Unsettled, from a one-time experience to a lifetime commitment.

If you don’t want to do one thing that scares you every day, do it at least once a year. Because that’s exactly where the magic happens.

A few months ago, I heard about Unsettled from a friend in Lebanon. It was described to me as a 30-day experience in an incredible destination with a group of inspiring people from around the world that would allow me to work while exploring a new country. Nothing could beat that.

Because my feet have been itching for a new adventure that would open my eyes to new landscape and my mind to new horizons, Unsettled was the answer for this longing through the mantra it lives by: “Embrace the unknown”.

My ticket was booked with no second thought. Here I was, off for a one-month unsettling adventure, some 6,000 miles away from home.

And here’s why, in a nutshell, this spur-of-the-moment decision was one of the best I’ve taken:

  • I met a beautiful family

Do you miss meeting and exchanging with inspiring minds that share your sense of adventure, your free spirit, and your passion for living? Unsettled is the ideal platform for that. By gathering like-minded people from the four corners of the world, it brings you together with a beautiful melting pot of cultures, skills, and experiences that will enrich you and leave you with a community of friends around the world.

A new home and family for one month. Ready to embrace the unknown?
  • I lived one month in an incredible destination

I mean, Bali?! It’s surely on your bucket list, and for good reason. Bali offers hundreds of beaches, mesmerizing sunsets, a range of waves for surfers, some of the best yoga studios, a grounding environment to reconnect with yourself, delicious (and cheap) food, stunning tropical setting where volcanoes turn to rice paddies that slope down to the southern Indian Ocean…. Shall I go on? Bali inspires everywhere you look; it fills you with the kind of energy that transforms you inside and out. It makes you want to conquer the world. Spending one month there with Unsettled, I can say that Bali is no longer a destination I visited but a home where I crafted so many memories and rediscovered myself; a home to which I will always come back.

The beautiful Tegenungan Waterfall, only a 30-min ride from your working space in Ubud.
The Tegalalang Rice Terraces, north of Ubud.
Take a 40-min ferry ride to Nusa Lembongan island for crystal clear waters and the ultimate serene getaway.
Nothing beats Bali sunsets. Nothing.  (photo taken in Potato Head beach club, Seminyak)
  • I did things for the first time

When was the last time you did something for the first time? The feeling of being in a new place for a limited period of time makes you want to make the best out of it, and with that comes the eagerness to push yourself beyond familiar boundaries. You find yourself jumping on every opportunity to try something new, to get out of your comfort zone and adventure in every way possible. Bali will always be the place where I tried new yoga practices, where I unleashed myself in a class of ecstatic dance, where I was introduced to meditation, where I learned to drive a scooter – yes, I definitely count that as an achievement. Bali will also be my first official working retreat, and my first Unsettled experience of many more to come.

Push yourself harder. Aim higher. Discover new horizons. (Breathtaking sunrise moment captured on top of Mt. Batur Volcano after a two-hour hike)
  • I had the opportunity to pause and reflect on my life

When was the last time you paused, just for a moment, and asked yourself: “Hey, are you where you want to be?”.

Because Unsettled knows that the unstructured nature of work today often comes with a lack of guidance or the right self-management, they organize peer-to-peer workshops and goal-setting sessions which become a space for self-reflection. It’s a space where creatives and entrepreneurs can reexamine their career goals and reassess their values, whether professional or personal. And it’s in this space where I learned to rediscover myself, to reflect on my life’s challenges, to gain a clearer vision of who I am and what I want, and to rethink how I can be a better and happier version of myself.

Getting lost in the unknown is sometimes the best way to find yourself.
  • I learned from an inspiring community

Unsettled isn’t about the place, it’s about the people. Bali would not have been the same without the community that Unsettled built. Spending a month with passionate, adventurous, and inspiring people from different nationalities, discussing and learning from each other, is the kind of “adult school” you want to enroll in, in your twenties, thirties, forties, or even fifties. It’s that kind of mini MBA program mixed with a little “auberge espagnole” experience, wrapped up in a layer of mature indulgence, if you know what I mean. It’s simply that refreshing dose of excitement we need from time to time to truly feel alive.

Life is a journey. How do you want to live it? (Photo taken at the Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud)

 

So if you’re looking for a structured sabbatical where you travel the world; pursue your dreams; collaborate with inspiring minds; redesign your lifestyle the way YOU want; and where you can live, work and adventure at the same time, you should know that you are in the heat of living the Unsettled experience. As much as this verbalizes the commitment I’ve made to myself after living my first Unsettled experience, it is the best piece of advice I can give to you.

Embrace the unknown. Be unsettled.

 

*”This article was originally written for Unsettled and Hipmunk’s travel series”.