Food and Travel (UK) - - 200 th Issue -

Walk­ing The most ac­ces­si­ble form of ac­tive travel – and the per­fect an­ti­dote to the hours we spend in front of com­puter screens – walk­ing hol­i­days have be­come in­creas­ingly popular over the last 20 years. Ac­cord­ing to Sport Eng­land, walk­ing is the largest fam­ily par­tic­i­pa­tion sport, with Scot­land the most popular des­ti­na­tion.

Cy­cling Our pas­sion for free­wheel­ing ig­nited af­ter Team GB won 12 cy­cling medals at the 2012 Olympics. While cy­cling hol­i­days were once the do­main of ly­cra-clad fit­ness junkies, they are now ap­peal­ing to a broader mar­ket as peo­ple look to ex­plore the world, par­tak­ing in ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences as they do so. Cy­cling tour spe­cial­ists Sad­dle Sked­da­dle launched its fam­ily trips in 2013 and re­ported that its sales tripled in the first year.

Div­ing ‘Divers have be­come in­creas­ingly aware of threats to the ocean such as over­fish­ing and shark-finning and are now choos­ing com­pa­nies that are ac­tively in­volved in con­ser­va­tion,’ says Graeme Gour­ley of Dive Magazine. Bou­tique ho­tels in exotic lo­cales that spe­cialise in div­ing and high-end live­aboards, such as Costa Rica’s Un­der­sea Hunters, have boomed as long-haul travel has be­come cheaper.

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