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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 […]

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Four hours in Paris – tips for time-starved travellers 🇫🇷

The trip is almost over but you still have four hours left in Paris before heading home. Maybe you’re waiting for a connecting flight or train, or you’re there on a business meeting and want to squeeze in a bit of sightseeing. With so much to do in the city, how can you get the most out of that precious time? The French capital has so much to offer, but here are just a few suggestions for travellers on a tight schedule who want to do more than potter around the airport or their hotel waiting for the next part […]

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How to avoid going around the bend when driving abroad

If you’re planning a road trip abroad for the first time, you might be feeling slightly apprehensive before setting off. It could be the first time you’ve driven on the right, put your foot down on the autobahn, or maybe just attempting to understand the different rules of the road is making you wish you were using public transport instead? Whatever the reason for your four wheeled unease, we’ve put together a few top-tips to help you feel more confident when you get behind the wheel abroad. Check the driving laws of the country you’re visiting Unsurprisingly, every country has […]

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How British businesses are wasting millions without knowing it

Are you the type of business traveller that browses for a good deal before booking a hotel room? Or maybe you even try to use public transport over taxis, where possible? That’s great, but all of that hard work can go to waste if you end up falling for a simple trap that could mean you inadvertently put your business out of pocket. It’s called DCC and its collectively – and unnecessarily – costing companies £99m. The DCC trap DCC, or Dynamic Currency Conversion, is offered by restaurants, hotels, meeting places and via ATMs overseas, giving those picking up the […]

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Brexit deal or no deal: how can SMEs prepare?

With the government‘s long-awaited White Paper now published (a 98-pager which sets out the sort of relationship the UK wants with the EU after Brexit) and debate on the Chequers deal in full swing, many businesses are trying to plan a course for what might lie ahead come 29 March 2019. Preparing for the unknown Less than a third of UK business leaders have carried out contingency planning on Brexit, according to a survey this summer by the IoD. EU & Trade Analyst at the Institute of Directors (IoD), Claudia Catelin, said that of those IoD members that were contingency […]

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How to buy Turkish Lira for your holiday

Fears over the health of Turkey’s finances has caused the local currency, the Lira, to take a nosedive. This means that your Pounds will now get you much more Turkish Lira than they did a year ago. In fact, last year, £1 would have bought TL4.60 but now it will get you closer to TL6.80. That’s great news if you’ve already booked a holiday to Turkey or are thinking of a last-minute trip to take advantage of the situation. But, the sudden drop means that it is actually hard to buy the currency in the UK and waiting until you […]

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The airport currency rip-off every business needs to know about

Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs. Well, here’s an easy one – stop your business travellers from ever exchanging currency at airports. Planning your currency is an important part of travelling for work and business travellers who don’t plan ahead could end up getting ripped-off before they’ve even stepped on the plane. An investigation into exchange rates on offer at UK airports in July showed business travellers leaving their currency exchange until the last minute, and relying on airport exchange desks, could lose over £100 worth of Euros for every £500 exchanged. Some airport currency exchange desks […]

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Don’t let jet lag ruin your business trip: tips from experienced travellers

Investor and entrepreneur Matt Haycox learnt the hard way about the ill-effects of jet lag when travelling for work. He says: “In the early days, jet lag would kill me, and I wasn’t giving my businesses the best version of me, but instead a tired and underwhelming shadow of myself. This often resulted in poor decision making and communication.” He is by no means alone. A study by Kayak and Airbus found that jet lag costs UK businesses £241 million a year through mistakes made by jet-lagged staff. According to its findings, jet lag affects travellers for an average of […]

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How to keep your business safe from banking fraud

You work in a busy finance department of a fast-growing company. You receive an email from your CEO, asking you to make a large payment from the business bank account – and to do it ASAP. It’s for an important, time-sensitive deal. You quickly scan the message, one of many filling up your inbox. Perhaps you don’t notice that the email address isn’t quite right. The chief is getting impatient and sends you a chasing email soon after, piling on the pressure. It’s urgent – have you made the payment yet? You don’t have time to really think through the […]

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Five travel money dirty-tricks to avoid

Don’t you just love that holiday feeling. That moment at the airport when you begin to relax and start feeling that buzz of excitement. What’s guaranteed to spoil your great mood is when some of your hard-earned cash disappears because of a travel money dirty-trick. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 5 travel money scams to avoid, so you can keep that holiday feeling going for the whole of your trip. Our latest investigation reveals that as a nation we lose £5.4bn a year through simple travel money mistakes. Here’s how to avoid travel money rip-offs and make […]