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9 Exotic Fruits That Look Like They’re From Another Planet

  Ever heard of salak, akebi, or Buddha’s hand? If not, you’re in a for a surprise. We’re unearthing some of the rarest and craziest-looking fruits you have to see to believe.   1. Durian Origin: Southeast Asia This spiky fruit gets bad press due to its potent stench, which is so foul that it’s banned from Singapore subways. But don’t judge this fruit by its cover: it’s also highly nutritious with a sweet and savory ...

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Cheese Lover’s Pilgrimage: 8 Grate Destinations

While there’s no official tally of cheese varieties in the world, 5,685 cheeses from 27 countries competed at the International Cheese Awards this year alone. That’s enough to try a new cheese each day for over 15 years. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t available at your local grocer, but that only gives you another reason to travel. Here are the top places to melt, slice, and grate your way around the world.   1. Normandy, France Go for the: Camembert Pair it ...

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Attachable Lenses: Instagrammers’ Best-Kept Secret

Professional photographers are increasingly ditching their DSLRs for smartphones. Yes, you read that right. “Mobiography” is in. And with innovations like 360-degree video, 3D imaging, and depth sensing, some think the future of the mobile device is less about the phone and more about the camera. Cue attachable smartphone lenses. They clip-on, screw-in, slide-on, or magnetically stick to a phone’s built-in lens to enhance photos. Both lighter and more compact than traditional camera gear, they’re perfect for traveling. ...

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50 English Work Idioms Every Expat Should Know

  According to the Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), English skills are a basic requirement in today’s global economy. But while most English courses focus on fundamental grammar and vocabulary, very few account for the jargon an expat could hear in the workplace. Here are the 50 most common American English idioms you might stumble upon, and how to use them:   1. Cut corners Meaning: to do something the easiest or quickest way How to use it: “Cutting ...

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Talent is No. 1

With more than 10,000 employees and millions of agent front line associates serving the needs of our customers in 200 countries and territories, talent is key to our success and growth. Western Union operates from a position of strength – and it starts with our people. I’m proud that we’re being recognized for our commitment to developing WU’s employees around the world. Our innovative and dedicated teams in HR, led by our talent chief, Richard Williams, have created best-in-class learning ...

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The Traveler’s Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep

Whether it’s scratchy sheets at a hostel in Bangkok or a bone-chilling night at Joshua Tree National Park, every budget traveler comes across challenging sleeping conditions. If you’re headed on a new adventure, discover why a set of travel liners should come along for the ride.   What Are Travel Liners?   Travel liners are sleep sacks that line bedding and sleeping bags. They’re a lightweight solution for comfort, warmth, and germophobia. Travel liners are generally made ...

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The Best Destination and Decade for Your Personality

If time travel was real, would you hop in a time machine and go? What if it could take you anywhere in the world? From the first Olympic Stadium in Athens to the front row of a Beatles concert in Liverpool, we’re taking an era-by-era trip to the best destinations throughout history based on your personality type.   Scandinavia     Era: 710-1100 Personality Type: Explorer Vikings were the original pirates. Literally. Originally used as a verb, ‘Viking’ is an ...

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Overcoming Long Distance: 9 Tips for Making It Work

Conflicting time zones, lonely nights, heartbreaking goodbyes – long-distance relationships can be tough. While 14 million couples claim to be in a long-distance relationship, 40 percent of those end in breakups. But there are ways you and your partner can overcome the long-distance scaries.   1. Communicate with Apps Living apart makes staying in touch difficult – and expensive. Try one of these free apps to make it work:   Skype: With internet connection, you can call, message, and video chat anywhere in the world ...

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The Step-by-Step Guide to Moving Abroad

So you’ve landed your dream job overseas or settled on a gap year abroad? You’re in for an exciting – and challenging – change. But don’t let the logistics of moving take away from the experience. Make your transition as stress-free as possible with our step-by-step guide.   Before You Move   1. Figure Out Your Finances If you’re a U.S. citizen, moving abroad doesn’t take you off Uncle Sam’s radar. As an expat, you’ll ...

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Meet Oliver, a University of Denver Student & 2017 WU Scholar Recipient

Oliver is one of 174 WU Scholars recipients selected to receive a USD $2,500.00 scholarship from the Western Union Foundation for demonstrating academic excellence, as well as perseverance, aspiration and community-mindedness. The WU Scholars Program is a global program focused on supporting students around the world to pursue an undergraduate education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. Oliver is using the scholarship to continue his studies in business, entrepreneurship and real-estate – and he plans to continue ...

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