Don’t blame us for this silly portmanteau, the word has taken off like wildfire since it hit the web, and whoever coined the term isn’t making a peep. But the trend of mixing ‘business’ and ‘leisure’ has been on the rise for several years. As the internet and our connected devices keep us tied to work email in our off hours, or distractions in our work hours, the boundary between ‘working’ and ‘not working’ has become just a little more malleable for some professions. Those of us in industries that cater to travelers have noticed a blurring of categories even in travel, as ‘traveling for work’ and ‘traveling for pleasure’ are more and more frequently bundled into the same trip. Do you know anyone who takes “bleisure” trips?
The bleisure traveler takes advantage of the time away from the everyday on business trips, and this can be done in a lot of different ways. For some people, a particularly nice dinner and relaxing evening with coworkers on a work trip may be enough to count the trip as “bleisure,” while others may add a few vacation days onto the end of a business trip for personal sight-seeing once the purpose of the trip has been fulfilled. Still others in more social or creative industries may mix the two, with sightseeing and tourist-y activities used as networking opportunities with potential clients or colleagues.
There seems to be no wrong way to be at “bleisure”—as long as you’re having fun and getting things done. And there seems to be no harm in having a good time when you’re on the go for work, as long as you’re abiding by company policies. Regardless, we’re still a little sweeter on the idea of full “vacation,” and the now-old-fashioned “leisure.” And even though “bleisure” may not be our favorite new word, we have a feeling “work vacation” is much less likely to go viral.
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