We live in uncertain times. The world around us is becoming more fluid. Structures and institutions are giving way to networks, connected and disconnected in an instant. The only thing that's certain is that nothing is quite certain. We live in a state of constant change, transition, and evolution.
Unsettled is for those of us who embrace uncertainty and value meaningful human connection. Who realize that feeling a little bit "unsettled" is a positive impulse for change, innovation, and exploration. Who believe that it's in times of transition, travel, and movement when we feel most alive, inspired, and receptive to the people and ideas that spark growth.
The Unsettled community itself consists of dreamers and doers, designers and developers, explorers and entrepreneurs. We are not a complacent group; we do not settle. In fact, we are a bit of a paradox. Our interests, skills, and life experiences are vastly different, and yet they bring us together in our common desire to learn from each other and improve our own lives.
At our core, we are a platform for transformational shared experiences designed to give you the time, space, and loose structure to break out of your routine in the world's most inspiring environments. These retreats attract creatives (artists, designers, developers, filmmakers, and writers), entrepreneurs (from Silicon Valley to Santiago), and people of all backgrounds who are looking for the perfect mix of work, life, and travel.
For many of us, it's like finding a second home. So welcome home.
Like all great (ad)ventures, it started on a deserted Caribbean island at 3am, with a dash of rum. Thirty friends had gathered from a dozen countries for a self-supported sailing trip in the Virgin Islands. We were around a two-story camp fire when we realized that a group of that size and variety could exponentially add value to our lives and our work.
We also realized that many of us are able to work remotely - whether from home, a coffee shop, or a co-working space - but that few of us were taking advantage of this incredible opportunity to work from anywhere. Meanwhile, our friends (and even our generation) are forgoing homeownership at an unprecedented rate, but they are still paying an increasingly large percentage of their salary (40% in many cities) on rent.
This convergence of flexible work, ease of travel, and the unprecedented costs of rent made us challenge the notion of "home" by asking a series of questions:
- Why do we remain in one place when we can work from anywhere?
- How might we design our lives more around experiences, and less around consumption?
- How can we live more mobile lives, yet build and retain a sense of community?
Working remotely is no longer just a fad; for many, it’s a way of life. Thousands of people are abandoning their apartments to work, travel, and live freely. Departures are becoming more frequent. Opportunity is more global. Home is less defined.
The connections made on that sailing trip were deeper than a typical holiday. We knew we wanted to continue creating environments where like-minded folks could come together to work, live, and play at our fullest potential.
So we went for it.
We began hosting dinners, organizing more sailing trips, and hosting the first coworking retreat for remote workers. The more experiences we were a part of, the more we began to understand what goes into them. And we believe great experiences, by definition, involve:
- Organization, with elements of unpredictability
- Structure, yet fluid enough for serendipity
- Leadership and community-driven culture
- Change that happens within us, but is inspired by the people, ideas, and environments around us.
Over time, we observed how all parts of our lives could be designed as an experience, and that’s when it dawned on us: where and how we live is a life-long experience, intrinsically tied to the structures of work, housing, and, most of all, community.
When you join Unsettled, you are choosing to spend a month of your life in a community of people who live with intention. This is a community for those who strive to live up to the best version of themselves - to reflect on where they come from and to follow their purpose into the future.
At Unsettled, we truly believe that one month can be transformative - especially when experienced in a new environment, with new people, and a fresh perspective.
We’re here to make this one of the best months of your life.
That's our story. Tell us yours: