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Free time on a business trip

Bleisure is becoming more and more popular, and every year more employees want to extend their business trip with a few days off in their destination city. Many companies have realised over time that bleisure travel has a positive effect on their employees and are making this special form of leisure possible.

It’s not just millennials who want to extend the duration of the trip. The baby-boomers and first-jobbers also like to add on a few more days after their appointments.

North America, Europe and Asia are the main travel destinations for bleisure travel and the ten most popular destinations* for extending your business trip with some free time are:

  • New York
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Tel Aviv
  • London
  • Paris
  • Milan
  • Tokyo
  • Singapore
  • Shanghai

* Discover exciting stories and lots of travel recommendations for these destinations in the Lufthansa Travel Guide.

These destinations are some of the classic business destinations. But these cities are often dream destinations for private visitors as well, and deserve at least a week’s stay. However, not every company will give its employees an extra week off. So to get to know the city, it is important to know how best to use your free time while you’re there.

It makes sense to think in advance about what you want to see and experience. On site, you’re usually overwhelmed by the abundance of offers and possibilities and can lose valuable time planning the day. So, do some advance research or ask your travel manager about the must-dos and must-sees.

If you don’t have much time, it’s worth buying tickets for museums or local transport in advance, thus avoiding unnecessary waiting times. And ask yourself if you want to visit the city’s main sights during the high season, as there will always be an enormous crowd. Your time can often be used better.

But the most important suggestion you should take to heart is, don't stress. Be aware that if you only have a few days at your disposal, you will not be able to experience all that the city has to offer during this time – don’t try to. Otherwise you will come home more tired and exhausted than before! It is better to make a small selection of sights but enjoy them as much as possible. Remember, bleisure travel is designed to be an opportunity for you to relax and enjoy a few moments before returning to the office.

Relaxation can even begin on the outbound flight. You can use your Benefit points for upgrades with PartnerPlusBenefit as well.