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Coronavirus business Q&A

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, we’ve been receiving questions about international payments and currency exchange from businesses big and small. Here, our chief executive Ian Strafford-Taylor provides answers to some of the most common questions being posed by financial decision makers. I need to make international payments for work – do I need to do anything differently given the current climate? Over the last few weeks, there has been extreme volatility in exchange rates with movements that haven’t been seen for years including the pound hitting its lowest level against the US dollar since 1985. In times like […]

Half term holiday tips

Managing your money for a happy half-term break

Lucky you: you and the family have plans to get away this half term; a bit of time overseas to escape the rat race. You won’t have to fret about arranging half-term activities for the kids and may even soak up some unseasonal warmth at the same time. What’s more, if you’re careful to manage your currency and holiday budget carefully, you can reduce your stress levels even further. You’ll be able to spend more time creating a memorable trip and recharging the batteries towards the end of a long winter. Here are five top budgeting and currency tips to […]

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Planning an Easter getaway? Inspiration and money-saving tips for families

As every parent of school-age kids knows, travelling at Easter can be a bit pricey. But with a bit of canny planning and savvy money management, you can escape the UK without spending a small fortune. But, there’s a huge amount of choice out there, so how do you get started? First, consider some of our tips and tricks for getting the best deals. Tips to get the best deals 1. Find a package holiday: FairFX has been speaking to travel industry insiders to get their behind-the-scenes tips. One former Thomas Cook travel agent said: “I would always book my […]

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Brexit is near: what does it mean for your pounds?

Not another article about Brexit! Everyone’s had enough. But if you’re planning a getaway in the coming weeks or months, and will be needing foreign currency, then this one might just help you save some money. So, cast away your Brexit fatigue – if only for just a few minutes – and read these answers to some common questions about the impact of Brexit on the pound from our very own CEO, Ian Strafford-Taylor. What impact has Brexit had on the pound so far? As of 24th January, the pound is 10% lower against the euro compared to the day […]

Holiday destinations to help make your holiday money go further in 2020

Holidaymakers who want to make the most of their travel budget after Brexit, pay attention: with the 31st January Brexit deadline day fast approaching, looking beyond the eurozone could be the key to getting a good deal. The important thing is to track the value of the pound to get more for your money. By choosing a destination where the pound is performing well, the cost of accommodation, shopping and eating out will decrease, allowing you to see more of the world, for less. Countries and currencies outside of Europe to watch in 2020 Now could be the time to […]

Travel Insiders – how to get more from your holiday

Ever wondered how cabin crew avoid jet lag? Or when travel agents book their flights to get the best deal? Look no further. We’ve worked with a panel of travel industry experts to share their tips when it comes to getting more from your holiday. Here are some of the secrets that the travel industry doesn’t want holidaymakers to know… 1. Booking flights: 11 is the magic number “Flights go on sale about 11 months in advance, which is definitely the best time to buy them” says one travel consultant with 20 years of experience with companies including Thomas Cook. […]

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

Why use a prepaid travel money 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 7 key areas where prepaid travel money 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 card lets you keep your spending money separate […]

How to get through the airport quickly

Do you feel like you spend your life hanging around at airports? It’s no fun, especially when a lot of that time will be waiting in a queue to clear security. But there are some small steps that all travellers, whether on a family holiday, business trip or romantic getaway, can take that will speed up your passage through security and remove the hassle from your airport experience. Don’t forget the basics You know the drill by now, but it’s worth a quick re-cap on passing through security before you head off: Remove your belt, jewellery and jacket in advance […]

Making the most of it: Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix

If you haven’t visited Budapest before, then pack your bags and fasten your seatbelts: the Hungarian Grand Prix takes place just 20km away each summer and it makes for a great excuse to visit Hungary’s capital city. If you’re Budapest-bound for race day, on Sunday 4th August this year, then you can combine the speed, engineering and glamour of Formula 1 with a couple of days of sightseeing. In fact, even if fast cars don’t interest you at all, you should still find an excuse to spend a weekend in the Pearl of the Danube. Either way, here’s some of […]

California, USA travel guide ??

Monterey Monterey County should be at the top of everyone’s Californian experience especially if you are considering a fly-drive road trip. Wind your way along the breath-taking Big Sur coastline on Highway 1 taking in the rocky cliffs and incredible mountains. Once you’re ready to take a pit-stop, book yourself an ocean view hotel room on the beach, and explore the shops of iconic Cannery Row (once the centre of a prosperous sardine-packing industry). Here you’ll find gift shops, restaurants and bars, all set up in a trendy fashion filling converted factory buildings. Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see if […]

Thailand travel guide ??

Home to film-worthy beaches, awe-inspiring temples, mouth-watering street food, and a vibrant cultural heritage, Thailand has something for everyone whether young or old, intrepid or reserved. Whether you want to come here to explore more of its rich cultural heritage, or simply to enjoy one of their many beaches and nightly parties, you won’t leave disappointed. Buriram province The Buriram province is a primarily rural area in Northern Thailand where most locals earn a living from farming. Due to the areas slower pace it hasn’t traditionally been a large tourist attraction, but to many travellers that’s what’s making it so […]

The robots are coming – and they want to improve your business trip

From cheaper flights and more accurate information on travel disruption, to robot butlers who can find you the best sushi in town, artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to make business travellers’ lives easier. So let’s take an AI-powered journey through your next business trip, from booking your ticket to arriving at your hotel. Book your ticket and pack your bags Several booking sites and airlines are using AI to help tailor and cut costs on travel bookings. Among them, the Hopper flight booking app claims to predict airfare prices with 95% accuracy up to one year in advance, creating […]