Aussies start to plan their Ashes tours

Many Aussies are already starting to plan their trips to the UK ready for the all-important Ashes series in 2013.

Australia and England have a deep-rooted rivalry when it comes to sport and we had taken great joy in beating the Poms on the cricket field for many years.

However, the English have turned things around recently and they were rampant on their last visit to Australia in 2010/11.

They retained the urn with relative ease and the crushing defeat on home soil was a bitter pill for Aussies to swallow.

With these unpleasant memories still lingering, the 2013 series has taken on greater importance for cricket fans and thousands of people will make the long trip to the northern hemisphere next year.

A number of companies have put together special packages, including Travel Tree, which is offering tours to Nottingham and London.

"Whether they want to watch the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge or they want to see the second Ashes Test at Lords, we've got a package for them," commented Tim McLean, the firm's sales and marketing manager.

Of course, Aussies will be hoping the dollar maintains its strength before their trip so they can receive the best exchange rates.

At the moment, one dollar will get you 65 pence, but this could all change by the time the Ashes get underway next July.

Savvy tourists can ensure they get the existing rate of exchange by taking out a prepaid travel credit card right away.

Holidaymakers can load their money on to the plastic and then lock in the exchange rate, which essentially protects them if the Aussie dollar suddenly takes a turn for the worse in the next eight months.

This is also a far safer way of transporting money overseas, as the card can be cancelled if it is lost or stolen. This will give you greater peace of mind and you can enjoy the cricket without constantly worrying that your cash may fall out of your pocket as you celebrate another wicket being taken.ADNFCR-1761-ID-801496298-ADNFCR