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The pound's exchange rate with the euro and dollar may be unfavourable at the moment, but holidaymakers can still find ways of cutting their costs, it has been claimed.

Writing in the Travel Mail, Anne Shooter said there are plenty of good-value deals on holidays to Spain and other destinations for those prepared to shop around and plan ahead.

Taking out an annual travel insurance policy is one way to save money, particularly for families that take holidays regularly throughout the year and pre-booking airport car parking is also advisable.

Using a debit or credit card which doesn't charge for overseas' transactions can also help to cut costs, as well as shopping around for the best foreign exchange deals.

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Holidays in Spain offer 'fantastic value'

Spain will always have a special place in the hearts of British holidaymakers and continues to offer excellent value for money, it has been claimed.

Despite the strength of the euro, there are still some fantastic deals to be had on holidays to Spain and there are several ways in which travellers can cut their costs, the Telegraph reports.

Getting to Spain is very cheap, with several budget airlines serving the country.

Those offering regular flights to Spain include easyJet, Ryanair, Flybe and Iberia, with the majority of those serving popular tourist hotspots such as Murcia, Malaga and Alicante.

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British holidaymakers 'expand their horizons'

An increasing number of Britons are travelling abroad to take part in cultural pursuits and learn about other countries, it has been revealed.

A recent poll by the Association of British Travel Agents revealed that just five per cent of people travel abroad to attract members of the opposite sex, while an impressive 18 per cent spend their holidays visiting cultural attractions.

Other reasons given for taking holidays in Spain and other destinations include relaxing and taking a break from routine.

Commenting on the results, Casia Zajac, head of communications at the organisation, said: "Holidays are important to people in different ways but the research is clear that holidays are a vital part of people's year and still will be this year despite the economic downturn.

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Brits search for cheap flights to Spain

The number of Britons searching for flights to Spain and other popular destinations is on the increase.

Flight search engine Skyscanner said that despite a recent report by Hitwise suggesting that flight searches are down, it has seen a 32 per cent rise in online flight search traffic in the last year.

The number of foreign visitors travelling to the UK is also on the increase.

Commenting on the travel industry's prospects for 2009, Barry Smith, co-founder of Skyscanner, said: "There’s no doubting that 2009 will be a tough year for the online travel industry, but our data suggests that either Skyscanner is bucking the downward trend.

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PGA: Spanish holidays 'ideal for golf'

Golf holidays in Spain have been hailed as an ideal choice for those who prefer the finer things in life.

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) claimed Spain and Portugal are two places where connoisseurs can find a combination of great golf facilities and culture, heritage and cuisine.

Spain, the PGA claims, is the new leader of European gastronomy, while wines from areas such as Andalucia, Ribera del Duero, Galicia and Catalonia are cementing the nation's reputation as a home of good wine.

There is also the added bonus of the great weather that the Iberian peninsula enjoys.

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No 'golf holiday in La Manga' for Welsh star

Jo Pritchard is currently enjoying her time on the fairways of La Manga's championship courses, but it is far from a golf holiday in Spain for Pontypool's finest.

The professional is currently in fifth spot after the final pre-qualifying round for the Qualifying School at La Manga Club, having finished on 72 in two consecutive rounds.

Five of her compatriots are also in the top 50, which bodes well for Welsh women's golf going into the final qualifiers.

The Q-School represents the final chance for women to get on to the European tour.

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Relax at La Manga Club

A relaxing holiday to La Manga Club could be even more attractive to British holidaymakers, as the results of a new survey reveal how stressed people in the UK really feel.

More than 1,300 adults were polled by Keycamp in a study which revealed that one in ten Britons feel they are constantly "in work mode".

A quarter of respondents revealed that they are only able to escape the pressures of daily life when they head off on holiday, but even then one in five admit they can struggle to adjust to the break in routine.

Keycamp's head of sales and marketing Dave McKenna said that the 'work hard, play hard' ethos is particularly resonant at present.

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Flight sale announced by easyJet

Budget airline easyJet is following in the footsteps of Ryanair and slashing fares on dozens of its routes.

The carrier has knocked 25 per cent off flights to Spain and other destinations, including those departing during Easter and half-term.

Those looking to avail of the discounted flights must make their booking before January 13th, the airline said.

The decision to cut prices comes just a day after the Telegraph reported that up to six million holidays will be booked this month.

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Bickering Brits argue abroad

When it comes to arguing, bickering Brits can't even resist the urge when they are on holiday.

According to research by Holiday Extras, six in ten couples row while travelling abroad.

Furthermore, 20 per cent of adult holidaymakers admit to arguing with their kids on holiday.

James Rye, a councillor and member of the Holiday Extras expert panel, said families should resist the urge to fight while abroad and should wait until they return home if there is an issue they need to settle.

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Ryanair launches cheap flights to Spain

Budget carrier Ryanair is helping holidaymakers beat the credit crunch doom and gloom by launching a sale on flights to Spain and other destinations.

The airline, which offers flights to Spanish holiday hotspots such as Murcia, Alicante and Malaga, has slashed the price of a number of its flights to just £2.50.

Commenting on the sale, Ryanair's Stephen McNamara said: "The first week back to work is always the worst and it can be the best time to book a short city break, a ski trip or a summer sun holiday.

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