We have tiny houses, micro devices, and small cars with lots of power. And then we have the super-short (but super-efficient) bleisure trip.
Yesterday I was on a 7am flight to New York. Today, I’m on a 6am flight back to Minneapolis. When I reflect on what I did during those 24 hours, I realize that I managed to pack a lot of stuff into my “suitcase of life.” As you plan your own bleisure trips, think about how you can make every minute count without running yourself ragged. For example:
- Planning. Very early flights are brutal, but they are often less expensive and you can pack more into the day. (I got back in time to have a full work day and a visit to the dentist.)
- Nesting. Having a “home base” away from home with a lot of charging ports and other things that make work/play easier is essential. Although I’m a digital nomad these days, I kept my WeWork membership and I reserve a hot desk via the app whenever I’m in a WeWork city. Seeing familiar faces and working out of a central location (where people can come to see me for meetings) helps me feel connected (literally and metaphorically) and saves time.
- Giving. The main purpose of my trip was a Tuesday’s Children board meeting. I volunteered to work with them on marketing strategy and Las Vegas “healing” efforts. I also set up some time yesterday to mentor a colleague (and Bleisure Living contributor) on his new media business — a whiskey community. Helping others — in whatever way we can — makes bleisure trips feel more productive and satisfying.
- Eating. Of course, food is a part of every bleisure trip! In addition to my usual RX Bar snacks
(Pumpkin Spice — the flavor of the season), I really missed the chopped salads at my old lunch place — Green Apple. Although the media has sometimes trashed the chopped salad craze, here are some tips for creating a healthy combo. Poke is now a “hot thing” in New York and also relatively healthy if you make the right choices. At the end of the day, I was totally wiped-out, so I opted to get take-out from Whole Foods — creating an economical alternative to room service while I watched “This is Us.” (We all have our vices!)
- Sleeping. Alas, I didn’t get enough of it. But my “great bed” streak is continuing. The Bryant Park Hotel is remarkably quiet considering it’s on such a busy street, and although it can be pricey at times, it’s luxurious in a minimalist New York hotel kind of way.
So, whether you’re traveling for weeks or hours, think about how you can make every little second count. Even short bleisure trips can result in long-term memories and joy.
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