December 16 ,2016 | by Thiago Kiwi

Entrepreneurs often combine work with leisure, says survey

Over 50 per cent of respondents to a recent survey from membership organisation FoundersCard are planning to take at least one trip that combines work and leisure in 2017.

The organisation surveyed 334 of its members, finding that over 80 per cent have already taken a “workcation”.

Trends

Over 20 per cent of respondents are planning a “workcation”, a trip that enables travellers to continue to work whilst being provided with a change of scenery.

The survey also found that many respondents are looking to have a break from work in 2017, with 80 per cent saying that they are planning a trip solely for leisure purposes.

The trend of businesses taking longer trips to fit in leisure activities has been labelled “bleisure” in the travel industry. Recent research from Expedia Media Solutions found that over 40 per cent of international and domestic business trips are extended to enable business owners to fit in leisure activities.

Hybrid

FoundersCard Founder and CEO Eric Kuhn said: “My guess, especially as a fellow entrepreneur, is that they’re taking hybrid business-leisure trips in order to make it possible for them to take the occasional trip in which they unplug entirely.”

He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if many of them were unable to fully disconnect from their companies more than once a year, and travelling for leisure that sparingly can put you on the fast track to burnout.”

Thiago Kiwi

Thiago is the LSBF Blog Editor who manages news and features content on the site, and writes about business, finance, technology, education and careers.

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