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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY IN DUBAI AND THE UAE

Money management isn’t something we’d normally associate with Dubai or the UAE. The Emirates are, to put it lightly, rather extravagant. There are man-made islands and beaches, sky scrapers, helicopter tours, you can even buy ice cream coated in gold flakes (quite the upgrade on the 99).

However, thanks to an influx of package and discount holidays, the UAE is no longer a one-nation VIP lounge for the super-rich. Regular tourists like you and us even go there now. Mostly for the glitz and glamour of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but there’s interest, too, in Sharjah, the region’s art and heritage centre, and Fujairah, where you can scuba dive in the Gulf of Oman.

So, we’ve taken the liberty of assuming you’re not a footballer or an oligarch or an heiress and put together this handy guide on managing your money in Dubai and the UAE.

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WESWAP GOES GLOBAL: THE STORY SO FAR

It’s been a few months now since we made one of the biggest updates to the WeSwap app we’ve ever made, allowing you to use WeSwap in over 180 countries.

This meant that as well as swapping in the original 18 currencies, you could now take your WeSwap card with you all over the world and spend in almost any currency imaginable. UAE Dirham. Thai Baht. Mexican Pesos. Pretty much all of them.

So, we thought we’d catch up with you, see where you’ve been, have a listen to your stories, tell you how we think it’s been going, ask if there’s anything you’d change. Read More

   
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Studying Abroad in China #WeSwapWisdom

Of all the travellers and expats we speak to, China is often touted as one of the hardest countries to navigate. Whether that’s financially, linguistically or geographically, China can be a bit of a mental maze for the first time visitor. It is also often touted as the most rewarding. So, for those of you thinking of taking an academic tour of the Far East, whether it’s a year out or a full course, you could do a lot worse than China. Read More

   
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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY IN CROATIA

Whether it’s in search of the clear blue sea that lines the Mediterranean coast, the stroller’s dream that is Zagreb or the party paradise of Outlook Festival, Croatia is becoming a firm favourite for UK travellers.

(This is especially the case for WeSwap users, who, ever since given the chance to use their WeSwap cards worldwide, have been flocking to Croatia in their droves.)

So, with that in mind, we’ve put this handy guide together on how to manage your money in Croatia. Confused about whether to use your card or get out cash? Worried there won’t be any ATMS? Scared of offending someone when you try and haggle in a supermarket?

Well, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

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FROM LOOKING TO BOOKING: HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS TAKING OVER TOURISM

Featured in the Telegraph and on BBC Radio 

A wise man once tweeted: “pics or it didn’t happen.”

And nowhere is this mantra more evident than the social media feeds of travel fanatics.

Log onto your own channels and it often seems like everyone is holidaying 24/7, 365. Then you’ve got the strange, sun-soaked world of vloggers and Instagram influencers (#vanlife, #hotdogsorlegs). And then, of course, there’s more high-definition, #nofilter pics of mountains, oceans, deserts and yoga retreats than anyone could ever need.

But is social media impacting how we travel?

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