Bleisure Travel

Bleisure Travel is a combination of business, work, trip, and leisure travel. Bleisure expresses the capacity for people to go to business and work trip, and use some days to have travel fun.

Actually, the trend is to render invisible the demarcation line between business and travel fun. Traveling for business can be a golden opportunity to discover and enjoy new destinations. Spending some time to vacation when traveling for work can only be a just reward, giving the opportunity to relax, unwind, and connect.

In the corporate world involving travel, stretch out a business trip for private reasons is also called ‘bizcation.’

In the corporate world involving travel, stretch out a business trip for private reasons is also called bizcation. This trend expands because the millennials are more inclined to the face-to-face meeting despite technology evolution allowing real-time encounter for business in addition to potential new encounters and connection, and the reduction of room and airfare.

Let’s explore bleisure travel a little dipper.

Business & Leisure

Are you involved in the business? And, does your business lead you to different destinations? You are a good candidate for Bleisure travel. Is your work requiring you to move around, different areas or destinations? You are definitely a candidate for Bleisure travel.

Boundaries economy, business, and organizations influence greatly the way people operate and move. That innovative tendency fundamentally influences Millennial and young executives who combine work travels with leisure travel.

Leisure travel is basically taking a vacation from the daily routine. Leisure associate with hotel or resorts stay, relaxing on beaches, taking guided sights, and enjoying local tourists attractions

Bleisure is a concept including business and leisure. That concept emphasizes that when you travel for business, you can take some days of vacation after your mission is accomplished to discover the destination.
Let’s say you are traveling for a work mission in Rome, Italy. You have to attend an important meeting. When you land, the first thing is to find transportation to your hotel and to settle. And then, attend your meeting; write your report at the end of your meeting when back to the hotel. After that, you can get one or more days to discover Rome and Italy as a tourist.

 

That combination is called Bleisure. It is a perfect blend of business and vacation. That disposition is very helpful to some stressful business activities.

Bleisure is a prevalent practice for US travelers, most precisely for those working in Healthcare, Technology, Marketing, and Public Administration sectors

The priority of Business

As stated earlier, some business activities are very stressful and make life restless. According to an article published by CNBC, some of the most stressful Jobs in America include:

  • Public relations executive. Stress score: 48.50. …
  • Senior corporate executive. Stress score: 48.56. …
  • Newspaper reporter. Stress score: 49.90. …
  • Event coordinator. Stress score: 51.15. …
  • Police officer. Stress score: 51.68. …
  • Airline pilot. Stress score: 60.54. …
  • Firefighter. Stress score: 72.68. …
  • Enlisted military personnel. Stress score: 72.74.

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Some of these jobs are high travel jobs such as airline pilots, Newspaper reporter…, we can also add traveling nurses and physicians, salespersons and more. Bleisure travel opportunities offer various activities including

  1. Sightseeing,
  2. Discovering the local cuisine, culture, and art.
  3. Trade shows and festivals

 

As you travel, keep in mind it is for work first and vacation later. Don’t get cut up into the excitement of discovering attractive destinations. First thing first, make sure you are in agreement with your employer about your goals.

Make sure you don’t use the organization assets for your own benefits. Plan and save for your vacation, only use the hotel room and the airfare for the organization business. After that, take charge of your leisure.

Another sensitive aspect is that Bleisure travelers tend to take people along with them for leisure. It is important to understand that you should not privately take people on a business trip.

The Rightful Place of Vacation

Preliminaries to Bleisure Travel

Just as for most things in life, take time to plan and do your homework.

  • Choose the most appropriate trip that you want to associate your leisure.
  • Clearly determine your timetable to differentiate between business and leisure during your travel.
  • Let your boss and colleagues know about your plans.
  • Search about your destination
  • Pack smart and don’t forget about your backpack.

Bleisure is common when traveling to cities with various touristic points of interest allowing the traveler to add leisure to their travel including sports sites, Cultural events, and sightseeing.

Unwind and Relax 

In conclusion, some companies are enrolled in privilege programs with transportation and accommodation  that can help mitigate the cost of leisure after business.

A business trip does not need to be boring. If you take time to prepare and search, you can combine business and leisure and enjoy the best of both.

Cruise Travel

Cruises are well familiar forms of travels for vacation, conferences, marriages and much more. According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, cruising involves a journey for pleasure, during which an individual or a group of people visit several places. That travel is usually at a constant speed.
I can cruise by car just by driving just, for fun. For example, cruising downtown Washington DC on Saturday night.

Cruising can mean traveling on a huge or big ship from port to port. That is the most known form of cruise travel.

In this post, I want to explore cruise ship and bring to you the best information we can find. Benefits and drawbacks. I believe that information will help you make an informed decision.

About Cruise Ships Travel

On a cruise ship, you travel in a large boat to discover the world. Cruising allows seeing various places harder to visit by land, mostly a small-ship provides the capacity to maneuver through tight canals and wharf at smaller harbors. Cruising by ship offers endless opportunities.
High class cruise lines usually target celebrities and wealthy people. Their capacity is limited to less than one 100 passengers. Outsize ships carry more than 2000 passengers sometimes up to 5000. The size of these ships is classified small, large or mega based on the number of passengers they carry.

Small ships are more versatile because they can access smaller harbors, and uncommon locations.

Large ships can only access large harbors but offer more amenities and require more infrastructure to manage a high number of passengers.

Mega-ships can only access major ports and requires a much higher number of infrastructures to handle passengers. But they offer a high variety of activities and vast public areas.

Benefits

Compared to other forms of vacations, cruising can be very priceless.

Various benefits include:

The possibility to Match your experience to your budget by choosing the appropriate package. Most cruises offer the possibility to choose various options.
A week on a cruise ship provide the possibility to visit various destinations through different ports. That is a huge incentive compare to land-based resort on one location.
On a cruise ship you get more for the money you spend, compare to a land-based experience.
One of the best I prefer is that you don’t have to take your luggage from one place to another. You unpack once, and you set your backpack for the little escapades.
There are always entertainment, food, ports, and activities on a cruise ship. And dining options are various at the same location compare to a land-based vacation.
There are many accommodation options that allow you to choose based on your budget.
You can make friends along the way because of the duration of the travel.

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Drawbacks
There are some drawbacks including:

  • Limited communication because of slow Internet. Cruise ships depend on satellites for Internet services. Because of constant move, the network tends to be slower than the Internet at home.
  • Limited time in ports, roughly 10 hours per port. Ships give 10 hours per port, limiting the number of possible activities. If you need more time, find a cruise ship that include an overnight stay in a port. Because you will be able to enjoy a nightlife and build better memories.
  • Some people experience sea sickness, because the smell of the ocean and the weaves that rock the boat back and forth can be overwhelming.

The Right Cruise Travel for you

It can be overwhelming to choose a cruise direction because there are various aspects to consider that concur to an unforgettable experience. The most important factors to consider include:

  • The choice of a destination. Where do you want to go? Because there are various lines, and none of the lines go to every direction. Deciding on the destination will help you plan you travel effectively.
  • The other important question to answer is: How long do you want to be away? The answer to this question will help you determine the right line and ship to choose. Carnival for instance offers only cruises of three to seven days, while Oceania offers go up to 10 nights. Some very exceptional cases are Cunard and Holland America that run around-the-world cruises of 100 nights or more annually.
  • Next: What is your budget? This factor is very important in that cruises offer a wide assortment of price points based on features. The price can range from $399 to $1000. The price also varies based on seasons.
  • Also, who are you traveling with? Are you going with kids? It is important to know that some cruises are more family friendly that others with a variety of deck-top-activities. In this category we can list the following leading cruise lines:
  • – Disney Cruise Line,
  • – Royal Caribbean
  • – Carnival
  • Finally, other aspect to consider include,
  • – The crowd because, depending on the type of ship, you should be aware of the amount of people traveling with you in the ship
  • – The food, because dining is an important part of a cruise experience.

Preparing for a Cruise Travel

Congratulations!!!! You are getting ready to venture to an exciting experience discovering a part of the world through a cruise ship. Now, how do you start preparing?

  1. Travel Documents. First and foremost, make sure that all your identification documents including your passport are up to date and current.
  2. Make sure to check-in online to avoid long waiting lines when boarding
  3. Print your itinerary, boarding pass and luggage tags and keep them handy
  4. Make sure you have travel insurance. It is a short term insurance covering only Travel-related issues such as medial expenses. This is not an option, it is a must.
  5. Inform your family and friends of your travel venture.
  6. Connect with you banks and financial institutions to inform them that you are traveling. Otherwise, you will not be able to use your bank and credit cards abroad.
  7. Contact the post office to put your mail on hold.
  8. Visit your medical doctor and refill your prescriptions if needed
  9. Also, work with you telephone company to keep your communication line operational
  10. Pack your bags

Packing for a Cruise Trip

Packing your items is a critical part of your travel. Remember, unless you chose the largest room of the ship, you will have very limited space that is a cabin. Several suitcases can be invasive in a small cabin where space is very limited. Also, at the end of the cruise, repacking your luggage can be frustrating. Be very selective when choosing your outfit with fewer shoes because they take a lot of space.

  • – One pair of shoes can match various clothes. Therefore, a pair of sandals and a pair of tennis shoes can be enough.
  • – You can embark wearing some of your items to save space in your suitcase like tennis shoes and beach hat.
  • – Avoid packing bulk outfits like jackets because they take a lot of space.

The Reality

Cruising is not for everyone for many reasons, because you may face physical challenges, have to deal with smokers as very few ship offer the option of non-smoking spaces. I have to emphasize that every ship has basic health infrastructure to assist passengers when needed. Make sure this is for you because there is a lot of fun even for physically challenged people. If this is your first experience, proceed with caution.

Adventure Travel

Do you love adventure travel as I do? What type of Adventure Travel do you like? By the way, what is Adventure Travel, And what are the types of Adventure travel are you aware of?

Adventure travel is a tourism activity involving remote locations or exotic theme locations. Participants to these activities content physically challenging outdoor activities. These activities may demand adequate skills and physical efforts.

As you can see in the picture, similar activities are part of Adventure travel activities. That is one aspect of Adventure Travel. This article helps you understand the notion of Adventure travel and the different options you can consider when planning for it.

The adventure travel Trade Association (2013), affirms that Adventure Travel is a type of tourism including all activities involving physical activities, cultural experiences, and nature discovery.

There are various sub-categories within the Adventure travel category. We will examine some in this first post, and we will continue updating with more information. This time, let’s talk about:

  1. Accessible Tourism
  2. Culinary and Cultural Tourism
  3. Disaster tourism
  4. Eco and Ethno Tourism
  5. Extreme and Jungle tourism
  6. Religious tourism

Accessible Tourism

According to Darcy and Dickson (2009), Accessible Tourism allows people with any type of challenges enjoying tourism products like any other individuals, by ensuring the capacity to function independently with equity and dignity. Their definition

encompasses all people including the people traveling with children in strollers, people with physical challenges, and older persons.

In 2008 more than 600 million people around the world were accounted with disabilities. The 2011 World Report on disability by the World Health Organization and the World Bank attests that more than a billion people in the world experience some disability. In that number almost 200 million experienced serious struggle in functioning.

If you love traveling, and you experience some sort of physical or practical challenges, consider Accessible Tourism. There are various agencies around the world ready to help you achieve your dream

Culinary and Cultural Tourism

Culinary Tourism involves the exploration or the discovery of food. If you love food, or love discovering other ways of preparing food, this form of travel purpose s for you. Leaving your house to go to a restaurant is a considerable aspect of Culinary tourism.

According to USA Today (2018), food and wine lovers who also love discovering new destinations can enjoy culinary tourism travel packages, culinary tours, food and wine events, and foodie competitions. These events allow travelers to visit new destinations featuring local and regional cuisine.

It can be a new travel venue to discover and learn new cooking techniques or attend a food and wine tasting for a change from the common travel itinerary.

Culinary Tourism is closely related to Cultural tourism. Cultural tourism is more about the discovery of a country or a region’s culture. Cultural tourism involves discovering especially the lifestyle of the people, their history, architecture, art, religion, food, and any other aspect of their life.

This type of travel is not for solitary people who like being by themselves. I involve connecting with the people, sharing with them, having experiences with them. This type of tourism can be very enjoyable

Disaster Tourism

A disaster is an abrupt accident or a natural catastrophe causing considerable damage or loss of life. Type of disasters includes war sites, volcanic eruption sites, hurricane-damaged sited, flooded zones and much more.

This sub-category of travel involves discovering locations where disasters occurred. These disasters can be man-made or natural. The most known disaster tourism occurs in the area around volcanic eruptions.

This type of tourism is generally controversial. There are pro and cons that we will examine in our next article.

Ecotourism and Ethno Tourism

Ecotourism develops into Ethnotourism because it is meant to improve the welfare of the people. That aspect of the improvement of the welfare of the people is called Ethno tourism.

EcoTourism

Ecotourism is a sub-category covering the visit of nearly peaceful areas opposed to common commercial mass tourism areas. This form of tourism, also called responsible travel has developed exponentially to outshine the traditional by a remarkable margin. Experts currently affirm that ecotourism share in the tourism industry is 11.4% of tourist spending.

Ecotourism is a concept and a culture altogether. Ecotourism is a statement. And a philosophy. That philosophy advocate for more environmentally friendly practices aiming to protect the natural and cultural environment of a destination. That philosophy also advocates for the support of the communities living in those destinations.

According to Epler Wood’s, Director of the Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative of Harvard Extension School Ecotourism is “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”

I had the opportunity to visit one location in Africa, a natural beautiful beach, where tourists were depositing waste all over the place with complete disrespect of population living there.

In 2017, the conversation took a more serious turn when the United Nations 70th General Assembly nominate 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Ethno Tourism

This form of travel is close to Ecotourism. It focuses on discovering and learning about local people and their culture and traditions. Discovering and learning about native people and livelihoods is the main purpose of that form of travel. The aim of that specific travel is to improve the life of local people. Ethno tourism is also called Community-Based Tourism.

Extreme and Jungle Tourism

Jungle tourism can be an aspect of extreme tourism even though it may stand alone without and obvious danger. However, when considering extreme tourism, the jungle and equatorial forest can offer material for extreme tourism.

Extreme Tourism

In this concept, you find the term Extreme and Jungle attached to tourism. Extreme tourism or shock tourism

involves traveling to dangerous places including jungles, deserts, mountains, canyons and much more. Extreme tourism overlap with the extreme sport because they share the same attraction. Both involve high risk but differ in the level of professionalism and performance or engagement.

Jungle Tourism

On the other side, jungle Tourism involves more culture, region, and activities. Jungle tourism is a component of green tourism in tropical destinations. Such as Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Religious Tourism

Religious tourism is part of what is called special interest tourism. In Religious tourism, people travel for motives related to their faith. In other words, in religious tourism, the main travel motivation is to experience religious activities, visit related sites or connect with the products including traditions, culture or art.

Some people travel just to go learn about specific religions and culture. This form of tourism is very close to cultural tourism because most cultural tourists visit religious destinations as an integral section of their itinerary.

Conclusion

Travel adventure is extensive. Therefore, it may be recommended to do serious homework. That exercise will help you determine the purpose of your travel, choose the appropriate destination, make proper planning, make a list, and chose the right packing process.

When you make a decision, share your experience with. We will make sure to publish it if you allow us to do so. Your experience may be very helpful to another traveler. Enjoy your experience.

References

Darcy, S., Dickson, T. (2009). A whole-of-life approach to tourism: The case for accessible tourism experiences. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 16(1), 32-44.

Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) (2013). ATTA values statement. Retrieved from https://cdn.adventuretravel.biz/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Value-Statement-Consumer-English.pdf

UNWTO (2017). http://www.tourism4development2017.org/

USA Today (2018). What is tourism? Retrieved from https://traveltips.usatoday.com/culinary-tourism-1910.html

World Health Organization (WHO) (2011). World report on disability. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/disabilities/world_report/2011/report.pdf

Backpacks for Camping, Hiking, and Traveling Fun.

Packing for Camping and Hiking

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History helps us uncover the trace of the contemporary backpack. The idea of carrying tools and supplies on our backs is not a modern idea by any stretch of the imagination.

From the ancient days, people have been transporting stuff from place to place on their backs using bamboos woven huts and frames attached to their backs, most specifically Africans and Native American until today in a

Because that exercise was often challenging, particularly for hikers, pack technology worked hard to reach the point of what is known in the modern world as backpacks

History reveals a steady evolution of the backpack from the ancient ages. The original backpack is claimed to be used by Ötzi the Iceman in ancient Egypt.

Nevertheless, over time the backpack developed to an indispensable component of men activities from hiking, explorations, to military warfare, and to the classroom 
The first to patent the idea of a backpack-like device in the western world was Lloyd Nelson, also denoted as the father of the outdoor sporting industry. He got his idea when he discovered and used Inuit packs used while hiking in Alaska. That patent was filed in 1922. And then, numerous incidences of similar packs came up, mostly in the military world

Discovering Backpacks

What is a backpack? According to the Cambridge English Dictionary defines a backpack as “a bag carried on the back, usually of cloth with many pockets and straps that go over your shoulders, used to carry things.”

A backpack can also be called bookbag, knapsack, rucksack, rucksack, pack, Sackpack or backsack, a backpack.

From its origin, a backpack is in its natural frameless form, a cloth sack carried on one’s back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.

However, a backpack can have an external frame, internal frame, and there are bodypacks. A backpack has straps and pockets. It can be waterproof, made of a water-resistant material for

Backpacks Features

  • Sleeve for laptop or IPad: Most people are inseparable to their electronic devices. Most backpacks contain subsets or pockets for IPad.
  • Handles: Most backpacks have handled to decrease the weight of heavy items such as books
  • Wheels: Upright backpacks usually have wheels on the back. It can roll on the floor
  • Shoulder straps: They are made in various sizes. They can also be adjusted conveniently for proper fit. Depending on the of the backpack, they can be tied lengthwise the shoulders or across the abdominal.

Various aspects to consider when buying a backpack:

  1. The size of the backpack
  2. The purpose of the backpack
  3. Best fit for genders and age groups
  4. Weight capacity of the backpack
  5. Price Vs Quality
  6. The length
  7.  Other customers reviews

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Benefits of Using Backpacks

Backpacks are extremely versatile and exceptional for traveling, going camping, or simpling during daily activities.

They come in different sizes, small, medium, and big. The size choice is based on the age of the individual using it and the purpose of the bag.

Backpack lovers mostly own a couple of assorted units. Smaller sizes are fit for work or day trips, while medium and larger sizes are suitable for weekend
adventures or long stretches of travel.

A backpack is very convenient because your hands are free to maintain your equilibrium and stability, allowing you to move around freely.

Buying good quality backpacks is a good investment Invest. They will serve you for different purposes and make your life incredibly easy. You will certainly be
amazed.

Compared to suitcases, backpacks are easy to handle. They save time and energy and are comfortable for transport.

Backpacks multiple compartments allow accommodating basic items such as passport, wallets, cell phones, bottles of waters, and snacks and much more. Backpacks are well organized.

A backpack is an ideal solution for the security of your belongings. Most importantly, some backpacks are waterproof for the protection of papers, clothes, and electronics.

Backpacks can be carried a long time without a feeling of discomfort.

Health Benefits of a Backpack

The Right BackPack:

All backpacks are not the same. Therefore, not all of them are suited to lessen pain caused by heavy loads. The following features in the choice of a backpack can considerably help minimize pain

  • Wide, padded and adjustable shoulder straps
  • Cushioned back, mostly in the lower back area
  • Adjustable Chest and waist straps to help restructure weight
  • Various compartments for effective redistribution of weight
  • Backpack with Lightweight fabric
  • Wheels, depending on the environment (Keck Medecine, 2018)

Proper Packing:

Even with the right backpack, you can still hurt you back and spine. The reason is that the weight of the backpack is a major factor. Common packing tips help manage that effectively.

  • 25 pounds should be the highest weight
  • The heaviest items must be nearest to the back
  • Pack necessary items only to avoid added weight
  • Use the various compartments to evenly distribute weight, avoid overpacking (Keck Medecine, 2018).

Wear your backpack right:

Backpack basic safety is imperative for all. Backpacks are generally helpful for transporting lots of items.
The following steps help you handle your and wear your backpack right:

  • Make sure to put on both straps.
  • Adapt the straps for a comfortable fit, fairly over the middle and below the base of your skull.
  • Also, walk straight when carrying your backpack. If you feel the need to bend forward, that means the weight it is too much.
  • When lifting your backpack, use your legs to prevent back strain Backpacks are amazingly suitable. The recommendation above helps avoid unwanted back and spine harm (Keck Medecine, 2018).

Backpack, Our Travel Companion: 

Backpacks for traveling are tremendously trendy. They are extremely useful for a short or long trip, as well as for hiking activities. If you love traveling like me, then you cannot ignore a backpack. It is inevitably the number one needed piece of gear to get started on your trip!

Your backpack will be your faithful attendant at any moment of your trip. Please, make sure to get the right one you love, treat yourself. To make sure you get the right backpack, take time into the search. The outcome of your homework is a trip free of aching shoulders.

The Basic Truth

A backpack is a faithful fit for the back, whether you are a soldier, a student, a hiker, whether you’re are a toddler, a teenager, a young adult, a professional, or a senior, believe me, these bags are the most user-friendly way for us to keep and carry around anything we need.

References

Backpack. (2018) In the Cambridge English Dictionary.Retrieved from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/backpack

Bahn, P. (2005, April 1). Otzi the Iceman. McLean, VA: Cobblestone Publishing.

Keck Medecine (2018). Finding the right backpack and wearing it properly. Retrieved fromhttps://www.keckmedicine.org/finding-the-right-backpack-and-wearing-it-properly/

McCorquodale, A. (2018). The Evolution of the Backpack: An Origin Story. Retrieved from http://www.landsendjournal.com/evolution-backpack-origin-story/