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Travel insurance 'vital for credit crunch'

Purchasing a good travel insurance policy has never been so important, it has been claimed.

Holiday add-on firm Essential Travel warned that the airline industry is experiencing difficulties at present and advised consumers to protect themselves by taking out travel cover.

Stuart Bensusan, insurance director at the firm, said that what is also worrying is the fact that many travellers fly with a scheduled airline which means they may be unable to get compensation if their carrier goes bust.

"Most insurers offer cover for chartered airline collapse, but very few cover in the event of scheduled airline failure.

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Books are 'essential' for holidays in Spain

Brits like nothing more than a good book to read while they are soaking up the sunshine on holiday in Spain.

A survey carried out by flight search engine Skyscanner revealed that 24 per cent of holidaymakers consider books as an essential item when travelling abroad.

It seems that we even prefer a trusty paperback to hair straighteners, MP3 players and mobile phones.

Rob Innes, head of marketing at Skyscanner, said the humble book can be carried from beach to bar with no fuss and is a low cost source of entertainment.

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Holiday demand 'looking stronger'

The number of people booking holidays to Spain and other popular destinations is on the increase, it has been claimed.

According to TUI Travel, which owns Thomson and First Choice, low interest rates and lower food and energy bills are encouraging people to reach for their suitcases.

Peter Long, the company's chief executive said that holidaymakers who delayed booking earlier in the year are now beginning to look for deals.

"Many of our customers now are feeling slightly better about life in terms of disposable income," he told the Telegraph.

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London Luton launches fast track security lane

Passengers taking flights to Spain through Luton Airport can now shave time off their journey by using the new priority security lane.

For £3 passengers will be able to take the fastest route to security and reduce queuing times.

Passes can be purchased online or through kiosks at the airport.

Steven Millar, who flies frequently through London Luton, said the priority lane provides an "excellent service".

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Costa Blanca has 'plenty to offer'

There is more to the Costa Blanca than beaches and high-rise hotels, it has been claimed.

Writing in the Times, Alex Robinson said that beyond Benidorm holidaymakers will find the Costa Blanca's Spanish heartland, where "paellas reclaim their culinary sovereignty over curry and chips".

With its excellent network of roads, holidaymakers can explore the area by hiring a car and visiting places such as Orihuela and Alicante, with its spectacular architecture and open plazas.

"All around are rugged mountains, shadowed by pine forest and home to soaring wild eagles, as well as scrubby heath that's fragrant with wild herbs and grazed by Barbary sheep and boar," she commented.

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Malaga is 'ideal for Easter'

The Spanish city of Malaga has been described as an ideal destination for the Easter holidays.

According to travel site Skyscanner, Malaga is the second most searched for destination by British travellers, suggesting that millions of people are eager to escape the gloom and take a holiday in Spain.

"Easter is big in Spain and especially in Malaga; Semana Santa (holy week) sees huge processions and parades that stream through the streets as the Trono," the website said.

Rob Innes, head of marketing at Skyscanner, said that Easter is a great time to get away, with the beaches of Europe beginning to warm up nicely.

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Holidaymakers 'delay essential treatment'

Millions of Brits have delayed seeking medical treatment when abroad, it has been revealed.

Research carried out by the Department of Health found that 50 per cent of Brits have been ill or sustained an injury when on holiday in Spain and other destinations.

However, 35 per cent of those polled said they had delayed visiting the doctor until they returned to the UK.

Dr Hilary Jones, resident GP at GMTV, said that by waiting to receive treatment, holidaymakers are putting themselves needlessly at risk.

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Buy a 'bargain property in Spain'

Reductions in the price of Spanish property has created a great deal of buyer interest, it has been claimed.

According to overseas property resource, "bargains" are now becoming available on the Spanish property market.

Adam Samuel, director of the company, said: "Now there's quite a lot of distressed or below market value properties on the market, while you're seeing up to 50 per cent reduction in price and it's bringing people out to buy.

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Abta urges government to scrap aviation tax

The Travel Association – Abta – is urging the government to make flights to Spain and other destinations even cheaper by scrapping aviation tax.

According to Abta, the government should follow the lead of the Dutch authorities and do away with Air Passenger Duty.

Andy Cooper, head of development at the organisation, said the authorities must see sense and avoid further damage to the country's tourism and aviation industries.

"The Dutch government's proposal to bin their own aviation tax will greatly benefit their own economy with the added effect of yet more airlines giving up on over-taxed Britain and re-routing to the continent," he commented.

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Holidays in Spain 'won't break the bank'

Brits can still enjoy holidays in Spain this year, despite the credit crunch.

Speaking to the Daily Mail recently, author and journalist Richard Browning said there are plenty of ways people can save money.

One of his top tips is to stay in accommodation which has some kitchen facilities, enabling holidaymakers to prepare some of their own meals.

"And when you get to your destination try to walk around as much as possible.

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