British consumers are keen to book holidays in Spain and elsewhere this year, it has been claimed.
Lucy Huxley, editor of Travel Weekly, said she has seen some "positive signs" within the holiday industry after a difficult 2009.
"Customers who may have skipped their annual holiday last year to save money appear to be keen to make sure their main break is ring-fenced in 2010," she commented.
Ms Huxley noted that family favourites such as Spain are likely to be popular this year, with many airlines and tour operators offering excellent deals for those who book early.
Holidaymakers looking to snap up some unusual gifts for their family and friends may be interested to learn that a medieval market is due to take place this weekend.
Held at the Plaza Marques de Rafal in the Costa Blanca city of Orihuela, it is set to attract thousands of locals and visitors, Euro Weekly reports.
"An official inauguration ceremony will take place at 11:30 on Friday (February 5th), when a procession will follow a route from the City Council to the adopted market place," the news provider notes.
As well as snapping up souvenirs and presents, those visiting the market will have the opportunity to attend workshops, enjoy entertaining performances and sample a delicious range of local food and drinks.
Holidays in Spain are proving popular for Valentine's Day, it has been revealed.
Figures released by TravelRepublic.co.uk show that breaks to the popular Spanish resort of Benidorm have outsold trips to Rome, Paris and Venice.
Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain and elsewhere should take a combination of cash and credit cards with them, it has been suggested.
Sarah Munro, head of Post Office Travel Services, said that by doing this travellers, can ensure they are prepared for all eventualities.
"It is important to carry some cash to pay for taxis and drinks and in many destinations, it will be needed to buy goods," she commented.
Ms Munro noted that holidaymakers can also apply for prepaid currency cards, which can be loaded with euros and used in the same way as a debit card.
More than half (52 per cent ) of Britons opt for cash as their primary payment method when on holiday in Spain and elsewhere, it has been revealed.
Research published by Santander found that just five per cent of people use traveller's cheques.
Of those polled, 47 per cent said they withdraw at least three-quarters of their weekly holiday spending money from ATMs.
Vim Maru, director of retail products at the organisation, commented: "Some may find this research surprising - with so many Britons relying on cash when they are abroad and the once ubiquitous traveller's cheque is only as popular as the foreign currency account.
An increasing number of Britons are keen to put the recession behind them and take holidays to Spain and other popular destinations this year, new research has revealed.
A poll carried out by travelsupermarket.com found that 16 per cent of people are more likely to take a break abroad than they were six months ago.
However, the study showed that people are being more cautious where money is concerned.
After a year of doom and gloom, Brits are keen to take holidays to Spain and other destinations in 2010, it has been claimed.
According to the Independent Association of Tour Operators, people who may have missed out on their annual break last year are now "keen to proceed with it this year".
Ian Bradley, a spokesman for the organisation, said that most families are looking for good deals that offer value for money.
He suggested that traditional hotspots such as Spain which may have suffered last year - are likely to regain popularity quickly.
A holiday in Spain is the perfect gift for your loved one this Valentine's Day especially if it involves a stay at La Manga Club.
The popular Spanish resort is running a special promotion, offering excellent deals on food and accommodation.
For just 130 euros (£115) per person, couples can enjoy a romantic two-night stay at the five-star Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe.
The package also includes a Valentine's dinner for two at the renowned Amapola Restaurant, which serves up a range of tasty Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Taking a holiday in Spain does not mean your fitness regime and healthy eating plan need to go out of the window.
Guests holidaying at La Manga Club can make use of the resort's excellent range of facilities, including the luxurious spa and fitness centre.
A selection of exercise classes takes place daily, with something on offer for people of all abilities.
Guests can get their heart pumping and legs working by joining the spinning class or they can relax and improve their mental wellbeing by taking up tai chi.
One of the best things about taking a holiday in Spain is sampling some of the delicious cuisine on offer.
When it comes to dining, guests staying at La Manga Club will be spoilt for choice.
There are more than 20 bars and restaurants dotted around the resort, with each offering a different style and taste.
For authentic tapas dishes and fine wines, holidaymakers can head to La Bodega, while guests who want to sample delicious pastas and pizzas can opt for Luigi's.