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The U.S. – E.U. ‘Visa War’ & Why It Matters

On March 2, a seemingly dormant visa war reignited when the European Parliament called for an end to visa-free travel for Americans. Luckily, the European Commission has announced this month that it will not reinstate visa requirements for U.S. travelers – yet.   Wondering where is this all coming from? U.S. citizens can currently travel to all E.U. countries without a visa, yet citizens of five E.U. countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania – don’t enjoy the ...

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Picture-Parfait: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Paris

The City of Light and Love is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, but you’ll have to hit the right spots to Instagram Paris like a pro. Using hashtag data, we’ve compiled the most jaw-dropping, envy-inducing, likable subjects to fill your feed with. Check out which sights to see and some tips for capturing them below.   1. Eiffel Tower  Number of Hashtags: 3,178,007 From a private apartment that Georgianna was invited to during the shooting of ...

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Chain of Betters Empowers Refugee Talent

Blog by Anette Trulsson Corda, a WU employee based in Paris, France. Ever asked yourself what can I do to stand with refugees? It can seem overwhelming… where to start, what to do. But I’m convinced that whilst no one can help all, everyone can do something. My something started when I signed up for a volunteering activity in Paris last summer, attending a refugee welcome picnic with my daughter. We met Hura and Mehdi, who had just recently ...

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10 Bachelor & Bachelorette Ideas for People Who Don’t Do Vegas

You’ve seen it in the movies. You’ve seen it in your Facebook feed. The clubbing, the pool parties, the mayhem. Vegas is getting overdone – and it’s not for every bride- or groom-to-be. Planning bachelor and bachelorette parties can be tough, so we’ve rounded up some alternative ideas for those of you who aren’t interested in a visit to the Strip, or just can’t imagine going back.   1. Ride dog sleds If the bride- or ...

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Western Union digital services live in 40 Countries

Connecting customers in more than 200 countries and territories   By Odilon Almeida, President of Western Union Global Money Transfer   Western Union’s innovation over time has built a powerful cross-border platform for moving money almost anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes.  While we are immensely proud of a 166-year legacy, the digital space is relatively new. Having previously been dismissed as a laggard, who would have thought that today, Western Union would be a leader in ...

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8 Underrated Cities to Visit Before They Break Out

Ten years ago, Prague was dubbed the new Amsterdam. Now, the city’s on par with Rome in annual visitors. Reykjavik is experiencing its time in the limelight, but Iceland is considering tourism caps to handle the sudden swell.   Instead of chasing trends, why not be a trailblazer in the next cultural capital? Here are eight underrated destinations prime to break out at any moment.   1. Chéngdū, China Two words: giant pandas. This southwest Chinese city is home ...

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Wine Lover’s Pilgrimage: 8 Places to Pull a Cork

Nobody wants to spend their holidays getting jammy mouthfeels from a flabby plonk with a crusty finish. The cork taint is just too real. A reasonable person goes on vacation to put their nose in something chewy, with real finesse and structure; something crisp and complex.   If you listen to the most pretentious pinky-raisers, it sounds like you need a Master Sommelier diploma to taste wine. But the fancy vocabulary just makes wine tasting sound more sophisticated than it ...

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The Best Wellness Retreats for Every Budget

According to the Global Wellness Institute, wellness tourism increased by 10.6 percent globally from 2013-2015, making it one of the fastest growing trends in travel. With companies and individuals making health and wellness a priority, it’s no surprise that more people are using their precious days off to revitalize themselves on wellness retreats. Some employees even try to squeeze a few wellness activities in their business trips. There are several types of wellness trips, from yoga retreats to spiritual ‘vision ...

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10 Traditional Filipino Dishes Every Foodie Should Know

Filipino food tends to be overlooked for other Southeast Asian cuisines, like Thai and Vietnamese. But you’d be mistaken to neglect it. Pinoy cuisine has been delighting taste buds for centuries with phenomenal flavors that reflect the country’s multi-cultural influence. From deep-fried lumpia rolls to sweet leche flan, you can find Chinese, Spanish, or Native influence in almost every dish.   1. Lumpia Influence: Chinese Lumpia is a delicious deep-fried spring roll, stuffed with a mixture of minced meat ...

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The New Mexico: Craft Beer, Ecotourism & Culinary Cred

In 2016, a record-breaking 35 million international visitors traveled to Mexico, a jump of more than 9 percent from 2015. This surge in tourism is likely because Mexico’s breaking away from its spring break reputation and investing in infrastructure and new travel trends. Plus, the current political climate makes for a very favorable exchange rate. So if the beaches, tequila, and tamales weren’t calling your name already, check out the newest attractions waiting to be discovered just below the border. Mexico City’...

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