As the working year begins, many businesspeople may be suffering from the post-holiday blues. To combat this, SME travel specialist company, Corporate Traveller is suggesting Kiwis look at ways to leverage off their corporate travel this year to gain that all important work/life balance.
Angie Forsyth, General Manager of Corporate Traveller New Zealand says they’ve seen an increase in ‘bleisure’ stays whereby travellers weave short breaks into a work trip. Corporate Traveller New Zealand booking data shows more business travellers extended their trips in 2023 compared to the year prior with an average international business trip being 4 days in 2022, increasing to 6 days in 2023.
Similarly, domestic business trips increased from an average of 3 days in 2022 to 5 in 2023. “There are many benefits of combining business and leisure trips – aside from extra accommodation, extending a corporate trip has no impact on the cost of flights as they are already booked.
“Additionally, some organisations are realising that enabling staff to combine business with leisure has a positive impact on staff morale which, in return, positively impacts business success.”
Forsyth adds: “Business travel is fast-paced, with an individual’s trip often filled with meetings and events – opportunities to network and generate sales. To make the most of their time travelling or capitalise on the wind-down after their corporate trip is complete, travellers may find it advantageous to add a holiday to the trip.”
Below, Angie offers five tips to seamlessly turn your business trip into a holiday:
1. Take your holiday at the same location or region as your work trip
“If your business trip is in a desirable location, consider holidaying there to avoid the hassle of arranging flights to a new destination. Alternatively, that location could serve as a ‘homebase’ from which to take day trips nearby during your break.”
2. Leverage discounts for long-term hotel stays
“If your work trip is with other colleagues, consider sharing a two-to three-bedroom apartment, rather than booking individual hotel rooms. As accommodation rates tend to drop the longer you stay, you might be able to extend your stay for another week at a lower rate, during which time your family can join you. This saves the hassle and cost of sourcing accommodation. Extending other bookings, such as car hire, can also lead to discounts.”
3. Choose accommodation with leisure facilities
“Choose accommodation with a pool, spa and gym – or at least a room with a view. Facilities such as these will benefit the leisure portion of your trip, particularly if you will be transitioning into a family holiday with children.”
4. Turn your trip into a working holiday to save on annual leave
“If you can work remotely, consider working during the leisure portion of your trip to save on annual leave. You could work away on projects during the day but pop out for a swim or to a nice restaurant during your lunch break and do some sightseeing once you clock off for the day.”
5. Consider tagging a work trip onto a public holiday
“Consider organising a work trip to take place just before or after a public holiday. This way you can skip the long-weekend traffic as you’ll already be at your destination of choice. There are a few long weekends in the first few months of the year that you could take advantage of including Waitangi Day, Easter and ANZAC day.”