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Holidays are "necessity" for Britons

Spanish holidays are not a luxury for UK consumers, rather they are a "necessity", it has been argued.

According to Thomas Cook, Britons will often book holidays without having the necessary means up front to pay for them.

The company's Money Matters study showed that more than half of Brits pay for their holidays with a credit card.

"For most of us, a holiday from our busy lives is a necessity and not a luxury.

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Learn language for Spanish holiday

Britons taking flights to Murcia for a Spanish holiday may want to make an effort to learn some key phrases before they travel, according to one commentator.

Responsibletravel.com reports that having a basic understanding of some Spanish words could help travellers feel "better equipped" to deal with situations that could arise while on a holiday in Spain.

Kristina Pentland, communications manager for responsibletravel.

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New flights to Spain to be launched this summer

A number of new flights to popular summer holiday destinations are being launched by British Airways this summer.

Flights to Spain - including Malaga and Palma - will be available from Gatwick in summer 2008, the airline has announced.

Additionally, flights to Alicante - a popular European summer hotspot - will be launched from the London hub in a matter of months.

"As one of the only short-haul, full service carriers at Gatwick, we combine low fares with complimentary food and drink, pre-allocated seats and the opportunity to join the BA Executive Club," commented British Airways' commercial director Robert Boyle.

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Spanish holidays 'attract US tourists'

Spanish holidays are gaining favour among American tourists, it has been reported.

According to euromonitor.com, holidays in Spain are the second most popular in the world in terms of sales and the number of tourists received, IMS reports.

IMS notes that the number of US tourists taking flights to Spain has risen in the last few years, possibly as a result of confidence in foreign travel.

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Spanish holiday destination is 'top city break'

The popular Spanish holiday region of Barcelona has been named as one of the top ten city break destinations in the world.

According to Post Office, demand for such Spanish holiday city breaks could "explode" in 2008 as people cut back on expenditure on longer holidays and opt instead for two or three-night short breaks.

Post Office head of travel Helen Warburton noted that a similar pattern happened in October 1987 after Black Monday when Britons took flights to Spain for city breaks.

"It was much cheaper to go on two or more breaks during the year than to take a two-week holiday.

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Spanish holidays 'popular for surgery'

Many Britons take flights to Spain for cosmetic surgery and elective medical treatments each year.

According to Post Office, the health tourism industry saw over 70,000 people travel on flights to Spain and other overseas countries for cosmetic surgery.

Post Office notes that as well as sun and sea, many holidaymakers can find lower cost treatments abroad.

Spain is a top destination for cosmetic nips and tucks along with India, Hungary, Turkey and Malaysia.

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Brits 'want to share family holidays in Spain with celebrities'

UK holidaymakers would like to share a Spanish family holiday with celebrities like Jamie Oliver and his wife, it has been reported.

According to a study by Takethefamily, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came top of a poll to discover the celebrity family the nation would most like to take a holiday with.

While the Oliver clan were favoured by 67 per cent of Britons, 15 per cent of UK parents claimed they would like to share their villa holidays in Spain with the Beckhams - consisting of footballer David, Spice Girl Victoria and sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz.

"More and more families are getting together to holiday in larger groups; It lets you hire a bigger villa and means your kids have other children to play with.

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'Don't splash cash on trash on Spanish holidays'

Britons enjoying luxury holidays in Spain should think less of others back home and spend more time - and money - on themselves, one commentator has suggested.

According to research from cahoot, 13.9 million Britons tend to waste money on so-called "holiday tat" such as stuffed donkeys, sombreros and other novelty items.

Cahoot reports that a total £231 million is spent each year by Britons buying holiday souvenirs and cheap gift items while on luxury holidays in Spain and other countries.

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Travel insurance 'is as important as passport'

Taking out travel insurance is as important as packing your passport when preparing for luxury holidays in Spain, it has been noted.

According to Sainsbury's Bank, as many as ten per cent of Britons who are heading abroad for holidays in Spanish villas with pools could be leaving the country without first having taken out travel insurance.

"It doesn't matter if it's an Easter break, a weekend away or your main summer holiday, if something happens whilst you're abroad, you need to know that you have adequate cover in place to take care of things," commented Neil Laird, travel insurance manager at Sainsbury's Finance.

The comment comes as the Association of British Travel Agents revealed that two million Britons are due to travel overseas this Easter.

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Spanish holidays are "outright favourite" for Easter

Luxury holidays in Spain are on the menu for many Britons this weekend, as they set off for the sunny shores of resorts like La Manga Club.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) Spain is the "outright favourite country" for Britons travelling on holiday this Easter bank holiday weekend.

Additionally, the Canary Islands - in particular Tenerife - are set to attract Britons taking Spanish holidays, as the weather promises to be "excellent".

Temperatures on the Spanish holiday islands are expected to remain "firmly" in the 20s.

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