Change Group



Annual Maycation
On 05.06.2010

- Top-selling currencies revealed
- Get the best deal on travel money to make the pound go further

Despite the fact British half-term holidaymakers are currently faced with a raft of obstacles preventing their annual ‘Maycation’, many are still planning to get away.

Analysis of currencies sold last week online and across our 24 UK bureaux reveal many Brits will not be dissuaded from their trips, despite the ongoing travel chaos caused by the volcanic ash cloud, British Airways’ strike and the fluctuating value of the Pound.

The analysis reveals that Maycationers are buying the following foreign currencies, illustrating their preference for fairly traditional destinations when it comes to their half term break.

1. Euros
2. US Dollars
3. Polish Zloty
4. Turkish Lira
5. Japanese Yen
6. Hungarian Forint
7. Czech Koruna
8. Mexican Pesos
9. Thai Baht
10. Croatian Kuna

Sacha Zackariya, CEO at The Change Group said: “It’s heartening to see Brits displaying the blitz spirit and continuing to plan their half-term getaways. We’ve seen a rise in ‘Maycations’ over the past couple of years, with holidaymakers opting for shorter, weekend or week-long breaks closer to home as opposed to the traditional two-week long-haul summer holiday. And, understandably, the Maycation remains popular this year as people look to head abroad to escape the post-election come down.

Whatever the destination, travellers would be wise to plan their travel money needs before they go, especially given the continually fluctuating strength of the Pound.

Leaving sorting out holiday money until take off always ends up costing more, with airport bureaux the most expensive of all. Holidaymakers can save up to £45 buying travel money online compared to buying it on the high street or leaving it until they get to the airport”.

Holidaymakers who go online to The Change Group’s new travel money website will benefit from the best exchange rates on the market. The Change Group is guaranteeing the best Euro or US Dollar exchange rate on the market versus Post Office branches or Marks & Spencer high street bureaux. Customers will be entitled to a refund on the difference if they do not secure the best available rate. Rates are updated daily.

People can buy their currency online at any point before departure, have it delivered next day, free of charge to their home or,or even collect it just before they fly from one of The Change Group’s 21 UK bureaux. And Holidaymakers can avoid further charges when purchasing travel money by making a free internet banking transfer to The Change Group.

How does The Change Group compare?*

£1,000 buys
The Change GroupEuro 1,134 USD 1,422
M&S Euro 1,1091 USD 1,383
Post OfficeEuro 1,100 USD 1,395
ACE-FXEuro 1,130 USD 1,410
ICEEuro 1,131 USD 1,418

*Based on comparisons taken by phone 21 May 2010

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