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Travel insurance is a 'must' for Easter holidays

A good travel insurance policy is a must for those taking holidays in Spain this year, it has been claimed.

Speaking this week, Direct Travel Insurance said that those holidaying without cover could face hefty bills.

"Without insurance, travellers can be left out of pocket if redundancy, family illness, or jury service means they cannot travel," the company said.

According to figures released by Direct Travel Insurance, the average claim for a person losing their luggage and missing a departure is £805.

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Brits seek 'cheap and cheerful' holidays in Spain

British holidaymakers are looking for cheap and cheerful breaks this summer, it has been revealed.

According to research by American Express, one in six Brits say that price is the most important factor when it comes to holidays in Spain and other destinations.

Results also show that 11 per cent of people are planning to holiday in a destination such as Spain, where good weather is almost guaranteed.

However, of those polled, just one per cent said they would be taking an environmentally friendly break this summer.

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'Save money' on holiday in Spain

The pound may have dropped in value against the euro over the last year, but there are still plenty of ways in which those taking holidays in Spain can save money.

Travel insurance provider Direct Line has compiled a list of top tips for holidaymakers keen to cut costs.

The organisation suggests that holidaymakers buy travel insurance as soon as they book their holiday, in case the trip needs to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Travelling during unsociable hours and booking trips as far in advance as possible can also help to keep prices down.

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Just 7% ask travel agents for advice

Less than one in ten Brits would ask their travel agent for advice about holidays in Spain, it has been revealed.

In a recent survey by marketing firm Entire, just seven per cent of British holidaymakers said they would ask their agent's opinion of a destination.

Results show that people would rather consult guidebooks and read magazine articles, with 66 per cent of people saying that they turn to the internet for information, Travel Weekly reports.

Ian Stockley, managing director of Entire, said the poll is bad news for travel agents in the UK.

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Brits 'budget for airport shopping'

Snapping up cut-price perfume and wine at the airport is seen as an integral part of the holiday experience.

Research carried out by Direct Line revealed that nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of Brits budget for airport shopping

Of those surveyed, 75 per cent said they regularly purchase perfume and aftershave at the airport, while 73 per cent buy alcohol.

Other popular items include sunglasses and cosmetics, toiletries and cigarettes.

Chris Price, head of Direct Line travel insurance, said: "For those planning to go away this year there are savings to be made, ranging from the usual tax-free treats at the airport, through to early bird bookings.

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Holidays in Spain are 'ideal for Easter'

Families looking to get away during the Easter break may wish to consider a holiday in Spain.

Speaking last week, budget airline bmibaby claimed that Spain is an ideal destination for some Easter sunshine.

With temperatures in Malaga averaging at 21 degrees C throughout the month of April, there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer.

"There is no better way to cool off than hitting the Parque Acuatico Mijas, which offers crazy slides, pools, picnic areas and restaurants," the airline said.

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