Bali, Indonesia·September 22 - October 1 2023
Live Unsettled. Welcome to the essence of Living Unsettled. Our 10-day "Live Anywhere" experience goes beyond the ordinary, offering you an unparalleled opportunity to experience living in Bali. We don't just say you're going to live Unsettled in Bali; we mean it. We'll take you to our favorite beaches, mountains, and rice fields far from the crowds. We'll show you our favorite neighborhoods. Introduce you to our local friends. Teach you to drive or ride on a motorbike. You see, Bali isn't just a destination; it's a way of life. You have to live it. We've had 1,000 alumni live in Bali with us, and they agree... Don't be a tourist. Live Unsettled.
September 22 - October 1 2023
Unsettled is a community for those who refuse to settle in their pursuit of growth, meaning, and adventure. We bring together creatives, entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, and the intellectually curious who seek to replace routine with adventure. You will share this retreat with like-minded peers who hold a wealth of experience far deeper than just their careers and join our growing community of Unsettled alumni spread out over 80 countries around the world.
This experience is about living in Bali. It's about finding new perspectives, building new relationships, and exploring Bali intentionally against an incredible backdrop. We provide housing, a workspace, and an unforgettable experience that sets you up to live Unsettled in Bali.
Need to check in with work? You’ll have full-time access to our coworking space Mon, Tue, Wed, and Thur during this trip. We want to show you how to live in Bali full time.
You will explore our favorite islands tucked away from the crowds, take surf lessons, wander the rice paddies, and tour the island with a mini scooter gang.
Lunch & learns. Peer-to-peer workshops. Family-style dinners. Themed conversations & discussions. It's about the people as much as the place.
You can walk to our favorite cafe, take a few steps to our coworking space, and enjoy the comfort of your private room on this trip. We don't cut any corners.
If you're interested in experiencing Bali like the thousands of remote workers, this is your invitation. We want to share everything we've learned about experience Bali first hand.
Upon arrival to Bali (all flights are in and out of DPS), we'll have a local driver pick you up and take you north, where the emerald green world of Ubud awaits you.
We'll get you checked into your room (check-in starts at 2 pm), and set out for an easy-going evening of drinks, dinner, and travel stories. We're easing into the adventure, so get some sleep and rest up for the good times ahead.
Today kicks off with a healthy breakfast (you won't believe the abundance of smoothies, fresh fruit, and coconuts). After that, we'll have an orientation to introduce you to the upcoming adventures, local customs, and learn more about your fellow Unsettled participants on this journey.
Next up, you can choose between an optional motorbike class or a local water adventure to beat the heat.
In the evening, we'll gather for a welcome dinner at one of our fav local venues.
Tranquil Rice Fields
On day three, we'll fuel up with a big breakfast before we take off on a one-of-a-kind tour through a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the journey, we'll pause for lunch, hike one of the most green landscapes you've ever seen, and take breaks to savor in these surroundings.
After an action-packed day of adventure, you can unwind and enjoy a leisurely afternoon and evening by our pool before heading to town for a delightful dinner.
Creating Your Homebase
Using Ubud as our base, days four through seven are spent balancing adventures and local time in Ubud. We hit up the best pools in Bali, explore new villages, take in the morning markets, go on sunset walks, and explore Ubud's foodie scene.
We build in free time each day in case you have a Bali bucket list of your own or you need to hit the coworking space to stay caught up for a couple of hours per day.
It's Friday, and we're making a move to an island within an island. We're making our way to our favorite island, a 30-minute boat ride off the coast of Bali.
You'll spend two nights on this tiny island, where there are no cars, but boundless beaches to enjoy.
Whether you want to try surfing, kayaking, or paddleboarding, today is all about the water. Have a full breakfast and grab your flip-flops, swimsuits, and sunscreen - you won't need much else on this island. We'll hit happy hour at a hole-in-the-wall surfer's bar and close out the evening watching the sunset over Bali.
Before bidding farewell, we'll share one last breakfast together at the hotel as we prepare to check out.
After checkout, you'll make your way to the ferry, back to Bali, and catch a taxi to the airport. Or, if you've planned it just right, then you've extended your housing in Ubud, and you're staying two more weeks back in your room.
Your private room, with an ensuite bathroom
Access to our coworking space, steps away, Monday - Thursday on this adventure
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners.
A curated community of diverse, like-minded peers from around the world who hold a wealth of experience far deeper than their careers.
Local Transport: A motorbike course, airport pickup, boat transfers between our island expeditions, and more!
A fully dedicated team of experience leaders and local experts who challenge your perspective and support your exploration, growth, and adventures.
A curated calendar of events with community sessions, dinner parties, happy hours, local experiences and classes, peer-to-peer and facilitated workshops, excursions, and more.
A motorbike tour through a UNESCO World Heritage Site
A tour of a local family's home and rice field, far from the tourist map
Surf lessons with our favorite surf company on the planet
Overnight stay at our favorite islands that are lesser known
+ all the little extras: Local SIM card & airport pickups upon arrival, location guides and logistics, and plenty of surprises.
We've selected a new Bali villa for 2023. It's a space built for convenience and community gatherings. With an outdoor pool, communal kitchen and dining area, onsite staff, and within walking distance of some of our favorite spots in Ubud, it’s the ideal place to call home. Each room has a private, ensuite bathroom, and is designed for comfort. Ask about extending your stay to live longer in Bali.
Need to stay productive while in Bali?
Whether you're in need of reliable internet in your room (check), access to a coworking space (it's one floor above your room), or cellular internet, we'll make sure you have all three.
There's always an adventure to be had. From late-night dinner conversations and weekend island hopping, your Unsettled Bali experience opens you to endless opportunities for inspiration.
Being 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
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
Unsettled, the kind of experience you can't really explain to someone unless they have done it themselves. Step out of your comfort zone, and just do it! " Damn, I really shouldn't have done that Unsettled month," said no-one ever!
Annette Muller | Founder at Flexyforce
The boundaries between work, life, and travel are becoming blurred, fundamentally changing how we live today. Unsettled brings together groups of travelers and professionals from around the world for uniquely co-created experiences. 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.
Whether you're working full time, or going through an intentional career transition, our retreats are designed to help you break out of your routine and explore a new destination with an incredible group of peers.
Each destination and experience is different, however most one-month and two-week experiences include comfortable and centrally located accommodations, a coworking space, full-time staff dedicated to lead your experience, a productivity-driven environment, regular dinner parties and themed conversations, peer-to-peer workshops, curated events, epic adventures, spontaneous activities and hopefully one of the best experiences of your life. Our one-week experiences are more adventure driven, whether urban or nature focused -- and you can explore what each trip holds by visiting that particular retreat page.
You can learn more on Our Experience page.
Yes! In fact, most of the time while away is up to you. The Unsettled experience is your experience, don't forget! We create just enough structure so that you can plug into the different activities, workshops, and connect with people as you wish.
Nothing is required, and everything is voluntary; however, we do look for people who contribute, and highly recommend that you do. Typically, the more you put into your experience, the more you get out. Our role is to provide a platform so you are informed and can participate as you like.
Most days are unstructured work days, exploration days or adventure days (whatever your current activity!) You can work from our central coworking space, a coffee shop, the beach or a park, depending on the destination if you need to. Or, you can go explore with other participants to places we recommend or discover your own new secret spots. We tend to have a fixed family-style group dinner once a week where everyone can check in and catch up with each other, as well as numerous other dinners, events, activities and surprises throughout each week that everyone is welcome to join. You never know the kind of inspiration that can come through connecting with a community, so be sure to try and take advantage of it while you're able.
For our two-week retreats, these are focused a bit less on work, and much more around living in the moment for the two weeks you are there. Our two-week trips are specifically built to give you a personalized community experience -- one where you can sync up daily with a group of fellow participants, opt in or opt out of a shared calendar of cool happenings, and live alongside us as we visit the world's most vibrant cultural capitals or natural wonders.
Most people on an Unsettled retreat are professionals with multidimensional personalities and vast interests. This isn’t a post-college party trip. Our average age of participants is mid 30’s to mid 40’s, but we’ve hosted folks of all ages. Living Unsettled is truly ageless.
We’ve hosted remote works from all backgrounds, artists and designers, first-time entrepreneurs and professionals who are transitioning into new careers. You’ll find people with all kinds of passion from food and wine, transcendental meditation to CrossFit, Bikram yoga to kiteboarding, and diving to flying. On any given day, however, most of us are content hanging out with each other, exploring new places, and trying new things.
Deposits are fully refundable up to 45 days before the start date of your trip (previously 60 days). Your spot is held as soon as you make your payment. Final payments are due no later than 45 days before your retreat's start date. You can transfer your credit to another trip (within 6 months) one time, up until 30 days before your trip start date. 30 days before your trip's start date there are no refunds or transfers. However, if Unsettled postpones the trip, your full payment amount will be credited and available for you to use up to 1 year from your trip start date.
As we've all learned during the past year, everything is subject to change. Please understand that these policies may change at any time due to the very fluid and unpredictable situation.
We also want you to know that we are committed to staying true to our values. We have learned from past challenges and are able to adjust as the environment changes. We pride ourselves on being a flux-minded company that deals well with uncertainty. We are excited to be traveling again and we are confident that now's the time for us to begin to get back into it, slowly but surely.
It's best to arrive on the start date of your retreat, or a day or two before. Our accommodations are not open early, but there are plenty of hotels that you can stay at before the retreat begins. Check-in time starts at 2pm, but no worry if you arrive later.
Visas (like travel tickets and insurance) are super dependent on your personal details and situation. We’ve had people from dozens of nationalities join us in Bali and visa requirements will vary from person to person, so we can’t know how visas work for every passport. It is 100% your responsibility to understand what visa type you need for your nationality.
In general, most nationalities can get a 30-day evisa prior to departure. It is important that you check that you are eligible for this with your passport type. Your trip will be a lot smoother if your flights in and out of Bali span no more than 30 days. If you stay over 30 days, you will either have to apply for a visa extension or pay an overstay fee. For the visa extension, make sure to tell this to the passport control at entry so that they give you an extendable visa. You must initiate the visa extension process at the airport upon arrival. To complete the process, we can recommend a local professional halfway through the retreat who can help you get an extension for an extra fee. But to be clear, all things related to visas are your responsibility.
If you are staying beyond 30 days and plan on paying the overstay fee, please note - the cost of an overstay recently increased to IDR 1,000,000/day - so factor this into your travel plans and visa needs. For some, this will make the airport visa extension the preferred option.
A transfer from the airport to Ubud is included for arrival day or one day before. We can only shuttle you from the airport to Ubud, so if you arrive early and stay on some other part of the island, you are responsible for making your way to our villa on arrival day.If you want to return to the airport to take the shuttle, please note that in the arrival survey or discuss it with the Experience Leader.
If you arrive on arrival day, the driver will take you to our villa.
If you arrive one day before arrival day, the driver can shuttle you from the airport to your own accommodations in Ubud (see below for hotel recommendations) and then you can make your own way to the villa for Unsettled check-in on arrival day.
There are tons of options all around Ubud for you to choose from!
Here are some options people have stayed in before:
· Ubud View Bungalows
· Putri Ayu Cottage
· Argasoka Bungalow on Monkey Forest
All of these should cost $45 USD or less/night.
Great you asked! When you are getting closer to the experience, we will send you a Packing List with our suggestions.
For now, know that Bali and Ubud is a hip, laid back beach-y scene. Pack for a comfortable beach holiday, with a couple of outfits for going out (though nothing too fancy), and good sneakers for walking/trekking. Expect warm and humid to hot weather year round, and a chance of showers. Other than that, bring whatever you need to be comfortable. Most things are available in Ubud and Bali including clothing, toiletries, cosmetics, food items and so on... but be sure to bring anything you can't do without just in case. This also goes for any medicines you might need.
Keep in mind what you will need to be productive and get work done. Be sure to grab a plug adaptor so any electronics can fit Euro-style Type C plugs (2 round prongs).
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Unsettled’s Updated Travel Policies & Precautions