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Brits ditch beach holidays for fitness retreats

Brits ditch beach holidays for fitness retreats

British holidaymakers are using their holiday retreats to shape up rather than sunbathe, according to the latest report by Travelex.

Whilst lying on a hot beach sipping cocktails was once the traditional image of a Brit abroad we are now putting fitness first on our holidays by choosing Nordic mountain treks, yoga retreats and foreign boot camps instead.

The traditional “fly and flop” holiday

The number of British travellers choosing to take part in a fitness holiday has doubled, according to the report, with 50% of holidaymakers choosing to trim up rather than take part in a “fly and flop” holiday.

One in three holidaymakers want to “tone up” during their time away with almost 20% commenting that they would like to shed some pounds as a result.

An additional 17% said that they had booked a fitness holiday in order to concentrate solely on their individual wellbeing whilst others looked forward to the chance to eat healthier and perk up their mental health.

Staying active on holiday

A further survey conducted by travel company Health and Fitness Travel also found that a staggering 82% of holidaymakers believed staying active during their time away is important.

Co-Founder of Health and Fitness Travel, Paul Joseph, commented that the days are well and truly gone when Brits want to come home after a holiday “feeling sluggish” with “waistbands that little bit tighter”.

Moreover, the traditional alcohol-fuelled beach holidays have also decreased in popularity as only one in 20 people would like to go on a drinking holiday.

As a result, holidaymakers are now choosing to ice-skate in Sweden, take part in rooftop yoga classes in Venice, and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Overall, yoga, dance classes and meditation lessons topped the list of healthy holiday activities for Brits while mountain biking came fifth.

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad and partaking in an active holiday, it’s important to ensure you have worldwide travel insurance in advance.

Date Created: 23 March 2015

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