How to turn business into bleisure

Oslo Opera House

There’s a good reason why the question “business or pleasure?” sounds a little outdated these days. An increasing number of travelers are extending their business travel by an extra day or two in order to make the most of being in a new city, or to relax and unwind post-conference. These travelers are combining business and leisure in a new kind of travel called “bleisure”. A business trip no longer has to mean all work and no play. And our conveniently located city hotels make it easy to transition between the two, allowing you to add on a couple of those vacation days you’ve been meaning to use up and extend your trip for some well-earned bleisure time. Whether you decide to stay an extra night and explore a new city solo, or have your partner or family join you for the weekend, check out our tips for making the most of your bleisure experience.

Make the most of weekends and public holidays

If you’re able to have some input on the dates of your business trip, lining the business part up directly before or after a weekend or public holiday can help you extend your trip without taking any extra days off, turning that three-day conference trip into a five or six day bleisure experience.

The next time you’re heading to Bloomington, Minnesota for business, book into the Radisson Blu Mall of America and have your family join you for the weekend to enjoy this world-class shopping center, which also houses an aquarium and themed rides. A quick stroll along the city’s iconic Skyway footbridges will see you inside the mall. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic weekend for two and dine at the hotel’s restaurant where Minnesotan FireLake cuisine is served, featuring open-flame cooking and unique cocktails.

Radisson Blu Mall of America lobby

Be upfront with your colleagues

It won’t always be possible to tack an extra day on to your trip, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little bleisure after the day’s work. It’s important, though, to be upfront with your colleagues about your trip plans in advance so they don’t see a photo of you on Instagram lounging in a cafe in Amsterdam when they thought you were tied up in meetings.

However, Amsterdam is a city that makes it easy to do both. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center is conveniently located in the heart of the city, offering easy access to the scenic waterways. There are also plenty of public transit options within walking distance, making it ideal for business as well as a sightseeing starting point. Check out our city break guide for the top spots.

Amsterdam markets - Flower Market with bicycles in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Treat yourself

Traveling for work sometimes means ending up in a city you would never have thought to take yourself. But that’s the beauty of it – with work paying for flights, you have more room in your budget to indulge in a new experience.

Perhaps you never thought you’d visit Istanbul, but now you’re on your way, why not make some time to explore like a tourist? The city where Europe and Asia meet is packed with history: Byzantine churches, mosques, Ottoman palaces and the beautiful blue Bosphorus Strait below. Wander the Spice Bazaar to sample fresh nuts, olives and dates, or visit the Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts to view Islamic calligraphy, rugs and exhibits on Turkey’s various ethnic groups.

Oh, and the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel offers some of the most stunning views! Make sure to book a room with a #BluView like the one below.

Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul view from room

Choose a hotel that suits your needs

Your first foray into bleisure isn’t going to be much fun if you spend most of your time shuffling between the airport, your hotel, your business meetings and the attractions you have lined up for your free time. Choose a hotel that keeps you close to everything you need, like Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen, which is conveniently located close to the airport and the city, and offers private meeting rooms as well as a stylish restaurants and bars for less formal business interactions.

After a business breakfast at the hotel, you can easily take the metro and be in the central city in 15 minutes, or hire a bicycle to get around Copenhagen like a local and explore attractions like the Little Mermaid Statue and the surprisingly beautiful -and fun!- Tivoli Gardens. Try a Danish open-faced sandwich, called smørrebrød, at Aamanns Etablissement.

Tivoli amusement park Copenhagen

Staying at a hotel right by the airport can also help minimise a last minute rush at the end of your extended trip. Oslo’s Radisson Blu Airport Hotel makes it easy to pop home at the end of your bleisure trip after a final restful night.

Radisson Blu Airport Hotel Oslo Gardermoen exterior pink sky

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Top image by IGer @soni_wanderings

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