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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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Improve your golf skills at La Manga Club

Holidaymakers keen to improve their golf skills may wish to consider a stay at La Manga Club in Spain.

Situated on the Costa Calida, the resort boasts an exceptional range of facilities and basks in sunshine for over 300 days a year.

The La Manga Club Academy of Golf offers tuition and courses for players of all abilities, with a large team of professional instructors on hand.

Facilities at the academy include two indoor teaching studios and the latest video analysis technology is available to help players improve their game.

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Holidays in Spain 'still an attractive choice for Brits'

Holidays in Spain can still offer good value for British travellers, it has been claimed.

According to the Association of Independent Tour Operators, people can always find ways to make their holidays cheaper, such as opting for a self-catering stay.

"You can offset your cost so if you want to go to France or Spain, you can book a villa and buy your own produce, that's a big attraction too," a spokesperson for the organisation commented.

Holidaymakers may be worried about the current exchange rate between the euro and pound, but they should compare the relative cost of items between countries, he added.

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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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Free nights offer at La Manga Club

Those heading on tennis holidays at La Manga Club in the coming months will be able to get even more value for money, thanks to the resort's Free Nights offer.

Guests at the five-star La Manga Club Principe Filipe hotel and the four-star Las Lomas Village can take advantage of the deal, which runs through medium and high season and applies to rooms only.

At the hotel, holidaymakers can enjoy one night in every four for free during medium season and one in seven in summer.

For those booking Spanish holiday villas at Las Lomas Village, two nights in every seven will be complimentary during both seasons, while one in every four will be free during medium season.

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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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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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Learn skills from AC Milan at La Manga Club

Could your young football fan be the next Kaka? La Manga Club can help put them on the right track with a Milan Junior Camp.

Organised by the world-famous AC Milan football club, Milan Junior Camps take place all over the world and run for seven days, teaching boys and girls all about 'the beautiful game'.

For 850 euros, each participant can enjoy a full programme of training and entertainment, learning from experienced Milan coaches. They will also get full kit and a diploma at the end of the course.

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