With remote work seemingly here to stay, vacation days have entered a nebulous zone and become ever harder to track, while traveling has dropped into the most ambiguous space of all. Does remote work mean a mandate to stay in town, in the state—or can it include hauling your laptop to the Piazza Navona? How remote can remote work be? Enter blended travel, aka “workations.” Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, commissioned a survey to measure the appeal of very remote work, polling more than 1,200 people. The result was eye-opening: 65% of millennials (25 to 44 years old) and 59% of Generation Z (18 to 24 years old) respondents were more likely to sign up with a company that offers “frequent travel or flexible (work + leisure) blended travel possibilities as a perk,” according to the analysis. Other findings: • 31% believe that combining work travel and leisure would allow them to progress further in their careers. • 35% believe that it would be beneficial to them, and allow them greater flexibility, to combine work with a leisure trip abroad. • 39% said that it would increase their happiness levels. • 80% of business executives worry that, unless they increase business travel, their professional and personal lives would suffer.   Every single one of my clients is struggling with talent acquisition,” says Palm Beach-based Rita Barreto, a veteran human resources pro who consults about workplace issues as president of Top Tier Leadership. “With 11 million openings in the United States, companies are looking for ways to attract and retain talent. The notion of work-life balance has proven to be nothing more than a term. At best, a small percentage of employees made it a reality due to the culture of the organization.” Barreto says that to be a talent magnet today, you have to offer life-work integration: “It’s recognizing and appreciating the 24-7 life of an employee and the need for time to reboot and enjoy a full life. It requires flexibility, trust and accountability.” Josh Leibowitz, the Miami-based president of Seabourn Cruise Line, has come around to the benefits of blended travel time. It wasn’t always so. A few years ago, he gave a TEDx talk in which he advocated a strict separation of vacation time and work time, precisely measured week to week. “I spoke of the importance of vacation time to relax, recharge and have ongoing energy to engage,” he says. “My thinking on this has changed. I still believe there are times when we should go into as much of a non-work time-period as possible; however, I also recognize that for many of us, disengaging for more than a few days at a time is not only not feasible, but it can also increase the stress load of reengaging on return. So, my new philosophy is to find pockets of blackout on holiday. That may mean a few hours where you put phones down or maybe a few days,” but he says that it’s time to accept permeability between leisure and work when we travel.

“Dr. Abhinav Gautam was one of the first people I met when I moved to Miami,” Christian Seale recalls. In 2015, the two were introduced by Dr. Narendra Kini, a board-certified pediatrician and the former CEO of Miami Children's Hospital—now Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. (Kini and Seale have partnered on a variety of health care investments, and in 2016, they brought MIT's Hacking Medicine to Miami—a two-day hackathon—to demonstrate their shared belief in Miami as an emerging hub of health care innovation.) Once connected by Kini, Gautam and Seale quickly bonded over being born on the same day—a good omen. “I invested in Dr. Gautam’s last software business, which we sold last year,” Seale says, “and then one day he told me about this treatment he had developed to repair tissue from the inside out.” Their conversation was more than theoretical for the athletic Seale. “I had recently sprained my wrist bracing myself as I fell off a trampoline,” he recalls, “so I went to see a doctor and they immobilized my wrist. I was extremely frustrated because I'm an active guy and I couldn’t even do a pushup. Dr. Gautam asked me why I had a wrist brace on, so I told him what had happened. He told me he could fix it. I have to admit I was nervous—I didn’t know what was going to happen, yet I felt after three months in a wrist brace, I didn’t have much to lose. Long story short, he fixed my wrist and four days later I could do pushups. That’s when we both had this ‘aha’ moment that led to our Relief treatment.” In a nutshell, the purpose of the Relief modality, according to Gautam, is “to restore your damaged and scarred tissues to their normal (pre-injury) state, to free entrapped nerves from the surrounding fascia and get you back to your favorite activities without downtime, invasive surgery or steroids.” For those seeking a minimally invasive, holistic approach (who isn’t?) and want to avoid the sometimes debilitating effects of steroids and get back to the gym, the track or the tennis court, the appeal of Relief is obvious.