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Workaholic Brits 'need holidays'

With national stress levels soaring and Britons working longer hours than ever before, taking regular holidays in Spain and other relaxing destinations has never been so important.

A recent survey carried out by Friends Provident revealed that 61 per cent of Britons are feeling more stressed out and prone to illness than ever before.

Furthermore, it seems that millions of workers are failing to make use of their full holiday entitlement.

Of those surveyed, a third said they were unable to use all of their holiday allowance due to work pressures.

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Enjoy 'fine dining' at La Manga

One of the main attractions of a holiday in Spain is arguably the opportunity to sample the country's fine food and wine.

A poll out today revealed that overworked Britons are more in need of holidays than ever and for those looking to escape and have their every need attended to, a holiday at La Manga Club in Spain is just the ticket.

Once the sun has set and the golf clubs and tennis racquets have been put to rest, guests can tickle their taste buds with a meal at one of the resorts many exclusive eateries.

With the resort home to more than 20 bars and restaurants, there is certainly no shortage of choice and visitors can sample them all by dining in a different one every evening.

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Cut hire car costs with 'eco-driving'

Holidaymakers hiring a car in Murcia can dramatically reduce their fuel costs by adopting eco-driving techniques, it has been claimed.

Bob Millard of the Driving Standards Agency suggested that drivers could reduce both their stress levels and their costs by driving in a more economic fashion.

"Adopting eco-safe driving techniques, drivers will be safer, with a reduction in the risk of accidents, and their journeys will be less stressful," he commented.

According to the RAC, Britons waste around £2.

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Puppet festival promises family fun

Families taking holidays in Spain this winter should have no problem keeping the little ones entertained.

Taking place throughout November and December, Alicante's annual International Puppet Festival promises to keep everyone thoroughly entertained.

According to events site What's on When, visitors will be entertained by acts from across the world, with puppeteers travelling from as far away as Argentina and Russia.

Over 30 performances have been scheduled to take place over the course of the festival.

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Pianists take centre stage in Marbella

Talented musicians from around the globe are set to descend on Spain next week for the first Marbella International Piano Festival.

Running from Wednesday November 12th to Friday November 15th, the festival aims to promote the arts and raise money for charity, sur.com reports.

The festival will feature performances from talented Spanish pianists, along with entertainment from musicians as far away as Taiwan and Venezuela.

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Christmas holidays in Spain 'on the agenda'

Tired of the gloomy weather, over half of Britons say they dream of jetting off to warmer climes this winter.

A survey carried out by kayak.co.uk revealed that 60 per cent of Britons would like to spend the Christmas period abroad, with 41 per cent saying they longed for a beach break.

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Hard-working Brits 'long for spa breaks'

One in six Britons would like to kick back and take a relaxing spa break this Christmas, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by kayak.co.uk revealed that 16 per cent of people would like nothing more than to spend the festive period being pampered and preened.

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Chilly temperatures send bookings 'soaring'

The dreary British weather and last week's bout of snow has sent holiday bookings soaring, it has been revealed.

Figures from travel site lastminute.com show that holiday bookings for the last week were up by 35 per cent on the same period in 2007.

The news suggests that despite the economic doom and gloom, Britons are desperate to jet abroad and soak up the sunshine.

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Women 'make holiday decisions'

When it comes to holidays in Spain, it's the women that wear the trousers, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by hotels.com revealed that four in five women expect their partner to pay for mini-breaks, while 73 per cent like to decide when and where they go on holidays.

Furthermore, research found that women prefer to spend their money on beachwear and make-up, rather than on flights and accommodation.

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One in three holidaymakers 'do their homework'

Over a third of Britons research their destinations and learn about laws and cultural difference before travelling, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras found that 37 per cent of those taking holidays in Spain and other destinations do their homework before travelling.

Furthermore, 56 per cent of respondents said they occasionally read up on customs, depending on their destination.

Just seven per cent of people embark on their holidays knowing nothing about the place they are travelling to.

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