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Rally driving tops holiday activity list

Rally car19/08/13

By Daniel Machin

Holidaymakers now want more excitement from their trips away, with rally car driving topping the list, according to a Post Office poll.

Some 75 per cent of the adults questioned admit they want to try a new sport or physical activity while on holiday, with rally car driving surprisingly topping the list.

Scuba diving, water-skiing, sailing and white water rafting were also popular among the 27 activities picked by people craving an active break.

Snowboarding and jungle trekking also featured.

"Our activity barometer established that there is a real appetite to have a go at a surprising number of adventure sports," said Paul Havenhand, head of travel at the Post Office.

"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", he added.

The cheapest rallying experience, for example, is a six-lap run in Melbourne at £167, while a 10-lap experience in Paris is as much as £338.

Although people are realistic about the cost of some sports, the survey shows they are not so realistic when it comes to others.

When asked how much extra they would pay to try an activity, the most the 1,664 people polled would spend was on sky diving at £126.

For most activities, however, the amount people would spend ranged from £48 for mountain biking to £95 for paragliding.

Meanwhile, the cost of learning a new skill on a course, rather than as a one-off taster, was found to be far more expensive.

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