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4 Vietnamese Foods to Keep You Warm This Winter

While mid-February weather is always frightful, beef pho is never not delightful. Vietnam’s capital – Hanoi – sits at the top of our list of up-and-coming foodie cities, so it’s no surprise that the Southeast Asian country is also home to some of our favorite, heart-warming winter meals. Cozy up with any of these traditional Vietnamese dishes for a solo night in, or brave the cold and treat yourself to one of the best bowls around town with friends. Either ...

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The Ultimate Stress-Free Travel Trends For 2018

The new year may have just begun, but it’s never too early to recharge your batteries – or start day dreaming about your next vacation. According to the Global Wellness Institute, in 2015 the wellness industry became a $3.7 trillion market, with $563 billion of that coming from wellness tourism alone. And while last year some made the most of business trips, we’re predicting that this year, travelers will be putting wellness at the very center of their itineraries. So, pack your ...

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Go Off the Grid with These 5 Digital Detox Trips

With the average person checking their smartphone more than 150 times a day, being connected is more alarming than ever — and people are finally taking notice. According to Ofcom’s Communications Market Report, 15 million UK citizens took a break from technology in 2016, and 67% of Americans tried to unplug at some point last year. Giving up your gadgets isn’t easy, but taking a digital detox trip can make it manageable. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, look up from your ...

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Dragon Dances & Other New Year’s Traditions In Asia

New Year’s isn’t always fireworks and kisses. In Asia, it’s a time to ward off bad luck, celebrate good fortune, and commemorate family. And since most of these countries follow the lunar or solar calendar, their festivities take place in February, March, or April, instead of on January 1st. Some cultures usher in the New Year with water gun fights, while others chase off evil spirits with demonic effigies. Intrigued? We’ve got you covered. See how ...

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WU Executives Visit Uganda To Recognize Young Graduates

CEO & Chief Compliance Officer attend graduation ceremony to reaffirm >$1M pledge to Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative On a recent trip to Uganda, Denver-based Western Union Chief Executive Officer, Hikmet Ersek and Chief Compliance Officer and Western Union Foundation Board Chair, Jacqueline Molnar provided leadership training and had the opportunity to see firsthand how one non-profit’s peacebuilding initiative is working to transform the country and support young people from war-torn regions of Uganda and South Sudan. Earlier ...

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Shutter Iceland: An Instagrammer’s Guide

A recent report by Iceland’s Tourist Board found that the number of visitors to Iceland has nearly quadrupled since 2010, growing at a rate of over 24% per year. Maybe it’s the Aurora Borealis, maybe it’s the emergence of cheap flights to a place where volcanoes and glaciers live side-by-side; or perhaps it’s the eye-popping shots all over Instagram. But the secret is finally out. Here are the must go — and must ‘gram — spots in the land of ...

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Eat Your Way Around These 8 Up-and-Coming Foodie Cities

The world’s best eats don’t always come cheap. But there’s a way to get a taste of fresh seafood and gourmet cuisine without breaking the bank. Forget about Tokyo and Paris; there are new food scenes that’ll keep your wallet and taste buds happy. So grab your passport, loosen your (seat)belt, and dig in to these eight up-and-coming foodie cities.   1. Mumbai, India Mumbai’s street food is part of why some consider it to be ...

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10 Finger Foods Worth Traveling For

There’s something about ditching the silverware that makes food tastier. The local bar may tickle your finger food fancy, but there’s a world of hand-held snacks beyond nachos and wings. Try these tasty bites from around the world to see for yourself.   1. Coxinha Try it in: Brazil Coxinha is shredded chicken that’s wrapped in a savory dough, shaped into a drumstick, and deep-fried. Legend has it that Princess Isabel’s son was a picky eater, and ...

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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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