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Half-term flights up to nine times more expensive

Half term may seem like the perfect time for a family holiday, but our latest research has revealed that it’s actually one of the most expensive times for families to go away. Comparing 120 return flights from eight airports across the UK, we found that holidaying during half term costs an average of NINE times more than the same flight earlier in the month.   It isn’t just half-term flights that receive a price hike though. Travel industry advice usually dictates that it’s a good idea to book a package deal in order to get more for your money, but these […]

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Trump’s impact on currency markets, and when to buy dollars

It may seem like longer but it’s just over a year since Clinton and Trump first began to trade blows in the US Presidential Election primaries. And a lot has happened since then, in currency markets and world politics. Now that Trump is putting his first policies into place as 45th President of the United States, we take a look back at how the dollar has reacted to Trump’s journey to Presidency and how currency movements could affect you, your travel plans and your international payments in the coming year. Polling day anticipation In the run-up to election day the […]

Travel further this year by planning like a pro

Have you got a long list of countries that you want to explore this year? Follow our tips on planning your holidays like a pro and your money will travel much further…maybe even far enough to tick off another country or two. We don’t just have tips for getting a better deal on your flight or accommodation, we also have tips for those expenses that are sometimes forgotten (like travel money and the cost of eating out).   Currency tips Travel money is often an afterthought when it comes to organising a holiday. You book the flight and hotel in […]

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Tips to keep your travel money safe

A key part of making sure you have a safe and fun break is keeping your travel money safe. A good trip can soon turn sour if you are the victim of theft, or lose your travel money. Whether you’re heading to the Eurozone or bound for the States, here are our top 5 tips  to steer you in the right direction on travel money security. Make sure to also check out the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s Travel Aware site for further advice before you travel.   1. Don’t take a big pile of cash No matter where you are […]

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Prepaid Cards vs Debit vs Credit: Which is best for your trip abroad?

Why use a prepaid currency card instead of your usual debit or credit card overseas? Prepaid cards come with features that help you to get more out of your holiday, plus you can use them in the same way as your debit and credit cards. Here we take you through 6 key areas where prepaid currency cards, debit cards and credit cards compete to help you decide which is the best card for your next trip.   1. Keep control of what you’re spending Unlike a debit card, a prepaid currency card lets you keep your spending money separate from […]

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What should you do with your leftover travel cash?

We’ve all come back home from holiday with a wallet full of leftover coins and notes in euros, pesos, lira, that end up in the odds drawer at home along with spare batteries and random keys. Leftover travel cash means you managed not to burn through your whole budget and also means you have an opportunity to get value from what you have left. High street buy-back services might seem to be the quick & easy option to get pounds back in your pocket, but it comes at a price. There’s a big difference between the rates that high street bureaux […]

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Bag a Black Friday deal with your Dollar Card

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us, and considering these American traditions are increasingly part of the British events calendar, that means Black Friday weekend is a great time to grab a bargain and get Christmas presents ready for your family, friends and…yourself. We’ve got a few tips to help you get the most out of the US Black Friday sales.   What is Black Friday? Black Friday is the day after US Thanksgiving, November 25th 2016. It’s one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the US as retailers like to cut their prices and […]

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Trump beats Clinton – how did it impact currency markets?

Donald Trump has won the vote to become the 45th President of the USA. Initial reaction saw Dollar weaken and investment move to safe havens Yen, Euro and Gold. Trump briefly spoke of his plans to boost the US economy through infrastructure spending during his victory speech, which had a slightly more level-headed tone than speeches we have seen in the past. After Trump’s speech, we saw the dollar strengthen slightly. The FTSE 100 fell by 2% in early trading, whilst Sterling’s value against the Dollar and Euro has now returned to yesterday’s values. The volatility in currency markets that […]

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How does the US Presidential election affect you?

On Tuesday November 8th, the American people go to the polls to vote for their next President. Clinton and Trump have been trading blows since the first primaries back in February and we’ll soon know which one of them will become the 45th President of the United States. Whether you’ve been following the run-up to the election closely or not, you need to be aware that a large political event such as this can have a huge impact on the economy and currency markets. Like Britain’s vote to leave the EU, there could be some uncertainty in currency markets leading […]

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Don’t let hidden fees scare you this Halloween

The ghosts and ghouls will soon be out for Halloween but that’s no reason to get a fright from hidden fees when spending or sending money abroad. When you’re deciding what card to take away on your next break, or looking at which payment service to use for moving money overseas, always consider your options carefully. If it looks good from the outside, check for hidden fees and scary exchange rates before you use them. Here’s our tips to avoiding nasty tricks at Halloween and the rest of the year.   Compare like-for-like rates The foreign currency market is very […]

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Get more for your money with an exotic wedding destination

Are you looking for the perfect place to say “I do”? If you are, you’re no doubt trying to figure out exactly how you are going to pay for your dream wedding. And then somehow pay for an amazingly romantic honeymoon too. With UK weddings costing an average of ÂŁ20,500, more than a deposit on a house, this is a dilemma that faces many engaged couples. There is a way to save a tonne of money on your wedding day, whilst still making sure that it’s a special celebration that you’ll never forget. Choose an exotic wedding destination for your […]

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Are more people moving abroad Post-Brexit vote?

Guest Post: Irvine Moving Solutions is a professional home and office removals company.   The Brexit vote hit the pound hard and put UK businesses in unchartered territory. The decision created much uncertainty for individuals living in the UK too, with newspapers reporting that Remain voters created a surge in citizenship applications in other EU countries. But have we seen people following through on these initial reactions? Summer 2016 certainly was a busy one for everyone at Irvine Moving Solutions! Since the announcement of Brexit in June, our moving team have consistently been on the road week on week.   […]