Business or pleasure? Whenever you go on a trip, you are bound to be asked this question. It’s a cliché, a trope, it’s in everywhere, movies, TV shows… But it’s kind of sad that we need to limit ourselves to only one choice. In the old days, sure, business is business, then come home and have fun. But why not experiment a little? Why not be as efficient as possible, while still having some time to relax?
In fact, this whole article is all about making your business trip as fun and as pleasurable as possible. And it doesn’t matter what kind of company you work for. This article will give you some quick tips on how to do business in this modern age.
1. Do the work first
The whole point of a Bleisure trip is to have fun while getting all your work done. And there is an emphasis on the word “work”. Namely, this is still a job, this is still a business trip. You need to do all you have to do, close that deal, meet up with the right people, do what you have to do for the day, and then you can relax. Do not do any of this sooner than you have to.
But, at the same time, don’t feel guilty to relax and have fun in the evenings. If you’re done with work for the day, if you don’t have anything else to do, then go crazy. And if you can finish up the project a day or two earlier, then congratulations, you have two days off to do whatever you want.
2. Be efficient and schedule out everything
This one is all about efficiency and planning. If you think everything through and plan everything out, you can maximize the free time you get on your business trip. Now, we’re not saying that you should become a slave to your schedule. But, at the same time, one of the worst things that can happen is losing out on your free time because you’re stuck in traffic, or lost on a train. After a hard day’s work, the last thing you need is getting lost because you forgot to double check the public transportation map.
Furthermore, you don’t want to slack off on the work you have to do. The more you procrastinate on your obligations, the less time you’ll have for other stuff.
3. Have friends close
This may just be the opportunity to catch up on some quality time with your friends. What if you plan out your business trip with a buddy of yours? That way, he or she can have a nice holiday, and after your work, you can join them for some fun. Now, of course, this one focuses on you going to a place your friends want to visit, as well as not actually needing to work 14 hours per day.
4. Be safe and smart
One of the biggest mistakes people do when going on a trip, business, pleasure, or bleisure, is not checking all the paperwork. In other words, important things like what kind of documents do you need, what can you carry with you, what not, as well as getting insurance, all these need to be double checked. For example, sometimes, the start-up you work for will have all the paperwork filed and the coverage put in motion when they send you somewhere. But, sometimes, they don’t. Sometimes they expect that you do this yourself.
There is a chance that you can end up in trouble, maybe get hurt or robber or whatever, and then notice that you don’t have the right insurance policy. Or that the policy is incomplete, or even non-existent. Now, one thing you can do is contact the best accident lawyer you can find, but the best option is just practicing due diligence and have all your paperwork in order.
5. Be in the moment
Any trip to a foreign country doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be filled with several hours of walking and exploring, or just needing to visit every famous sight, museum and gallery you can find. Sometimes, just taking 10 minutes during a lunch break and just breathe in the new place is all you need. Spend a couple of minutes enjoying this new place, the music, language and food you never saw before. If you can, walk to your hotel, don’t take a cab or a bus. Pet a cat once you encounter one on the street. Walk through the streets whenever you can. Maybe even work in cafes or parks, if you have the option.
So there you have it. Your business trip doesn’t have to be that serious, dull thing where all you do is the same old job just at a different location. Just plan your time, maybe bring a friend, stay safe, mix it up a little, and remember to appreciate the little things.