Bleisure travel

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Bleisure travel, a combination of “business” and “leisure,” refers to a type of travel where individuals combine a business trip with leisure or personal travel. In this type of travel, a person might extend a work-related trip to a destination by adding a few extra days for  tours, leisure activities, exploration, or relaxation.

Here are some key aspects of bleisure travel and its impact on the hospitality industry:

  • Business and Leisure Fusion: Bleisure travel blurs the lines between business and leisure. Travellers take advantage of a work-related trip to experience a new destination and its attractions. This can include activities like themed sightseeing ie movie tours , private tours, cultural exploration, or relaxation in the same location where their business meetings or conferences are held.
  • Extended Stays: Bleisure travelers typically extend their stay beyond the duration of their work commitments. For example, if someone has a two-day conference, they might stay an additional two to three days for leisure purposes. This extension can lead to increased bookings for tour operators , hotels and accommodations.
  • Economic Impact: The hospitality industry benefits from bleisure travel, as it increases occupancy rates and revenue. Since bleisure travellers are often willing to spend on dining, entertainment, and other leisure activities, they can contribute significantly to the local economy.
  • Diverse Travel Experiences: Bleisure travel allows travellers to experience a city or a country’s culture  in a more comprehensive way. They get a taste of both the professional aspects ( like conferences or meetings) and the local culture, which can lead to more positive travel memories and a greater likelihood of returning as leisure travellers in the future.
  • Changing Hotel Amenities: The hospitality industry is adapting to cater to bleisure travellers. Hotels and accommodations are offering amenities that appeal to both business and leisure travelers, such as conference facilities and recreational activities. They might also provide flexible check-in/check-out times to accommodate travellers’ varied schedules.
  • Customized Services: Tour operators can offer customised tours based on a number of different themes , such as movies or particular TV shows including Outlander or Game of Thrones . Some hotels and travel companies are tailoring packages specifically for bleisure travellers. These packages may include discounted rates, access to leisure activities, or complimentary services like airport transfers.
  • Technological Advancements: Technology plays a significant role in catering to bleisure travellers. Apps and platforms that provide information about local tours , attractions, restaurant recommendations, and transportation options are in demand, as these travellers often use technology to plan their leisure activities.
  • Work-Life Balance: Bleisure travel also aligns with the growing focus on work-life balance. Employers may encourage their employees to take advantage of bleisure opportunities as a way to promote well-being and reduce the stress associated with business travel. A private tour at the end of a business conference can be an effective way of winding down from a stressful work experience .
  • sustainable travel : it’s not surprising that more and more people are looking for more sustainable alternatives. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Group say that 69% of travellers are actively seeking sustainable travel options in 2023 – and there’s no sign of that trend slowing down.
  • transformational trips : Many travellers today don’t want to come back from their holiday less fit and healthy than when they left – they want to return a better version of themselves. As a result, there’s a growing trend for seeking out holidays and trips that combine experiences that boost our health and wellbeing, and even our knowledge. Think cultural tours, movie and TV themed tours , distillery tours ,  yoga or meditation retreats , Highlands explorations and cooking holidays.

In summary, bleisure travel is transforming the hospitality industry by expanding the range of services, tours and amenities offered to meet the needs of travellers who are looking to combine work and leisure. This trend is fostering economic growth and encouraging a more balanced approach to business travel, benefiting both travellers and the destinations they visit.

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What Scottish castles are open to tour ?

These castles have provided the backdrops for bloody battles or famous films, and are the most popular castles in Scotland

Stirling Castle.
Midhope Castle.
Blackness Castle.
Doune Castle.

Was any of Braveheart filmed in Scotland?

Despite initially declining, Gibson eventually decided to direct the film, as well as star as Wallace. Braveheart was filmed in Scotland and Ireland from June to October 1994. Book your Braveheart tour online

Is there a real Lallybroch ?

Yes, Midhope Castle is the real life location for Lallybroch , the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser . You can visit Lallybroch on our unique Outlander tours  . Lallybroch, or Broch Tuarach, is Jamie’s fictional home in the series.
Outlander tours from Edinburgh can be booked online . In real life it’s an ancient 16th-century tower house outside Edinburgh. The castle stars in a number of Outlander episodes as the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , played by Scottish actor Sam Heughan . You can visit the castle on one of our tours and take a look around the outside . Unfortunately the inside of Lallybroch is derelict and not accessible at the moment  , although plans have been announced to build accommodation inside the castle . Lallybroch Outlander tours from Private tours Edinburgh

what does Broch Tuarach mean ?

What is Broch Tuarach ? And can you take a tour to it ? It is an old  broch on the land, Broch Tuarach means “north-facing tower” in Gaelic. Lallybroch, as the estate is known among those who live there, in turn means “lazy tower”. Lallybroch , ancestral home of Jamie Fraser , is also known as Broch Tuarach . 
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