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Using your Money for Better

By Juan Alvarado, Western Union employee At Western Union, we “move money for better”; the service we provide helps families and people all across the globe get by, or even fulfill their dreams. But each individual is different, and every circumstance can vary. That’s why it is important to know what to do with the money we receive. One of these scenarios can be really close to you. Imagine you are a young person abroad, maybe you are studying, ...

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4 Vietnamese Foods to Keep You Warm This Winter

While mid-February weather is always frightful, beef pho is never not delightful. Vietnam’s capital – Hanoi – sits at the top of our list of up-and-coming foodie cities, so it’s no surprise that the Southeast Asian country is also home to some of our favorite, heart-warming winter meals. Cozy up with any of these traditional Vietnamese dishes for a solo night in, or brave the cold and treat yourself to one of the best bowls around town with friends. Either ...

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WU Foundation Supports Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief

By: Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation Our hearts and thoughts are with all in Texas who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. To support communities and families affected by the recent hurricane devastation in Texas, The Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, has responded by providing support for families and communities most affected by Hurricane Harvey. Western Union will provide $0 Fee money transfers when sending from Western Union Agent locations and telephone money ...

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Do the Side Hustle: 9 Ways to Make Money While Traveling

Millennials are more interested in traveling abroad than previous generations, but we earn less money – which poses an inherent dilemma: How to fund our wanderlust. The solution? A side hustle. It’s the perfect way to stay on the go without being strapped for cash. If you want to turn you dreams of travel into a reality, check out these side hustle jobs you can do from anywhere.    Taking Online Surveys Online surveys won’t buy you a new ...

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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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The WU Foundation Responds to Fire at Grenfell Tower

Our hearts go out to those affected and their families impacted by the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London. Through our collaboration with the British Red Cross, the Western Union Foundation is supporting relief efforts to assist people and communities as they recover and rebuild, as well as to help prepare for possible emergencies in the future. As part of this effort, the Foundation will provide USD$10,000 to the British Red Cross’ London Fire Relief Fund to support the following ...

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6 Beautifully Remote Islands in the Philippines

Last year, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) added 534 previously uncharted islands to the map of the Philippines, bringing the official count to 7,641. They all have a few things in common: soft white sand, crystal clear water, and blissful year-round weather. Yet most tourists only flock to a chosen few – leaving more for the rest of us. Below are six lesser-known Filipino islands that stand out from the rest. Whether you’re looking to stuff your face with ...

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What are your favourite Canadianisms, eh?

There are certain words or phrases that you’ll only hear in Canada. The kind that make you feel Canadian pride when you hear them; immediately think of home when you’re away; or get weird looks when you use them among non-Canadians. Here’s our top 10 favourite Canadianisms. We bet you use them all the time, even if you don’t notice it… Blonde/Chum – In Quebec slang, your girlfriend is your “blonde” and your boyfriend is your “chum”. ...

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How to Send Money on Viber

Before you start sending money on Viber, you’ll need a Western Union profile. If you don’t already have a profile, you can register for one in the Viber app during the money transfer process. Please note that your phone number must be registered in the United States. Open Viber chat with the contact you want to send money to: 1. Click the icon on the left 2. Select Send Money 3. Fill in the details for the person you wish to ...

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Top Freelance Jobs

This blog is written by John Rampton, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Western Union. It’s not surprising that more people, thanks to technology, can work remotely, set their own schedules, and even handle all of their accounting needs, such as invoicing. But, not all freelancing job opportunities are worth your time. For example, accepting gigs on Fiverr may not cut it if you’re living in San Francisco. However, finding a freelance job that will pay ...

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