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InstaVancity: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Vancouver

As one of the world’s most livable cities, it’s no surprise Vancouver’s an Insta-gold mine. Just ask one of the 10 million tourists who visited in 2016. Now it’s your turn. We’re un-couvering the most photogenic spots in Vancity for your feed.   1. Stanley Park Number of Hashtags: 438,536 Fall . . . . . . . #wandervancouver #veryvancouver #outdoorvancouver #vancityhype #vancityscenery #veryvancouver #outdoorvancouver #vancityhype #vancityscenery #vancityfeature #vancityscape #vancouvie #dailyhivevan #vancouvercanada #vancitynow #Vancouverisbeautiful #vancouverisawesome #narcityvancouver #westcoastfocus #vancityvibe #roamvancouver #bcisbeautiful #imagesofcanada #tourcanada #canadaday #canadagems #nakedplanet #canadaonline #...

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Reflections on FinTech World Forum London

Christina Hamilton, VP of Partnerships and International Expansion I was recently invited to deliver a keynote on the Power of Partnerships at the FinTech World Forum in London. The event was a two-day conference exploring the role Fintech is playing in shaping and changing financial services around the globe. A full house with a buzzing atmosphere, the audience had a mix of banking, technology and operations professionals. The conference was packed with speeches and panel discussions covering a variety of ...

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Western Union® signs up Française Des Jeux

Grégory Laurent, Country Director France Recently we announced our exciting new collaboration with Française Des Jeux (FDJ), the 4th largest national lottery in the world and a nationally recognized brand in France. We are coming together to offer innovative, quick and easy Western Union digital money transfer services across FDJ’s 31,000 local points of sale across France. From the second quarter of 2018 we will be enabling FDJ’s 26 million customers to send money to more than 200 countries and ...

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The Ultimate Gift List from Around the World

It’s easy to get sucked into shopping at tourist traps while traveling abroad. But countries around the world have unique ties to meaningful gifts — you just have to know what to look for. Time to up your gift-giving game!   1. Portugal Go for the: Cork Portugal boasts around 730 thousand hectares of cork oak trees, making the country the leading exporter of this material worldwide. It was during the mid-to-late 15th century that the Portuguese built ships and caravels with ...

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What makes a great job candidate experience?

WU surveys candidates as part of the 2017 Candidate Experience Awards program. Western Union is in the relentless pursuit of better, from the way money is moved, to the application experiences of WU job seekers around the world. Understanding the perceptions and experiences candidates have helps improve each stage of the job application process. Recently, the Talent Acquisition (TA) team at WU set out to uncover what makes for a great candidate experience. Is it easy-to-discover company and job information or ...

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Expat Life: What They Don’t Tell You About Returning Home

No one tells expats that there’s actually a second culture shock when living abroad: the shock of returning home. Re-acclimating comes with challenges, and it’s normal to feel bored, left out, or misunderstood. We can’t promise it will be an easy transition, but these tips will help you adjust.   1. Don’t apologize. Give yourself time. You may not want to see everyone immediately after returning home, and that’s ok. Be kind to yourself, stay positive, ...

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These 6 Winter Festivals Are Worth Bundling Up For

Just because the temperature drops below zero, doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors all winter. Wanderlust knows no season. Instead of hiding from the cold, embrace it at one of these winter festivals.   1. Carnaval de Quebec   Location: Quebec, Canada Date: January 26th – February 11th Quebec held its first Carnaval in 1894 as a way to alleviate the doldrums of their harsh winters. It’s now the largest winter festival in the world, with over 200 activities including night ...

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How to Eat Around the World Without Leaving NYC

You don’t need an around-the-world ticket to eat in a different country for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when you’re in New York City. All you need is a subway pass and a fork — or maybe just your fingers. The city’s immigrant-rich history has brought a lot to the proverbial table over the past hundred-plus years, including food. And with over three million of the city’s residents born outside of the United States, it’s no surprise ...

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This Airline Trend Offers Two Locations for the Price of One

Long layovers are a growing trend in travel. You read that right. While connecting flights once meant scrambling between terminals or sleeping in airports, the airline industry has flipped that model on its head with stopovers. IcelandAir first marketed a stopover option in the 1960s to bring North American tourists to the lesser-known Nordic nation. As part of the layover package, travelers could book up to seven days in Reykjavík while traveling to (or from) Europe. Backpackers loved it, ...

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Around the World in 10 Holiday Desserts

Between fresh snow and family reunions, the holidays are invariably the best time of the year. But what really makes this season reign supreme? The food. Or to be more specific, the dessert. Once you’ve had your fill of obligatory pumpkin pie and candy canes, opt for one of these exotic desserts from around the world. 1. Pan De Pascua Eaten In: Chile Holiday: Christmas This dense spice cake is an adaptation of stollen, the traditional German fruit bread. Do ...

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