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Deciding on holiday duration 'is an important decision'

Deciding how long to spend away on holiday is an important decision that people should consider carefully, it has been claimed.

According to Saga, there are several factors that people should take into account, such as whether they are travelling alone and how quickly you become bored.

A recent poll carried out by the firm revealed that 26 per cent of Brits have felt bored at some point during a holiday, while right per cent spend time worrying about work.

The research also revealed that the majority of Brits like to holiday with their partners.

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Monarch reports 'strong demand'

There is a healthy demand for flights to Spain and other popular destinations this Easter, as Brits jet abroad in search of some sunshine.

According to figures from low fares airline Monarch, bookings for this year's Easter weekend are up 18 per cent on the same period last year.

Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch flights and holidays, says that despite slow bookings at the start of the year, demand has surged in the last month.

"It's going to be a bumper Easter for travel this year as more passengers than ever look to get away and take advantage of the great low fares currently available in the market," she commented.

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Ryanair launches charge suggestion poll

The five top entries in Ryanair's recent discretionary charge competition have been unveiled.

Last month the airline invited passengers to submit their suggestions on how it could raise more money by charging for extra services.

Members of the public can now vote on their top choice from one of five options on Ryanair's website.

Top suggestions include charging travellers £1 to use toilet roll with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary's face on it, as well as introducing a fee for overweight passengers.

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'Millions' of holidaymakers to jet abroad

Millions of Brits are planning to jet abroad this Easter, it has been claimed.

According to estimates from Abta – The Travel Association, around two million people will be leaving the country over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Spain is expected to be one of the most popular destinations over the next two weeks, with people eager to soak up some sunshine after the long winter.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of Abta, said that many people have left it until the last minute to book their holidays this year, due to current economic situation.

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Holidays in Spain 'still a good choice'

Holidays in Spain are still a good choice for British holidaymakers, it has been suggested.

The euro may have strengthened against the pound, however other currencies have also gained strength, which means that in many cases, Spain is no more expensive than other destinations, according to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito).

Aito chairman Derek Moore said that when people realise that prices have also risen in other countries they will begin to drift back to Spain.

"People will get used to the high prices and tour operators are starting to put out a lot of special offers so that will tempt people back," he added.

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Enjoy the 'perfect' Easter escape

Brits taking holidays in Spain this year have been offered some tips on enjoying the perfect "Easter eggscape".

According to travel firm Thomas Cook, families taking flights to Spain and other destinations should allow themselves plenty of time to travel to the airport and consider possible traffic delays.

Taking a supply of food and drink is also advisable, particularly for those travelling with small children.

Filling up your car with petrol the day before your journey to the airport can save time and the company advises holidaymakers to get their currency changed in advance.

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Airports prepare for busy weekend

Britain's airports are preparing for one of the busiest times of the year as millions of people jet off abroad to take holidays to Spain and other popular places.

It seems that despite the economic doom and gloom, many people are still reluctant to sacrifice their hard-earned breaks.

Nick Barton, commercial and development director at Stansted Airport, said that huge numbers of people will be travelling over the coming days.

"We may be in times of economic difficulty, but with nearly quarter of a million people already booked to travel through Stansted this Easter weekend, there can be no doubt that people still want to take time to get away," he added.

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Holidays in Spain have 'youth appeal'

Young holidaymakers are heading to Spain in droves, it has been claimed.

While the number of Brits taking holidays this year may be down on previous times, the credit crunch has not deterred young people from jetting abroad.

According to a recent study by the Co-operative Travel, there has been an increase in the number of people under the age of 30 booking holidays in Spain.

The Costa Blanca is the fifth most popular destination for young holidaymakers, TravelMole reports.

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Airport currency exchange is 'more expensive'

Those taking holidays in Spain this Easter have been advised against changing money at the airport.

Currency provider HiFX said that those changing their money at the last minute could end up paying over the odds.

Mark Bodega, director of the company, said holidaymakers should be looking to save as much money as possible during the current economic climate.

"If you wait until you're in the airport to buy currency then you won't know if you are being offered a good rate or a bad rate because you'll have nothing to compare it with," he explained.

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Airports should 'improve without charging more'

British airport operators should make improvements without charging passengers more, it has been suggested.

According to consumer publication Which? Holiday, airports should not be introducing priority security lanes and charging passengers even more.

Jonathan Mitcham, a researcher at the magazine, said that passengers already pay for airport services when they buy their ticket and by introducing priority lanes for those taking flights to Spain and other destinations, travellers are being charged twice.

"With that particular thing, if it becomes popular it will just create a new long queue anyway and it shouldn't be necessary," he commented.

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