As a rule of thumb, the value of one UK pound has been hovering between $1.60 and $1.67 since about 2010. So, if you have US dollars to spend, multiplying the figure in pounds sterling by about 1.6 will give you a rough estimate of costs.
A more accurate approach
There are several online tools that will convert UK prices into your own currency, automatically. These are the best:
- The Universal Currency Converter instantly converts between two currencies - and can handle almost any currency you can imagine.
- Oanda.com FX History gives you an average currency price for whatever dates you choose. This is useful if you've returned from a trip and want to know how much you spent or if you are interested in comparing what a trip cost you in the past to prices today.
Here's a TipThese tools show the commercial or "interbank" rate and don't factor in currency exchange fees and charges for buying foreign currency. If you make most of your major purchases - tickets, hotel rooms, dining out - on a credit or debit card, your cost of money will be closer to the interbank rate.