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Spanish holiday tips for youngsters

Many youngsters will this year be embarking on their first Spanish holidays without their parents, but just because the shackles are off does not mean they should not take care.

That is the advice of insurer swiftcover.com, which found that 100,000 young people will be heading abroad without insurance.

Among the dangers facing British teenagers on holidays are getting lost, taking part in dangerous sports while not being insured and not using sun protection.

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Holidaymakers urged to "stay safe" in sun on Spanish holidays

Holidaymakers have been urged to stay safe in the sun on their Spanish holidays this summer.

The plea comes from European Union health and consumer chiefs who advise holidaymakers to take additional precautions when exposing their skin to the sun this summer.

It is hoped that by protecting themselves from the sun, the rising levels of skin cancer could be curbed.

"Our message to consumers this summer is very clear: be sun-smart this summer and seek protection," EU health commissioner Androulla Vassiliou said.

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Money tips for those taking Spanish holidays

Brits are being urged to think about their money before taking flights to Spain for Spanish holidays this summer.

According to American Express, money-wise holidaymakers are swapping short breaks and for traditional fortnight holidays as they try to save money.

However, American Express Travellers Cheques claims that those who take longer holidays should think "carefully" about the type of money they take abroad.

"With the length of holidays away predicted to increase this summer the last thing holidaymakers are going to want to worry about is looking after piles of cash," commented Kirstie Bayley, vice president at American Express Travellers Cheques.

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Spain offers best quality of life in survey

A new report has highlighted that Spain comes top in a quality of life study.

The uSwitch study showed the UK and Ireland as ranking at the bottom of the scale, with below average government spending on both health and education and short holidays reducing Britain to bottom place.

"The UK is not a pretty picture," commented Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com.

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Jazzy Spanish holidays at La Manga Club

Britons taking flights to Murcia this summer may feel a certain vibe in the air, most likely from the many music festivals due to take place in the region over the coming weeks.

Situated within a close distance of Murcia, Easier notes that La Manga Club is a good base for those wishing to be in Spain during the coming musical months.

Summer events taking place include the International Jazz Festival in San Javier this July, the Lo Ferro Flamenco Festival and the Mar de Musicas Festival in Cartegena.

Holidaymakers staying in villas at La Manga Club can enjoy relaxing by the pool during the day or playing one of the many sports on offer, before hading into Cartegena and San Javier in the evening to enjoy the jazz.

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Brits 'should make medical preparations before travelling'

There are a number of actions Britons can take to prepare themselves for illness on a Spanish holiday, it has been reported.

According to NHS Direct, preparation prior to travel is crucial and packing a first aid kit is recommended as an alternative to searching for a pharmacy once abroad.

People with medical conditions, it was advised, should ensure they take abroad a written note with details of any ailments with them when they travel.

"It is better to go prepared rather than trying to find a pharmacy open especially if you are going abroad and don’t speak the language of the country you are visiting," Jacqui Jedrzejewski, of NHS Direct National Mental Health Children's Services and Caldicott Lead, commented.

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Don’t "shun" insurance when taking flights to Spain

Brits looking to swap the July rain for a holiday in Spain are being urged to avoid travelling without insurance.

According to moneysupermarket.com, although a holiday to Spain is a mere "hop over the channel" insurance for such holidays should be considered as important of getting cover for around the world.

The comment comes as the organisation reveals that 14 per cent of British holidaymakers claim to "never" take out travel insurance.

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Brits 'panic purchase' for holidays

Following the recent report by Post Office that the majority of Brits overpack for holidays in a disorganised manner, it has now been revealed that most holidaymakers wait until ten days prior to their flights to Spain and other destinations before they start their holiday shopping.

According to M&S Money, the majority of British travellers leave their holiday purchases until ten days before they go abroad.

Moreover, the commentator claims that due to the majority of families taking summer holidays on July 26th, today is expected to be a busy shopping day for parents who want to buy travel essentials for their Spanish holidays.

Top purchases for holidaymakers include holiday clothes, sunscreen and currency.

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Spanish holidays attract politicians and Aussies

After it was revealed recently that Tory leader David Cameron enjoyed a Spanish holiday with this family, Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg has announced his intention to holiday in the Spanish sun.

According to the BBC, the Lib Dem front man will visit central Spain with his wife Miriam and her family in a small village.

Cameron enjoyed a family holiday in southern Spain earlier this year where he and his wife and children enjoyed walking in the hills.

This year both David Cameron and Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown are said to be opting for - separate - holidays in the UK.

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"Vagaries of the weather" add to allure of Spanish holidays

The poor weather experienced so far by dwellers in the UK could make people more likely to consider a Spanish holiday, it has been suggested.

According to Luxury Travel Magazine, while in the past up until ten years ago, people would have chosen to cancel their holiday due to financial constraints, and stayed at home, nowadays people are reluctant to give up their holidays.

The news echoes comments made by the Association of British Travel Agents' Sean Tipton last week, when he noted that Brits are likely to make cutbacks in other areas of their lives rather than forgo their summer break.

"I think particularly with the vagaries of the weather the holiday is becoming more sacrosanct in their budget.

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