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 […]

Discover Bulgaria

Widely known as the cheapest country in Europe, Bulgaria is not only the perfect trip on a budget, but also simply, the perfect trip. With coastal towns as pretty as a picture to epic mountain ranges, Bulgaria has something for everyone. Where to first? It’s summer, so head to the coast. Sunny Beach, one of the country’s most popular beach resorts on the Black Sea will give you pretty beaches in spades and a three-course meal for two, with wine, for around £20 – what’s not to love? What’s more, approximately a third of Bulgaria’s 378km Black Sea coast is […]

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 […]

Making the most of it: Nîmes for the Tour de France

If you crave a roadside view of this year’s Tour de France, but don’t want to join the crowds at the mountain sections or at the hectic Paris finish, then head to Nîmes, in south-eastern France. In fact, even if you couldn’t care two hoots about the Tour or cycling, you should still put this historical city high up on your travel wish list. Dubbed the ‘French Rome’, it provides a base to explore France’s stunning and often overlooked Languedoc Roussillon region. Whatever your reason for visiting, here is a taster of what Nîmes has to offer. Watch the Tour […]

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 Brussels: tips for time-starved travellers

From world-class beer and chocolate to architectural treasures and green spaces, Brussels has so much more to offer than just political institutions and its surprisingly popular peeing boy statue. So, if you find yourself in the Belgian capital with just a few hours to spare – perhaps while waiting for a connecting flight, Eurostar train or after a business meeting – how can you squeeze the most of that precious time? Drink some beer Let’s cut straight to it – if you’re a beer lover, Brussels is the place for you. One recommendation we received on our Facebook page in […]

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 […]

Discover Croatia 🇭🇷

A small and beautiful country in Eastern Europe, Croatia is a great choice for your next holiday. Whether you like bustling cities, festivals, or peace and quiet in nature, Croatia is ideal if you want a varied trip to suit your whole family. Experience the romantic city of Dubrovnic Potter around the centuries-old limestone streets, taking in castles, bridges and statues, then have dinner as the sun is setting overlooking Dubrovnic’s stunning harbour on the Adriatic. Dubrovnic is a UNESCO World Heritage site so if you enjoy historic building and culture, this city is a must-see. There is evidence of […]