Millennials are tweaking business travel for the better. By adding a few extra days to a work trip for personal exploration, this generation’s employees are minimizing the number of paid-time-off days they need to take and flights they need to pay for, making it easier to achieve their see-the-world dreams. The travel industry already has a name for this business-and-pleasure approach: bleisure.
Last year’s MMGY Global Survey found that 81 percent of millennials associate business travel with happiness and job satisfaction and that on average, they travel 7.7 times annually, outpacing all other age groups. And the corporate world is responding. American Express now offers its employees flexible corporate travel options after becoming one of the first business-travel management companies to form an official agreement with Airbnb in 2016.
“Now, when people travel for business, they want to travel as if they’re on vacation,” says Andrew Sheivachman, business-travel editor at global travel news site, Skift. “They want to stay at a place that suits their lifestyle.”