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Sainsbury's offers warnings for those driving abroad

Motorists who are planning on driving when they visit foreign shores should make sure that they have the correct insurance, Sainsbury's has advised.

It has been revealed that 17 per cent of people in the UK are planning to take their cars abroad during the forthcoming year.

Sainsbury’s car insurance manager, Joanne Mallon, commented: "When going on holiday, most people will remember to take travel insurance but we are concerned that some motorists are overlooking the need to ensure that their car journey is fully covered."

Ms Mallon also described how in Spain it is compulsory for drivers to carry a spare wheel and fan belt, which might be good advice for motorists planning Spanish holidays.

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Tips before taking a hire car in La Manga

Car hire in La Manga offers one of the best ways to explore the beauties of the Murcia region - but British drivers ought to check the rules of the road first.

According to insurance company Sheilas' Wheels, one-third of British holidaymakers are unaware that regulations for driving on the continent are different than those in force in the UK.

The insurer also estimates that 3.6 million drivers in Britain do not know what the speed limit is on foreign roads.

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Spanish holidays lead the way for Europeans

Spanish holidays appear to be the number one choice for Europeans looking to get some summer sun this year.

Analysis of travel insurance bookings on airline websites by Mondial Assistance revealed that just over one-quarter (25.3 per cent) of travellers from the continent are planning a break in Spain.

The Spanish know exactly what their fellow Europeans see in their country and, as such, are unwilling to leave.

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Survey reveals British eating habits on holiday

With food from overseas growing ever more popular with British diners, one might think that holidaymakers would not be able to wait to sample these exotic cuisines at first hand.

Not so, according to a new study, which found that 69 per cent of Brits abroad still prefer to stick to dishes they would eat at home while abroad.

LateRooms.com discovered that 29 per cent of people regard the menu as a barrier, with 61 per cent having accidentally ordered the wrong meal.

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Brits 'lack foreign language skills'

Spanish holidays might be a perennial feature of many Brits' summers, but new research claims most may as well have never visited the place, so poor is their grasp of the language.

The study by LateRooms.com revealed that 81 per cent of UK holidaymakers refuse to take a phrasebook or dictionary away with them. The ability of locals to speak English is relied upon by 33 per cent of respondents.

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Travel insurance age limits 'could relax'

Before heading abroad for a relaxing golf holiday in Spain, older holidaymakers are advised to take the same precautions as anybody and buy travel insurance.

Some insurers have age limits in place on their policies, which could restrict choices for older customers. However, this situation is beginning to change.

According to Saga, many providers could begin to relax their stance as the market begins to recognise that today's society is an older, healthier one than in recent generations.

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Golf break offers at La Manga Club

Keen golfers who wish to practice their swing in a sunny climate can now take advantage of a new offer from La Manga Club.

A 40 per cent discount is available on golf wear at the resort until July 15th, while there are also great rates on golfing breaks.

Holidaymakers can stay at the Hyatt Regency La Manga hotel or in the Hyatt Las Lomas Village and when they pay for five rounds of golf they will receive two additional complimentary rounds.

Also, those paying for four rounds of golf will receive one free.

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Brits look for sandy solitude this summer

British holidaymakers are reportedly looking for a golden beach and isolation on their summer breaks this year.

According to Abbey, the ideal holiday for British citizens in 2008 would be somewhere in Europe that has sandy beaches and no other Britons.

Research from the company reveals that the average amount spent on holidays by Britons is £1,650, with Brits having saved up cash for months in order to treat themselves to their ideal holiday.

Abbey claims that 62 per cent of Brits have saved up for holidays to Spain and other destinations, while 23 per cent pan to use their monthly wage to pay for their trip.

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Holidaymakers 'should check charges before travel'

Those taking holidays in Spain this summer should check with their bank to find out about charges for withdrawing money overseas before travelling, it has been advised.

According to MoneyExpert, such costs differ between providers and can cost an average £4.12 for debit cards and £4.33 for credit cards.

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Advice for Brits renting hire cars in Spain

Britons taking flights to Spain for a holiday by the sea have been issued with a few pointers in case they wish to drive a hire car abroad.

According to Sheilas' Wheels, 4.3 million motorists plan to drive abroad this year, however 67 per cent worry about being involved in an accident.

A further 49 per cent have concerns about driving on the opposite side of the road while 46 per cent fear they will be unable to ask for directions in a foreign language.

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