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Overweight people 'unpopular travel companions'

Brits would rather sit beside a banker or politician on a flight than an overweight person, a new survey has revealed.

In a recent poll carried out by Essential Travel, 41 per cent of people said they would not like to sit beside a large person, while 17 per cent said that a crying baby is their worst travel nightmare.

A further 11 per cent said they would be unhappy if seated beside a work colleague, with eight per cent afraid to sit next to chatterboxes.

Commenting on the findings, Philip Jordan, marketing director at the company, said: "At a time when everyone is worrying about the economy, we were surprised that British travellers seem to loathe fat people even more than bankers and politicians.

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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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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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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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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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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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'Alicante flight' among most searched-for online terms

As holidaymakers surfed the web in March searching for their ideal spring or summer break, two words that came more readily than most were 'Alicante' and 'flight'.

According to research company Greenlight Search, the term 'Alicante flight' accounted for 12 per cent of all searches for short-haul holidays last month.

Overall, short-haul was the largest destination category in the firm's study, with 48 per cent of searches being for holidays in Spain and other nearby countries.

British holidaymakers planning on holidaying in La Manga Club may find that their flight takes them to Alicante, which is located close to the resort.

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Gatwick expects boost in Alicante flights

There could be a larger number of people taking flights to La Manga from Gatwick Airport than usual this weekend, it has been suggested.

Staff at the London hub are bracing themselves for some busy shifts as they welcome bank holiday travellers, with trips to Alicante Airport, which serves La Manga, among the most popular.

Gatwick is expecting to greet 325,000 passengers between Friday May 1st and Monday May 4th, with Alicante the fifth most in-demand destination.

As the airport is likely to be busier than normal, management has advised people to help keep the flow through security gates as smooth as possible by being prepared.

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