London and Hong Kong for longer. 

“Done right, you’ll save precious travelling time as you’ll already be there once your holiday begins.”

Well Mr Graham, we think that sounds like the perfect idea.

The new phenomenon is called ‘Bleisure’ and Aussie professionals are absolutely loving it.

They’re adding a little holiday on the end of their hard working work trip which is paid by the business.

Cheapflights have found ways for us to ‘bleisure’ as well.

1. Plan ahead 

This is probably the most important one, check with your company’s policy on combining work with play.

The number one thing you can do is communicate with your manager because if you get their approval you won’t have any gross guilt while you’re over there.

Plus there will be no last minute requests to come back to the office.

2. Timing is everything 

Work out your days. 

Make it easier for yourself and book your meetings on Mondays or Fridays, this way you can add on the weekend.

Extra days away without even asking for time off.

3.Pack Wisely 

This one is harder said than done.

Avoid overpacking by wearing the same outfits twice if a casual dress code is appropriate, so you can swap between work and play. 

If you’ll be on the road for a while, bring clothes that are easy to wash and dry quickly to get multiple wears.

This note can be used for all trips really, my packing is similar to Chris Hemsworth's wife, Elsa Pataky.

4. Accommodation

If you don’t ask you don’t get.

Check with your hotel and see if they have any offers or discounts such as stay two nights get a third free.

Another reason to extend your stay.

5. Alternatives if extra time is not possible 

If all else fails, spend a few hours before or after your work commitments and go check out a concert or a show.

This way you’re still having a little bit of a pleasure trip.

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