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5 tips for getting the best exchange rate for your travel money

Travel money is often an afterthought when it comes to organising a holiday. You book the flight and hotel in advance but leave travel money to the last minute – that’s a mistake. If you don’t plan ahead with your currency, you could end up having considerably less to spend on your travels. With a little forward planning, and our tips on getting the best exchange rate, you can spend more on what you like on your next break.   1. Follow the pound If you’re booking your holiday before you’ve checked exchange rates, you may find yourself booking accommodation […]

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Melbourne destination guide

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.   The season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix™ in Melbourne, so we’re sharing our tips for getting the most out of a trip to coastal capital of Australia’s state of Victoria. If you haven’t already got a trip to Australia planned, we’re sure you’ll be considering it once you’ve read our Melbourne destination guide. With Australia being […]

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The best value destinations for St Patrick’s Day

Dublin might be the first Irish city that comes to mind when you think of the St Patrick’s Day celebration, but it can mean an expensive trip. A break on St Patrick’s Day weekend in Dublin will cost almost three times more than its cheaper counterpart – Derry-Londonderry. So why not try a different location? There’s plenty of choice across Ireland and Northern Ireland. St Patrick’s Day is a huge event in both countries, with festivities and parades in every town and city.   We’ve compared the cost of a St Patrick’s Day weekend celebration in 9 cities and compiled […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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 a few 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.   Don’t take a big pile of cash No matter where you are in the […]

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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 […]