COVID-19 leaves Aussies craving adventure sports in 2022

COVID-19 leaves Aussies craving adventure sports in 2022 | Insurance Business Australia

COVID-19 leaves Aussies craving adventure sports in 2022

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing everyone to stay at home since 2020, it's not surprising that Australians want to get more out of life in 2022 – with more than one-third planning to try an adventure sport, according to a report by Flip, a subsidiary of HCF Australia (HCF).

The report, commissioned by HCF, found that nearly half (46%) of the respondents who want to try an adventure sport this year want to do it to challenge themselves, 44% are seeking new experiences, and a third said it's something they have always wanted to do.

Of those who want to try an adventure sport as their New Year's resolution for 2022, a majority wanted to ski or snowboard (40%). Other popular adventure sports among the respondents were surfing (37%), water-skiing or wakeboarding (33%), skateboarding (31%), scuba diving (27%), BMX/mountain biking (25%), skydiving (16%), parasailing (13%), and bungee jumping (11%).

“January is the time when people are making resolutions and planning their bucket lists for the year,” said Flip chief officer Kathleen Weaver. “After two years of lockdowns, not being able to travel or do many of the things we planned to, Australians are wanting to make the most out of 2022, and many are turning to new and adventurous experiences to do so.”

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Noting the report's results, Flip wants to help Aussies kickstart their year of adventure by giving away three $500 vouchers from Adrenaline, Australia's longest-running and most recognised adventure experience site.

The winners can use the vouchers for the thrilling experience of their choice, including skydiving, aerobatics, and white-water rafting. Those who want to enter the competition and go in the draw to win can visit the Flip website and register before the competition closes on February 28, 2022.

“At Flip, we're all about giving people the confidence to try something new – no matter how big or small that is, be it bungee jumping or signing up for the gym,” said Weaver. “We want to give people the extra nudge to step out of their comfort zone, but also be the safety net that gives them some added peace of mind along the way.”