Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

Holidaymakers plan all-action trips

Adventurous holidaymakers are trying out activities like scuba diving, according to a new study

Adventurous holidaymakers are set to swap relaxing for rally car driving and sunbathing for scuba diving while away on trips.

As many as three quarters of adults said they wanted to try a new sport or physical activity while on holiday, according to a poll from Post Office Travel Money.

Rally car driving topped the list of 27 activities picked by people who wanted an active break, while scuba diving, water skiing, sailing and white water rafting were also popular.

Snowboarding and jungle trekking also featured, with eagerness to try new things abroad not just the preserve of younger holidaymakers.

As many as 38% of 55 to 64-year-olds wanted to try rally car driving, although they may have to go far afield to experience the best-value rallying.

This is because Post Office Travel Money found that the cheapest rallying was a six-lap experience in Melbourne at £167, while a 10-lap experience in Paris was as much as £338.

When asked how much extra they would pay to try an activity, the most the 1,664 survey respondents would spend was on sky diving (£126). For most activities the amount people would spend ranged from £48 (mountain biking) to £95 (paragliding).

Paul Havenhand, head of travel at the Post Office, said: "Our activity barometer established that there is a real appetite to have a go at a surprising number of adventure sports and that many people want to have their first experience of these while on holiday when they have the time to try something they have always wanted to do.

"However, they need to budget carefully and take sufficient foreign currency with them to cover the cost of that activity. Our research showed that people were realistic about the cost of some sports but not about others. We also found that the cost of learning a new skill on a course, rather than as a one-off taster, was much more expensive."

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