The UNSETTLED ExperienceOne Week | Two Weeks | One Month
EMBRACE THE UNKNOWN.
We co-create remarkable experiences for professionals who refuse to settle in their pursuit of growth, meaning, and adventure.
Unsettled experiences are unstructured, unbounded, and unexpected. Each one-week, two-week, or one month retreat is designed to break your routine and inspire a renewed sense of growth, meaning and adventure through transformational travel and peer-to-peer learning. We attract intellectually curious solo travelers – entrepreneurs, creatives, freelancers, and mid-career professional from all backgrounds – who live and work differently, and push the limits in all aspects of their lives.
We believe that the best experiences are not passively consumed, but actively co-created. They are not “guided” in the traditional sense, but facilitated and curated in a way that leaves us open to new perspectives, ideas, and challenges. Each experiences combines elements of work, lifestyle experimentation, and adventure into one incredible co-created journey into the unknown.
In each destination, we provide the essentials you need to feel connected, comfortable, and collaborative: accommodations, workspace, local experts, curated local experiences, workshops, and an exceptionally diverse community.
We curate a diverse and exceptional community of global professionals who live, work, and travel differently. Join over 1,800 members from 80+ countries who’ve lived – and still live – Unsettled.
Curated Local Experiences
A full-time Experience Leader & local expert. Dinner parties. Immersive local experiences & workshops. Weekend adventures. Surprise events. Urban scavenger hunts. We are your platform for incredible shared experiences.
You’re not a twenty-year-old back-packer. We get it. You’ll have a private room in a unique house, apartment, or villa with a quality mattress, linens, and comfortable workspace.
Wifi is a non-negotiable. We need it as much as anyone else. With a coworking space, SIM cards, and wifi at your accommodations, you can ensure your personal and professional projects keep running smoothly.
How Do I Join?
Unsettled is a curated travel community. We look for people who want to co-create meaningful travel experiences. To join us on an experience, you can apply for any of our upcoming trips. Don’t worry. The application is free. And we really don’t care about your resume. We just care that you want to engage, learn, and grow with us.
For us, living Unsettled is not just about where you live. It’s about exploring what makes you feel alive. We design experiences rooted in a foundation people, place, and purpose that break your routine and leave you feeling inspired and connected.
Who is Unsettled for?
Unsettled brings together the intellectually curious – creatives, entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, and professional misfits from over 80 countries – asking the big questions of life and seeking a more meaningful form of travel.
On any given retreat, our average age range is mid-30s to early 40s — yet some of our alumni in their 50s and 60s have the most rewarding journeys, and some of our 20-year-old participants are loved for the energy they bring. From CEOs, CMOs and CFOs to farmers, designers, architects, captains, scientists, rare book collectors, illustrators, painters, poets, professional coaches, and more, we are global and inclusive. Basically, if you’re not an asshole, you’ll fit right in.
These retreats are ideal for:
location independent freelancers and consultants
creatives who thrive in movement and change
entrepreneurs and business owners
anyone going through a professional transition or looking for a structured sabbatical
It was an extraordinary experience, one that left me feeling affirmed, motivated and inspired. The co-curation of our time together made it so much more than just a trip.
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.
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.
What Does Living Unsettled Look Like?
This is your experience. We provide a platform for meaningful conversations and unique local experiences, but keep the structure lite and you fill in the rest. You live like a local, finding balance between being productive and exploring. Everything is optional, and you can plug in as much or as little as you need.
In any given week living Unsettled, you can expect a calendar filled with unique experiences curated by our local team, peer-to-peer workshops and themed conversations, facilitated sessions, family-style meals, happy hours, and plenty of free time to work, learn, or explore as you wish. Most nights, participants rotate hosting & cooking group dinners, or exploring the local spots so that everyone gets equal opportunities to create an experience through food and conversation.
There’s always an adventure to be had. Here’s what one of your days could look like:
7:30am: Wake up and grab a coffee. It’s still quiet around the house. Hopefully, you meditate, journal, read, or do almost anything besides look at your phone immediately.
8:30am: You grab breakfast at home or at a nearby coffee shop with a few friends; everyone is moving at their own pace in the morning. Or, perhaps you decide to hit a local yoga / fitness class. If you’re in Bali, maybe a surf lesson 🙂
9:30am – 12:30pm: You check your inbox and calendar, and you realize that you have some time on your hands. You grab a friend, and go visit that market everyone’s been talking about. You get an early lunch, and then head back to the house to grab your stuff.
1pm – 8pm: You open your laptop and go “heads down” for a couple of hours to #getshitdone. A fellow participant is hosting a workshop on website design at 2pm, and your experience leader is hosting one on Ikigai (a Japanese philosophy around finding purpose) at 5pm. You skip the first workshop, but decide to join the second.
8pm: Group dinner. Two participants (from Italy naturally) just made a delicious fish for the group that combines a local catch with traditional Italian cooking. They lead a group conversation at dinner about balancing love and work life. You admit to loving the food and your work at least as much as anyone in your life at this moment.
10pm – Midnight: You have a few more work tasks you want to finish off today, so you find a quiet group of 5 or 6 people working at the house and you finish out your day. You go to bed tired, well-nourished, and ready to do it all over tomorrow.
Ready for your next adventure?
However you choose to live your time Unsettled, the best part is the choice is ultimately yours…