Bleisure Travel is the Latest Trend Growing Among Remote Professionals

Man at AirportBleisure Travel Grows in Popularity as Corporate and Leisure Travel Unites 

Bleisure travel is the latest trend to emerge from 2021. Bringing together business travel and leisure travel, remote professionals are seeking options that can allow their entire family to work and play while on vacation. Enjoy your next bizcation with travel offerings that enable professionals to stay connected and work while traveling.

Many North Americans had vacations and business trips cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now consumers are searching for flexibility, customization, and options that allow them to extend a short one-week stay with the family to a more remote-friendly accommodation that speaks to their needs. Consumers are requesting more flexibility, larger living spaces, high-speed internet, and so much more from their travel providers.

The Hospitality Industry Adjusts for Bleisure Travel Needs

Major hotel chains, resorts, and restaurants have picked up on the latest trend, altering their offerings to include options for professionals who wish to extend their stay without disrupting productivity. This means more flexibility, generous cancelation policies, and bookings that can be changed on short notice.

Corporate travel continues to bounce back from a challenging pandemic that hurt bottom lines and left many corporate and leisure travelers hungry to get back to “normalcy.” With extended lockdowns straining their mental health, just about everyone in North America could use a vacation.

Woman on First Class FlightWhat is Bleisure Travel?

Remote professionals can work anywhere in the world, as long as they can meet deadlines and complete their assignments. Many professionals have caught on that they can visit a new destination, work during the day, and take in the sights in their free time. This bleisure style of remote work has become common among the tech, health, research, government, and non-profit industries.

Sometimes bleisure travel is referred to as a “business-cation” or “bizcation.”

Bleisure Travel Offerings for North Americans

Now is the time to shop around for deals that speaks to the needs of remote professionals. It has not been uncommon for business travelers to tack on an extra day or two on short trips, but now many professionals are looking to add a couple of weeks or a month to their next trip.

Flexibility remains paramount for many corporate travelers, as having the ability to cancel or extend a trip on short notice could help save money and avoid a potential lockdown back home. Being able to tack on a few more days on short notice or having the option to bring along the entire family can help relieve stress and boost morale.

Bleisure Travel Makes Sense for Many Remote Professionals

Hotels and resorts are aware of the growing trend among corporate and leisure travelers, offering corporate discounts to those who wish to extend their stay. Other perks have emerged to keep professionals tempted to stay away longer, with affordable options to bring along family and friends, high-speed internet, and rooms equipped for both business and pleasure. Bleisure travelers need to stay connected anywhere in the world, and there are now more reasons to indulge in travel and work full-time simultaneously.

Additional incentives might compel business travelers to stay even longer with offerings such as food and wine packages, passes to local tours, temporary access to a local gym, and off-hours check out. Now is the time to explore options from travel providers who have gotten much more creative to entice people to stay more and spend more.

bleisureBleisure Travel Alongside CAP

FocusPoint International’s CAP Travel Medical and Security Assistance Plan comes with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more.

The CAP Plan includes unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. It also provides a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap resulting in hospitalization.

Contact us directly to learn more about available offerings that speak to the needs of bleisure travelers and working professionals alike.

Ten Important Safety Tips for Travelers

Travel can be exhilarating but doesn’t come without its set of challenges and risks. When you’re venturing into the great unknown and experiencing the world, follow these 10 safety tips to protect yourself and ensure a happy and secure journey.

1. Choose Your Ground Transportation Wisely

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), motor vehicle crashes are the top cause of death for U.S. citizens abroad. Whenever possible, travel in a vehicle that is in good condition and offers working seat belts. Research the safety records of bus companies and avoid using less-safe vehicles such as rickshaws and mopeds.

2. Check in With the State Department

Did you know that the State Department provides updated safety information for every country in the world? You can search the website and get accurate details about where you’re visiting. Find out everything, from which vaccinations you need to the local laws along with any travel warnings (including crime and security warnings).

Also, use the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), where you can register your travel plans. In the event of an emergency (whether it’s a natural disaster, an emergency back home or civil unrest), they will be able to contact you directly.

3. Review the Escape Route in Your Hotel Room

When you check into a hotel room, you are more likely to be focused on scoping out the amenities than studying the map on the back of your door. However, before you get settled in, you should take a quick look at the emergency escape routes; you’ll be glad you did if an emergency arises in the middle of the night.

4. Leave an Itinerary and Emergency Contact

Unplugging while on vacation can be great, but try not to go too under the radar, especially if you’re traveling alone. Leave your itinerary (even if it’s just as basic as which city you’ll be visiting and when you’ll return) with a trusted friend or family member back home. Try to check in with family or friends at least once a day, so if something happens, they can alert authorities on your behalf.

5. Scan a Copy of your Passport

Before you leave, scan a copy of your passport, e-mail it to yourself and take a photo of it to save on your cell phone.

That way, if you need your passport while out (but it’s locked up in your hotel safe), you’ll have access to all your details. If your passport is ever stolen, getting a replacement will be that much easier.

6. Confirm Visitors with the Hotel Desk

You’re in your hotel room, and there’s a knock at the door from someone claiming to be maintenance or housekeeping. Before you let this person in, call down to the front desk to verify that someone from the property needs access to your room. Criminals have been known to pose as hotel workers in order to get inside rooms.

7. Don’t Flash Cash or Valuables

Keep your cash separated, with some spending money easily accessible and the rest hidden, so that you’re not showing off a big wad of cash every time you pay. Although it’s tempting to have your smartphone out constantly to look up directions or take photos, be mindful of your surroundings as thieves love to grab cell phones from people using them on trains and run off at the next stop.

8. Steer Clear of Animals

Cute stray dogs and cats roaming the streets may make for good photo opportunities but resist the urge to get too close. Wild animals can carry all kinds of diseases (including rabies) that could ruin your trip.

9. Keep an Emergency Car Kit

Whether you’re driving your car on a road trip or renting one abroad, make sure you keep a fully stocked safety kit in the case of an emergency. This should include a backup battery for your phone, a first-aid kit, reflective warning signs, blankets, non-perishable food, a tire gauge, a flashlight, bottled water, and a snow shovel.

10. Save Emergency Numbers

Remember, you can’t call 911 everywhere. Find out what the local emergency hotlines are and save them to your phone (preferably on speed dial). Also, research the nearest U.S. embassies or consulates and save those addresses and phone numbers as well.

Senior Travelers Will Be the First to Kick the Tourism Industry in the Pants

Senior and Leisure Travel Bookings at the Tail End of 2021 Are Surging

Leisure travelers of all kinds are patiently awaiting the return of “normalcy” to the travel industry. Many cruise and airlines have taken a major hit during the pandemic, being forced to cancel routes and adapt on the fly to the needs of the everyday traveler. The saviors of the industry might be the ones who are vaccinated first (seniors), and such, are likely to be the first to embrace travel once they are immune to the virus.

The entire world is waiting for “herd immunity,” 80% of the general public being vaccinated against COVID-19. As the virus is potentially dangerous for the elderly, the result has been that they are first in line to be vaccinated. Market data predicts that the majority of people booking flights and accommodations in 2021 will be aged 73 and over.

Interest in Senior Travel Reflected in Securities Trading Across the World

Recently, a Bank of America economist pointed out that there has been an increase in investor interest in airline and other leisure stocks. The “traditionalist” investor types were reported to be fueling the rise in travel stocks, suggesting that those who are vaccinated are likely to fly and visit relatives once it is safe to do so.

Numbers have revealed that such investment spending is four times that of last year and a clear indicator that seniors will be the first to head back to air travel. This is, of course, good news for anyone interested in traveling, but for those who are patiently awaiting simpler times on beaches and cruise ships, the return to safe travel could include some wait times.

The Travel Industry Bends for Senior Travelers

The economic bounce back from COVID-19 could move quickly, but full recovery will be seen when millennial travelers deem themselves fit for air travel again. The battle against COVID-19 is global, and destinations will have different itineraries for reopening, leaning on vaccinations, border closures, and ongoing quarantine requirements. As traditionalists push the interest in travel stocks, the ultimate finish line (global herd immunity) might take more time than what North Americans could expect. These investors will need to show great patience heading into 2022 to fully experience travel once again.

The industry itself, including many major hotel and airline chains, is eager to address some of the uncertainty facing senior travelers with never-before-seen flexibility and offerings. Expect agencies to offer cancelation policies that address just about any need or uncertainty, giving travelers the potential option to cancel their trip, without consequence, just hours before departure.

Travel Insurance Might Not Be Enough for Travelers Traveling During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has and will complicate travel for anyone that has weighed the risks and is still dedicated to travel. Border closures can be enacted in an instant, and COVID-19 variants pose significant risks and uncertainty. A trip to a hospital in a foreign country could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars should you become sick or injured during your trip. Contracting COVID-19 while abroad could be a complicated and costly experience, one in which traditional travel insurance may not cover the resulting expenses.

Further, traditional travel insurance isn’t typically built to respond to the needs of senior travelers. The fine print comes with many exceptions and caveats, especially for those over the age of 65. It’s crucial for consumers to completely understand what they are purchasing and what they are protected from by their travel insurance provider.

Leisure and Senior Travel is Best Experienced With CAP™

Keep in mind that even the most high-end luxury credit cards may only cover medically-necessary transportation to the nearest appropriate medical facility should a medical emergency occur. CAP™ goes far beyond these offerings and can bring you back to a hospital of your choice, close to home.

Travelers should know that CAP™ travel assistance plans come standard with a robust mobile app that includes destination-based health, safety, and security intelligence, COVID-19 specific information, a one-touch assistance button, and much, much more. CAP™ plans include unlimited 24/7 advice for a long list of travel mishaps often overlooked by traditional travel insurance. CAP™ plans also provide a fully-funded response to incidents of riots, strikes, and civil commotion, natural disasters, with medical evacuation to a home hospital of choice, should you suffer from a medical mishap, to include contracting COVID-19 during a period of travel.