UK Football Fans Savvy about Foreign Currency Exchange

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Post Office research advises fans to prepare travel money in advance

Manchester United supporters will have enjoyed one of the best European draws, because their travel money will have stretched further on the recent visit to Turkey. Liverpool fans will also get more for their foreign currency in Hungary when they play Debrecen and Rangers' trip to Romania is likely to cost fans less because sterling has strengthened against foreign currency in both countries.

Post Office Travel Services research has discovered that football fans are savvy travellers when it comes to spending foreign currency while following their teams abroad.

The survey, which questioned more than 1,000 fans, revealed that just six per cent of those who travel abroad to support their team leave foreign currency exchange until they arrive at the airport. With 41 per cent of the surveyed fans having travelled abroad to watch their heroes, 33 per cent said they purchased their travel money in advance.

Football fans also like to spend their foreign currency when abroad. Some 91 per cent of those surveyed spent over £100 and 28 per cent said they allowed at least £300 travel money when away.

Despite their good practices when it comes to foreign currency exchange, the best value for fans is ultimately determined by where their team is drawn to play abroad. Manchester United fans will have got a better foreign currency deal when they played Besiktas in Turkey in September as they could pick up almost 16 per cent more Turkish lira than last September, due to improved foreign exchange rates.

Sarah Munro, Post Office Head of Travel Services, explains: "Manchester United supporters will have enjoyed one of the best European draws, because their travel money will have stretched further on the recent visit to Turkey. Liverpool fans will also get more for their foreign currency in Hungary when they play Debrecen and Rangers' trip to Romania is likely to cost fans less because sterling has strengthened against foreign currency in both countries."

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