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Three-quarters 'want to learn a new skill' on holiday

Lessons from a professional golfer or a tennis coach could be high on the agenda for many London-based holidaymakers, it has been suggested.

A survey found that nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of adults in the English capital would like to pick up a new skill while away.

Meanwhile, 52 per cent of Britons said in the YouGov and VisitScotland poll that they would like to take part in a relaxing activity ruing their break.

Perhaps golf holidays in Spain could be a good option for these people, as the year-round sunshine makes it a perfect destination for those who enjoy a gentle day on the fairways.

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Pocket travel guides 'will remain popular'

The pocket travel guide is unlikely to go away anytime soon, despite the emergence of internet-based alternatives, it has been claimed.

A handy book detailing dos and don'ts has been taken on many a holiday in Spain over the years - and Tom Hall, travel editor at Lonely Planet, does not expect this to change.

He explained that there are always occasions when holidaymakers will be pleased to have "a printed companion" with them.

Such times may include "when you are in a particularly remote place, or when you are in a particularly busy place and you might not want to be seen using an expensive piece of technology", said Mr Hall.

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'Alicante flight' among most searched-for online terms

As holidaymakers surfed the web in March searching for their ideal spring or summer break, two words that came more readily than most were 'Alicante' and 'flight'.

According to research company Greenlight Search, the term 'Alicante flight' accounted for 12 per cent of all searches for short-haul holidays last month.

Overall, short-haul was the largest destination category in the firm's study, with 48 per cent of searches being for holidays in Spain and other nearby countries.

British holidaymakers planning on holidaying in La Manga Club may find that their flight takes them to Alicante, which is located close to the resort.

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Gatwick expects boost in Alicante flights

There could be a larger number of people taking flights to La Manga from Gatwick Airport than usual this weekend, it has been suggested.

Staff at the London hub are bracing themselves for some busy shifts as they welcome bank holiday travellers, with trips to Alicante Airport, which serves La Manga, among the most popular.

Gatwick is expecting to greet 325,000 passengers between Friday May 1st and Monday May 4th, with Alicante the fifth most in-demand destination.

As the airport is likely to be busier than normal, management has advised people to help keep the flow through security gates as smooth as possible by being prepared.

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Properties abroad 'not just for the rich and famous'

Buying property abroad is no longer the preserve of the upper echelons of society, according to one firm.

Foreign exchange brokerage Caxton FX revealed that it has seen a huge surge in enquiries from want-away Britons since the Budget last week.

James Hickman, managing director of the company, said it is not necessarily just the rich and famous who are seeking a new life abroad.

"These people are not celebrities or high profile people who figure in the Rich Lists but simply clients with some capital," he explained.

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Investment planned for Alicante Airport

Those taking flights to La Manga in future could be greeted by an altogether bigger and better Alicante Airport.

The hub is to be the subject of a 353,000 euro (£316,500) investment that will increase its daily operations from 18 to 40, allowing even more people to take holidays to La Manga Club.

Completion of the expansion is expected by the end of the year, the World Aeronautical Press Agency reports, and forms part of a plan to increase capacity to 20 million passengers a year from 2020.

As well as enlarging terminal space, the airport is working on adding parking facilities for 4,200 vehicles and 73 buses.

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'Arrange currency' before holidaying in La Manga

Holidaying in La Manga Club can be an even more relaxing experience if holidaymakers are happy that they have secured themselves the best currency deals in advance.

Moneysupermarket.com claims there are a number of steps that British holidaymakers can take to make sure they are getting the most out of their holiday spends.

Ordering currency in advance, using credit cards that carry no charges for use overseas and taking a prepaid card are all ways that people can save money while abroad.

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Aberdeenshire defeat Spanish at cricket in La Manga

Aberdeenshire's cricket side was celebrating a significant victory in La Manga this week.

The Scottish side claimed the scalp of the Spanish national team on the opposition's home soil.

And it was not just wickets that the Scots took - they also gained one or two famous fans as well.

Celtic Football Club were holidaying in La Manga as part of a mid-season training break and took time out to watch their countrymen bowl their way to victory.

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All-inclusive holidays 'prove popular'

All-inclusive holidays are proving particularly popular this year, as Brits look at ways to save money, it has been suggested.

Bob Atkinson, an industry extra from Travelsupermarket.com, said that while such a holiday may seem more expensive when booking, people should remember that their flights, accommodation and entertainment are included.

It is a particularly good option for those looking to stick to a tight budget on their next holiday in Spain.

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Alicante 'perfect for fun Spanish getaway'

Those looking for some fun in the sun next month should consider a break in Alicante, it as been suggested.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, a trip to Spain is perfect for people keen to escape the miserable weather over the May bank holiday weekend.

"Be sure to visit El Postiguet, Alicante's most popular beach, renowned for the quality of its sand, its palm tree boardwalk and its proximity to Andalucia's Old Quarter," the company noted.

Figures released by Skyscanner yesterday show that Alicante is one of the most popular destinations with Brits looking to jet off next month.

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