When this site was launched, Bleisure Living® was a new and strange concept.
After all, people used to work in offices and go on business trips — conferences, sales calls, and other mandated or elective excursions.
But now, we work from home, from vans, from coffee shops, from co-working spaces and the lines between business and leisure are very blurry.
As a long-time Bleisurer (Bleisureite?), I am still learning and evolving. Travel is not as fun as it used to be. Chatting with random strangers can be dangerous (or even deadly). We need to choose our destinations wisely and tuck proof of vaccination in our wallets and passport holders when we go to certain places.
I’m returning from a 17-day trip and, like most of my adventures, it was a combination of family fun, relaxation time, and hard work. Here are some of my takeaways:
- Set boundaries. Because work and play have converged, time-blocking your “off-duty” hours is even more critical
- Have fun in your hotel room (or other destination). Going out to dinner — especially in some cities — can be high-risk. So, take or download an extra book, watch that Netflix episode, or call an old friend or family member. Take long walks to explore a new city or town. I discovered that just sitting at a different desk could expand my thinking. Learn a new tech skill or bring a portable craft project on your journey.
- If you like to take photos or journal, capture interesting moments. Even empty places can be kinda cool.
- Change out your mask every day, based on your mood. Easy and light to pack, they make great fashion accessories. These are among my faves.
And above all, take some new learning or perspective away from every adventure! And look forward to the day when fewer rules will apply.
Please get vaxxed and be careful out there!