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Holidaymakers are 'still spending'

Holidaymakers are still prepared to splash their cash on luxury airport items, despite the credit crunch, it has been claimed.

According to Nick Gladding, lead analyst at Verdict Research, holidaymakers still enjoy treating themselves to luxury goods when travelling.

"In the luxury sector, people are treating themselves more to luxury brands. What we've seen is a polarising in spending, people are trading down and buying value items and at the same time, safeguarding on premium products as well," he explained.

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Holidaymakers leave 'strange items' on flights to Spain

Next time you're taking a flight to Spain or else ware, you may wish to check that there aren't any dentures or chickens around.

A recent survey carried out by Kayak.co.uk revealed that live animals and false teeth are just some of the strange items which have been left behind on flights.

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Travel insurance is 'essential'

Holidaymakers have been urged not to travel without insurance, even on short breaks and domestic trips.

John Boyles, account manager at Endsleigh Insurance, described travel cover as "vital" and said that those failing to purchase a policy were "crazy".

"People are under the impression that they'll be covered under any reciprocal health arrangements which in truth go some of the way but they don't protect you for all of the things that might happen," he commented.

Failure to take out a policy could result in enormous costs and no one is immune from something untoward happening to them, Mr Boyles warned.

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Holidaymakers opt for 'budget flights to Spain'

The credit crunch is not deterring people from travelling, instead consumers are choosing to book their flights to Spain and other destinations with budget airlines.

Figures from internet traffic analysts Hitwise show that the number of people visiting budget sites has increased by 5.3 per cent.

EasyJet was the most popular budget travel site during the month of September, claiming 1.

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Holidays are 'essential' for hard-working Brits

Holidays in Spain and other popular destinations are more important than ever, with Britons working increasingly long hours and enjoying less leisure time, it has been claimed.

Paul Havenhand, marketing director for insurance specialist Towergate Bakers, said that holidays were still viewed as important, despite the credit crunch.

Britons work longer hours than the majority of their European counterparts, while at the same time enjoying fewer bank holidays and days off, he said.

"A week or two away from our normally hectic lives whether it be in the UK or further afield is still seen as an important way to re-charge our batteries," he added.

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Enjoy a 'spa circuit' at La Manga

Forget about exercise circuits, holidaymakers travelling to La Manga now have the opportunity to indulge and enjoy a relaxing spa circuit.

There are two different circuit options available, with each lasting around three hours and featuring a number of relaxing treatments.

Visitors arriving at the spa are taken on an introductory tour of the facilities, before unwinding in a soothing sea salt and camomile hydrotherapy bath.

Other treatments involved in the circuits include massage, a therapeutic wrap and either a refresher facial or light manicure.

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Spain is a 'ideal' golf destination

With world-class courses, excellent transport links and warm weather all year round, it's little wonder that golf holidays in Spain are so popular.

According to the BBC's Spain Magazine, the country is a fantastic destination for golf enthusiasts and is home to some of Europe's finest courses.

"It might not be much fun nipping out for 18 holes on a wet and windy spring Saturday in Minehead or Manchester or Muirfield, but it's a different story in Spain," the publication noted.

The south of Spain basks in sunshine for most of the year and is well-served by a number of UK airlines including bmibaby, Ryanair and British Airways.

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Low-fare flights to Spain prove popular

An increasing number of people are opting to book their flights to Spain with low-fare carriers, rather than traditional airlines, it has been revealed.

During the month of September alone, more than six million people travelled through Spain's airports, the Costa Blanca News reports.

Of those travelling, more than 50 per cent flew with budget carriers, representing a 5.3 per cent increase on the same period in 2007.

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Costa Blanca resort 'should be World Heritage Site'

The Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm should be made into a World Heritage Site, one academic has claimed.

Professor Philippe Duhamel, an expert from the University of Angers in France, described Benidorm as the "Dubai of Europe" and claimed that the resort had a "unique collection" of skyscrapers, with buildings of major cultural importance.

"For many years everybody spoke badly of Benidorm, but with time it has gained value, as has happened in other examples of architectural world heritage," he told the Telegraph.

In Mr Duhamel's opinion, some of the architectural highlights include the Gran Bali Hotel and the 55-storey Torre Intempo, which is currently under condtruction.

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Mobile phrasebooks 'are the future'

Audio phrasebooks, which can be downloaded on mobile phones and MP3 players, are a useful way for holidaymakers to overcome language barriers, it has been claimed.

Bas Jaburg, technical officer at phrasebook developer Steape, said that audio phrasebooks were the ideal companion for those taking holidays in Spain and other foreign destinations.

"The actual benefit here [over a phrasebook] is that you can actually hear the phrase so the people will definitely understand what you are saying. [It has] translation and phonetics, so you could teach yourself a little bit," he explained.

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