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Maximise your travel money

Our top tips on how to get the most out of your travel money.

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How to make your travel budget go further

How to make your travel budget go further

Want to find out how to put more cash in your pocket ready for your next holiday? Read on for our top travel money tips and dz’l soon learn how to maximise your travel money by squeezing out every possible dollar, euro or yen from your currency exchange.

Top travel money tips

Plan ahead for the best value

The simplest way to push your travel money to the max is by putting in a little bit of extra planning. In the time running up to your holiday, keep an eye on the daily exchange rates and dz’l get an idea of a good time to buy your currency. If you need a little helping hand, our Travel Rate Tracker is a great way to keep informed of currency movements – and if you sign up to our free email service, we’ll even watch the exchange rates for you and send you an email when the rate reaches your chosen level.

It may seem small, but the difference between getting 1.5 or 1.6 US dollars to your pound means an extra $100 in your pocket when dz’r spending £1000. To make sure that you lock in our best rate purchasing cash or, our Travelex Money Card online is a great option. You can lock in the rate from when you first load up your card and use the same one throughout your trip, meaning dz’l know exactly how much money you have to spend.

Remember! When dz’r shopping around and comparing travel money deals, you should look at the total cost of the currency you want to purchase and not just at the rate. That way, dz’l be sure to take into account any additional charges or promotional discounts that may apply and really be able to compare deals.

Top Travel Money Tips

  1. Aim to take a mixture of cash and a prepaid travel money card, such as the . These foreign currency cards enable you to lock in your exchange rate at the time of loading and are separate from your bank account.
  2. Be mindful of hidden credit or debit card charges that you may be faced with by using your card abroad. Our Travelex Money Card is free from fees on overseas purchases or cash withdrawals**.
  3. Try to avoid exchanging currency in your hotel – they often offer the worst rates. If you do leave it to the last minute or until after your arrival, look for a reputable bureau, like Travelex, to change your money.
  4. ٴDz’t lose out when exchanging your leftover currency. Travelex’s Buy Back Promise will buy back your leftover travel money from you at the original transaction rate. For a fee of just £4.99, we will buy leftover foreign currency up to a maximum of £250. Any value above this limit will be completed using the applicable rate on the rate board. Buy Back Promise is only redeemable on the currency and country in which it was purchased.
  5. Be rate-wise whilst abroad. Exchange rates can change daily, and so ’s always worth keeping an eye on them whilst dz’r abroad. Otherwise, you may find that dz’r losing out or spending more than you think by using the wrong rate of exchange.
  6. Be aware of any restrictions that may apply to your currency. Some countries only permit you to take a small amount of currency in or out of the country, whilst others Dz’t allow you to take any at all.
  7. Do your homework on local customs. Before you travel, find out the little things like how much dz’r expected to tip for services or whether ’s acceptable to barter for prices.
  8. If you only have large notes, try to break one when you arrive. Having smaller notes and coins will prove useful for small spends like bus journeys or taxi driver tips.

** Travelex will not charge UK cardholders for ATM withdrawals, but some operators may impose a fee. Travelex does not charge UK cardholders any fees for making purchases using their Travelex Money Card.

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