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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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Meet the Faces of My WU

The Face of My WU was an online social contest that celebrated the diversity of Western Union’s My WU® members. It gave customers the chance to win prizes by engaging with friends and family from around the US by asking them to vote for the selfie they uploaded to the contest website. After votes were tallied and our judges reviewed the finalists, we found one grand prize winner and four runners-up out of more than 27,000 participants. The grand prize ...

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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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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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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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A New Take on Panoramic Pics: The Vertical Panorama

If you own a smartphone, you probably already know how to take a panoramic photo. It’s a great way to capture a sprawling landscape, like the sun setting over the coast. But did you know your panoramic photos don’t have to be horizontal? It seems pretty obvious once you hear about it, but many people aren’t aware that you can actually take a panoramic photo vertically. Not only does this feature make your photos look epic; it ...

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