Since it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between business and pleasure these days, because our mobile devices now make it easier for us to stay in contact with the office during personal time, more people are taking “Bizcations”, or business vacations.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of corporate travelers asking to do a business trip extension,” stated Jack S. Ezon, president of full-service luxury travel agency Ovation Vacations. “There was a 12 percent increase in 2013 and a huge 28 percent increase so far in 2014.” Seventy-two percent of U.S. business travelers surveyed said that they take extended business trips with some personal time thrown in.
An Orbitz trend report from 2012 stated that 43 percent take a significant others with them on their business trips. A survey conducted by Hilton Hotels showed 67 percent of its frequent customers combined business with leisure.
This trend is also being supported by more and more employers, who are allowing for more flexible travel booking guidelines, rather than a restrictive and managed travel requirement.
Popular bizcation destinations include Miami, New York City and many European cities. The bizcation is also seen as a benefit for both the employee, as well as their employer. The employee gets to relax and blow off some steam on the company’s dime, which is great for moral and keeps them sharp while conducting the business needed. This equates to an employee who is happier and more productive.
So the next time you are on a business trip, it might be beneficial to everyone if you take in some sites and mix a little business with pleasure. You’ll be doing yourself a lot of good and it will help you to stay more productive, which will keep your boss happy as well.