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 […]

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 […]

Making the most of it: Madrid for the Champions League final 🇪🇸

If you’re lucky enough to bag a ticket for the Champions League final in Madrid, then you’re in for a treat. Not only is the match one of the highlights of the sporting calendar, but it also gives you an excuse to spend some time in Spain’s energetic and culture-packed capital. Even if you haven’t wangled a spot at the Metropolitano stadium on 1st June, find another excuse to visit the city, whether or not you follow the beautiful game. And put some of these highlights on your itinerary. Tour the stadiums Whether or not you’ve got a ticket for […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 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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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 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 […]