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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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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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Western Union® Locations Open in Puerto Rico

Looking for an agent location to pick up cash in Puerto Rico following the devastating effects of the hurricane? We want to help. Present conditions make it impossible to know exact hours or even if agents open yesterday will be open today, but we want to share what information we do have to help you, your friends, and your family get access to cash. Below is a list of agents that processed transactions recently.  We will update this list periodically ...

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Jewelry Lover’s Pilgrimage: 10 Dazzling Destinations

Projected to produce $300 billion in global sales by 2020, it’s no question that the international jewelry industry is flourishing. While jewelry can transform any drab outfit, its symbolism means so much more. Each piece tells a story from the moment it leaves the maker to the second it’s on your body. So whether you’re a collector or an avid window shopper, take your next shopping trip beyond the local boutiques to one of these jewelry districts around the ...

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