Working and traveling go hand-in-hand for many people, but it seems like traveling solely for vacation is falling off our calendars. But that doesn’t mean working professionals have to give up on their dreams of relaxation and rejuvenation while traveling for work. Thinking of taking a trip that combines leisure and business in the near future? That’s a great idea—and it’s also on-trend.
What is Bleisure Travel?
It used to be that business was business and leisure was leisure. But going into 2019, things are changing—and for the better. Bleisure is the act of combining business with leisure, whether you’re in the next city over or halfway around the world on a business trip. There’s no reason why you can’t put in a good day’s work and then enjoy the entertainment and exploration options that are all around you.
After all, travel can be a hassle, especially when you’re venturing to somewhere new or trying to close a huge deal—or both. Taking some time for leisure can help you decompress and be even more focused and refreshed when you go back into the office or meet up with investors. Whatever your profession, if you’re working on the go, the concept of bleisure enables you to feel both at home and pampered wherever you are.
And the thing is, bleisure is more than just a growing trend. It’s a lifestyle adaptation, taken on by many younger generations who are tired of working toward a vacation. Why not have both, and in the same trip? And, bleisure gives workers a healthy balance between “work fulfillment and personal edification.” You don’t have to take weeks off from work to have a rewarding vacation experience. And it can also be productive! But how can you achieve an optimal bleisure experience? It takes a few unique elements to make a city or other destination a must-visit for business travelers.
Bleisure Travel Spots on the West Coast
Bleisure travel won’t work everywhere. Some places don’t offer up much in the way of after-work entertainment or outdoor activities. But there are many locations—particularly on the West Coast—that have the amenities you need to get the job done and get you out of your room.
The best bleisure spots are ones that not only function business centers, but also ones which offer plenty of recreation opportunities. You need connectivity, but also a way to relax. You’ll need ample business amenities, but also accessible recreation pursuits. So, what are the biggest West Coast spots for bleisure travel in 2019? Keep reading for our take!
Los Angeles, CA
When it comes to California bleisure travel, Los Angeles ranks high on the list of prime destinations. After all, it’s a big city with a bustling business world and all the conveniences you need to get work done while on the go. But it’s also a highly social city that accommodates residents’ (and visitors’) desires to explore, learn, create, and more.
In your downtime, you can enjoy a variety of art and natural history museums, science centers, libraries, gardens and conservatories, nature preserves, and endless other refreshing and stimulating experiences. And between the street tacos and upscale dining, your taste buds will have a blast, too.
- Accessible public transportation
- Lots of public Wi-Fi
- Availability of co-working spaces
- A variety of upscale and casual restaurants for business meetings
- In-city airport (Los Angeles International Airport)
- Proximity to film and TV tours and exploration
- Chance of spotting celebrities!
- Accessible recreation opportunities ranging from ocean to mountain adventures
- Walkability; local restaurants, art galleries, museums, and more are scattered all over the greater LA area
Along with its sprawling urban layout and cultural attractions, Fresno also offers a great home-base for bleisure travelers to explore. The city itself is home to icons like the Forestiere Underground Gardens, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, and plenty of park trails and scenery, but it’s also a great jumping-off point for exploring higher elevation recreation in the Sierra National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park.
You can also find plenty of rich cultural experiences, thanks to the city’s many museums and cultural centers. There are art museums, historic mansions, cultural happenings, historical museums, and exploration centers for families.
- In-city airport (Fresno Yosemite International Airport)
- Availability of co-working spaces
- Abundant public transportation
- Plenty of conference and meeting spaces
- Proximity to higher-elevation recreation opportunities
- Lots of parks and greenery, including walking/hiking trails
- Myriad cultural centers to explore historical and local events
Big Island, Hawaii
Hawaii bleisure travel might sound like an oxymoron, but the fact remains that not only is Hawaii a great destination for vacations, but it’s also an excellent spot for business travel, too. With the mild climate and remote location, you’ll have the best of both the business and leisure travel worlds.
Picture company retreats that involve team-building hula exercises, hiking to waterfalls, extensive and authentic Hawaiian dinner buffets, and sprawling on the beach to talk business. And you know that whatever your connectivity needs, there is a digital or other solution to the problem. Despite the island vibes, Hawaii—and Big Island Hawaii in particular—enjoys a highly interconnected infrastructure that ensures you’ll have what you need to get business taken care of. After that, you can enjoy recreational pursuits like swimming, hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing, and more.
- Variety of airports for accessible travel (Kona International, Hilo International, Waimea-Kohala Airport)
- Availability of Wi-Fi and other business tools
- Ample meeting space throughout the island
- Beaches in every direction
- Welcoming and vacation-oriented atmosphere
- Authentic cultural and food experiences
- Can visit volcanic sites and museums
- Rich cultural experiences thanks to living history and other museums
Ready to schedule your bleisure trip to Los Angeles, Fresno, or Big Island Hawaii (specifically, Mauna Kea)? Keep in mind that we offer rentals for business travelers in all three locations, with full amenities so that you can enjoy your bleisure experience to the fullest.