Perfect is a pretty strong word. I don’t use it often. But occasionally a bleisure trip is just so awesome that no other word will suffice.
I just got back from a four day trip to the DC area. I’ve been to that part of the world many times. I even lived there two summers. So what made THIS trip so wonderful? And how can my experience help YOU plan the perfect bleisure trip.
- On-time flights and relaxing travel. Look for flight times that won’t leave you rushed and stressed. Pre-schedule your Lyft rides so you’re not time-pressed.
- Productive business. Not always within your control, but if you have a clear
agenda and are well-prepared, you’ll rock the conference room. Don’t over-book meetings.
- Family. I got to spend time with both my daughters, my son-in-law, and my granddaughter.
- Romance. My boyfriend came out to join me for part of the trip. Awwww….
- Time-Blocked Work. You’ll never enjoy a bleisure trip if you’re feeling guilty or stressed. Allow set times throughout the day to catch up on calls, e-mails, and other business.
- Sleep. I’ve covered this one before in The Z Factor. If you find a hotel (like the Sofitel Lafayette Square) with great beds, stick with it!
- Rationalized Hooky Time. We spent a couple of hours at the Newseum.
Because I work in media and communications, I can convince myself that it was work-related.
- Food. I did not have one meal or snack that wasn’t truly amazing.
- The Red Hen lived up to its reputation. I had bid on a dinner for four at the Global Camps Africa fundraiser, and not only did I help a terrific cause, I had one of the best meals of my life. The service was awesome and the Owner/Chef stopped by to chat…a classy touch! Worth every carb and calorie. Be sure to book well in advance, however.
- Street food is a great option if you’re walking around a city. Food trucks and farmers markets are common now in most major cities. This one had truly amazing crepes and tacos.
- The Hillstone family of restaurants will forever be my bleisure pick. The Woodmont Grill is a bit of a hike from the district, but has an interesting crowd and Hillstone’s trademark live jazz. Talking to strangers at the bar always results in interesting conversations with a wide range of professionals. The Smith (another one of my reliable choices) now has an outpost in the District.
- Give Yourself a Decompression Day Between Trips. I have a full 48 hours in-between my business travels for laundry, the gym, errands, and even a sports game or two (not to mention the premier of Curb Your Enthusiasm).
- Capture the Memories. Have a story of a bleisure trip you’d like to share? Tips for other bleisure travelers about destinations, packing, products, or just your favorite travel hacks? We’re on the look-out for guest editors! Contact us if you’re interested.
Speaking of memories, watch this site for our upcoming piece on Souvenirs That Don’t Suck!
I captured this shot at Joe’s Souvenir Shop at 917 F Street NW. Whatever your political affiliation, you’ll find a bobble head you can stand behind.