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Travel insurance 'is as important as passport'

Taking out travel insurance is as important as packing your passport when preparing for luxury holidays in Spain, it has been noted.

According to Sainsbury's Bank, as many as ten per cent of Britons who are heading abroad for holidays in Spanish villas with pools could be leaving the country without first having taken out travel insurance.

"It doesn't matter if it's an Easter break, a weekend away or your main summer holiday, if something happens whilst you're abroad, you need to know that you have adequate cover in place to take care of things," commented Neil Laird, travel insurance manager at Sainsbury's Finance.

The comment comes as the Association of British Travel Agents revealed that two million Britons are due to travel overseas this Easter.

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Spanish holidays are "outright favourite" for Easter

Luxury holidays in Spain are on the menu for many Britons this weekend, as they set off for the sunny shores of resorts like La Manga Club.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) Spain is the "outright favourite country" for Britons travelling on holiday this Easter bank holiday weekend.

Additionally, the Canary Islands - in particular Tenerife - are set to attract Britons taking Spanish holidays, as the weather promises to be "excellent".

Temperatures on the Spanish holiday islands are expected to remain "firmly" in the 20s.

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Older Brits 'want to travel'

Consumers nearing retirement age in the UK are increasingly looking forward to taking flights to Spain and other destinations once they have left their jobs, it has been reported.

According to Prudential, more than half of Britons approaching pension age are looking forward to taking control of their lives once retired.

And many of these Britons could be looking at taking extended holidays in Spain, with research from the company showing that 27 per cent of nearly-retired Brits wish to spend at least three months a year abroad.

"While those retiring this year may have dreams of foreign holidays and a life of active leisure, the reality for many is that life on a pension will bring far greater financial constraints than they envisage," Gary Shaughnessy, managing director of Prudential Retail Life & Pensions warned - advising Brits to start saving for retirement sooner.

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Easter 'popular for overseas hen dos'

Easter is a popular time of year for stags and hens to pack their bags and take flights to Spain for pre-wedding parties, it has been claimed.

According to Fair Investment Company, such parties are an "essential" part of wedding plans - and are increasingly being held abroad in the form of Spanish holidays.

Director of Fair Investment James Caldwell noted that Easter is a popular period for stag and hen holidays because of the bank holidays.

He added that "when it is such a short period of time it is easy to think of travel insurance as unnecessary".

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Newlyweds say I do to beach honeymoons

Post-nuptial couples in the UK enjoy taking flights to Spain for beach holidays at a luxury Spanish resort, research from one commentator suggests.

According to a new study by MSC Cruises, almost half of all newly married Britons like to spend over £1,000 on the perfect luxury honeymoon, TravelMole reports.

Some couples even push the boat out to part with more than £10,000, while around 15 per cent find their honeymoon sets them back over £3,001.

Beach holidays in Spain remain popular among honeymooners, it would appear, as the research shows that 45 per cent of newlyweds choose beach holidays.

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Brits should 'plan ahead' for sports holidays

Britons planning on taking flights to Spain for a Spanish holiday filled with sport at La Manga Club this coming Easter should think about what sports they intend to play, it has been recommended.

According to the British Insurance Brokers' Association, it is important to take out the correct kind of travel insurance when sport is to play a significant part in a Spanish holiday.

The British Insurance Brokers' Association claims it is the leading general insurance organisation in the UK.

"If you are going on a beach holiday, you might be doing some paragliding there.

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Flights to Murcia this spring

Brits taking flights to Murcia this spring can look forward to a rain-free stay that is Spanish holidays are famous for.

According to the Associated Press, Spain's environment ministry notes that records suggest Spain is looking at one of its driest springs since weather records began.

The government department notes that this is dating back 60 years.

Figures published in regards to precipitation, or rainfall, by the ministry showed the national average rainfall so far this year has been 2.

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Spa weekend on Spanish holiday at La Manga Club

This April, those taking flights to Spain for a Spanish holiday at La Manga Club can indulge themselves in relaxation as part of the resort's retreat calendar.

From April 4th until April 6th 2008, the Anahata Chakra - Compassion retreat will be running.

The Anahata Chakra - Compassion retreat is aimed at working on individual's balance, compassion, self acceptance and good relationships.

All retreats offered at Spa La Manga Club focus on one of the seven chakras - the vital energy centres of the body.

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Shoppers on Spanish holidays 'should pack away valuables'

UK holidaymakers taking a Spanish holiday for the sole purpose of shopping should take care when packing their wares ready for transport back to Britain, it has been reported.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), valuable goods would be better taken onboard planes as hand luggage.

Frances Tuke, a spokesperson for Abta, noted that valuable goods are not necessarily "safely insured" in checked-in luggage.

"In terms of insurance we would say not to put anything of high value into your checked-in luggage.

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Flights to Murcia for Easter and San Marcos celebrations

As Easter bank holiday fever sweeps the nation, some Britons may consider taking a Spanish holiday next month for another religious festival.

Spain is one of several Mediterranean countries to have kept the tradition of celebrating saint's days and memorable religious dates and festivals alive.

And during Easter week, this is particularly so. In Murcia over Easter locals wear hoods and tunics and take part in processions.

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