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Dublin destination guide

If you’re thinking of a top European city break, there’s little competition to a weekend in Dublin. It is of course a popular destination for celebrating St Patrick’s Day, but the city is also the perfect base to explore the countryside and make a great excuse for a last minute getaway. Check out our Dublin destination guide before you go and if you want to take advantage of the award-winning exchange rates of a FairFX Prepaid Mastercard®, load and spend with your Euro Card. What to see As the home of Guinness, any visit to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without […]

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Seville destination guide

Considering a trip to the sun-soaked city of Seville? Take a look through our Seville destination guide first for tips on what to see, where to stay and how to take your money further.   At the height of the season this southern Spanish city is draped in sunlight and there are few things finer than walking along the sunny streets of Seville, soaking up the architectural influence from the Romans, Moors and a lavish Renaissance period. Outside of the summer months you’ll find the weather a little cooler but you should still be able to enjoy plenty of rays […]

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Top foodie destinations for a romantic getaway

What could be more romantic than dining in a beautiful city serving world renowned cuisine? Do something different this year and visit one of these top foodie destinations for a romantic getaway with your partner. Bordeaux, France Bordeaux has undergone a transformation in recent years with much of the city centre being pedestrianised. In the morning, take a stroll through Bordeaux’s charming squares. Sip wine and indulge on oysters at the legendary Marché Capuçins food market in the afternoon. With the Atlantic Ocean a stone’s throw away, fish and shellfish abound, but Bordeaux is carnivore country and its most celebrated dish […]

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Six Nations destination travel guide 2017

Just in time for the Six Nations rugby, we’ve compiled this useful guide of where to eat, drink and visit when travelling to the host cities. If you’re heading to Ireland, France or Italy, don’t forget to take your Euro Card with you – easily manage your spending money on the go through the FairFX mobile app or website. Make sure to also take out travel insurance and arrange your EHIC before you travel. And if you’re travelling to one of the games in the UK, don’t forget that any remaining funds that you have on your Euro Card or Dollar […]

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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 […]