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Bashful Brits book Benidorm breaks

UK holidaymakers enjoy traditional family holidays in Spain, but tend not to brag about it, it has been suggested.

According to News Guardian, bashful Britons most enjoy taking flights to Spain for holidays on the beaches of Benidorm.

Other Spanish spots that Brits enjoy frequenting on the quiet include the Costa Del Sol and Malaga, according to the Boots poll.

"Whether its Benidorm or Brighton, people need to remember that wherever they go on holiday it is important they take the necessary health precautions," Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers said.

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Big Brother winner takes Spanish holiday

Former Big Brother winner Kate Lawler has been spotted enjoying a Spanish holiday on the Costa Del Sol.

The DJ was snapped drinking a beer on the beach and displaying a toned physique a mere eight weeks after completing the London Marathon, the Daily Mail reports.

Kate ran the marathon in Ann Summers lingerie in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and is now recovered with a Spanish holiday.

Kate, who won Big Brother in 2002, looked fit and toned in the photographs, which showed her wearing a trendy black bikini and shades on a Spanish beach.

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Avoiding sunburn on Spanish holidays

This summer, Brits taking flights to Murcia and Alicante have been offered some advice on how to get the best from their break and avoid having their fun spoiled by tummy troubles and sunburn on a Spanish holiday.

According to research by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, of the thousands of people who take an annual two-week break in the sun, 81 per cent will fall ill, the Western Mail reports.

However, holidaymakers can avoid ruining their breaks by making preparations such as taking a first aid kit with basic medicines abroad.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain notes that those who rely on overseas medications can put their health at risk by failing to understand instructions on side-effects and dosage.

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Insurer offers tips for driving on Spanish holidays

An insurance company has offered tips to anyone planning to drive while enjoying a holiday in Spain this year.

Cooperative Insurance has aimed to highlight the importance of securing appropriate motor insurance for driving outside the UK and establishing how local rules and regulations vary.

Anyone who fails to take out a proper insurance deal while taking advantage of car rental in La Manga or driving their own vehicle on holiday in Spain could live to regret the resulting financial implications, the insurance firm has warned.

David Neave, director of general insurance at Co-operative Insurance, said: "Driving abroad might seem like a great way to save money and will add something a little more adventurous to their holiday.

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Brits 'unwilling to give up Spanish holidays'

Individuals and families living in the UK are generally unwilling to give their Spanish holidays this year, it has been suggested.

Frances Tuke from the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) has insisted that Britons tend to be very reluctant to forego a holiday they had planned because of financial hardships.

The British economy has hit relatively hard times in recent months but many thousands of people from across the country still look set to find the cash for a holiday in Spain at some point this summer.

"We know from previous recessions and difficult times that holidays are the last things that people are prepared to give up.

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Abta: Spain still reigns in holiday market

Holidays in Spain are still proving extremely popular with British tourists despite the fact that their finances are being increasingly squeezed as the year goes on, it has been claimed.

According to comments from a spokesperson for the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), the demand for Spanish holidays has not diminished despite the UK's economic downturn.

Frances Tuke from Abta has said that while there were some fears that the weakening of the pound against the euro could see less people travelling from the UK to Europe, these worries have proved to be largely unfounded.

"The industry is performing extremely well all over really but it's performing particularly well to mid-haul and long-haul destinations," Ms Tuke aded.

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Go easy on the drink, sporty holidaymakers warned

Tourists who enjoy a little sports on holiday have been warned not to indulge their passions after having a few drinks.

In the hot summer sun of La Manga, a refreshing alcoholic drink might be perfect for a leisurely lunchtime - but it is not the best preparation for a game of tennis, Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society (Meas) has suggested.

The group warned that playing any sports while under the influence of alcohol can heighten the risk of injury.

"When people head off on holidays they often do not consider the possible affects a cocktail of sun and alcohol can have on them," said Fionnuala Sheehan, chief executive of Meas.

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What to check before heading abroad

A large part of enjoying a great holiday is in the preparation - and it is perhaps even more important for those planning on driving while away.

Typical preparations that can go wrong for a family heading out of the country can range from leaving a passport at home to forgetting to pack swimming trunks. But if car hire in La Manga is on the agenda, then there are a few more items to add to the checklist.

One crucial aspect is the driving licence.

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French 'to spend less' while on Spanish holidays

French people taking holidays in Spain this summer are set to spend marginally less than they did last year, new figures suggest.

Ipsos-Europ Assistance spoke to 3,500 people across Europe and found that the average family holiday budget is 2,206 euros (£1,748).

However, holiday spending among French households is down four per cent on 2007, the Connexion reports.

Nevertheless, the percentage of French people who are planning summer breaks remains higher than the European average.

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Temper tantrums on Spanish holidays?

Only 40 per cent of couples from the UK who go on holiday together do not have arguments, according to a survey by

Around 17 per cent of tiffs which take place are because of the jealousy of one of the partners, while simple issues such as the weather result in 16 per cent of squabbles.

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