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Buy insurance 'before taking a holiday in Spain'

Brits planning to take a holiday in Spain this year have been urged to buy insurance before leaving the UK.

Stuart Bensusan, director of, said it is extremely important for travellers to buy a policy.

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Head to Spain 'for an affordable holiday'

British families hoping to jet abroad and soak up some sunshine this summer may wish to consider booking a holiday in Spain.

Sarah Munro, head of travel services at the Post Office, suggested that the country is likely to prove popular with UK travellers this year.

"With sterling beginning to strengthen against the euro and discounting in many popular eurozone resorts we expect these to do well in the coming months – particularly destinations that can be reached by ferries rather than air," she commented.

Ms Munro added that holidays in both Spain and Portugal can represent excellent value for money due to the relatively low cost of food and drink there.

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Holidaymakers 'don't care about World Cup'

A third of Brits taking holidays to Spain and other popular destinations this summer are not planning to follow the World Cup.

Research by revealed that 47 per cent of women have no interest in the tournament at all, with 26 per cent of males sharing this view.

"Whilst many of us will be in the grip of football fever this summer, a significant proportion of UK travellers can't wait to escape," said the website's managing editor Mike Whiting.

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'Consult travel forums' before taking holidays in Spain

Brits planning to take a holiday in Spain this summer can learn about their destination by reading travel forums, such as those on TripAdvisor.

This is according to industry expert Simon Calder, who said they are a great resource for holidaymakers.

Speaking on behalf of Octopus Travel, he pointed out that a holiday is a huge investment, so it is important to make the right decisions.

"Generally for a big family holiday you only get one shot a year at getting it right," he commented.

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More workers 'planning to holiday in 2010'

More British workers intend to take holidays to Spain and elsewhere this year than they did in 2009, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by the Institute of Payroll Professionals found that 38 per cent of people did not use their full annual leave entitlement last year.

However, the poll showed that 81 per cent of individuals expect to use all of their holidays in 2010.

According to the survey, almost a third of employees did not have more than one break away from work last year.

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'Buy travel insurance' by taking a holiday in Spain

Britons jetting off on holiday to Spain over the coming months have been advised to purchase travel insurance before leaving the UK.

Erica Nelson, a spokesperson for Direct Line, said that although insurance did not cover many people left stranded by the recent ash cloud crisis, it can provide protection against many other things, such as medical repatriation.

"It's one of those things that I always recommend to people that they should get because it is so inexpensive, especially if you get an annual policy," she explained.

Travel insurance also provides cover for lost luggage and a wide range of other things, Ms Nelson added.

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Shop around for currency 'to get the best deals'

Brits planning to take a holiday in Spain have been advised to shop around in order to get the best currency deals.

According to the Post Office, travellers can end up paying over the odds by changing their cash at the airport.

Sarah Munro, head of travel money at the organisation, said people taking holidays to Spain and elsewhere often mistakenly believe that exchange rates are the same everywhere.

"UK tourists who don't check the rate offered for the currency they need could end up with less money to spend on holiday," she explained.

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Holidays in Spain 'proving popular with Brits'

Thousands of British families will be packing their bags this weekend and jetting off on holidays to Spain, it has been revealed.

According to flight search site Skyscanner, Malaga and Alicante are the most popular destinations for people travelling abroad over the May bank holiday weekend.

Other hotspots include Tenerife, Belfast and Amsterdam, with Dublin also proving popular.

Skyscanner co-founder and market development director Barry Smith suggested that people are keen to stay close to home after the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland, which led to widespread delays and flight cancellations across most of Europe.

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Travelex announces 'epic journey' competition

Brits who have had holidays in Spain affected by the recent volcano eruption in Iceland may be interested to learn that Travelex is running a competition, to reward passengers with the most epic journey tales.

The foreign exchange provider is giving travellers the chance to win £1,000 to spend on their next break abroad.

In addition, ten lucky runners-up will receive a £100 prepaid currency card each.

Travelex director Julian Neal said there have been some inspiring tales, with people covering thousands of miles and getting home against the odds.

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Enjoy a family holiday in Spain

Parents hoping to book a family holiday in Spain this year may be interested to learn that La Manga Club has an excellent range of facilities for children.

The resort, which is located in Murcia, caters for holidaymakers of all ages and runs a number of clubs for youngsters.

Those under the age of 12 can make new friends and enjoy activities including golf, tennis, football and climbing, while teens can try their hand at everything from squash to mountain biking.

In addition, the resort is home to a Games Zone, where children can meet, socialise and enjoy refreshments in the evenings.

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