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FairFX Study Abroad Cost Calculator

The real cost of studying abroad is revealed for the first time in our comprehensive cost calculator. We’ve analysed the tuition fees and living costs of the top 200 universities in the world, as ranked by the new Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our research reveals the most affordable destinations to study based on tuition fees, living costs and currency rates. The FairFX Study Abroad Cost Calculator reveals that the cost of attending university in the UK has reached in excess of £18,000 a year, combining tuition fees of £9,000 and an average annual living cost of £9,200.   […]

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Where to travel in 2017 – the best value holiday destinations

While the pound has struggled against popular currencies such as the euro and the US dollar since the Brexit referendum last summer, you can still get more for your travel money through smart destination planning. Rather than opting for your usual European spots this year, why not tick off some more far-flung destinations or secret tourist gems? Look at where the pound has performed well over the long run and you can find destinations where your travel budget could go further. Take Argentina for example, where the pound goes nearly 50% further today than it did two years ago and an […]

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Enjoy Christmas dinner like a local

Whilst you might usually tuck into a nice turkey, nut roast or even goose on Christmas day, Christmas dinner traditions around the world vary quite a bit to those in the UK. So if you are heading away over the Christmas period, these tips give you the best bits to look forward to at the local dinner table.   Germany Like the majority of Europe, Germans tuck into their main meal and open presents on Christmas Eve. One of the most common meats to be served is goose, traditionally accompanied by apple and sausage stuffing, potato dumplings and red cabbage. […]

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How to get some winter sun family time on a budget

Guest Post: Tips for getting more winter sun for your money from Takethefamily.com As the cold weather sets in and the thermostat goes up, many of us start dreaming of exotic climes – not least to top up our dwindling Vitamin D levels. But the financial reality of travelling a long distance with a family can be off-putting. We’ve asked our friends at leading family travel website Takethefamily.com for their tips on getting some winter sun with the kids without breaking the bank. Don’t rule out long-haul destinations – increasing numbers of all-inclusive hotels and resorts in far-flung locations including […]

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Exclusive Christmas experiences for FairFX customers

There’s just enough time to tick a few final things off of your Christmas list. So you can still book yourself a little Christmas break, upgrade your existing travel plans or grab some last minute gifts. To take the pressure off you we’ve handpicked some of the best exclusive experiences from Mastercard Priceless® Cities, available to you as a FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® customer.   Luxury stays… Whether you’re squeezing in a break before the big day or planning something special for the New Year, FairFX Mastercard customers can get access to some exclusive hotel stays.   London – A long […]

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Beat the Christmas market crowds

There’s no use hiding from it, Christmas can be an expensive season. You have lots of presents to buy and lots of friends and family to see, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about treating yourself a little too. A quick Christmas market getaway is the perfect way to treat yourself this festive season. And if you head away before peak season hits, not only will you beat the crowds, but you’ll also make your money go further. Here’s 5 Christmas market destinations that you can head to from the end of November so that you beat the crowds […]

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2017 Solar Eclipse in the US: All you need to know

Guest Post: US travel tips from our partner, Grand American Adventures.   The USA is definitely no stranger to natural wonders, but in 2017 it will host one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles in recent memory: a total solar eclipse. The first to hit the USA in almost 40 years, this total solar eclipse rightly has people across the country and far beyond in a state of eager anticipation. For travellers, it presents the perfect opportunity for an utterly unique adventure in the USA.   When? This exciting event will take place on August 21st, 2017, and will be the […]

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5 Thanksgiving traditions to see and taste

Thanksgiving Day falls on November 24th this year (the fourth Thursday in November) and is the day that traditionally kicks off the ‘holiday season’ in the United States. Thanksgiving Day can be traced all the way back to 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts and it has picked up quite a few traditions over the years. If you’re thinking of visiting America this autumn, here’s 5 things to see and taste on your trip.   1. Turkey (or turducken) Turkey is the most common choice of roast bird when it comes to Christmas Day in the UK but in the USA, turkey […]

Top 10 secret gems for students in the US

Guest Post: Student.com help students to book their perfect university accommodation. Study in the US, and you’ll find so much more than bustling New York boulevards and white sandy beaches in LA. You’ll discover a wealth of secret gems if you step off the beaten track. Here are some of the best to get you started…   1. Explore the ancient Meteor Crater Just off Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona lies a breathtaking sight – Meteor Crater, which is the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site. Formed approximately 50,000 years ago, this crater is a mile wide, 2.4 miles in circumference […]

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Top 5 autumn and winter sun destinations for the school holidays

October half term is fast approaching, and then the countdown to Christmas starts! Time to book yourself a little autumn or winter sun break to escape the increasingly cold and wet weather. These are our top 5 destinations to top up your vitamin D.   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates You can still experience weather in the high 30s in October – and it’s the perfect excuse to cool off in the Persian Gulf, and maybe even discover some water sports. If you’re travelling with friends, enhance your experience with a complimentary deluxe room for 2 when you book another deluxe room […]

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5 unique ways to try local foods on your next trip abroad

Guest post: Top tips to trying local cuisine shared by our partner, VizEat. One of the businesses that we partner with to provide you with smarter travel choices and unique experiences.   There’s little better than exploring new cuisine as you explore the world; tasting the local delicacies is a crucial part of immersing yourself in the culture. But when you’re in a new town, in a distant land, it can be difficult to find truly authentic cuisine. Tourist traps are your main hurdle. Tourist traps are where the inauthentic, expensive restaurants are located. They’re usually in the central locations […]

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Where to visit in the States this autumn

The last few months of the year may mean short days and chillier weather for the UK and Europe, but the autumn months are an excellent time for a spot of travelling, particularly if the USA is your destination. Choose the right itinerary and you can swap cold, rainy commutes and crowded Christmas shopping for hikes through incredible landscapes and kayaking around beautiful islands. To give you an idea of the possibilities, here are some of our finest American Autumn Adventures.   The Deep South If you like the sound of escaping to an exciting medley of colourful culture and […]