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Top tips for managing your family’s holiday budget

You’ve saved up for your summer holidays, now it’s time to chill out and enjoy the sun. Buying currency and managing your holiday budget probably isn’t top of mind when you’re thinking about enjoying your break, but follow our key tips and you’ll have a hassle-free trip. Get more for your pounds To get a bigger holiday budget for your pounds, planning ahead is always a good idea. If you plan ahead, you can buy your currency when the pound is having a good day. Buying when the rate is in your favour means that you’ll get far more travel […]

Ted’s Smart Travel Notebook: Budapest 🇭🇺

FairFX is an official sponsor of Sky Sports F1® for the 2017 Formula 1 season, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. Head to our Sky Sports F1® hub to see the latest videos and tips >> Budapest hosts this weekend’s Grand Prix and, according to Sky Sports F1’s lead presenter Simon Lazenby and F1 journalist Adam Hay-Nicholls, it’s one of the must see cities of the season. Budapest offers up some fantastic racing action but it also has a […]

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UK travellers could save over £5bn a year on currency

We all look forward to our summer holidays. We work hard through the year to have the best break we can, and we’ll also probably do a good amount of research when booking hotels, flights and car hire so that we can get even more for our money. But do you realise how much you’re losing out by not putting a little more effort into buying your currency? We’re losing £5bn a year as a nation by making simple travel money mistakes. By making a few smart decisions when buying and spending your foreign currency you can take charge of […]

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Your top Business Travel questions answered

We’ve put together answers for the questions you should be asking if you’re travelling for business, managing currency for business or managing expenses. This is the start of our ultimate guide to travelling for business. Simply click on the question to get the answer. What should I use overseas? Cash, credit card or prepaid card? What are allowable expenses for employees? How should you expense business travel? Do business expense cards work in the UK? How can I save money on foreign exchange rates?   What should I use overseas? Cash, credit card or prepaid card? All debit, credit and […]

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Ted’s Smart Travel Notebook: Spielberg 🇦🇹

FairFX is an official sponsor of Sky Sports F1® for the 2017 Formula 1 season, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. Head to our Sky Sports F1® hub to see the latest videos and tips >> We’ve teamed up with Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports F1® for his Smart Travel Notebook from the alpine destination of Spielberg, which hosts the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. The F1 circus descends on a small town when it heads to Spielberg, so […]

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Cultural considerations when travelling for business

Technology means it’s quicker and easier than ever before to conduct business on a global scale, but businesses looking to expand or forge partnerships abroad must still be mindful of cultural traditions. As Chloe Ravat, communications manager at Lufthansa’s Fly Partner Plus Benefit says, “Observing cultural differences demonstrates a versatile and malleable approach to business – something which contacts and customers may be very keen on. If your business appears to be incredibly adaptable, it increases its value to a wider range of clients. Plus, if you demonstrate adaptability and respect, it is likely you’ll be seen to be more trustworthy.” […]

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Congratulations to our Goodwood ticket winner

Congratulations to Mike, our lucky competition winner, who won 2 VIP tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard®. Mike was one of many FairFX customers that entered the competition by ordering a new FairFX Card or by referring a friend to FairFX. He got to enjoy a day at one of the biggest highlights of the motorsport calendar. The tickets didn’t just get him into the hottest motorsport festival of the year, it also gave him access to the exquisite Goodwood House, access to the viewing balcony for a prime view of the famous Hill Climb and the […]

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Let your teenagers carry their own holiday money

Your summer holiday is the perfect time to start teaching the teenagers how to manage money and stop them from constantly nagging you for more. We’ve got the perfect tool for giving your kids (13 yearsand older) a little financial freedom whilst you stay in control of how much they can spend through our handy app. With a FairFX Family and Friends Card you’re in charge. Load your teenager’s card by moving money from your own FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® with just a few taps on the FairFX app. And move the money back just as easily if you need to. […]

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How to mix business and leisure and stay on the right side of HMRC

Once upon a time business trips were all about getting there and back again as soon as possible, but with technology and travel making it easier than ever before to explore the world, many are opting to mix business and leisure in a new pursuit some have dubbed ‘bleisure’. A study by Expedia Media Solutions found that 43% of all business trips, made both at home and abroad, were extended to include some kind of leisure activity, while one in three business travellers had taken a friend or partner along with them. Of course, few would pass up the opportunity […]

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How to manage money on your gap year

Heading on a gap year to explore new countries, learn a language, or just take a break? Before you travel there are obviously a few things you’ll need to prepare and one very important point on your checklist should be currency. Whether you’re lodging in hostels, other people’s homes or in hotels, you’ll need a safe way to carry your foreign currency, without it costing you the world. Plus you need an easy way to keep an eye on your balance, and get more currency if you need it. Sounds like quite a bit of a headache, but don’t worry, […]

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Ted’s Smart Travel Notebook: Baku 🇦🇿

FairFX is an official sponsor of Sky Sports F1® for the 2017 Formula 1 season, which means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights. Head to our Sky Sports F1® hub to see the latest videos and tips >> Sky Sports F1® heads to Formula 1’s newest racing venue this weekend, the street circuit of Baku, Azerbaijan. Perched on the Caspian Sea, Baku is the ultimate ‘east meets west’ city with a European and Middle Eastern influence on food and architecture. At […]

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Overseas travel: what expenses are allowed?

Travelling abroad for work often presents more challenges than business travel within the UK, but expenses shouldn’t be one of them. As a general rule, you can claim for transport, subsistence and accommodation overseas just as you would at home, as long as you keep in mind HMRC’s ‘all or nothing rule’: to claim tax relief on business expenses they “must be incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of your duties”. Keep receipts Hold on to your receipts just as you would at home – not only will they demonstrate the amount that’s been paid, they can be […]