Bleisure at its Finest in Sin City
If your job involves traveling for work, you know jetting off to new cities and areas is "just part of the job." However, while this may be required as part of your job description, it doesn't mean you can't add a bit of enjoyment to your trips. In fact, an entirely new term has been created for business travelers who mix leisure into their work travel - bleisure.
While the mechanics of bleisure can be somewhat tricky, there are some tips to help you get it right. If your next business travel destination is Las Vegas, consider some of the bleisure activities described below.
Attend a Convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center
Does your business travel correspond with a conference or convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center? If so, consider attending. Not only can you get some work-related information, but these events are full of food, amazing speakers, and free stuff. What a great way to have some fun, in the name of work, while visiting Las Vegas.
Keep in mind, if you are unsure of what conventions will be going on during your visit, you can use our guide to 2018 conferences, to help plan your time in Vegas.
Explore Your Surroundings
While it may be tempting for you to stay holed up in your hotel room with never-ending room service and endless cable television, Las Vegas is full of amazing locations for you to visit and explore. Get out there and experience something new. A great location to consider spending an afternoon, or an entire day, is the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. If you have more of an adventurous spirit, consider the Vegas Indoor Skydiving experience, or the Escapology Escape Rooms.
Catch Up with Friends and Family Living in Las Vegas
If you only have certain times of meetings and events for work, you may want to spend your free time catching up with people you know in the area. Some great places to plan a visit include the Downtown Cocktail Room, or if you want to stay outdoors, the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat. Grabbing a bite to eat is another option, especially if it is later in the day. To find the perfect restaurant, use our guide to the best restaurants in Las Vegas to help make this decision easier.
Find a Way to Relax
Traveling for work can be stressful. You have to spend time away from home, make sure you attend certain meetings and events and handle often stressful encounters with clients. While in Vegas, you will have access to some of the most amazing spas in the country. Take some time to book a treatment or two at The Spa at Encore. You will feel refreshed and this relaxation may even help you be more productive when it comes to your job.
If you don't really care for the spa environment, spend a few hours at the Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental or Wynn Gardens where you can clear your mind beneath the canopy of trees or get lost in the more than 110,000 flowers on site.
Take Your Family Along
If you are planning an extended trip to Las Vegas, consider taking your spouse and children along. To make sure you aren't distracted during your work obligations, you should schedule time to do things with your family. In many hotels, you will find there are activities for all ages, and you may even be able to find someone to help with child care while you are there by using local resources. For example, the Las Vegas Kids website offers a complete list of hotels that offer on-site childcare.
Some other great ways to spend time with your family, especially if you have kids include the Eiffel Tower Experience, going to the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., or exploring under the sea at the Shark Reef Aquarium.
Take in a Show
Visiting Vegas means that you are going to be in the same city as a large number of amazing performers. You should take time to take in one of these iconic shows, such as the Blue Man Group or Le Reve. There are countless acts you can enjoy, regardless of your preferences.
If you are traveling for work, it doesn't mean that you can't take some time to yourself. Use the tips here to find a way to enjoy some fun activities in Las Vegas while you are in the area for work. You can also find more events and activities by checking in with the Las Vegas Locals | Events and Activities Facebook Page.
How do you incorporate leisure into your Las Vegas business travel plans? Share your advice with fellow business travelers in the comments below.