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British holidaymakers 'hate to tip'

Almost half of Brits do not like to tip when they are on holiday in Spain, a new poll has revealed.

Research carried out by Holiday Extras revealed that 58 per cent of men and 39 per cent of women do not feel comfortable leaving extra money on top of their bill.

Of those surveyed, 14 per cent claimed that tipping in a restaurant makes them feel awkward.

A further 19 per cent said they dislike offering a gratuity when staying in a hotel.

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Timing of BA strikes 'is surprising and disappointing'

The timing of the forthcoming British Airways' cabin crew strikes is surprising and disappointing.

This is according to John Tangney, chairman of the Association of Independent Tour Operators aviation committee, who said that the action could be a "disaster" for families who are taking holidays to Spain and other destinations over the festive period.

"The problem now will be that very, very few seats will be left on other carriers over [the] Christmas period. The seats that are left will be in the premium cabins I would have thought," he explained.

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'Be a child again' at Fuengirola Zoo

Brits taking holidays in Spain over the coming months will have the opportunity to feel like a child again by enjoying a visit to Fuengirola Zoo.

According to Euro Weekly News, the popular family attraction is offering adults the chance to enter for the same price as a child from now until January 18th 2010.

"Fuengirola Zoo is dedicated to the protection of animals and their natural habitat and is taking part in more than 35 European reproduction programmes. The many births at the zoo are proof of their success," the newspaper noted.

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Brits 'opting for ten-day holidays in Spain'

An increasing number of people are choosing to take ten-day holidays to Spain rather than two-week breaks, it has been suggested.

Sally Kirby, travel specialist at Black Tomato, said lots of Brits are opting for trips of this length as they can jet off without spending too much time away from the office.

She noted that a ten-day trip only requires five or six days off work and can be more manageable than holidaying for two weeks.

"As in exit the UK on Friday night and then fly back the following weekend Sunday night and straight into the office if they are really short on annual leave days," Ms Kirby explained.

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All-inclusive holidays 'set to prove popular in 2010'

All-inclusive holidays to Spain and other destinations are likely to prove popular in 2010, it has been claimed.

According to travel providers Thomson and First Choice, bookings for breaks that include flights, accommodation and food have risen by 32 per cent in the last five years, with holidaymakers increasingly keen to stretch their money further.

"Their success has a lot to do with the decline in value of the pound against the euro, making self-catering in short-haul destinations relatively expensive," they noted.

All-inclusive breaks are also proving popular as many resorts have "become a lot more sophisticated in the last few years".

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'Get fit' on holiday in Spain

If getting into shape and toning up is your new year's resolution, then you may wish to consider giving yourself a kick start by holidaying at La Manga Club in January.

The resort, which is located in sunny Murcia, boats an excellent range of sports and leisure facilities, which means that shifting those excess pounds may not be as difficult as you thought it would be.

La Manga's Fitness Centre is home to a 25-metre indoor pool, as well as a spacious gymnasium where guests will find a range of state-of-the-art equipment.

There is also a stretching area, fitness studio, physiotherapy room and consultation zone.

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Passengers urged to check baggage restrictions before flying

Trying to prepare the family for a holiday in Spain at Christmas can be a busy time for parents, between packing and making sure no presents are left behind.

However, those taking flights to Spain over the festive season have been urged to check their airline baggage restrictions before leaving.

According to Stansted Airport, holidaymakers should ensure they pack any sharp objects such as tweezers in their hold luggage as these are not permitted in the general onboard cabin area.

Passengers are also reminded that any liquids being carried in hand luggage must be stored in containers with a capacity of no more than 100mls.

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Take "the right plastic" on holiday to Spain

Brits jetting off on holiday to Spain this winter have been urged to "get the right plastic" before leaving the UK. said travellers can save a considerable amount by doing their homework and shopping around for the right card.

Travel money expert Peter Harrison said that opting for a prepaid card may be a good idea for taking a flight to Spain this winter.

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Top tips for avoiding flu on flights to Spain

Holidaymakers taking flights to Spain and other popular destinations have been offered some tips on how to avoid catching flu.

According to travel comparison site, there are a number of steps travellers can take to stay free of illnesses.

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Holidaymakers offered festive travel tips

Brits taking holidays in Spain over the festive season have been offered some tips on how to ensure their break goes without a hitch.

Sean Tipton, a spokesman for Abta - The Travel Association, said travellers should leave themselves plenty of time to get to the airport as they are likely to be extremely busy at this time of year.

He noted that around three million people will be heading abroad over the coming weeks.

"If you miss your flight because you haven't left enough time that's a major problem as well but that's not covered by insurance, so leave an extra hour or so to get there," Mr Tipton commented.

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