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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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Redeeming My WU Points Finally Made Easy

The My WU® membership program is unique, free and designed to reward you every time you send a qualifying money transfer or bill payment. We recently updated it so that for every $1 spent on qualifying transfer fees1, members earn 1 My WU point! In addition, the updated transfer fee1 discount options allow you to enjoy deeper discounts when you send qualifying money transfers at wu.com or from our app. To redeem your points, you can finally skip logging into the ...

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Payments Innovation & Compliance: Safely Move Forward

By Jacqueline Molnar Looking back on this year, the payments industry saw an increased focus on necessary compliance and customer service functions in FinTech. Innovations in digital payments have brought in exciting opportunities for the industry – both with incumbents and startups. While entrepreneurship is always a risky endeavor, legacy companies and new entrants are challenged to remain competitive and grow market share while respecting industry standards and international financial regulations. As Chief Compliance Officer at Western Union, this is something ...

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The Advantages of Diversity and Inclusion

By Libby Chambers As a far-flung global company, it’s no surprise that our workforce worldwide is as diverse as the customers we serve. Last week, I spoke on a panel at SIBOS, a conference that brings together senior members of the global financial services community, there were 8000 attendees from nearly every country we might name.  Fellow panel members were from Amazon, State Street and CIBC, both leading global banks, and the Indian banking association. We explored how surviving “disruption” ...

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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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