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Ryanair announced 'May Madness' sale

Budget airline Ryanair has launched a new May Madness sale, offering up to 75 per cent off its lowest fares.

Those looking for flights to Spain and other destinations must book before midnight on Sunday and tickets are valid for travel in late May, June and early July.

Speaking today, Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara said fares are available from as little as £2.50.

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Brits urged to 'check insurance policies'

Brits taking holidays to Spain and other overseas destinations should ensure they have adequate travel insurance cover, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

The organisation is urging holidaymakers to check their policies before leaving and make sure they are covered for the essentials such as lost luggage and medical expenses.

ABI spokesman Malcolm Tarling commented: "They should ensure, before they sign on the dotted line or click 'I accept' with their mouse online, that they should actually understand what they are covered for."

Finding an affordable policy which offers protection for "everything under the sun" will be difficult, so travellers should focus the areas they want cover for, he added.

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Sunshine is 'most important holiday factor'

Warm weather is the most important factor for tourists when choosing a holiday destination, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by flight search engine Skyscanner, 20 per cent of people said the weather influenced their decisions.

A further 17 per cent said that price is important, while 13 per cent said they like to travel to destinations where they can experience interesting and exotic cultures.

Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director, said the poll demonstrates that Brits are as keen as ever to escape the gloomy weather and jet abroad to sunny destinations such as Spain.

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Overweight people 'unpopular travel companions'

Brits would rather sit beside a banker or politician on a flight than an overweight person, a new survey has revealed.

In a recent poll carried out by Essential Travel, 41 per cent of people said they would not like to sit beside a large person, while 17 per cent said that a crying baby is their worst travel nightmare.

A further 11 per cent said they would be unhappy if seated beside a work colleague, with eight per cent afraid to sit next to chatterboxes.

Commenting on the findings, Philip Jordan, marketing director at the company, said: "At a time when everyone is worrying about the economy, we were surprised that British travellers seem to loathe fat people even more than bankers and politicians.

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Improve your golf skills at La Manga Club

Holidaymakers keen to improve their golf skills may wish to consider a stay at La Manga Club in Spain.

Situated on the Costa Calida, the resort boasts an exceptional range of facilities and basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year.

The La Manga Club Academy of Golf offers tuition and courses for players of all abilities, with a large team of professional instructors on hand.

Facilities at the academy include two indoor teaching studios and the latest video analysis technology is available to help players improve their game.

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Holidays in Spain 'still an attractive choice for Brits'

Holidays in Spain can still offer good value for British travellers, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators, people can always find ways to make their holidays cheaper, such as opting for a self-catering stay.

"You can offset your cost so if you want to go to France or Spain, you can book a villa and buy your own produce, that's a big attraction too," a spokesperson for the organisation commented.

Holidaymakers may be worried about the current exchange rate between the euro and pound, but they should compare the relative cost of items between countries, he added.

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Brits 'need sun therapy'

Brits rely on holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations to help them recover from the stresses and strains of everyday life, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by Saga, 17 per cent of respondents said they felt the need to book a holiday following the loss of a loved one, while nine per cent said being diagnosed with an illness made them want to jet abroad.

The study also revealed that the effects of a holiday often last for months after returning home.

Of those polled, 28 per cent said they felt relaxed for weeks after they returned from their last break overseas.

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Flybe winter routes now on sale

Brits hoping to arrange flights to Spain for later this year may be interested to learn that budget airline Flybe has put a selection of its winter flights on sale.

Those looking to travel after October 25th can now book flights from the UK to popular destinations such as Alicante and Malaga, with services available to both destinations from Exeter and Southampton.

Flights start from £39.99 one-way, including taxes and charges.

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Brits 'taking holidays but spending less'

British consumers are still booking holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been claimed.

However, a new poll has revealed that holidaymakers are planning to spend almost £300 less this year.

Research carried out by Holiday-Rentals revealed that the average family is planning to spend £2,092 on a break abroad this year.

The poll suggested that the biggest cutbacks will be on transport, with families expected to spend £82 less on getting to their destination than they did in 2007.

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Free nights offer at La Manga Club

Those heading on tennis holidays at La Manga Club in the coming months will be able to get even more value for money, thanks to the resort's Free Nights offer.

Guests at the five-star La Manga Club Principe Filipe hotel and the four-star Las Lomas Village can take advantage of the deal, which runs through medium and high season and applies to rooms only.

At the hotel, holidaymakers can enjoy one night in every four for free during medium season and one in seven in summer.

For those booking Spanish holiday villas at Las Lomas Village, two nights in every seven will be complimentary during both seasons, while one in every four will be free during medium season.

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