October 8 2010 by Chris McGinnis
In a recent poll of the Best Western Diamond 100 group, an ultra-elite group of the Best Western Rewards program members, we asked how likely it would be for members to combine business and leisure trips.
The response was split nearly right down the middle, but leaned toward more likely--54 percent said they'd be very or somewhat likely to combine business and leisure trips, while 46 percent said it would be less or not at all likely.
Several members commented that they are much more likely to combine the two if they can bring along their spouse or significant other. "Instead of going back on Friday, I'll have my wife meet me and we'll travel from a work location. That way, my travel's already paid for, so we have some extra money to have some extra fun like a nice meal with wine and dessert!" said a member from Houston.
How do you feel about this?
For me, I think it depends very much on the destination and the situation. For example, I'm leaving this week on business trip to London--one of my favorite cities in the world. My client is flying me over and putting me up in a very nice hotel--but only for three nights. After that, I'm on my own.
As much as I'd love to stick around to see some sites and down some pints, I don't have the time or the budget to stick around--London's one of the most expensive cities there is.
So, instead of staying over a few days, I'll tack on some extracurricular activities to my workdays over there (I'm checking out two new restaurants, taking a long walk along the Grand Union Canal and getting to the airport early so I can get a full tour of Heathrow's new Terminal 5.)
This way I'm getting an all expenses paid trip to London and doing a little work on the side. Everybody wins.