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Holidays in Spain 'still an attractive choice for Brits'

Holidays in Spain can still offer good value for British travellers, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators, people can always find ways to make their holidays cheaper, such as opting for a self-catering stay.

"You can offset your cost so if you want to go to France or Spain, you can book a villa and buy your own produce, that's a big attraction too," a spokesperson for the organisation commented.

Holidaymakers may be worried about the current exchange rate between the euro and pound, but they should compare the relative cost of items between countries, he added.

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Brits 'need sun therapy'

Brits rely on holidays to Spain and other sunny destinations to help them recover from the stresses and strains of everyday life, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey carried out by Saga, 17 per cent of respondents said they felt the need to book a holiday following the loss of a loved one, while nine per cent said being diagnosed with an illness made them want to jet abroad.

The study also revealed that the effects of a holiday often last for months after returning home.

Of those polled, 28 per cent said they felt relaxed for weeks after they returned from their last break overseas.

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Flybe winter routes now on sale

Brits hoping to arrange flights to Spain for later this year may be interested to learn that budget airline Flybe has put a selection of its winter flights on sale.

Those looking to travel after October 25th can now book flights from the UK to popular destinations such as Alicante and Malaga, with services available to both destinations from Exeter and Southampton.

Flights start from £39.99 one-way, including taxes and charges.

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Brits 'taking holidays but spending less'

British consumers are still booking holidays to Spain and other destinations, it has been claimed.

However, a new poll has revealed that holidaymakers are planning to spend almost £300 less this year.

Research carried out by Holiday-Rentals revealed that the average family is planning to spend £2,092 on a break abroad this year.

The poll suggested that the biggest cutbacks will be on transport, with families expected to spend £82 less on getting to their destination than they did in 2007.

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Weddings to come onboard easyJet flights?

Passengers on flights to La Manga could soon be able to get married while in the air, if easyJet gets its way.

The budget airline, which flies to Almeria, Murcia and Alicante on the Costa Blanca, has enquired with authorities as to whether its captains will be able to officiate weddings.

If its proposals are accepted, couples will be able to depart the UK as engaged and arrive for their holidays in Spain as husband and wife, eTravel reports.

"If our request is replied positively, then so called 'floating on cloud nine' would get a new meaning for people in love - and we can offer another special service to our passengers," commented Paul Simmons, UK regional general manager for easyJet.

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Airline recommends May and June Alicante holidays

For those who enjoy tranquil beaches, either this month or next could be a great time to holiday in La Manga Club.

Low-cost airline bmibaby flies to Alicante Airport, which serves La Manga, and believes May and June are the perfect months for those who want to avoid the school holiday rush.

The carrier recommends a host of beaches for early summer - which La Manga guests might like to hire a car in Murcia and visit. For example, the 900-metre Playa del Postiguet is one of the cleanest beaches one can visit, having consistently been awarded the Blue Flag.

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Holidays in Spain are 'cheapest in eurozone'

Staying in Spanish holiday villas could be one of the most affordable options available to British tourists at the moment.

That is the latest finding of Post Office Travel Services, which ranked Spain as the cheapest destination within the eurozone in its annual holiday costs barometer report.

Many holidaymakers may have been tempted in recent months to consider holidaying beyond traditional favourites such as Spain, with the pound weakening against the euro of late.

However, eurozone countries have heeded the warning and are cutting prices to entice wavering visitors back, the organisation found.

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Holiday drivers told: Stock up on essentials before your journey

Those planning on renting a car in Murcia may be interested by the latest advice to come from consumer champion Which?.

The body is urging people who plan to spend portions of their holidays driving to be well prepared in advance.

In particular, Which? claims that travellers should stock up on refreshments before they take to the road, rather than stopping off at services and petrol stations.

Research by the organisation shows that, in the UK at least, the stores at such stopping points do not always offer value for money.

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Mobile phone advice for renting a car in Murcia

Renting a car in Murcia can help families, groups and couples to get the most out of their holiday in La Manga Club - therefore it is especially important that they stay safe on the road.

The latest research by the UK's Department of Transport may make interesting reading for those planning on driving on holiday. According to a study by the department, 12 per cent of motorists admit to sending text messages while driving.

Despite this, nearly all (93 per cent) drivers said they understand the dangers that using a mobile phone when on the move can present.

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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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