How Business Travelers Are Extending Their Trips For Leisure

Bleisure travel stems from a shift in attitudes about work flexibility and the widespread technology that allows us to connect remotely to the office from anywhere.

Workers today can more easily incorporate leisure time into their business trips with the increase in hybrid and remote work options.

As the digital nomad lifestyle became more mainstream, workers found ways to blend work and play. Of those workers, nearly 50% said they looked up things to do on their own for fun while at their business travel location—another 4 in 10 incorporated visits with family or friends while on a business trip.

About 8 in 10 business travelers include leisure activities during trip

More than half said the pandemic didn't change their employees' interest in extending trips for fun. Fewer than 20% said employees would be less interested in pursuing extended trips.

After the pandemic, some employees have been more inclined to extend work trips for leisure

Regarding paying for the leisure component of a bleisure trip: 78% of companies polled said they reimbursed workers for the transportation element of the journey, such as a flight to and from the destination.

Technology has expanded how people combine business and leisure travel. Blended travel has often involved adding on a day or two of fun before or after a business event.

Most bleisure trips last between two and six day

While most blended trips still last less than a week, Morning Consult found workers today can be on the road for longer. That means employees might take time off for vacation and then stay in that destination to work for several more days.

Some who have to travel to multiple cities opt to stay in one place longer—or travel to a more conveniently located destination for their work trips—instead of returning home between trips.

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