Life & Travel

6 ways to Meet New People in a New City as an Expat

By Catherine Belandres, Western Union employee Want to start a new life in different country? Move to a new city, but don’t know how to start? Why don’t we start with meeting new people? Moving to a new country is a mixture of excitement and fear. The beginning is always the hardest. Here are few tips that can help you meet new people! Find your community Before you move, research expat groups from the city or province you’...

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Save While You Travel

By Catherine Belandres, Western Union employee Money is notably one of the most important things to consider when traveling. Saving money for travel while paying your bills at home can be tough. But travel does not need to be expensive. You can travel on a low budget. Here are tips to make your dollar stretch while you travel! Walk Need to save money on transportation? Walking will save you money and allow you to see the country’s best spots ...

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Using your Money for Better

By Juan Alvarado, Western Union employee At Western Union, we “move money for better”; the service we provide helps families and people all across the globe get by, or even fulfill their dreams. But each individual is different, and every circumstance can vary. That’s why it is important to know what to do with the money we receive. One of these scenarios can be really close to you. Imagine you are a young person abroad, maybe you are studying, ...

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10 Affectionate Terms from Around the Globe

When Dr. Gary Chapman first published The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts in 1992 he had no idea he was about to strike a national cord that would keep him on best-selling lists for the next two-plus decades. Dr. Chapman argued that everyone communicates with a primary love language — a way in which they give and receive love with partners. The five languages? Quality time, gifts, acts of service, physical touch, and words of affirmation. Of those five, ...

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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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6 Things to consider when Traveling to Asia

by Juan Alvarado, Western Union employee   The unavoidable mix of sensations that anyone gets when leaving one’s country to another, may it be for traveling, studying, working or living, becomes 10 times stronger when the culture is completely different. If you live in the United States, Canada or the UK, the chances of you feeling as a fish out of water, are slim. The language and culture are similar enough that everything will feel more comfortable. To actually leave ...

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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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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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