Four hours in Hong Kong: tips for time-starved travellers 🇭🇰

It’s been described as the gateway to China, a melting pot of cultures where east meets west, or perhaps less gracefully, ‘stopover city’. Hong Kong is after all a regular feature on long-haul flyers’ itineraries. And its status as the ideal stop-over is helped by the Airport Express train which whizzes you from the airport to the city centre in just 24 minutes. So if that’s you, in Hong Kong for just a layover between flights, or on a business trip with an afternoon spare, we’ve got some tips on how to make the most of your time. Aberdeen We […]

5 common and costly travel policy mistakes to avoid

Stressed and frustrated employees, overspending on expenses and even expenses fraud. These are all risks you face if you don’t get your company travel policy right. Without a carefully-honed policy, your employees won’t know how much to spend on what, nor to use any travel providers you might favour. Ultimately, it’ll be harder to plan your business budgets if you don’t control how much people are spending. On the other hand, a clear, up-to-date and well-structured policy – that everyone in the business knows about – will help your bottom-line. And remember, business travel is already complicated and stressful enough, […]

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Here’s how we’re helping our customers during the Brexit negotiations

Whatever your views on Brexit, it can be hard to ignore the impact it’s having on our lives at the moment. For us here at FairFX we know this first-hand because the currency markets have turned into somewhat choppy waters. Because of this, we’re keeping a close eye on the proceedings to make sure you, our customers, can navigate those waters in the smoothest way possible. Which means being on hand to answer your questions about foreign currency and, of course, to look after your international payments. To make sure we can look after your currency concerns as best we […]

Four hours in New York: tips for time-starved travellers 🇺🇸

Let’s say you have a stopover in New York. Perhaps you’ll have an afternoon or so to spare, after allowing for the time it takes to get to and from downtown Manhattan from JFK. What do you do with that precious time? Here are some suggestions, helped by some recommendations from our community on Facebook. Central Park The huge, beautiful and free Central Park has so much to offer. Find maps here which include running and bike routes, self-guided walking tours – including a mile-long walk for each month of the year – and woodland tours. You can also go […]

Are expat mortgages harder to come by?

If you are an expat based overseas and are seeking a mortgage, it has proved more difficult to obtain a mortgage. New rules were introduced in 2014 and this made things trickier for potential borrowers whose income and expenditure had to be evidenced after this time. Following European rules introduced in 2016, individuals that are paid in a foreign currency now come under closer scrutiny during the mortgage application process. In addition, lenders operating within this sector need to conduct enhanced due diligence on each application which, in turn, means more detailed administration. This has caused some lenders to withdraw […]

Top apps for business travellers

The joy of discovering a good app! It might be because it saves you money, entertains you or just makes life that little bit easier. If you have to travel regularly for business, it certainly helps to download a few choice apps and here are some that regular travellers swear by: LinkedIn: for checking out who you’re meeting Amanda Thomson, founder and chief executive of prosecco and champagne producer Thomson and Scott, says: “I always use LinkedIn as it’s used by the business community across the globe and means I can easily research those I’m set to meet prior to […]

How to write the perfect out of office message

Nothing says it’s the start of a holiday, or at least a blessed few days off work, like setting your email out of office assistant. Especially if you can get away with telling everyone you’ll be ignoring them for a week or two. It’s a quick job. But you might pause for thought. Do you write hi or hello? Do you add a colleague’s contact details, and if so, which one (and do you tell them)? And then you have to carefully craft a sentence about whether or not you’ll be reading emails while you’re away. Most people are honest […]

Four hours in Berlin: tips for time-starved travellers 🇩🇪

You’re in Berlin. You could easily spend days or weeks absorbing all of the German capital’s history, roaming the huge parks, or just enjoying the lively café culture. But, no, you have just half a day or so – perhaps four hours on a stopover or at the end of a business trip – to take in one of Europe’s great capitals. Fear not. You can squeeze in a lot with just a little planning. Here are just a few suggestions for travellers on a tight schedule. Three museums in one John Maloney, who responded to a shout out on […]

Four ways small businesses waste time and how to avoid them

Is there one part of your job that particularly bogs you down? That wraps you up in red tape and endless paperwork, and leaves you tired and frustrated? It might be tax calculations, invoices or expenses. According to a 2018 survey of entrepreneurs running young UK companies, nearly two- thirds of them said they spend at least one day every month on such administrative financial tasks. Similarly, 55% of smaller business owners told a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) survey in 2016 that their company’s growth is being held back by the amount of time they have to dedicate to […]

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The most expensive airports for business travellers

Executive airport lounges offer business travellers the chance to squeeze in some pre-flight comfort away from the bustle of the main departure lounge, but the cost can vary widely, our research shows. We compared the costs of executive lounges – as well as premium parking and other services – at 25 popular UK and international airports to find out which are jetting off with your cash and which offer better value for businesses. Dubai Airport tops the list with the priciest lounge, with business travellers slamming £200 onto their expenses bill to step foot inside. Closer to home, London City […]

Four hours in Florence: tips for time-starved travellers 🇮🇹

It’s been described as Italy’s culture capital and the cradle of the renaissance. So how can you possibly do justice to Florence’s sights in just half a day? The answer is, you can’t! But if you’re short on time – say you only have a matter of hours before your connecting flight or a business meeting – you can still sample some of this Tuscan city’s many charms. Or at least tuck into some gelato. But what should you prioritise? Stay longer! We put a shout out on our Facebook page to see what our community recommend travellers do with […]

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Managing the cost of moving to Australia or New Zealand 🇦🇺🇳🇿

For those moving home domestically in the UK, it can be one of the most stressful and potentially expensive times of their life. There’s a host of tasks to complete on what seems like a never-ending to-do list. But if you’re moving thousands of miles away to countries like Australia or New Zealand, common emigration destinations for Brits, the stresses and costs of moving naturally multiply. If you’re thinking of making the move, follow our tips for planning ahead and cut down on costs. Visa processes First of all, you’ll obviously need to establish your visa options to assess if […]