How to Combine Business and Leisure Travel On a Budget

by Staff

While the concept of combining business and leisure travel is not new, it has become an increasingly popular trend as the post-pandemic world returns to normalcy. In addition to ‘bleisure’ travel, terms such as ‘workation’ have also entered the public domain as greater numbers of remote workers and digital nomads continue to enter the world of work.

Adding some leisure time to a work trip can allow you to explore new destinations and enjoy some downtime while still fulfilling your work duties. However, with the added expenses of travel and corporate accommodations, as highlighted by this news report,  it’s important to find ways to combine work and play without breaking the bank. This article has outlined some budget-friendly tips for making the most out of your bleisure trip.

Choose the Right Destination

When planning a bleisure trip, consider destinations that offer both business opportunities and leisure activities. For example, if you’re attending a business conference in New Jersey, you can also take advantage of the Garden State’s many entertainment options, such as concerts, dining, and theaters. This enables you to make the most of your time at your destination without the need to pay for additional transportation or accommodation.

Look for Accommodation Deals

If you plan to stay in a hotel, look for one that is conveniently located near your conference or  business meetings, and also offers on-site leisure activities, such as a swimming pool or gym, allowing you to unwind after a long day. Many hotels offer discounts and packages for business travelers, which can include free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and other amenities, so it is advisable to look out for such deals.

If you are planning an extended trip you may prefer somewhere more homely such as a private apartment. Searching on sites like Airbnb may offer cheaper options than staying in a hotel for the duration of your trip.

Make the Most of Your Free Time

One of the benefits of bleisure travel is the opportunity to explore new sights, sounds and destinations. Make the most of your downtime between meetings, to see the sights and familiarize yourself with your new surroundings. Many cities offer free walking tours and other affordable attractions that can be easily incorporated into your work schedule. This way, you can enjoy your leisure time while saving money on additional sightseeing expenses.

Eat Like a Local

Dining out can be a major expense when traveling, but this needn’t be so. Rather than dining in restaurants in tourist areas, research local recommendations to find affordable, authentic cuisines which will not only save you money, but will give you a taste of the local culture.

Use Travel Rewards

If you travel frequently for work, consider signing up for travel rewards programs. These programs offer perks such as free flights, hotel stays, and rental car upgrades, which can help offset the costs of your bleisure trip. Many credit cards also offer travel rewards points or cash back on travel-related expenses, so be sure to use your rewards cards when booking your trip.

By putting these tips to work, you can get the most from your business and leisure travel without spending a fortune.

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