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 […]

Don’t get stung by these simple, but costly currency mistakes on your travels

Currency fluctuations, rip-offs and poor decisions mean that British holidaymakers could have lost a shocking £14.3 billion between them this year, according to our own investigation. So, to ensure you don’t throw away your hard-earned money, here are some simple travel mistakes and rip-offs to avoid. Currency fluctuations The currency markets can seem daunting. But by just dipping a toe in – and watching how the pound is doing against the local currency of your chosen destination – you could save a lot of money. How much you get for your pound is constantly changing and it can be particularly […]

Where to ski this winter

Winter is here which means the ski season is also upon us. To help with your getaway we’ve partnered with Ski Club GB to bring you some useful tips on how to get the most out of your time on the slopes and where to find the best deals. If it’s been a while since you last skied, you could be in for a shock with prices at some resorts up to 195% higher than just four years ago. Comparing the cost of lift passes, tuition and ski hire for a week at 58 European and worldwide ski resorts, we’ve […]

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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 […]

Brexit: your currency questions answered

Confused by Brexit? Unsure what it means for your holiday money? There have been so many queries about Brexit ahead the UK’s scheduled departure from the EU on 31st October that FairFX has set up a dedicated Brexit Support Desk. Here, Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, answers some of the most common questions the support desk has tackled. 1. What impact has Brexit had on the pound? As it stands, the pound is 12% lower against the euro since the day of the Brexit referendum in June 2016. This means Brits heading to Eurozone countries will now get £132 worth […]

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Make your holiday money go further this winter

Rarely has the nation been as fixated on the performance of the pound as we have been over the last 3 years of the Brexit rollercoaster. Whether you’re a financial expert or just looking to save a few pounds, nobody can be certain about what the future holds for the pound which is why being prepared for your upcoming holidays and understanding how best to manage your travel money is more important than ever. At FairFX, we offer currency cards which make it so much easier to plan ahead for your holiday spending money as it allows you to load […]

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Post Brexit Travel

Government has said that the UK will leave the EU on the 31st of October. This means if you plan to holiday in Europe after this date, you’ll need to think about the effects this will have on your travels. Here are some useful points on how Brexit might affect your travel plans. Is your passport valid? Passport requirements when travelling to a country in the EU are changing. This means that you will need to: Have at least 6 months remaining on your passport (from the date you return) Have a passport that was issued within the last 10 […]

Mykonos Travel Tips

Greece has long been a hotspot for holidaymakers thanks to its blend of picturesque beaches, warm weather, and rich history. The tricky part of visiting Greece is actually deciding where to go, with so many beautiful islands dotted around its already popular mainland. Mykonos has established itself as one of the most popular Greek islands, as its wide range of beaches, lively nightlife and stunning traditional Greek architecture seem too good to refuse for jet setters. When’s the best time to visit Mykonos? Whilst Mykonos’ peak season runs from mid-July through to the end of August, if you’re looking to […]

🇭🇷 Discover Croatia 🇭🇷

A small and beautiful country in Eastern Europe, Croatia is a great choice for your next holiday. Whether you like bustling cities, national parks or historical architecture, Croatia is ideal if you want a varied trip and some sunshine. When’s the best time to visit Croatia? Whilst July and August are the busiest times to visit Croatia, September may be your best bet if you want to miss the crowds but still enjoy warm temperatures of up to 26℃. So you can enjoy a dip in glorious Adriatic waters with a little more peace and quiet! Experience the romantic city […]

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 […]