FORBES - Post-Pandemic Active Travel - Your Best Hiking And Walking Vacations

FORBES - Post-Pandemic Active Travel - Your Best Hiking And Walking Vacations

Travel is making a comeback, with a lot more growth on the horizon. As people eager for a change of scenery start to plan their first vacations in a year or two, one of the hottest parts of the travel industry will be my favorite, active travel.

Top tour operators specializing in hiking, walking and biking trips are reporting record bookings for 2022, with heavy demand for Europe as travel-starved North American customers seek to return across the Atlantic.

During the pandemic lockdown many outdoor activities boomed in popularity, including cycling, hiking, golf, running and just about anything that got us out of the house and moving in the fresh air. Many people fell in love with new activities they were trying for the first time, and some also changed their priorities to reflect new behaviors learned during the COVID-19 crisis. Tom Hale, founder and President of specialty tour operator Backroads explained active travel’s sudden popularity, saying, “People want to spend time in wide-open spaces, breathing fresh air and hiking off-the-beaten-path trails.”

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