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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 […]

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A practical guide to your first overseas business trip

More than seven million business trips were taken by UK employees in 2016, the equivalent of thousands of travellers jetting off each day for work-related activities. For many companies, business travel is simply a regular, necessary occurrence, but for smaller or newly-established businesses, that first trip abroad is a landmark event – here’s what you need to know to get it right. Planning Planning as far in advance as possible gives you the best chance of both maximising your itinerary and saving on travel costs – and of course comfortably preparing what it is you need to do to meet […]

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Managing currency when buying property abroad

Buying a second home abroad continues to be a popular investment option. It provides a holiday haven when you want to get away from it all and can be a useful second income through lettings. If you’re considering buying property abroad, you’ve probably been thinking about where the best places to buy are and how to go about paying for your new home, without getting stung by the weak pound. We’ve put together these tips to help you get the most out of your new home abroad. 1. Look at the best value destinations Before you begin your property search […]

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Where to travel after the election: best value holiday destinations

The pound struggled against currencies worldwide as Theresa May’s Conservatives failed to win a clear majority due to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour performing extremely well. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t book a fun filled holiday this year, 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. 🇦🇷 Argentina – […]

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Ted’s Smart Travel Notebook: Montreal 🇨🇦

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 >> Montreal is set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mount Royal, the hill at the heart of the city that provides an iconic view. Every area of the city has its own charm with cobbled streets, French colonial […]

Ted’s Smart Travel Notebook: Monaco 🇲🇨

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 >> Monaco may only be the second smallest country in the world but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in glamour, stunning sea views and celebrity residents.     Just in time for the Monaco Grand Prix, we’ve teamed up with […]

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Avoid paying over the odds for your holiday

Our latest research into travel costs has revealed that holiday prices can jump as much as £3,000 in one day, before falling again the next with no rhyme or reason. We’re all wary of holiday rip-offs, knowing prices can soar if you book late or travel during school breaks but we’ve discovered exactly how much prices fluctuate day to day in a 2 week period. We looked at a basket of 10 package holidays from different travel operators for a family of four – with one child aged five and one aged seven – all departing from Gatwick Airport. Tracking […]

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Top Southern European city breaks this summer

As the sun starts to heat up in the south of Europe, we take a look at some of the top city break destinations to take your FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® Euro Card this summer. We’ve picked out some destinations where you can bask in the sunshine and indulge in fantastic food. And to celebrate our sponsorship of Sky Sports F1® this year, you can also watch the season’s hottest motorsport action in some of our top city picks. 🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain One of the main attractions of any trip to Southern Europe is a dip in the calm blue waters of […]

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Your international payment options

There are a number of international payment options for you to take advantage of through our dealing service. Our experts can help you to choose a service that ensures you get maximum value when sending or receiving money from abroad, manages your risk and meets your payment requirements. Here’s how some of our currency dealing services work and how you can benefit from them.   Regular payment plans Sending money abroad on a regular basis can usually be time consuming and stressful but our regular payment plans make life easier and save you money. There are 2 types of regular payment […]

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Will the French elections provide another shock?

In the past 12 months we have seen the world shift with two seismic decisions from two different electorates – are we about to see a third? On 23rd June 2016 we saw Britain vote to leave the EU in the Brexit referendum and in the US on 9th November Donald Trump was elected President. On the 7th May France’s next President will be elected in a run-off election. Two candidates with two very different agendas. What does this mean for the euro? Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigration leader Marine Le Pen have begun a final duel for the […]

Best value destinations to buy a second home overseas

In the first study of its kind, we’ve revealed the best value destinations to buy a second home overseas. Buying a second home abroad continues to be a popular investment option. It provides a holiday haven when you want to get away from it all and can be a useful second income through lettings. We’ve compared the costs associated with buying a second home, to help you narrow down your search on where you would like to buy. In the FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator we compare the average price of a property in over 30 countries, based on the […]