If you travel for your job and sometimes spend a few extra days for a short vacation after business is done, you are one of the growing number of people who mix business and leisure for “bleisure,” according to a new survey.
The research, conducted by the GBTA Foundation, the research-and-education arm of the Alexandria, Virginia-based Global Business Travel Association, in partnership with global hotel chain Hilton, found that millennials were most likely to extend their business trips by a few days to see the sights. In fact, half of millennials chose to extend a trip, compared with 33% of Gen Xers and 23% of baby boomers. The survey also found that most fans of bleisure stayed for an additional three days and the vast majority remained in the same hotel for convenience.
Monica Sanchez, director of research for the GBTA Foundation, recommends companies set policies and practices so that employees understand what you expect if they extend their business stay for pleasure.
“Some of these ways include establishing clear rules for reimbursing expenses incurred by nonemployees, helping travelers understand the resources available to them on the leisure portion of their trip, and developing a policy regarding preferred suppliers and booking channels,” she says.