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How (and Why) to Get an International Driver’s Permit

You turn a corner and an idyllic country village appears out of nowhere. There are new people to meet, new foods to try, and new streets to explore. Best of all? There isn’t another tourist in sight – and you’re the first of your friends to Instagram it. Exploring new places by car can lead to unforgettable detours and undiscovered destinations. Unfortunately, your state-issued I.D. doesn’t always mean much overseas. An International Driver’s Permit can help. &...

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Taking the First Step Toward a Dream Job

For a young person who is out of work, the future can look bleak. In today’s hyper-competitive business world, even an entry-level first job can require real-world skills. But frequently, the only way for someone to develop those skills is by working at an entry-level job. Around the world, there’s a considerable misalignment between what’s taught in local educational institutions and the needs of the labor market. What’s more, hiring for available jobs is sometimes based ...

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Seafood Pilgrimage: 11 Ocean-to-Table Destinations

Cajun-spiced, fried, dried, wrapped in rice; we’ve all got the same, or similar, seafood to work with, but every culture has their own spin on it. So hop on a flight and the leave your local catch-and-fry behind. Here are the must-visit destinations all seafood lovers should visit.   1. Tokyo, Japan      Known for: Tuna, sea urchin, and sushi Best Spots: Tsukiji Fish Market and Sushi Dai Opened in 1935, the Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest wholesale fish ...

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10 Gap Year Ideas to Get You Packing

Whether you’re transitioning from high school to college, college to the real world, or changing careers, a gap year can be the perfect way to figure out what you want out of life. While more common in Europe, taking a gap year is a growing trend in the U.S., with some prestigious universities even encouraging them. Make the most of your time off with one of these rewarding gap year ideas.   Teach English Teaching English as a ...

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5 ways to celebrate the Civic Holiday

One of the best things about August in Canada, other than the warm summer weather, is the fact that we have a statutory holiday on the first Monday of the month in most provinces, which means you get to extend your weekend by an extra day and have a shorter work week afterward. Why not take advantage of the Civic Holiday this year, during Canada’s 150? Explore a new part of your city, trek to a neighbouring province or even ...

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How to Pack for a Budget Airline

€40 from Prague to Milan, £50 from London to Rome, $99 from Boston to Iceland: Budget airline prices seem too good to be true. But if you’ve ever flown with one, you know that what the they offer in savings, they lack in luxury. For many airlines, your ticket price only covers your seat. Anything “extra,” including an oversized bag, will cost you. There have been instances where the additional fee for one checked bag was more than the flight itself. When ...

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Tipping Around the World: A Global Gratuity Guide

So you finally get the chance to eat fresh sashimi in Japan or try boerewors in South Africa, and you love it – so much that you want to show appreciation to your server for an unforgettable meal. But is tipping customary where you are? And if so, how much should you tip? Check our global gratuity guide to brush up on your tipping etiquette before you go abroad.   Tipping in the Americas In a nutshell: Throughout North, Central, and South ...

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Blissful Babymoon Ideas for Every Type of Couple

Babymoon \ˈbā-bē-ˌmün\ Noun A trip or vacation taken by expectant parents before the birth or adoption of a child   From New Year’s in Morocco to street shopping in Barcelona, it seems like pregnant celebs are flooding our news feeds. And we don’t blame them! Meant to strengthen a couple’s bond and help them relax before the big day, babymoon trips are a great way to celebrate a new addition to the family. ...

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Building a strong foundation

Serra Pinto Avimlah, Western Union Assistant Manager, Product Marketing Having visited family several times with her husband and experienced what life is like in Toronto, Serra Pinto Avimlah knew the city could be their new home. In late 2016, Serra, her husband and two young children made the brave move to leave their jobs, family and friends in Istanbul, Turkey, to find work and build a new life in Canada. And, less than one year later, they’re incredibly happy and ...

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Keeping Our Customers’ Trust through Compliance & Regulation

By Duncan DeVille It’s no small feat to transfer money in more than 200 countries and territories and over 130 currencies in just a few minutes. At Western Union, we understand our customers value this speed of service paired with the comfort in knowing their money will arrive at its destination – whether it is for a birthday present for grandma in Mexico City or to help a friend traveling in Bangkok. Because of this, our business depends upon trust and reliability ...

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