More and more professionals are finding ways to add some enjoyment to their work trips, mixing both leisure and business into one trip. The mechanics of doing this can be tricky though, so we decided to make this our April Twitter chat topic.
What is a Twitter chat? For those not familiar, TripIt holds a monthly chat on Twitter on the third Thursday of each month from 2-3pm Pacific Time on the hashtag #TripItChat. Every month there’s a new travel topic where we encourage participants to share advice with one another. To learn more, please see: http://landlopers.com/2013/05/01/tripitchat/
Below are some of the key takeaways from our last #TripItChat on Mixing Business and Leisure Travel.
Experience is Key
Not everyone has mixed business and leisure travel so we decided to ask everyone for their experience in this “new” way to travel.
- Loving the outdoors, @AntiTourist always looks for nearby hiking or diving sites to add on to a work trip.
- Distance matters too as @LeClubVoyage pointed out, saying that work trips to Australia involve such long flights that taking some personal time is essential.
- We loved this quote from chatter @ha_fajardo who said, “Life is leisure travel. Business is just the way it shows on paper.”
- Another great comment came from @Kasasa who said “If you’re going somewhere new, why not add in a little fun?”
Timing is Everything
Balancing work and leisure travel can be complicated, so we asked for opinions on the best time to do it—before, during or after your work responsibilities?
- For chat co-host @ThePlanetD, they prefer after the trip so they can really relax.
- Many folks simply said all of the above! Sometimes it depends on the nature of the work trip.
- @AmyTaraKoch also pointed out that finding personal time through the work trip is important, whether it’s a quiet morning coffee or an energizing work out.
- Remember, if you love the idea of mixing work and leisure travel TripIt has broken it all down here.
Not all cities are made the same and that’s definitely true when mixing work and leisure travel. These cities and regions were all tops amongst our followers!
- Chat co-host @RickGriffin said his favorites were New Orleans and Chicago.
- Travel pro @LeeAbbamonte said that London, Paris and Los Angeles were all his personal favorites.
- A slightly more unconventional pick, @antoniocdsmith said that Tokyo is the ideal city to mix leisure and business travel.
- Other popular cities included: New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Washington DC, San Francisco and Atlanta.
Dos and Don’ts
Ultimately combining business and leisure travel can be tricky so we asked everyone for their best tips on how to effectively do both.
- More than one person said to have fun, but always remember you’re working. So, no speedos and don’t drink too much!
- @swandad made the great point to always take care of your work first—that’s why you’re there after all!
- Other great points to consider came from @travelbetterUK, who said don’t brag to co-workers about the trip, be reasonable with expenses but make the most of free time.
The Ultimate Work & Leisure Trip
We all daydream, so we asked the chatters to list their ultimate destination to combine the perfect business and leisure trip.
- Without hesitation, @findinganeish said that Dubai is one of the best cities in the world for combining the two.
- For a more fun destination, @MOMventureBlog said that Thailand would be their ultimate trip!
- Naming an entire region, @eatsmartbd said that Burgundy is their top pick.
- Other popular choices included: Moscow, Madagascar, Florence, Montana, Sydney and London.
Don’t forget to join us for the next #TripItChat on May 19th at 2:00PM Pacific/5:00PM Eastern when we will be talking about Hotels: Etiquette, Points & Hacks!