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Shawn Forno - Travel Writer, Content Manager, Blogger, Copywriter. I travel the world for months with just a carry on bag. And so can you.

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The Fascinating Tools for Making Matcha: Perfect Simplicity - Matcha Zen Tea - Blog

Matcha is made with only two ingredients—matcha powder and hot water—but there’s nothing simple about the sublime art of chanoyu, least of all the tools you need to brew the perfect cup of tea.

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The Benefits of Whole Leaf Tea

The benefits of whole leaf matcha tea are obvious—the nutrients you crave remain in the tea, not in the leaves you steep and throw away.

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Matcha is Officially Trending: Love From Celebs

What you’ve heard is true—matcha tea is healthy, delicious, and becoming more popular by the day.

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Matcha vs. Sencha: What's the Difference? Understanding Green Tea

Matcha, sencha, and green tea—what’s the difference between them, and why should it matter to you?

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Immerse Yourself: Rome in 24 Hours

Discover the iconic sites and local secrets of "The Eternal City" in this 24 hour walking guide to Rome.

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Your Responsive Marketing Checklist: 11 Ways to Plan for Spontaneity

Today’s social influencers move at breakneck real-time speeds. Here’s a responsive marketing preparedness checklist with 11 ways to prepare your social media strategy for spontaneity.

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Minimalist Packing For Normal People

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from over a decade of long haul travel it’s this…every trip is exactly the same.

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Packing for the Cloud: Digital Packing List

Migrating your life to the cloud can be confusing–even scary–but fear not. Here are a few ways to prep for your first trip abroad with your “digital backpack.”

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The Evolution of the Modern Backpack

The only difference between backpacks and Stone Age tools is that backpacks are only about 130 years old.

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Does Your Backpack Fit? Use these GIFS!

At the end of the day, fit is all that matters. So let’s breakdown the simple, five-step process—in the right order—you need to follow make your backpack to fit like a glove.

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Travel Wish List: 23 Items to Make You Drool

Below is a complete rundown of the best travel tech, travel clothing, travel gadgets, and gizmos for all your trips in 2016. Enjoy!

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International Destinations: 12 Crazy Festivals for 2016

Timing is everything when it comes to mind-blowing travel. Here's your list of 12 epic festivals and events across the globe for every single month of the year.

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Las Vegas: The Complete Guide to the Strip

You don’t have to be Sinatra to have a great time in Vegas. Actually, if you want to have a good time, you should never, ever wear a fedora. So hopefully you’ve got that going for you.

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Rent, Don't Buy: Your Gear Guide for Big Time Adventures

From Patagonia to Nepal, the cheapest, easiest, option for even the toughest adventures might be gear rental. Here’s your Complete Guide to Gear Rental Options in 5 Popular Adventure Destinations.

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The Ultimate Digital Nomad's Buying Guide

“Work from anywhere and see the world.” That’s the dream, right? But is it really that easy to become a digital nomad, and if you make the leap, what gear do you need?