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Where to travel once the kids have flown the nest

Now that the kids have flown the nest, it’s time to treat yourself to an adventure.

Taking an exotic trip or moving abroad with a full family can end up costing a bomb, and some destinations aren’t exactly child-friendly…but now you can start exploring. And with these great value destinations where the pound goes further, you can get even more fun for your money.

Check out our best value exotic destinations below:


Those exploring the famous beaches of Mexico will benefit from a 36% improvement in the pound to peso exchange rate, equivalent to £264.10 per £1,000 exchanged.

Head to Mexico City where the streets are full of stunning architecture, including the Palacio de Bellas Artes (housing a plethora of Mexican works of art) and the Palacio Nacional (a colonial palace home to the Diego Rivera murals, the offices of the president of Mexico, and the Federal Treasury).

Or head a little further north to Guanajuato, featured in Lonely Planet’s top 10 cities to visit in 2018.

Check out our Mexico currency guide for more tips on managing travel money.

mexico city


If you’ve never been to Africa, Ghana is an excellent place to start thanks to its stable democracy, good infrastructure and friendly locals.

Ghana is a diverse country with a mixture of cultures, landscapes, and religions. The country has a mixture of vibrant cities and major wildlife parks (such as the Mole National Park), along with beautiful beaches and striking historical coastal fortresses.

Head to Ghana for a wild adventure and 115% more Ghanaian Cedi for your pounds than 5 years ago.


Those heading for a view of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil will get £341.12 more than 5 years ago, a 52% improvement.

Brazil is an excellent travel destination for Brits looking for some winter sun in particular. December to March is hot and humid in São Paulo, Rio, and everywhere else along the Atlantic Rainforest coast.

Check out our Brazil currency guide for more tips on managing travel money.


Are you a bit more adventurous with food than your kids? Well now that the kids have flown the nest you can properly immerse yourself in the rich flavours this country’s cuisine has to offer.

Indonesia is a vibrant country with a dramatic mix of landscapes and cultures spread across more than 17,000 islands. This gigantic mix of cultures is what makes the varied cuisine so inviting, and why you should definitely go island hopping.

A trip to Indonesia offers British holidaymakers 30% better value than 5 years ago – that’s an extra £232.56 of Indonesian Rupiah for every £1,000 exchanged.

indonesia statues


With the pound strengthening 267% against the Argentine Peso since 2013, those planning to visit Argentina’s stunning waterfalls and glaciers will find themselves getting a huge £727.15 more for £1,000 exchanged than they did 5 years ago.

Argentina’s large cities move at a fast pace but you can soon escape into the wild and adventure new surroundings at a calmer pace.

Check out our Argentina currency guide for more tips on managing travel money.

argentina mountains


Tanzania is well-known for its wildlife, making it an excellent destination for an adventure without the kids. Whether you’re exploring the waters of the Indian Ocean on one of the country’s tranquil islands, or surrounded by hippos, elephants, and wildebeest in a national park, you’re sure to have a wild time exploring this East African gem.

Even better, your pounds will go 28% further than they did 5 years ago, meaning an extra £216.75 of Tanzanian Shilling for every £1,000 you exchange.

South Africa

Distinguished by natural beauty with its rugged landscape and coasts, plus game reserves and wine routes, a trip to South Africa will take your pound 20% further than it did 5 years ago.

Take an outdoor adventure in South Africa on safari, rock climbing or swimming with great white sharks.

Check out our South Africa currency guide for more tips on managing travel money.

aerial view of Cape Town


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Rates correct as of 05/03/2018.

Mariette Ferreira

Mariette Ferreira

Mariette heads up marketing at FairFX. She loves travelling, scuba diving and South Africa, but she's yet to combine all three in one.


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    Can I use this card in atm machines in japan

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      Yes you can Louise, you can use FairFX Cards at any ATM that accepts Mastercard.


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