A family ‘bizcation’
COMBINING business travel with a mini family holiday is the new trend emerging among workers overseas for them to gain work/life balance, a survey reveals.
The research, for Atlanta Business News, finds 67 per cent of frequent business travellers in the US often, or sometimes, combine business and leisure by taking their children and/or partners with them on a business trip.
Many of the trips, labelled ‘‘bizcations’’, occur in summer, when many industry conferences are held in the US.
Bizcations can require only a little extra planning to extend accommodation bookings for extra days and for the extra flights of accompanying partners and children to be paid for and organised.
Extra people stay in accommodation already paid for by the company for the business trip or, because the booking already has been made, staying the extra nights is obtained cheaper through package deals. One survey respondent says extending business trips through a weekend allows her teenage daughter to join her and be able to visit cities across the country.
She says her flight and hotel room are paid for by the company while the out-of-pocket expense is limited to her daughter’s flight and food.
Another extended a trip by a weekend and took her children to Disneyland and her only extra cost was the price of the theme park tickets. Workers are warned, however, that it is not appropriate to have bizcation for all business trips, especially those which require after-hours work.
Workers also are urged to be cautious and investigate the option with their employer first, as many companies would not condone a bizcation because of the distraction it can provide.