It seems that British athletes will be going from the podium to the party, as Las Vegas is the number one destination for athletes following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Official airline partner British Airways asked a number of Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes about their holiday plans post September. Far from having a relaxing break, the results showed that many of the athletes will be seeking sun and fun, following weeks and months of gruelling schedules.
Nearly a third of athletes (28 per cent) are planning a trip to America with Las Vegas and Orlando among the top cities. In second place is Brits favourite Spain, with 13 per cent of athletes planning a break to the mainland and its islands, with Ibiza topping the list – and just in time for the closing parties!
One of the many athletes planning a trip to Las Vegas is triathlete Helen Jenkins, who said: “My husband and I Iove Vegas and cannot wait to return. The weather is always great, and there’s always something going on. I’m not surprised it’s popular with the athletes as we’ve all trained so hard for so long – it provides the perfect antidote to get away from it all.”
In joint third place are Australia, Greece and Thailand – preferred destinations for their sunshine, beaches, sports activities, great food and culture.
Some of the more unusual destinations included; Lithuania, Cuba and the less far-flung – Scotland! The findings also revealed that there’s no rest for some athletes, with four per cent planning an active ski or snowboarding holiday.