A New Chapter: Part 3 On The Future of Unsettled

 By: Michael Youngblood, Co-founder, CEO, and Captain of Experiences at Unsettled.

As the world evolves, so too does Unsettled. 


Our journey, from its inception, has been one of discovery—not just of places, but of the potential within ourselves. Our travel—and virtual—experiences have always been about connecting more authentically with the life you’re meant to live.

Today, Unsettled is at the threshold of a new chapter, and we’re eager to turn the page in our ongoing adventure. This chapter heralds a deeper commitment to adventure and purpose-driven travel.

In fact, Unsettled’s True North is to be the most purpose-driven travel company that exists. 

The Essence of Our Evolution
Unsettled has always been more than a travel company; it’s a manifesto for the curious, the bold, and the restless.

It’s for those who see life as a series of adventures, each calling us to explore, learn, and connect on a profound level. We are made up of a community of over 3,000 people from 80+ countries who don’t just seek escape but embrace adventure, growth, and meaning in our lives.

The Future of Unsettled is Purpose-Driven Adventure
Our commitment to adventure will take new shape as we evolve.

We’ll keep offering our longer trips, but you’ll more frequently see our week-long adventures wrapped in The Unsettled Experience. 

Here’s what we mean by ‘The Unsettled Experience’:

Unsettled does more than guide people down a trail in the wilderness. 

Before you ever hop on a plane, we meet online in our fun and interactive Unsettled style. We walk through an adventure-inspired workshop to get to know each other a little better. This isn’t some form of self-help therapy, but an inspiring perspective to try on as a way to build meaningful connections. 

While you’re on your trip, we have a series of dinners and discussions designed to guide you on a unique journey. The goal is to get you to step outside of your routine back home, expand your perspective, and articulate what calls you, inspires, and engages you in this world. 

Many alumni say continuing the purpose-driven journey after their trips is the best part. As an Unsettled alumni, you can join our quarterly meetups and workshops online with our community from around the world.

This is how we’re sculpting a future where travel transcends movement. For us, it’s about becoming an ecosystem for meaningful connections across the globe. Whether that’s on our travel adventures, from the rivers and trails of the Peruvian Amazon to the serene waters of Baja, Mexico or the crystal clear waters around Tahiti, our trips blend adventure with introspection, offering opportunities for deeper engagement with the world and each other.

The Lifestyle Incubator
Innovation lies at the heart of Unsettled.

Our Lifestyle Incubator, a cornerstone of our community, is set to expand.

The Lifestyle Incubator is a one-of-a-kind virtual program. It’s a 30 day ‘virtual retreat’ and at every step it’s community-driven by embracing peer-to-peer learning. The topics range from articulating a mission statement for your life to finding your own True North, as we have found ours at Unsettled. 

We’ve heard this “The Lifestyle Incubator changed my life” more times than we can count. That’s That’s why we’re expanding this program. Because it has a profound impact on people’s lives. 

We’ll expand it through collaboration, by engaging new facilitators, teachers, and leaders in delivering this journey around the world.

An Invitation to Join Us
This new chapter is not just ours to write; it belongs to the Unsettled community.

We’re already working with several alumni on how to shape this new chapter. We invite you to step into this journey with us, to be part of a story that spans the globe and is woven from the diverse threads of our experiences. Reach out anytime to us to learn more about this new chapter. 

As we embark on this new chapter, we carry forward the essence of what makes Unsettled unique.

Our commitment to creating spaces where active participation draws you closer to your truest self. We’ll be investing and innovating within the Unsettled community, a vibrant network of explorers, professionals, and dreamers, which truly offers endless opportunities for growth, connection, and discovery.

This is the final part in my essay series, “On The Future of Unsettled,” because the future is finally clear. We are here to rebuild new adventures and purpose-driven experiences—both in real life and online.  Welcome to the future of Unsettled. It’s a world of adventure, meaning, and connections.

-Michael 

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Unsettled is a global community for those who embrace the unknown and value meaningful human connection. Our mission is to inspire a lifelong pursuit of growth, meaning, and adventure through travel and shared experiences.

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