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Holidays more important than ever, say cash-strapped Brits

An economic slowdown will not be enough to stop British people taking tennis and golf holidays in Spain, a survey has revealed.

A quarter of people in the UK would be willing to tighten the purse strings on a week-to-week basis in order to secure their break abroad, according to

Furthermore, 35 per cent of respondents see their holiday not only as a necessity but also as a motivation to help them get through the current financial difficulties, TravelMole reports.

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In-flight calls 'could be expensive'

Tennis players booking flights to Spain might have read with interest the news that a leading budget airline is equipping its planes with masts to enable its passengers to use their mobile phones.

One industry commentator, however, has warned passengers not to be too excited by the development, claiming that such calls will not be cheap.

Those en route to tennis holidays to La Manga Club might be tempted to dial their friends, but Lawrence Price, director of aviation strategy at Mott MacDonald, said that the calls will be treated as a "potential revenue stream" by airlines.

"Remember many airlines, particularly larger airlines, have had phones in seatbacks for years […] but they do charge premium and there will be a premium on you using your mobile phone on an airplane," he argued.

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Woody Allen heading to Murcia

Holidaymakers heading to Murcia over the festive season might cross paths with a movie star.

According to the Costa Blanca Leader, the actor, writer and director Woody Allen will be arriving in the region to perform with his jazz band on December 31st.

Allen plays clarinet in the group, which performs weekly in Manhattan, New York.

The star will not be the first famous face to enjoy the charms of La Manga, however.

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Give us another bank holiday, say British staff

Workers in the UK would relish the opportunity of taking tennis holidays in Spain and other types of breaks in October.

However, unless they book the time off, they are unlikely to be able to go, as there is no bank holiday during the month.

It is a fact that rankles a majority of employees, who told employment law firm Peninsula that a day off would boost morale as winter approaches.

"Autumn nights, colder days and the fact that Christmas seems so far away makes it more appealing to workers for a bank holiday to be introduced in October," said Peter Done, managing director of the firm, according to the Daily Mail.

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Brits take their troubles on to holiday fairways

Renting an apartment in Spain is a great way to get away from it all, but many Brits could still find it difficult to leave their worries at home.

That is the finding of American Express Travellers Cheques, which recently polled the public and found that 36 per cent of younger travellers are afraid of returning to a burgled home.

Even the relaxing prospect of a few days' worth of golf was not enough to stop some people thinking about the mortgage and feeding the family, with 35 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds admitting they worry about such matters on holiday.

"A holiday should be a time for rest and relaxation," said Sarah Harrison, director at American Express Travellers Cheques.

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Increase in holidaymakers visiting Marbella

The number people enjoying holidays in Spain is on the increase, it has been revealed.

According to fugues from the Andalucian local government, the number of people holidaying in Marbella has increased by 8.1 per cent in the last year.

More than 900,000 tourists stayed in hotels in the resort between January and June 2008, indicating that despite the economic doom and gloom, holidays in Spain are as popular as ever.

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'Top tips' for family holidays in Spain

Travelling with children is never easy; however, parents can make their holidays in Spain as relaxing as possible by following a series of 'top tips' compiled by the Rough Guide group.

According to the Rough Guide to Travel with Babies and Young Children, parents can improve their holiday experience by packing clothing that is light and easy to wash and by ensuring that bulky items such as dolls and teddy bears are left at home.

The guide also recommends that parents opt for the best accommodation they can afford, as families tend to spend a lot of their holiday time "at base" relaxing around the pool and engaging in sporting activities.

Families are also advised to plan their days carefully and ensure that any 'must-see' attractions are visited early in the holiday.

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Older holidaymakers are 'becoming more adventurous'

The older generation of British holidaymakers are becoming increasingly adventurous, it has been suggested.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito), older holidaymakers are opting for active breaks and travelling to destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Spain, as well as countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Aito chairman Derek Moore commented: "The older generation are travelling more. Their kids have grown up and are much more self-sufficient these days so they are able to have a look at a bit more disposable income.

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Travel insurance is 'vital'

Taking out a travel insurance policy before going abroad is "vital", it has been claimed.

John Boyles, account manager at Endsleigh Insurance, said holidaymakers would be foolish to try and save money by cutting back on insurance.

"It's vital. If you travel abroad without insurance than in my opinion you must be crazy.

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Traditional family holidays 'revived' by credit crunch

Traditional family holidays in Spain and other popular destinations have been "revived" by the recent credit crunch, according to a new study.

Research carried out by Abbey revealed that the current economic climate has encouraged people to take holidays with their parents and extended family members in order to save money.

Some of the benefits of holidaying with a large group include cheaper accommodation costs and the availability of free childcare.

According to Abbey, almost half of people in their late 20s now holiday with their parents or grandparents.

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