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10 of the Best Places to Visit in June

June marks the arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere. With longer days and warmer temperatures, there’s hardly a better time to travel the world. Our list of June travel destinations is your ticket to an awesome start to summer.   Sunny summer days in Europe and North Africa Porto, Portugal Porto’s played a key role in shaping Portugal’s national character—starting with the country’s very name. This soulful city continues to inspire, and June is ...

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Creating hope for refugees & former child soldiers

Monday Collins life story is one that is familiar to the Trainers at the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) in northern Uganda. As a former child soldier, he says that his “life story was not a good one to tell”. WPDI helped Monday to rebuild his life after escaping and returning to his community.  WPDI helped him discover his talent as an artist and turn it into a business opportunity. Today, Monday creates art and designs bracelets, necklaces and ...

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8 Things You Probably Forgot You Did Before the Internet

Technology has come so far in the last 20 years that it’s hard to remember what life was like before the internet and smartphones became ubiquitous. Here are some everyday things we used to do that should make anyone with slow internet speeds feel grateful.   1. Looking up movie times in the paper Remember looking in the newspaper or sitting on an infuriating phone call with Moviefone to get show times? And forget Rotten Tomatoes and YouTube trailers, the newspaper ...

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#WomenatWU Highlight: This is Molly Shea’s Story

I come from a large family with nine children. We grew up in a very small town in Central Illinois (Arcola, pop. 2,500) where more people never left the state. My father’s business gave me the opportunity to travel so I was exposed to other ways of life and cultures at a young age, igniting a passion to live and work in a global setting. I also knew I wanted the financial security to be able to give my children ...

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7 Spring Festivals Around the World

Even if you love snow, cold weather, and all things winter, there’s no denying that euphoric sensation you feel when the flowers start blooming and the weather starts warming up. Cultures have celebrated the transition from winter to spring since early civilization. From water fights to massive bonfires, discover what people around the world do to celebrate the vernal equinox.   1. Canadian Tulip Festival The origins of this festival date back to 1945, when Princess Juliana of the Netherlands presented 100,000 ...

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7 Destinations to Visit Before It’s Too Late

Some of the world’s most treasured destinations are in danger. Make sure these disappearing destinations are on your itinerary before it’s too late.   1. The Dead Sea The Dead Sea, which is actually a lake, is one of the most saline bodies of water in the world. It’s also the lowest point on Earth at 1,400 feet below sea level. Travelers have long visited this geographical marvel because of its therapeutic properties. But the Dead Sea at risk. ...

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Western Union Digitalizes: Money Transfers with App

Western Union, a leader in global payment services, announces further digitalization in the Netherlands with the launch of the Western Union mobile app. Mobile users in the Netherlands can now transfer money to Western Union agent locations for cash pick-up, directly into a recipient’s bank account, and into mobile wallets in more than 200 countries and territories around the world.   The Western Union app shortens and simplifies the customer journey, allowing senders to check current exchange rates and tariffs, ...

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What Expatriates Bring

As one of the world’s leading money movement companies, we understand the opportunity that comes when people and money move. We recently worked with the Economist Intelligence Unit to analyze how a number of important expatriate communities benefit their host societies. By understanding expatriate communities better, we can realize more value for society and the global economy. Check out the full EIU blog post and infographics on the research here.

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Western Union Foundation Offers Relief to Peru

Last week, Peru faced extensive rain resulting in severe flooding. The Western Union Foundation has committed USD$5,000.00 to the Red Cross in support of local relief efforts. The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, is also supporting Peruvian people and their families affected by the recent severe flooding with a no-fee Domestic Money Transfers in Soles for a week, between Saturday, March 18th, and Sunday, March 26th, from select Agent locations in Peru* and the Western Union ...

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Empowering Refugee Children Through Technology

At Western Union we know that the future is about technology and that the future is no different for refugees. We want to change the way the world thinks about refugee’s education. Refugee children, just like our own children, need to have access to the whole world and the only way to do that is through access to the internet.  They need to be equipped to plug into the global economy of which they are a part of, instead ...

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