The month of May is quickly coming to an end, which means it’s about time for the peak summer travel months. With many people about to travel for summer vacations, we decided to delve into the worlds of business and leisure travel. There are different mindsets and priorities when it comes to the two.

Our team regularly travels for business, and of course, enjoys vacations as well. Here are some of the differences we’ve noticed:

Hotel Location: Choosing a hotel for vacation is typically different than choosing one for business travel purposes. Hotels central to tourist spots, landmarks, and beaches are typically top of mind for leisure travelers. However, business travelers are generally searching for something near a convention center, corporate office, or airport so they can cut back on the time spent shuttling to and from meetings. 

Schedules: If you are anything like us, when vacationing you are still likely to come up with a loose/rough itinerary to ensure you get to experience everything the area has to offer. With business travel, most of your day is mapped out for you with meetings, presentations or related activities with little downtime for yourself.

Wi-Fi: This isn’t to say leisure travelers don’t like being connected to the online world, however studies have shown business travelers tend to prioritize hotels with free in-room Wi-Fi so they can easily get work done from the comfort of their room.

Suitcases: Business travelers often spend a large amount of time on their phones or tablets in between flights, answering emails and making phone calls. They may prioritize a techy suitcase like Raden or Away, which feature built-in chargers for devices. Raden luggage even features GPS technology!

Many of the same ideas and issues are on the minds of both leisure and business travelers, however, prioritized differently.

Our favorite business travel and leisure travel destinations?

Business: San Diego, CA and Scottsdale, AZ – both have pleasant and predictable weather, both cities are easy to navigate, big cities without the big city transportation issues and plenty of hotel and dining options for several different group sizes and budgets.

Leisure: New Orleans, LA and Palmetto Bluff, SC (Montage Palmetto Bluff, specifically!) and Destin, FL – New Orleans is rich in history, with amazing food and something for everyone to enjoy. Montage Palmetto Bluff has delicious food and drinks, adorable canine ambassadors, Southern charm and lots to do on property and nearby. Destin boasts amazing seafood and soft, white-sand beaches that don’t get too crowded. Wheels up!

Do you have any business or leisure trips coming up? Let us know where you’re traveling to!