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Holidaying with hand-luggage 'is possible'

Those taking holidays in Spain could save money by travelling with hand-luggage rather than checking a suitcase in.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, it is possible to pack enough clothing into a small bag for a week-long holiday in Spain.

Travelling with hand-luggage can be a great deal cheaper than taking a larger case and those using a small bag are also less likely to have their belongings lost, damaged or stolen.

Skyscanner spokesman Sam Baldwin said travellers should be ruthless when packing and create a list.

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Enjoy a Taste of Spain

Before taking your holiday in Spain this summer you can get into the spirit of things by attending one of the UK-based events organised by the Spanish Tourist Office.

Taking place on May 31st on Regent Street, A Taste of Spain will see the area transformed, with food and entertainment on offer from noon until 6pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample traditional Spanish cuisine, including two giant paellas, as well as well as fine wine and sangria.

There will also be flamenco demonstrations, sevillanas dancers and traditional musicians.

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Brits head to Alicante for Easter

Thousands of Brits are preparing to take holidays in Spain this Easter, it has been revealed.

According to flight search engine Skyscanner, Alicante is one of most searched for Easter holiday destinations.

The popular Spanish city, which is close to La Manga Club, was ranked ahead of destinations such as Barcelona, Rome and Paris.

Rob Innes, head of marketing at Skyscanner, said Easter is a great time for families to take holidays in Spain, with the beaches beginning to warm up.

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Medical problems most common reason for insurance claims

British travellers are more likely to make an insurance claim for medical reasons than anything else, it has been found.

According to figures released by InsureandGo, the cost of settling medical claims has risen by a staggering 58 per cent since 2007.

Perry Wilson, founder of the company, said that travel insurance was particularly important during tough times when people cannot afford to foot costly bills themselves.

Research shows that lost luggage is the second most common reason for submitting a claim.

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Travellers warned over debit card charges

Those taking holidays in Spain this year have been urged to check their debit card charge tariff before leaving.

Although debit cards are free to use in the UK, those travelling overseas may find that they have to pay out for transaction charges and conversion fees.

Speaking this week, Andrew Hagger of Moneynet.co.

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Holidaymakers 'worried about their wobbly bits'

Millions of British holidaymakers are worried about their beach bodies, a new survey has revealed.

Research carried out by Sunshine.co.uk revealed that a staggering 90 per cent of people dread the thought of exposing their pasty love handles while on holiday.

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'Go green' on holiday in Spain

Passengers travelling through Manchester Airport will now have the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions, it has been revealed.

Those taking flights to Spain and other destinations can now use the airport's website to compensate for their carbon emissions.

Spokesperson Penny Coates said the airport is already taking a proactive approach within the industry to reduce emissions.

"But as a group we want to support the work of our airline partners and help encourage passengers to use a carbon off-set scheme and so we now offer the facility though all of our websites right across our group," added.

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Ryanair welcomes BAA break-up

Budget airline Ryanair has welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC's) decision to break up BAA's London airport monopoly.

The airport operator has been ordered to sell Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, as well as one of its Scottish airports.

According to Ryanair, the decision will lead to better services and cheaper prices for travellers.

Jim Callaghan, Ryanair's director of legal and regulatory affairs, said that BAA's monopoly means the needs of travellers have long been ignored.

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All-inclusive holidays 'on the rise'

More people are booking all-inclusive holidays to Spain and other sunny hotspots, it has been revealed.

The Daily Express reported last week that British tour operator Thomas Cook has seen a 50 per cent rise in the number of holidaymakers booking all-inclusive deals.

Thomson said it has also seen a significant increase in bookings, as people try to save money.

Francesca Ecsery, of Cheapflights.

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Brits plan to holiday as usual

Millions of Britons are still hoping to take holidays this year, it has been reported.

A study carried out recently by Avail intelligence found that people would rather cut back on day to day luxury items than give up their hard-earned breaks.

Of those polled, 59 per cent said they are cutting back on new clothes, while 41 per cent said they were spending fewer nights out on the town.

The survey revealed that 42 per cent of consumers have seen their disposable income drop by a fifth, TravelMole reports.

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