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Emma Evason, Business Development and Relationship Manager, talks about the trend in “bleisure” and “workcation” stays.
“In our December update, TAN CEO Marcos Isaac talked about length of stay: how business trips are likely to be less frequent but last longer. If you missed this one, read it here.
“I’d like to share my view on the widely talked about “bleisure” and “workcation” trends. Both are hot topics and while these trends are not new, it does seem likely we will see a rise in workcation and bleisure habits. We have seen some interest at TAN; however, I feel we are some way off seeing any significant increases.
“Travel is my passion, and I am a fan of both bleisure and the workcation stays. Usually I take every opportunity to visit new countries, to explore different places, to immerse myself in culture. While now I am taking in more local experiences, I look forward to travelling further afield when the time is right!
“An interesting statement: home can be anywhere…
“The global pandemic has led many to question their work/ life balance and with working from home or hybrid working the new normal for many, it’s easier to take advantage of a workcation. Home could be anywhere in the world, for a week, a month or longer. Many of us take work with us on holiday, eating into our time off – but now we have the option to vacation for longer and work while we are away, taking advantage of technology and flexibility. It has become more acceptable to “work anywhere” or tag personal time on to a business trip and I see many employees taking advantage of this. Digital nomads led the way, more traditional roles will now have this flexibility.
Where and how you stay will come down to personal preference and budget. There are a variety of options available which vary from country to country. Serviced Apartments are one solution, offering a home from home environment that is ready to simply move in to and start living. Fully furnished with fully equipped kitchens, WiFi set up, bills and utilities included, even a weekly clean – a bonus for many of us! Apartments come in all shapes and sizes and can be found in towns and cities all over the world. Our locations can be seen here: TAN locations
“The topic of sustainability is high on personal and corporate agendas and rightly so. While the term “purposeful travel” is dismissed by some, the pandemic has shown us the good we can do for our planet by travelling less. Now we learn from this knowledge and travel better, or differently. Where we can make changes, we should look to do so. Marcos talked about the value in travelling less but staying longer, when travelling for business. So why not tag on an extra few days, or longer – and take advantage of being away. By making more of business trips, we could fly less and still experience a lot. Serviced Apartments are growing in popularity and are great for any stay over 3 nights.
“From having dinner with a friend in the city you are visiting, to seeing the sights between meetings, to extending your trip and inviting friends or family to join you for the weekend, guests are going to be staying longer. And when you stay longer, an apartment is by far the best option. More space, flexibility, and a home from home feeling – it’s a trend that is here to stay and one I fully intend to take advantage of!
“Business travel is changing, it is going to be different. That was always going to be the case – the pandemic just accelerated the change.”
Emma Evason, Business Development and Relationship Manager, The Apartment Network