Reviews & Testimonials

Hear what our community says about their experience

“Extraordinary”, “Unforgettable”,  “Routine-killer”,  “Transformative”,  “A master class in life”  “Unconventional”,  “You won’t regret it…”

Living Unsettled has meant many things to our 2000+ and growing community. Here’s a bit of what they’ve said about their experience…

I met a whole group of unique, enriching and amazing human beings with whom I had the deepest and most interesting conversations I’ve had in a long time. I created lifelong friendships which will be picked up anytime we meet again anywhere in the world, and dug deep to discover a few new beautiful truths. I lived Buenos Aires in all its vibrancy… Oh, and I also worked 🙂

Laurence Udo

Strategic Marketing Consultant, France

I am a marketer by profession and promoting products and experiences is something I do daily… but when marketing messages grab my attention as a consumer I tend to consider the product. That’s how I signed up for Unsettled – the posts on Unsettled’s social media spoke to me. The whole month of June was an unbelievable adventure – I tried new food, made friends with strangers, jumped off cliffs into waters, appreciated new cultures and language, did flying yoga, hiked to dizzy heights…and more. Not to sound like an advert, but I am very grateful to Unsettled for the experience that encouraged me to embrace the unknown. Living Unsettled, to me, is to ‘un’ everything – unconform, unconstruct, unwind, unwork, unlearn, unadult, unthink life. Just flip it upside down and see what happens. Be unconventional.

Matthew Nkala

Digital Marketing Strategist, South Africa

I had spent 38 years of my life before Unsettled thinking that I was different to everyone else and, at times, just accepting that there was something wrong with me. Within 24 hours of meeting my Unsettled crew and hearing people understand how I thought about the world, I realised that I’d always just been in the wrong place with the wrong tribe. I will forever treasure what Unsettled provided in my life, and can now pursue the rest of my years knowing that my tribe is out there. If you read the Unsettled manifesto and it resonates with you in any way, I’d recommend that you stop procrastinating and just book a trip as soon as you can. You won’t regret it.”

Paul Cope

Author & Business Catalyst, UK

I’ve achieved a lot in my professional life, but sometimes you have to take a big step to shift things around… Before my Unsettled experience, I felt I needed more clarity on how I wanted to live my life, but I didn’t know where to start. My month with Unsettled gave me an opportunity to pause, review, analyze, and change my routine. I’m still continuing to work on myself, and giving myself the space to perhaps return to my old routine, but in a brand new way!

Žarko Lelovac

Ex-Corporate Lawyer, Serbia

Living Unsettled for the last 30 days has felt liberating. It’s about opening up to a whole range of new possibilities, saying yes to new experiences, and not setting expectations that limit your growth.

Rima Bazzi

Entrepreneur & Coach, Lebanon

For me, Unsettled is just the right mix of structure and freedom.  I don’t have any problems traveling alone and figuring out new places, but having a group of like-minded people and local resources encourages me to get out there, see and do things that I might miss on my own.

Tom Wilkinson

Senior Survey Methodologist, USA

It was an extraordinary experience, one that left me feeling affirmed, motivated and inspired. I’ve never experienced group travel in the way that Unsettled does it, and the co-curation of our time together made it so much more than just a trip. When I would tell friends and family about Unsettled, the consistent response was “this experience sounds tailor made for you.”

Shani Jamila

Artist & TED Speaker/Resident, USA

This whole experience has reminded me again that no amount of comfort and security is worth a life of mediocrity that kills your dreams. Thanks to everyone that made this month amazing in Cape Town!

Sebastian Gernay

Brand Strategist, Belgium

For me, this entire year has been dedicated to stepping out of my comfort zone, pushing my limits and development as a human being. Unsettled was the cherry on top to my “Year of New” and I would have never dreamed that I would meet such an amazing group of people. They truly made the experience for me greater than I could ever imagine

Joshua Sherman

Personal Trainer & Photogapher, USA

An inspiring, unforgettable experience. I absolutely loved my time with Unsettled and still keep in touch with the amazing people I met there (with reunions in 6 countries so far!). I’ve done other coliving retreats in the past, but the way they structure and facilitate their retreats puts them above all the rest. The Unsettled team takes a mindful approach that immediately creates an open, friendly and inclusive environment from day one. It was easily one of the best months of my life. I can’t wait to do another!

Colin Decker

Creative Director, USA

Imagine a group of 25 diverse people coming together from all over the world with different professional backgrounds, led by a couple of locals who know their cities inside and out… add some great accommodations, creative workspaces, 30 days of adventure, and you have Unsettled. You’ll leave with friendships and experiences that will last a lifetime.

Uday Jhunjhunwala

Filmmaker, Writer, Investor, USA

I had some of the most interesting, raw, and enlightening conversations of my life at Unsettled. For those conversations alone, the Unsettled experience is worth it…”

Jacqui Pawson

Senior Analyst, South Africa

Unsettled is the kind of experience you can’t really explain to someone unless they’ve done it themselves. No matter how your experience was, you will have definitely learned something new… just do it!

Annette Muller

Founder, Flexyskills, South Africa

The Unsettled trip ranks on the best trips I’ve ever taken (and I’ve been to 75 countries). Great organization and curation with the ability to take a bit of a leadership role in the activities. All in all it is hard to find a better group and trip.

Andrew Hyde

Founder of Startup Weekend, USA

I was immediately reminded that stepping outside my comfort zone is my comfort zone, and it became the catalyst for an intense and unexpected level of personal and professional growth for me. I was able to run my business smoothly from a different hemisphere, make life long connections with people from around the globe, and return home with an incredible sense of purpose and focus. Did I mention how much fun I had in the process?

Seth Haber

CEO of TrekLight Gear, USA

Unsettled was the right choice for me to switch from the corporate world life and start my journey. I found a perfect balance… To me, living Unsettled means taking time to embrace new experiences, places, customs and people. It is to LIVE this life that we have been given, instead of just existing.

Kendra Janga

Project Manager, Investment and Finance, Curacao

Unsettled Medellin offered me the opportunity to truly step out of my comfort zone. This lead to me digging deeper for my sense of purpose and grow my level of self awareness. During this experience, the more I dug, the more I started to find at my core, why I truly believe I am here and what my gifts are that I need to bring to the world.

Gary Sher

Entrepreneur, South Africa

An Unsettled trip is like venturing into the unknown. You have no idea how the experience or people you’ll meet will be… but that unknown proved to be a very rewarding experience. You’ll leave Unsettled richer. Richer in the memories you create and the connections you make. Worth every minute.

Lesibane Mohale

Creative Director at Ogilvy & Mather, Ghana

We came, we saw, we explored. We all took this massive leap of faith, strangers traveling from various parts of the world to explore one city together. It was the best two weeks, essentially a master class in life. I met the most amazing people in Cape Town, and most of them already feel like life long friends…

Tahira Hayes

Creative Writer, USA

Unsettled allowed me to first and foremost re-connect to myself, step out of the rat race and gain a new perspective on what makes me happy. Along the way, I explored and fell in love with a new culture, and developed a new attitude and appreciation for life that I took back with me. Finally, I made meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime, which is simply priceless.

Ivana Musić

Digital Strategist, Canada

Unsettled has a knack for bringing together individuals who share an aura of positivity and adventure. The locations they choose are the backdrop to amazing experiences with amazing people.

Adam Ribaud

Owner of Noise to Signals, USA

I met 29 incredible people from all walks of life, and found a little part of me in all of them. These people were intelligent, witty, bloody smart, beautiful, adventurous, hilarious, and full of joy. Aside from the group lunches, family dinners and adventures, this month allowed me to share my story with the group and let me be part of others’ stories…

Shitika Anand

Freelance Journalist & Digital Content Creator, India

Unsettled is so much more than a chance to travel while working. It’s recognizing skills and strengths you never knew you had. It’s putting yourself out of your comfort zone… finding people who truly understand your lifestyle and the need to search for something more. And it’s realizing that there’s nowhere else you’d rather be in the whole entire world than where you are at that moment.

Carly Helfand

Reporter / Editor, USA

I’d planned on spending a month abroad independently… Then I found Unsettled. The experience leaders brought so much more to our time here than we ever could have achieved on our own. When you consider how much you usually pay for living, for travel, for entertainment, for an efficient work environment, for local expertise, and for networking and learning opportunities, Unsettled is an incredible bargain. It was exactly what I needed.

Rob Earp

Search Engine Marketing & Digital Paid Advertising Expert, USA

This entire month is an opportunity to step out of your bubble or comfort zone and take a look at your life from a completely different angle. The people you’ll meet are from all different backgrounds, and will provide you with a new perspective on life and help you realize some of your hidden skills…

Hussein Hamoud

Software Engineer, Lebanon

In the past year, we’ve circled the world once with nothing but a carry-on. Out of all of the amazing experiences we’ve had, Unsettled in Medellin ranks at the top. What will we miss the most? The wisdom that blossoms from community, and our new life-long friends.

Aviv & Paulina

Founders of Leaving Wooster, Israel

It was unforgettable experience with a lot of open-minded people and a lot of laughter. Excellent organization and overall value!

Bobby Blagovest

Bitcoin & future of money expert, Bulgaria

Unsettled is not a trip; it’s an experience. I thought joining Unsettled would be a good way to explore professional options. I never expected it to be a time of unparalleled personal growth and reflection. Thank you Unsettled. I’ll be back.

Susan Drake

Co-founder, PowerScore Test Prep, USA

I never imagined I could live and work in a place as beautiful as Bali, surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs, creatives and thinkers. Honestly one of the best decisions of my life.

Leen Sadder

Founder of THIS Toothbrush, Lebanon

I won’t bother trying to sell you something with embellished words and picturesque descriptions. Here’s the truth: I don’t like big groups and dislike socializing with people that I’m realistically never going to see or speak to again. But I am glad that I took the leap and joined Unsettled, because I met some amazing individuals on this trip and have formed real friendships with them — all the while exploring a new city. Because of Unsettled, I now have more friends all over the world and places to call home.

Karin Hsu

Legal Professional, USA / Taiwan

This has been a life changing experience for me. It’s an eye opener and an amazing opportunity that allows you to be true to yourself, meet great people, get inspired, and leave with positive energy that I’ve never felt before!

Aya El Badrashrini

Manager at Vodafone, Egypt

I rediscovered that sort of childlike wonderment… I learned that it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself and others, and used the experiences forged as a method of self reflection. … ‘Nobody said it was going to be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.’

Lisa Armitages

Brand Manager, South Africa

In 2014, I took a leap of faith. I decided to take a month-long leave from work and join 30 strangers on an island 10,000 kilometers from my home in Rio. For those 30 days in Bali, I worked in one of the most inspiring, productive, and fulfilling environments I could ever imagine. It showed me what was possible.


Freelance Graphic Designer, Brazil

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