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Expat Life: What They Don’t Tell You About Returning Home

No one tells expats that there’s actually a second culture shock when living abroad: the shock of returning home. Re-acclimating comes with challenges, and it’s normal to feel bored, left out, or misunderstood. We can’t promise it will be an easy transition, but these tips will help you adjust.   1. Don’t apologize. Give yourself time. You may not want to see everyone immediately after returning home, and that’s ok. Be kind to yourself, stay positive, ...

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These 6 Winter Festivals Are Worth Bundling Up For

Just because the temperature drops below zero, doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors all winter. Wanderlust knows no season. Instead of hiding from the cold, embrace it at one of these winter festivals.   1. Carnaval de Quebec   Location: Quebec, Canada Date: January 26th – February 11th Quebec held its first Carnaval in 1894 as a way to alleviate the doldrums of their harsh winters. It’s now the largest winter festival in the world, with over 200 activities including night ...

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How to Eat Around the World Without Leaving NYC

You don’t need an around-the-world ticket to eat in a different country for breakfast, lunch, and dinner when you’re in New York City. All you need is a subway pass and a fork — or maybe just your fingers. The city’s immigrant-rich history has brought a lot to the proverbial table over the past hundred-plus years, including food. And with over three million of the city’s residents born outside of the United States, it’s no surprise ...

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This Airline Trend Offers Two Locations for the Price of One

Long layovers are a growing trend in travel. You read that right. While connecting flights once meant scrambling between terminals or sleeping in airports, the airline industry has flipped that model on its head with stopovers. IcelandAir first marketed a stopover option in the 1960s to bring North American tourists to the lesser-known Nordic nation. As part of the layover package, travelers could book up to seven days in Reykjavík while traveling to (or from) Europe. Backpackers loved it, ...

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Around the World in 10 Holiday Desserts

Between fresh snow and family reunions, the holidays are invariably the best time of the year. But what really makes this season reign supreme? The food. Or to be more specific, the dessert. Once you’ve had your fill of obligatory pumpkin pie and candy canes, opt for one of these exotic desserts from around the world. 1. Pan De Pascua Eaten In: Chile Holiday: Christmas This dense spice cake is an adaptation of stollen, the traditional German fruit bread. Do ...

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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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