An enjoyable holiday can often leave you with a few extra pounds, as well as the suntan. Delicious foreign food and lazy days in the sun, it’s not surprising holidaymakers pile the pounds.
However, new research has found that the weight gained on a holiday can differ dramatically depending on the destination.
Predictably, the US is one of the worst. Popular all-you-can-eat buffets, enormous portions had lead to many travellers gaining an average of 8lb on a two week trip to the USA.
Following closely in second place is the Caribbean; it’s all-inclusive resorts left many holidaymakers with an average weight increase of 7.4lb on their holiday.
The study has also included France and Spain in the top five, although their portions may not be as large as the US wines, cheese and pasta laden with calories have left those visiting France with an increase of 7.4lb and Italy 7lb.
Four in ten holidaymakers blamed the increases in alcohol consumption whilst away, with one in six admitting they found it difficult to say no to seconds.
Surprisingly half of travellers only realise they have piled on the pounds once home, with one in five not noticing until they see the holiday pics.
French ski resorts have proved to be the most popular in Europe, new sales data released today by SkiHorizon on the 2010-2011 winter ski season reveals.
The French and the Brits continue to have different tastes for their ski holidays– French skiers and snowboarders are far more likely to ski in their own country, whereas British holidaymakers divide their loyalties between France, Switzerland and Austria.
Top ski resorts: French bookers
• Val Thorens
• Les Deux Alpes
• Les Arcs 1800
• Les Menuires
• Les Coches
• Saint Sorlin d’Arves
• Tignes Val Claret
• Plagne Bellecôte
Top ski resorts: UK bookers
• Les Arcs
• Saas Fee
• Serre Chevalier
• La Plagne
• St Anton
• Puy St Vincent
• Alpe D’Huez
Overall this shows that France is the most popular skiing destination among SkiHorizon’s customers. But Italy is steadily growing in popularity and SkiHorizon forecast that one of its resorts will break into the top 10 in the next few years.
Mark Oliver, UK Marketing Manager at SkiHorizon commented: “It’s no surprise that the French overwhelmingly choose to ski in their own country, with world-beating ski resorts on their doorstep, it takes a lot of persuasion for them to try skiing in other countries.”
“I do wish more French people would take the time to discover the dramatic scenery and the warm welcomes of Austria though, they would be very pleasantly surprised.”
Occupancy rates are up, a ‘hotel tax’ is looming on the horizon, and room prices are scheduled to increase once again. It’s a typical scene in Rome, and it’s one that’s becoming a frustrating reality for the thousands of tourists that arrive in the Italian capital daily. Rome is big, beautiful, and all priced outside the reach of many British travellers, particularly those searching for a budget tour.
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tourists to Rome have typically spent their daytime hours soaking in the same tired attractions – viewing the Colosseum, walking the city’s cathedrals, and moving from one aggressively priced restaurant to another. With the pesky budget out of the way, Rome isn’t the terrifying travel destination one might expect – it’s actually rather fun.
At least, that’s what community travel website WikiTravel suggests. The website suggests for budget travellers to move from one Monte Verde Vecchio bakery to another, enjoying the city’s cheap meals and student favourites. It also suggests cutting your hotel budget in half and opting for a small local hotel, ignoring the large facade of the looming international chains.
The suggestions, while slightly unappealing for older travellers, are a good idea. Europe’s cities are best explored with a light wallet and an appetite for adventure. Ignore the downtown hotels in place of a room in San Lorenzo – the extra walk to major attractions offers an opportunity to get entirely lose – one of the city’s greatest tourist experiences.
When spending becomes difficult, a change of strategy can eliminate problems. WikiTravel’s tactics certainly don’t make Rome worse, they merely change the side of Rome that visitors may see while on holiday. Given the city’s immense modern culture, that’s certainly not an unwelcome change.