What are my options?
If you prefer to have all of your currency in cash but haven’t had the time to get to a travel agent, you can pick it up from one of the bureau de changes at Stansted Airport. Be aware however that this can work out to be the most expensive way to purchase your currency.
To avoid this, did you know you can pre order your cash online? This is a great way to do some price comparisons before you decide who to buy from as different providers will offer different rates on different days. Even better still, if you decide to pre order and collect in the airport, the rate will stay the same as it was at the time of initial purchase so you needn’t worry about fluctuating exchange rates.
Prepaid Currency Cards
Simply purchase one such as Travelex Money Card, load it with the desired amount of currency and you’re good to go! A great option for those who like to keep a tight reign on their holiday spending, or to give to the kids whilst on your annual break; a great way of teaching them how to use money wisely!
Keep in mind that the providers set their own exchange rates which can fluctuate regularly, but once you’ve purchased, that rate is locked in. Also be aware that they too come with charges (which can sometimes be higher than your credit card ones!) so be sure to do your homework before you pick.
Credit and Debit Cards
If you have been really organised and purchased your currency well in advance, you can opt to have it delivered to you. Not all providers offer this service, but of those that do, some even offer free next day delivery (usually on purchases of £500 or more).