Get active on holiday
Published: September 2012
UK holidaymakers are an ever-changing breed. Once content with a fortnight in Benidorm, today’s traveller wants more from their yearly break than just topping up their tan on an overcrowded beach.
A growing number of people want more from their time away – more adventure, more diversity, more sightseeing, and the chance to experience a different way of life. Many also choose to live an active and healthy lifestyle during their working week, with gym visits and sporting pursuits very much a part of everyday life, and as such, they’re keen to continue these activities to on holiday.
With many inspired to get sporty by the incredible 2012 Olympics, it's hardly surprising that active breaks are becoming increasingly popular and are shooting to the top of wish-lists for summer holidays 2013.
Walking holidays are one option, with destinations such as Austria offering a plethora of well-marked trails, mountain air and spectacular scenery.
Horse riding is another popular choice, with packages available in Austria, Italy and Poland. Whether you want to enjoy mountain trekking or take a leisurely gallop through the meadows, this type of holiday offers a unique way to appreciate your chosen destination.
Golf, archery, climbing, cycling – many people are surprised to realise that they can combine their sporting passion with a fantastic holiday, much the way people have been enjoying ski breaks for years.
Skiing was once seen as the domain of the rich and famous but that’s all changed over the last decade, with tour operators offering affordable breaks that won't break the bank.
There are a whole host of skiing destinations available so it's worth getting online and doing some research before you book. Destinations such as Andorra represent great value for money and also provide opportunities for tax free shopping, so perfect for those on a budget.