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EU to cut cost of holiday calls

New plans have been announced aimed at cutting the cost of using a mobile phone while on holiday.

EU telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding warned phone providers last year that their charges were not acceptable and asked them to make voluntary reductions.

However, not convinced that companies have gone far enough, Ms Reding has made proposals recommending that that the cost of sending a text message is reduced to 9p, while the cost of making a call is reduced from 36p to 27p per minute.

She also proposed that holidaymakers are charged per second, rather than per minute.

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Britain prepares for 'autumn holiday escape'

After a miserable summer at home, millions of holidaymakers are preparing to make an autumn getaway to sunny destinations such as Spain.

New research from online travel community TripAdvisor revealed that 18 per cent of people are planning to take a holiday over the coming months.

Furthermore, 29 per cent of respondents said they intended to travel more this year than they did in 2007.

The main reasons given for taking autumn holidays in Spain included "escaping the crowds" and making the most of the low prices and last-minute deals on offer.

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'Reduce holiday stress' with a sat nav

Holidaymakers renting a car in Murcia can reduce their stress levels by using a sat nav device, it has been claimed.

According to navigation solutions provider TomTom, sat nav systems are perfect for those driving in an unfamiliar country such as Spain.

Jenny Hodge, public relations manager for TomTom in the UK and Republic of Ireland, commented: "The use of sat nav devices heightens awareness and reduces the stress levels of the driver, as well as improving general driver behaviour."

She added that navigation systems are effective in reducing travelling time, which in turn can help to cut fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

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Holidays in Spain 'remain popular'

Holidays to short-haul destinations such as Spain are likely to remain popular, despite the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

Antony Martin, MD of travel insurance specialist Insurfor.com, said that although long-haul destinations such as Australia and the US may be affected, countries served by budget airlines are still likely to remain popular.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers travelling to La Manga Club will certainly find no shortage of economical flights to Spain with Ryanair, bmibaby and easyJet all serving the area.

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'Save money' on holiday in Spain

British travellers have been offered a series of money saving tips to help them make the most of their holidays in Spain.

According to Tucan Travel, holidaymakers should plan a strict budget before leaving and shop around for the best currency conversion deals.

Bec Whiffin, general manager of the company, said that Britons were not sacrificing their holidays as a result credit crunch; instead she suggested that consumers are becoming increasingly aware of their spending.

"People are becoming more savvy with their money and are looking for ways to stretch their pounds further," she explained.

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'More sand' for Spain's beaches

Spain's environment ministry has announced plans to replenish the sand on a number of the country's most popular beaches.

According to Euro Weekly, new sand will be deposited on Malaga's beaches over the next two years, at a cost of approximately 5.6 million euros.

It is expected that 13 million cubic metres of sand will be divided up between 14 of the beaches on Malaga's coast.

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Holidays in Spain 'still popular'

The summer may be coming to an end, but Britons are still travelling to sunny destinations such as Spain, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the Post Office last week suggested that European holiday destinations are as popular as ever, despite the strength of the euro.

The organisation revealed that sales of the euro are currently six per cent higher than last year, with demand for the US dollar also on the increase.

Commenting on the figures, Helen Warburton, head of travel services at the Post Office, said: "The euro and US dollar are continuing to sell extremely well, despite the weakness of sterling and foreign currency sales are up collectively across the board.

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Alicante prepares for Volvo Ocean Race

The event itself may not be taking place until October 11th, but already Alicante is preparing for the Volvo Ocean Race.

According to the Costa Blanca News, preparations for the race begin tomorrow (September 23rd), when the daughters of King Juan Carlos officially launch two Telefonica yachts in the port.

Organisers are expecting in excess of one million people to visit the race village, where a number of events will be taking place daily in the run up to the competition.

Around 5,000 boats are expected to sail into the port on the day of the event as spectators clamour to see the fleet of racing yachts.

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Leave technology at home and 'enjoy a holiday in Spain'

Britons should use their holidays in Spain as a time to relax and unwind, without the having to worry about interruptions from the workplace, it has been suggested.

Carmel McCarthy, PR manager for More Tha>n, said that holidaymakers should leave mobile phones and laptops at home when they travel and make an effort to relax as much as possible.

"If you can walk away from your job, try and do so. It's really important to get those two or three week breaks in," she commented.

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Dance the night away on holiday in Spain

Britons staying in Murcia over the coming week will have the opportunity to soak up some culture at the one of the region's most popular festivals.

Taking place from September 19th to September 20th, the Roots Music Festival promises to keep holidaymakers of all ages entertained.

The action takes place at the Plaza de Romea and features a host of talented musicians and performers from across the region.

According to What's On When, visitors can expect music and dancing, as well as a traditional market selling a variety of food, craft pieces and jewellery.

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