If you feel the summer season goes too quickly and you’re not getting a chance to enjoy it, consider combining a work trip with a mini vacation—popularly called “bleisure.” Statistics show more workers are taking part in the “bleisure” phenomenon, enabling them to optimize vacation time by tacking on one or two days to the end of a business trip, and to save on travel expenses.
All Work and No Play….
Worried your employer may bristle at the idea? According to a survey by the Bridgestreet Global Hospitality research firm, the majority (78 percent) of employees interviewed stated that by adding on a few personal days to a business trip, the professional assignment became more rewarding. With many companies struggling to find and keep top talent, allowing employees to extend their trips for some needed R&R is a win-win if it boosts morale, which could lead to fewer turnovers and greater loyalty.
Top Destinations for Bleisure Fun
Below are a few of our favorite cities for bleisure fun and some of their exciting summer happenings. Getting around these cities is especially easy with GroundLink the safe, reliable and professional car service. Our best-in-class fleet of vehicles and top-notch drivers are ready to get you to and from the airport, and to any bleisure excursion. No reservations needed with our RIDE NOW® car service. Just make your ride request using the GroundLink mobile app and drivers in these cities are available within 15 minutes or less.
The Windy City is packed full or things to see and do. For foodies, Chicago hosts some of the biggest food festivals in the country. Taste of Chicago, July 5-9, is an eating extravaganza sprawling across Grant Park and along the Loop. If you miss “the Taste,” don’t worry. The city’s neighborhoods host tasty street festivals nearly every weekend during the summer. Music lovers will enjoy Lollapalooza, an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and EDM bands and artists, scheduled for August 3-6. If you’re a baseball fan, don’t miss the chance to see Wrigley Field and the 2016 World Series Champs. The Cubs’ schedule can be found here www.mlb.com/cubs/schedule.
New York City
With it’s amazing museums, historical sites, Broadway productions, and restaurants you won’t be at a loss for how to fill a weekend. A few special events, only happening during the summer, are the beloved tradition of Shakespeare in the Park. This year’s free event, July 11-August13, at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park will feature A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tuesday through Sunday at 8pm. If music is more your thing, don’t miss the Panorama Music Festival, which runs from July 28-30. This year’s concert features Solange, Tame Impala, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, and Frank Ocean…and more. Purchase tickets at www.panorama.nyc.
If a weekend in the Big Apple doesn’t appeal to you, consider a getaway to The Hamptons. Beaches, shopping, and celebrity spotting are just minutes from Manhattan. Some hot events this summer include Dan’s Taste of Summer which features two July weekends of fun, food and wine in the East End. If you’re a lover of art, throughout July Art on the Edge 2017 will feature some of most provocative new painters, sculptors, and photographers. To get you there, GroundLink’s Hamptons Private Driver service provides fixed price, chauffeured transportation from NYC to Southampton, East Hampton, and Montauk throughout the summer months.
Visiting Houston in early August, you’ll find more than the weather hot. The Houston International Jazz Festival, August 4-6, attracts jazz musicians from around the world to play some of the hottest music of the summer. At the Miller Outdoor Theater, catch a free performance at the Houston Shakespeare Festival, July 29-August 6. And for foodies, Food & Wine magazine previously tapped Houston as “America’s newest capital of great food.” Taste for yourself during Houston Restaurant Weeks (August 1 – September 4) when the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs offer prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner.
If you happen to be in the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World” during July 4th weekend, don’t miss Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. This is Willie’s 44th annual, day-long event and feature a star-studded lineup, headlined by Nelson himself, and a patriotic fireworks display at the end of the night. Visit www.thecircuit.com for details. Of course, you can always catch live music at various venues throughout the city, plus Zilker Park host two free Blues on the Green nights (July 12 & August 2) with performances by local up-and-comers and Austin legends.
Get a taste of 19th century Texan life at the Dallas Heritage Village. This 20-acre park is home to the largest and finest collection of pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings. See more of the great outdoors at the Trinity River Audubon Center, located just ten miles south of downtown Dallas. Featuring a variety of birds and other wildlife, the center is part of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States. For foodies, you can’t visit Texas without experiencing Texan barbeque. The Dallas / Fort Worth area is home to many of the country’s top BBQ eateries, including the Woodshed Smokehouse, Cooper’s, and the Pecan Lodge.
When and where the bleisure travel opportunity presents itself, keep GroundLink car service in mind for safe, reliable, professional transportation.