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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WU & WU Foundation Join WPDI for Uganda Visit

Western Union Chief Executive Officer Hikmet Ersek, Chief Compliance Officer and WU Foundation Board Chair Jacqueline Molnar, and Western Union Chief of Staff to the CEO Nicole Vogrin, visited the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda in December to see firsthand the work of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), a Western Union Foundation beneficiary. The visit culminated in the graduation of WPDI’s first class of Trainers of Trainees (ToTs), who will become the leaders that bring WPDI’s ...

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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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WU Executives Visit Uganda To Recognize Young Graduates

CEO & Chief Compliance Officer attend graduation ceremony to reaffirm >$1M pledge to Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative On a recent trip to Uganda, Denver-based Western Union Chief Executive Officer, Hikmet Ersek and Chief Compliance Officer and Western Union Foundation Board Chair, Jacqueline Molnar provided leadership training and had the opportunity to see firsthand how one non-profit’s peacebuilding initiative is working to transform the country and support young people from war-torn regions of Uganda and South Sudan. Earlier ...

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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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Eat Your Way Around These 8 Up-and-Coming Foodie Cities

The world’s best eats don’t always come cheap. But there’s a way to get a taste of fresh seafood and gourmet cuisine without breaking the bank. Forget about Tokyo and Paris; there are new food scenes that’ll keep your wallet and taste buds happy. So grab your passport, loosen your (seat)belt, and dig in to these eight up-and-coming foodie cities.   1. Mumbai, India Mumbai’s street food is part of why some consider it to be ...

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10 Finger Foods Worth Traveling For

There’s something about ditching the silverware that makes food tastier. The local bar may tickle your finger food fancy, but there’s a world of hand-held snacks beyond nachos and wings. Try these tasty bites from around the world to see for yourself.   1. Coxinha Try it in: Brazil Coxinha is shredded chicken that’s wrapped in a savory dough, shaped into a drumstick, and deep-fried. Legend has it that Princess Isabel’s son was a picky eater, and ...

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InstaVancity: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Vancouver

As one of the world’s most livable cities, it’s no surprise Vancouver’s an Insta-gold mine. Just ask one of the 10 million tourists who visited in 2016. Now it’s your turn. We’re un-couvering the most photogenic spots in Vancity for your feed.   1. Stanley Park Number of Hashtags: 438,536 Fall . . . . . . . #wandervancouver #veryvancouver #outdoorvancouver #vancityhype #vancityscenery #veryvancouver #outdoorvancouver #vancityhype #vancityscenery #vancityfeature #vancityscape #vancouvie #dailyhivevan #vancouvercanada #vancitynow #Vancouverisbeautiful #vancouverisawesome #narcityvancouver #westcoastfocus #vancityvibe #roamvancouver #bcisbeautiful #imagesofcanada #tourcanada #canadaday #canadagems #nakedplanet #canadaonline #...

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Reflections on FinTech World Forum London

Christina Hamilton, VP of Partnerships and International Expansion I was recently invited to deliver a keynote on the Power of Partnerships at the FinTech World Forum in London. The event was a two-day conference exploring the role Fintech is playing in shaping and changing financial services around the globe. A full house with a buzzing atmosphere, the audience had a mix of banking, technology and operations professionals. The conference was packed with speeches and panel discussions covering a variety of ...

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