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 […]

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 […]