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 […]

Four hours in Singapore: tips for time-starved travellers

If you had just four hours to spend in Singapore, what would you do? Four hours may not sound like much, but a brief morning or afternoon may be all you have if you’re on a stop-over in the city-state, or have a bit of spare time on a business trip. Thankfully, while you could easily fill a much longer break, Singapore lends itself well to short stays. It’s small and most key attractions are within walking distance of one of the stops on its modern, cheap and speedy MRT (mass rapid transit) rail network. So, let’s consider how to […]

Brexit and the pound: holidaymakers’ currency questions answered

If you’re planning a summer escape, but aren’t sure what Brexit means for your holiday money, then you’re not alone. There have been so many queries about Brexit, the ongoing negotiations and the impact it has on exchange rates, that FairFX has set up a dedicated Brexit Support Desk. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions the support desk has tackled. What has the delay to October meant for exchange rates? The pound has been on a rollercoaster journey against the euro since the 2016 referendum. The continued uncertainty that comes with the extension of Article […]

First time cruiser: tips to get the most out of your trip

Why spend your holiday in just one place when you can effortlessly visit several countries on the same trip? That’s part of the appeal of a cruise: everything is right there in front of you, ready to enjoy. You go to bed and often wake up to find you’ve arrived at a new port in a new country. But as seasoned cruisers know only too well, reaching cruise nirvana requires a fair bit of planning. So, if you’re planning your first cruise, here are some tips from experienced cruisers to ensure you have the most enjoyable trip possible, at a […]

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My employee is overspending on business travel. What can I do?

It’s not uncommon for employees to overspend on expenses when they go away for business. This might be down to confusion about what expenses your company allows, a simple mistake or they may have a valid business reason for spending that little bit more, either way you probably want to get a grip of business travel overspend. A survey of UK employees last year found that those who submit work expenses or have access to an expenses account, spend an average of £117 per month on unauthorised and inflated purchases. Some cases of over-spending are one-offs. But some employees may […]

Four hours in Barcelona: tips for time-starved travellers 🇪🇸

You’re in Barcelona but only have half a day, or perhaps just four measly hours, to spare in the Catalan capital. So, what do you do? It’s a tough call. Spain’s second city is after all one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Here are just a few suggestions for things to do and see if time is short. Camp Nou We put a shout out on our Facebook page for suggestions of what to do in Barcelona and the answer was emphatic: visit Camp Nou. Home to FC Barcelona, more commonly known as Barça, since 1957, Camp Nou is […]

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, […]