When Financial Access Couples with Social Connectivity

By Odilon Almeida WU Bot for Messenger now allows Filipinos to “Request Money” from their friends and loved ones in the U.S. What if while chatting with your brother abroad via Facebook Messenger, you could ask him to send you fifty dollars to help you pay for your extra-curriculum class book? Well, now you can. After launching a money transfer bot for Messenger in the U.S., back in April, I had the honor to visit the Philippines recently ...

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Berlinstagram: A Guide to Germany’s Capital

More museums than rainy days, nonstop nightlife, brezel (pretzel) stands on every corner — it’s no wonder Berlin is Germany’s top tourist destination. Add historic landmarks and world-famous street art to the mix, and you’ve got the perfect Instagram muse. With the help of hashtag data, we compiled Berlin’s top spots for scroll-stopping material.   1. Berlin Wall Number of Hashtags: 529,095 Monday, let's go 🙌🏻 Have a good week everyone ✨ #ootd #berlin 📸 by @annaedumoulin A post shared by ...

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New City, New You: 6 Ways to Start Exploring

You packed your bags, found your new home, and took the plunge…halfway around the world. The hard part’s over, but what comes next can be even more overwhelming. How do you get from home to work? Where’s the best place to get your café au lait? We’ve rounded up the best ways to check out your surroundings.   1. Travel like a local Traveling by foot or public transportation are the best ways to get a sense ...

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Why Women Are Venturing Off Alone, And How You Can Too

There’s a new movement placing women at the forefront of the global tourism industry: Solo female travel. In the last six years alone, female-only travel providers have tripled, and according to TrekkSoft’s 2017 Travel Trend Report, solo female travel is one of the top trends influencing the industry. Now more than ever, women have the financial independence to pack their bags and explore the world around them. And thanks to apps like bSafe that regularly send safety alerts to ...

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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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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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Creating Refugee Opportunities with Global Young Leaders

Recently, the One Young World summit took place in Bogota, Colombia – this gathering of 1,400 leaders and social entrepreneurs focused on educating on and solving key global issues such as peace, equality and human rights through the innovation of young leadership. Western Union sponsored 2 influential refugees to join their delegation of 9 employees. Mozamel, originally from Afghanistan, is making waves in Berlin founding tech startups focused on inclusion of refugees within the local employment & social economies. Eugene, originally from Myanmar, is ...

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