Have your first solo trip planned? Or your 50th? This is for you!
We know how daunting traveling on your own can be. Whether it’s your first solo trip or your 50th, butterflies before are super common. We’ve helped countless people embark on their first solo adventure and learned a lot through our own experience. That’s why our cofounder, Meesen Brown, shared her top solo travel tips for you, from her 10+ years of travels.
Meesen’s Take on Solo Trips
Traveling solo can feel downright overwhelming. New places, faces, and spaces can feel like a lot of change. However, there are countless benefits to traveling alone. From getting to choose what you want to do, when you want to do it, to moving at your own pace. Also, you get the opportunity to meet new people, experience new things, and grow and learn along the way.
I’ve experienced these benefits, and many more, firsthand from my years of solo travel. They are a large part of the reason we started Behere, to make it easier for you to experience new places while maintaining your routines. So I’m sharing my top tips for solo travel to make it less daunting, and more fun! Happy solo trave time!
1. Download ebooks, podcasts, music etc.
For long flights, train rides or an afternoon relaxing — having time to yourself is essential when traveling by yourself. You might feel the need to make new friends and be social, but make time for quiet moments. Having alone time while traveling is underrated — make time for it.
2. Share your itinerary with family or friends
Paying special attention to staying safe while traveling alone is essential. To do this share where you’ll be and when with trusted loved ones. That way they know where you are and when to check-in. Don’t forget to send friends and family a quick update, or call but also remember to not live on your phone, rather enjoy the moment and where you are.
3. Explore the city on foot
Taking an Uber or cab might be more convenient or faster, but you see more of the city on foot. It’s also a great way to see how people live. Plus you’ll save money, get some exercise and find unique places that you wouldn’t have found otherwise — happy walking!
4. Be cautious, especially alone at night
As much as I believe people are kind, you can never be too careful when in a new place. Do some research on areas/neighborhoods that are safe and always try to arrive to a new place during the day. Also, plan your transportation route ahead of time and learn the local emergency number, just in case.
5. Purchase a local sim card or get a roaming plan
Safety when traveling is always the number one priority. I recommend getting your phone unlocked before leaving your home country, then purchasing a local SIM card. That way you can access the internet, use Google maps and translate, plan on the go, and call home. Also, it’s important to have the local emergency number saved, and the contact details of wherever you are staying.
6. Book your accommodation ahead of time
I always try to book apartments vs hotels for a more authentic, and comfortable feel. I always do research to find the best/safest areas of the city. Then I choose the more expat-friendly areas vs the touristy one. That way I can find more local cafes and shop at local markets and stores vs being pushed around in overpriced tourist markets/cafes. This is a key reason why I started Behere, to help you feel more comfortable, safe and settled from day-one in a new city.
7. Keep a routine
I’ve said this time and time again, maintaining a routine while traveling keeps me productive and grounded. I always do research ahead of time to find local fitness or yoga studios, or use Behere. It can also be a great way to meet people in the city and find a community feel. If you prefer running, look up some running routes around the city. Running is also a great way to explore a new place.
8. Work from a coworking space
If you’re bringing work on your trip, working in coworking spaces is a great way to meet new people and attend events. It’s always wonderful for building your network and learning about business in that country. It’s how I’ve met great friends, brainstormed ideas and connected with brilliant people at masterminds. Also, we’ve shared helpful tools to stay connected with your team while you’re traveling here.
9. Find local communities & meetups
Attending meetups and events for things you’re interested in, is a great way to meet people. I love finding and connecting with female-focused/founder communities while traveling and always try to cohost meetups and events with them. There’s often meetups in English, so if you don’t speak the local language, don’t be afraid to sign up.
10. Pack light and roll your clothes
As much as you think you might need 12 t-shirts, you won’t. Pack strategically and lay out all your clothes beforehand. If there’s anything you haven’t worn in a while, take it out – you won’t wear it. Remember to pack for the weather of your destination, and wear a few warm items on the plane (saves suitcase space). Most things can be purchased where you’re going. That said, remember to pack any medication or toiletry items you know you can’t find elsewhere. Also, roll your clothes before putting them in your suitcase. This gives you more room and ensures they come out less wrinkled.
11. Learn a bit of the local language
Knowing the basics and common phrases will go a long way in your experience in a new place. Practice a bit beforehand using apps like Duolingo, and Google Translate (you can also point your camera at a menu and it will translate for you). Don’t be afraid to try, people will appreciate the effort and might even help with your pronunciation.
12. Have a meal on your own
This may seem strange, but there is something delightful about dining out by yourself. Taking the time to just enjoy the meal and observe, teaches you about the culture and people of that city. If dining out isn’t your thing, cook for yourself and take it to a park to watch daily life go by. People watching is a great way to learn about the local culture and take a break while in a new place.
We hope these help you get excited and feel more at ease before your first (or next) solo trip. If you’re ready for a solo trip, but want some help planning, and finding reliable accommodation, use Behere or get started choosing a city below!
With Black Friday around the corner and holiday spending rising through the roof, this time of the year can be very stressful. From what to buy, to how much to spend, the holidays are overwhelming. To top it off, with the global trash crisis and an alarming amount of new or barely used goods ending up in landfills, consumption is wreaking havoc on our planet. So if you’re struggling to find gift ideas and want to minimize your impact this holiday season you’ve come to the right place.
Our team loves giving the gift of new experiences – ie. traveling using Behere. But if you don’t have the time or resources to book a trip for you or a loved one, we wanted to share physical gift ideas from companies making a positive impact. We’re super excited about this eco-conscious gift guide, especially because the majority of the brands we’ve included are female-founded.
By paying attention to where your gifts are coming from and what they’re made of means you’ll have a more ethical, eco-conscious holiday season. That’s why we created this eco-conscious, ethical holiday gift guide so you can find brands making a positive impact, to purchase gifts from.
**One other thing we’d like to note is that we encourage shopping local, small businesses that are sustainable and ethical whenever possible. This helps cut down on emissions from shipping and positively affects your community and small business owners.
So, without further adieu, here is our ethical, eco-conscious holiday gift guide for 2019.
Jewelry is always a timeless gift. When buying new pieces though, do you ever think about who made them or where the materials come from?
The jewelry industry has an incredibly negative effect on the planet. Metal and diamond extraction is very destructive and polluting. As well as having a negative environmental impact, there are often inhumane working conditions in the mines and workers are not treated fairly.
However, a new category of jewelry companies are emerging – sustainable ones. Many jewelry producers are now using recycled metals, and diamonds that are being manufactured in labs. So, to help you to find more ethical, sustainable jewelry, we’ve shared the below purpose-driven brands.
Starfish Project is an organization dedicated to helping sexually exploited women by providing them opportunities to change their life. Thanks to their Holistic Care program, they provide healthcare, education, and shelter for these women.
Not only that, but Starfish Project creates an opportunity for them to have a career. These women create all the pieces of jewelry in Starfish Projects online shop. Thanks to Starfish Project they can grow in their careers, becoming managers, designers, and photographers. The company was founded because they believe every individual action that can help is worth doing. If you’re interested in learning more about Starfish Project, check them out at starfishproject.com.
AUrate is a handmade jewelry company based in New York. AUrate’s sustainable philosophy is based on durability, transparency, eco-friendly production and giving back to charity. All their jewelry is made of 100% recycled gold and available in three colors.
AUrate is also very careful in its diamond and pearl production process. They pay careful attention to the working conditions of their employees as well as their environmental impact. Plus, for each piece of jewelry they sell, a book is given to a school in the US. There are three AUrate stores in New York City and one in Washington D.C or you can purchase from their online store here.
Aglaïa & co
Aglaïa & co is jewelry and accessories made in France that are produced sustainably and ethically. They work to minimize their carbon footprint and are working to combat climate change by donating 5% of their profits to various foundations. Moreover, the materials they use are mostly recycled or are from trustworthy sources.
Additionally, their packaging is completely recyclable. They also only sell their products on their website to ensure fair prices. Plus, with each order, you get to choose which charity you want to help. So if you want to give back this year while making a family member or friend happy with beautiful jewelry, check out Aglaïa & co here.
La Luna & Rose
We love that the accessories from La Luna & Rose are designed by a New-Zealander who’s a passionate traveler. Through its creations, La Luna & Rose celebrates life and freedom. After falling in love with the planet and the people she met during her travels, the founder chose to join the global movement, 1% for the planet. This means 1% of La Luna & Rose’s annual sales go towards environmental non-profits in New-Zealand and Bali.
Additionally, La Luna & Rose ensures total transparency and promotes slow, handmade and sustainable fashion. The company cares about the working conditions of the artisans who make their products, and they’re fairly paid/ As well as their closed-loop production, La Luna & Rose uses compostable packaging. In its online shop, you’ll find a selection of jewelry plus sustainable t-shirts and accessories like bags, scarves or towels.
Bird+Stone is a female-founded jewelry company that focuses on giving back. They have already donated over $100K to support their social impact partners. Their partners work in cause areas like women’s health, education for girls, poverty alleviation, environmental protection, and more.
Another travel-inspired founding, the Bird + Stone founder was inspired to start it while on a volunteer trip. She then knew she wanted to create a platform that makes it easier for people to support the causes they care about. All Bird+Stone products are ethically made in the US and many from recycled materials. Plus, 10% of every purchase is donated to their impact partners. Check them out here, Bird + Stone.
JoJo Rings is a woman-owned jewelry brand that handcrafts patented jewelry from recycled keys. They also donate $5 of every purchase to charities. Their charity partner changes bi-monthly in order to be able to help a greater amount of people. Additionally, thanks to their focus on reusing items, and sustainability they have saved over 5,000 pounds of brass from landfills. With both mens and womens items, check their jewellery out and shop JoJo’s rings here.
The fashion industry has the second-largest environmental impact on the planet. As clothing becomes cheaper, people are now accumulating five times as many garments as past generations. And fast fashion is largely to blame. What exactly is fast-fashion? It’s when the cost of production is constantly lowered, negatively impacting the clothes’ quality, the environment and factory working conditions.
To slow the devastation caused by the fashion industry, while still enjoying new pieces, we recommend shopping vintage / secondhand clothes or purchasing quality pieces made in eco-friendly, ethical ways.
There’s been a large growth in the number of clothing brands that are on a mission to help our planet and protect people from indecent working conditions. So we’re sharing seven fashion brands that make sustainable, ethical clothing. Buying ethical, eco-conscious clothes for gifts is a great idea as you’re supporting eco-friendly retailers, while also making friends or family aware of these positive brands.
Girlfriend Collective is an athletic brand that creates its products from post-consumer water bottles (polyester) and fishing nets (nylon). They work with Taiwan, one of the leading countries in recycling, and their clothing is manufactured in Vietnam. Workers at their factories are well paid, receiving 125% of the minimum wage. On their website, they share their ethical values as they showing complete transparency and promoting slow fashion. Girlfriend Collective pays attention to every step of the production process to ensure they are making a positive impact. If you want to learn more about them and check out their clothes, head to their website.
With organic cotton as their first material, Pact has a guilt-free production process. It involves sustainable cotton cultivation, fair trade factories and minimizing the amount of water they use. Pact sells clothing for men, women and children, in addition to home goods. Its founder, who used to work in an international manufacturing business, realized that a change had to be made. So Pact was created to make a more positive social and environmental impact. If you want to buy a quality piece of clothing from Pact, check out their online shop(US shipping only).
Velvet Bcn is an online retail shop based in Barcelona, where you can find sustainable brands from around the world. Velvet Bcn selects brands that produce clothing made of organic or recycled materials. They also ensure all brands they carry have a certification that they provide good working conditions.
The shop promotes sustainable fashion which means the impact made during all production processes has to be the best possible. They also sell products made of organic materials that ensure less water is used, plus that the products are higher quality and softer. They use recycled products, allowing them to reuse materials and reduce the amount of waste. One of their goals is also to promote local brands. Velvet Bcn has both women’s and men’s clothing available in their online shop and in their Barcelona store.
This jeans manufacturer is based in Melbourne and believes business and sustainability work together. As a member of organizations like the Australian fashion council, Nobody Denim is actively engaged in ethical and eco-friendly fashion. Everyday, they work to improve their technology to reach goals like achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Moreover, they ensure a safe environment and fair wages and working conditions for their employees. Their garments are made following numerous environmental standards that ensure the use of eco-friendly products. They care about the health of our planet as well as our health. In Nobody Denim’s shop, you can find jeans and other clothes like skirts, jackets and t-shirts. If you want to learn more about them and check out their jeans, head to their website.
If you’re looking for simple, comfortable, multipurpose clothes then this Toronto based brand is for you. They make high-quality and stylish women’s clothing in Canada and are a certified B Corporation. Plus they have fair wages and well-made garments made out of eco-friendly products. Encircled makes clothing for home, work or travel with their versatile capsule wardrobe-essentials. This makes their essentials the perfect gift for the globe-trotting woman in your life (or yourself). Their premise comes from wanting you to actually wear your closet and keep their timeless pieces for more than just a season. Check them out at encircled.ca.
This fashion brand makes clothes from bananas, plastic bottles, wood, organic cotton, wool, cashmere, and other sustainable materials. They are dyed with flowers or minerals and no chemical products are used in the process. The pieces of clothing are produced in India where Thinking Mu provides proper working conditions and wages to employees. The workers make most of the clothing by hand according to traditional techniques which give the clothing their unique style. They also work with producers in Barcelona and Italy to promote local manufacturers.
Thinking Mu helps give visibility to innovative, handcrafted, local projects through its online platform. If you’re interested in seeing their products check out their website or visit one of their many shops located around the world.
Knickey is an online shop that offers certified organic cotton underwear for women. They care about women’s intimate health which is why they produce undies that don’t contain harmful toxins that can cause infections or cancers. Thanks to the organic cotton, the underwear is also more comfortable and eco-friendly. Knickey’s products have multiple certifications (GOTS, Fairtrade, Oeko-Tex, FSC) and their packaging is eco-friendly.
Additionally, Knickey offers a recycling service where you can send in your old undies (their brand or others) and they will recycle them. With every pair of undies you purchase, they also donate a pair to someone in need. Currently, they ship to the UK, USA & Canada. Check out Knickey here!
Shoes + Accessories
The footwear and accessories industry causes the same destructive issues that the clothing industry does. We’ve shared five sustainable footwear and accessory brands.
TOMS shoes is a social centered brand that supports organizations around the world. They work to improve physical safety, mental health and equal opportunities. TOMS also donates a pair of shoes for each pair bought. On their website, they share their annual report about the different foundations they support. TOMS sells different styles of shoes for women, men, and children in addition to sunglasses to help complete your outfit. They’re aa great gift idea that will delight family or friends especially when you share the story behind the shoes. Check them out at toms.com.
Comfy, light and warm, Allbirds are eco-friendly shoes. The materials they use to make them are wool from merino sheep, recycled bottles to create the laces, castor bean oil and recycled cardboard. They also use FSC wood and the soles are made of sugarcane. Last but not least, Allbirds invented its sustainable material, Trinotm, made of tree and merino that is used as yarn. On their website, you can find shoes for every occasion in addition to socks and sleep masks. If someone you know is looking for a new pair of shoes then check them out here.
Patagonia is a well-known b-corporation. They sell a vast variety of products including clothing, bags, outdoor gear and more. They also accept all old Patagonia products and make new products out of these old recycled ones. Patagonia works on protecting and preserving our planet, which is why they support grassroots organizations and work with corporate partners to improve manufacturing. They also motivate their employees to get involved and run environmental campaigns. To learn more about Patagonia and find some gifts for the holidays, head to patagonia.com.
Everyone needs products for their home, whether it’s for the kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. There are a ton of everyday products that are useful and now there’s a number of eco-friendly options to choose from as well. See our selection of these gift ideas below.
Package Free Shop
Package Free Shop is just that, a New York based zero-waste store selling everything you need for a zero-waste, toxin-free lifestyle. Package Free offers everything you need for your kitchen, bathroom, beauty routine, pets, kids and more. Their products come from different brands that share the same ethical and eco-friendly values. The website is full of good gift ideas for your family and friends. Check them out in-store in Brooklyn or their new shop in Chelsea Market, or online here.
Swell makes reusable steel bottles. The company supports UNICEF, the Breast Cancer Foundation and Lonely Whale. Not only do they offer stylish drink containers but also snack containers in addition to things you need for your wine and cocktail bar. From their innovative champagne flute, to their shaker set, to their classic water bottle, you’ll find what you’re looking for. You can see all their options here.
Ettitude has created the first CleanBamboo fabric to make sustainable, organic and comfortable bed sheets. They are also a member of 1% for the Planet and support the charity One Girl that helps girls gain access to education. Additionally, they participate in the climate initiative CO2 Neutral Websites which allow them to invest in renewable energy sources. On their website, you can find everything you need for bed including sheets, pajamas and accessories here.
Babies & Children
It’s always fun finding great holiday gifts for your kids. It’s important to remember though that this industry pollutes as much as the adult fashion industry. To help you to find sustainable presents for your little ones, here are two brands that take into account their environmental and ethical impact.
Aupa Organics is the place to find games, clothes, body products and more for your baby. Everything there is organic to ensure a healthy lifestyle for your little one. For them, it’s important to start sustainable habits from a young age. You can find Aupa Organics in Barcelona and on their website aupaorganics.com.
Alike is a modern, sustainable and unisex fashion brand that offers a selection of colorful clothing. They use GOTS certified organic cotton and no toxic dye. They also care about the working conditions of their employees and support the foundation Blessings in a Backpack which provides food for children in need. Plus, for every order, they help Noissue plant trees and use their special tissue paper. Alike’s original t-shirts and jeans are available on their website alikekids.com.
When we think of buying gifts, most of the time, we’re thinking about physical products like clothes, jewelry or other everyday items. But it’s not only that, a gift can also be a donation we make to a cause we want to support or that we think friends or family would be happy to help. So we’ve shared these two great charitable donation ideas to make this holiday season’s gifts even more special.
Christmas is fast approaching and to count down to it, an Advent Calendar is always a fun idea. Instead of giving the traditional one with chocolate, you can now give one that gives back. It’s sustainable and recyclable but best of all is that included in the price is a daily donation to charity. It’s fun because when you open each calendar day you get to see which charity you’ve helped. Sometimes the best gift is to give, not receive. Learn more about this great initiative at adventofchange.com.
InLieu is the app for giving. It allows you to donate to your friends’ favorite causes instead of giving them a physical gift. It also enables you to directly donate to nonprofits of your choice. InLieu gives you the ability to help over 1.6 million foundations. Because it’s social, you can also create events and invite your friends to donate to a charity of your choosing. To sum it up, this is an easy way to give while helping great causes. Download the app here and start giving today!
While this is not technically an online store, it’s where you can find all the online stores. Ecosia is a search engine for good, with every search you perform they plant trees. So far they have planted over 75 million (!!) trees. What’s more, they plant trees in areas that need more economic development, benefiting local communities plus the environment. They are also transparent, publishing a monthly report on where their income goes plus, how they remove 1kg of CO2 for each search request and what they do with your data (they don’t sell it).
Because of this, we recommend you get the plugin or app and use it to search for all your holiday shopping – and beyond. Every little bit helps!
As you can see, there are a ton of brands that care about making a positive impact on the world and humanity. Thankfully, more and more companies like this are popping up as consumers are demanding more purpose-driven brands.
So this holiday season, we challenge you to do your part and buy from small businesses and social impact brands that have a positive impact on the world and are ethical. If we all work on having more eco-friendly and ethical consumption, we can make a huge difference.
Special thanks to our partner on this project, the purpose-driven marketing experts at Ola Impact.
Now that you have our holiday gift guide filled with purpose-driven brands, we hope you feel inspired to buy from companies and brands that are making a difference. Or if you’re looking to buy an experience, learn more about us at Behere here. Happy holidays and happy ethical, eco-conscious shopping!
*Please note all images are from the applicable brands unless otherwise noted.
Remote work is a dream for many, but convincing your boss you should work remotely might not be. To make it easier, we’ve put together a list of the key benefits for both you, andyour employer, in addition to our helpful Resources page. Our strategies and benefits to asking for flexible work we’re featured in Forbes, so we’d say they’re pretty effective.
For those that aren’t sure if remote work is for them, we’re here for you too. We share five reasons (backed by research) that remote work is so helpful. Despite this, we know remote work isn’t for everyone as some people need that office environment. Often though a healthy balance can make a world of difference.
So, here are some top reasons for you to kick your daily commute to the curb…
Remote Workers are 20% More Productive
Yes, remote workers are more productive than those that don’t work remotely. This is largely due to time that’s wasted with interruptions and meetings in an office environment. What’s more, employees that work remotely are twice as likely to work more than 40 hours a week on important tasks. Stress the important tasks because remote workers are able to identify and work more productively on tasks that really make a difference.
Remote Work Saves Your Company Big Bucks
Office space is expensive, as are office supplies, equipment, and events. Companies can save on average $11,000 a year for each flexible workers. That’s a lot of money that can go towards benefits, product / service improvements or more. Also, more than half of professionals have left a company or considered leaving because it lacked flexibility and turnover costs companies a ton each year. By lowering the rate of turnover, and having people working remotely companies can save hundreds of thousands each year.
Flexibility Creates More Loyal Employees
Loyalty means higher productivity and decreased turnover (more $$ savings). As mentioned above, turnover is a huge issue for companies around the world. By having flexibility in your company, employees are more likely to want to work there and feel loyal to your organization.
Remote Workers are Healthier and Happier
Healthier employees are more productive employees. On average, remote workers take less sick and personal days because they have that flexibility of working remotely. Additionally, the average commute is half-hour, which is about the same time it takes people to run three miles
Working remotely means you have the ability to travel, while still working. Being away from the office, especially in a new city, allows for fresh perspectives. It also helps with increased creativity, new ideas, and new experiences. Remote workers should take advantage of that opportunity as much as possible continue fueling their creativity and innovation. An important thing to note as a traveling remote worker though is to not move too quickly. Staying in a new place for at least a month ensures you can be settled and productive. When moving more often than it’s easy to get burnt out.
To help sell your boss on the idea, suggest trying a remote work month during a slow period at the office. If you want to start even smaller, suggest a remote workday once per week. This will help to ease into it and show the benefits, like increased productivity. Then asking for a month remote will be a lot easier to swing!
For more tips on convincing your boss to let you work remotely, head to our Resources page.
Traveling to a new place, especially an island like Bali in Indonesia, is an amazing experience! Everything is new, exciting and very different. There are different foods, vehicles, cultures, people, roads, houses, clothes etc.
Don’t get us wrong – Bali is paradise. The island is rich in nature, culture, waterfalls, incredible beaches, friendly people and delicious food. It’s uniqueness, sprawling rice paddies and wide beaches make it a total haven for people from around the world. Yogis and surfers alike flock to this island to bliss out, and it’s easy to see why.
Our team has spent the last 5 years circling the globe, in search of the best cities, apartments, workspaces, fitness studios and spots to eat, so we know a thing or two about traveling and dealing with new environments and customs.
That’s why we put together this list of things to know before you go to Bali! We want you to know this in advance to make your experience the best it can be and to better prepare you! Read on for some tidbits and goodies about all you can experience on this beautiful island…
Culture & Traditions
Bali is not your home country – it is unique and wonderful because it is different
It’s very important to note that you’re a guest in Indonesia, please respect the local culture and traditions like the below…
Balinese Hinduism is the main religion on the island of Bali
You’ll notice the above on streets and sidewalks. Called “canang sari” they are colorful daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus
Making them, filling them with gifts, and performing this ritual is a process so please be respectful and do not interrupt someone during it or step on the offerings.
Any time you go to temples or religious buildings cover your shoulders and knees or bring something to cover up.
Haggling is very common. Often the first price you’re quoted is double the actual price so don’t be afraid to haggle (but be respectful!).
Tipping is not expected but very appreciated! Many Western places do include a service charge (a tip) though.
Food & Drink
Definitely do notdrink the water (brushing your teeth and showering with it is ok though)
The food is different (you’re probably super excited about the delicious new food) and there is plenty of international food
That said, there are some foods that might look, and smell, weird to you – it’s part of the experience (although, you definitely don’t need to try them all).
Western kitchens are not common in Bali, most people do not cook at home as there are many delicious restaurantsto try!
Food delivery is very cheap – thanks to GoJek (it costs less than $1USD for delivery!).
Iced coffee’s are a ‘yes’, tap water is a ‘no’ (ice comes from ice companies).
It’s unlikely that you will encounter this, but if you head to Kuta or ‘backpacker’ areas like Gili T, be aware of super cheap drinks (15k IDR). They will be made with ‘arak’ a local moonshine that contain very dangerous amounts of methanol.
Wildlife & Critters
You’re living in a tropical island paradise, there’s going to be bugs and some wildlife.
You’ll likely see lizards slithering around, in and out of restaurants, cafes and your accommodation – they’re harmless and actually killing mosquito’s for you!
There are rice paddies all around Canggu, so mosquitos and bugs come with the territory.
If you see monkeys or go to Monkey Forest in Ubud, pleasedo not touch the monkeys — people get bitten by them sometimes and you do NOT want to deal with that.
There are many stray dogs around Bali, they are mostly friendly, just be mindful of them.
You can rent a scooter (this is how many locals get around). Keep in mind there can be a lot of traffic and Western driving rules definitely do not apply. Exercise caution while driving and learning the local ways.
If you’ve never scootered before or are just learning we highly recommend taking a class
If you’re not scooting – walk, bicycle or catch a ride on the back of a Go-Jek motorbike
Scooter tip – in recent years there’s been instances of people snatching bags off while you’re scooting by. To be safe please put your purses and backpacks in the storage spot under your seat instead of wearing them.
It’s a jungle, it will be hot and humid! Don’t forget sunscreen (or bug spray!) and keep hydrated.
Most importantly… have fun!
One other thing to note: rainy season is Oct – April, dry is May – September, but all year round is a great time to visit Bali!
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“I also try to challenge myself and pitch to dream publications regularly – especially in new markets as this will help strengthen my business as well as satisfying a personal goal. Each time, I research the business and try to find the right person to speak with. Even if my pitch is rejected, sometimes it’s about making those contacts and learning how to improve your pitch for next time. There is such a thing as a good rejection.” Connect with Laura: Website, Twitter, LinkedIn
Lazarus Agency, A Digital Marketing Agency
“For us, visiting the client has been very helpful. I know that is impossible for most digital agencies. My partner and I were having beer at one of our favourite, small scale brewery. We were genuinely interested in their story and their process as we loved their beer. After talking for almost an hour and half about how they got started, their philosophy, and where they see themselves in the future , we got their business card. We are currently in conversation with them about next steps, but it’s amazing that showing interest in someone’s story can lead to better things. We also love their product so it is a win-win for us!” Website and Instagram.
Amy Ahrens, SEO Freelance Writer
“Honestly, my best clients are referrals from competent peoplethat I have worked with previously! For clients that refer me often, I’ll send a handwritten thank you and Starbucks card or offer a freebie – like a blog post. It truly works wonders!” Connect with Amy: Website,Instagram,Twitter
Milou van Roon, Founder of Explorista Media
“My number 1 tip for getting dream clients is actually pretty boring: network! Make as many connections as possible. Get to know people. Help them. Don’t sell to them yet. Just go to events, do public speaking, keep a blog: make sure to expand your network and more and more people know who you are and what you do. People work with people they know and like. Eventually the work will flow naturally to you!” Connect with Milou: Website, Instagram
Kimberly Erin, Travel Blogger
“Be as personable as you can be within professional borders. There is nothing wrong with sharing a little personality with your clients, it helps to build trust between you and them. As human being, I believe we are attracted to a warmer tone than cold and robotic. Don’t be a robot, show them who you are.” Connect with Kimberly: Website, Instagram, Twitter
Evie Smith, Founder of Rebellious PR
“I think my two biggest tips in getting a dream client is that a) they do something you love and believe in. b) You jive with them – you can see a harmonious partnership or the opportunity to learn and grow with them.” Connect with Evie: Website, Instagram, Twitter
Jenn Sharp, Freelance Journalist
“Growing my personal network has been key to my success. I always pay attention to what people/businesses in my city are doing, and approach them with ideas for a communications strategy if and when it’s applicable. Clients have come out of interviews I was conducting for a different organization, too. There are usually people who need help with some kind of communication/media strategy – they just don’t know it yet!” Connect with Jenn: Twitter, Instagram
Julianne Pepitone, Freelance Journalist
“The best clients are those who are responsive, professional, and clear about their desires. So I hold myself to those standards! I pride myself on being reliable (which shows in my filing projects ahead of deadline), easy to work with (I want my client to know that when they hire me, it’s as good as done..and done well), and clear in my communications. Conduct yourself as the consummate professional and you will attract clients who do the same.” Connect with Veronica: Website, Twitter
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When Carole King’s border collie went missing in July, she decided to quit her job and devote her time to finding her furry companion, People reported. After a 57-day search, the Washington State woman was reunited with her dog.
We love this heartwarming story of love and perseverance. But how can you get through stress, when taking time off from work or putting your career on hold isn’t an option? Experts offered their tips for coping at work when you’re going through stress.
Set realistic goals
Sometimes it’s inevitable that what we go through outside of work affects our output or energy on the job. “You can’t expect yourself to be performing at the same level as when you were at 100%,” says Annie Varvaryan, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist. But the key is to be clear with your boss if your work — or your team’s work — is going to be affected. “Don’t hide it,” says Kerri Twigg, a career coach and job search strategist. “See if you can bring in some extra support on some projects.”
Surround yourself with support
Some people’s tendency during a tough time is to isolate, notes Varvaryan. But it’s important to “allow yourself to connect to people you trust or are close to,” she says. Sometimes what we need most is someone to help validate our feelings, but it’s OK if you don’t feel comfortable sharing details with people you work with. If you’re tight-lipped all day, try to connect with friends or loved ones when work is done, says Elizabeth Cohen, Ph.D., a New York City-based clinical psychologist.
In the midst of a tough time, self-care can feel like a lofty, unrealistic goal. But experts agree that even the simplest acts can impact your well-being during a hardship. Twigg encourages packing “lunches that are healthy and nourishing” as a start.
If you worked out a flexible schedule, such as coming in later than usual or leaving early to tend to what’s going on in your personal life, be sure your manager knows how to reach you when you’re not in the office. It’s also important to let people know when you’ll be offline and won’t be checking email or texts. While it can be uncomfortable to have these talks upfront, being direct is often the best way to avoid added stress.
It may not be realistic to take a sabbatical from work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take mini-breaks to restore and replenish you throughout the day. Twigg advises “blocking out 10 or 15 minutes in [a private] room to meditate or just sit in silence.”
One other thing we recommend at Behere is asking to go remote. Being able to be comfortable at home, or get away to a new city, can really help you deal. All the while working remotely of course. We shared resources for asking to go remote here. Good luck and remember that this will pass too.
The year might be cooling down but these ladies Instagram profiles are heating up! We scanned the Instagram webs (what do we really call those?) for our list of the top female lifestyle & travel bloggers to follow. With amazing trips, daring adventures and off the beaten path wanders, they all share unreal and inspiring highlights from their experiences abroad. Without further adieu, here’s some of our fav ladies on the ‘gram!
Based in LA, but often all over the world, Ashley is all about lifestyle, travel and fashion. She enjoys a good beach and *great* iced coffee, in exciting new spots around the world.
California based, Dani is all about good vibes with a focus on love, growth and photographing great moments. Check her out on Instagram @danimeepfor inspirational and exceptional content and her website danitoscano.com.
Angelia is focused on inspiring others to escape into the world and shares tips and recommendations for places she’s been.
New York based, Liza is all about fashion, food, fitness and traveling. Check out her Instagram @girlonfifth and her website girlonfifth.com.
As you can see, these women share some pretty incredible content and highlights from their adventures. They inspire us (and we hope you too!) to travel often, seek out new experiences and enjoy the crazy ride that life is.
If you are or know of a female lifestyle & travel blogger let us in the comments below!
To start traveling more, like these ladies, pick a city below or head to Behere to learn how you can experience cities around the world.
You did it! You finally left the corporate world, school or your old job to start out on your own.
You’ve hustled, spent long hours and lots of money and time on learning new things and growing your business. It is all a labor of love (we hope) and worth it to be doing what you love and calling the shots. No more boss to report too, no more unsatisfied or passionless days spent dreaming of your ‘one day’. No, because you are an entrepreneur.
Whether you’ve just started out on your own or have been doing it for decades, you started for a purpose. You started a company for more freedom, autonomy and to do something you truly believe it. So why are so many entrepreneurs burnt out?!
Overworked, too much coffee, too little sleep – entrepreneur life is often seen as less than glamorous. Yet so many people want to become them! In search of the hustle, that high from seeing something you’ve poured your heart into take off. But at the same time, the work and hours you put in are just plain crazy.
Oftentimes, people become entrepreneurs to give themselves more freedom. You seldom do that though, never taking advantage of the flexibility of running a company and determining your own schedule.
We’ve felt it ourselves and learned a thing or two from our teams 20+ years in entrepreneurship. We’ve also learned the incredible importance of travel for entrepreneurs. So we shared why it’s important to prioritize travel, no matter how busy you are, to help you grow and learn.
1) Meet New People
Growing your network is one of the most important thing you can do throughout your career. When you travel you meet incredible people that you otherwise never would have. Our cofounders met while traveling in Southeast Asia and without their individual desires to explore the world, Behere would never exist. We’ve also had a number of our members meet life long friends, business and life partners while traveling.
2) Learn New Things
Through meeting new people and experiencing new places you will learn incredibly valuable life, and business, skills. Whether you take a new course abroad, end up in a workshop taught by someone super interesting or just ask a question to someone you meet, you will learn something new. Some trips might by about learning to surf, others could be about refining your people skills and others, teach you how to juggle your team from a new time zone.
3) Communicate Better
Travel tests your communication skills, and patience, often. You have to learn to slow down, juggle learning and conversing in new languages and share your language with others. You can also fine tune your negotiation skills by bartering with street vendors. Wherever you go, travel will help with your communication and people skills.
4) Gain a Global Understanding
If scaling your company to new countries is something you want to do, having a better sense of the world is key. By going to new countries, you experience their way of life and customs, learn about their needs and determine if your product/service could help there. Plus, you learn about new problems and might come up with unique solutions for them.
5) Connect with Remote Team Members
In todays day and age, many companies are remote. With that, many teams have never met face to face. If you employ any remote employees, traveling to see them can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and them. Plus, you’ll have a better understanding of the way they work, where they live and more, so you can work together even better.
6) Inspiration, Motivation & Relaxation
There’s a reason companies hold team retreats – they really do help with employee morale. As an entrepreneur, you often put taking care of yourself and your own needs on the back burner while trying to grow your company. However, it’s crucial you take time off to relax, and find new inspiration and motivation. You’ll be amazed what a month in Europe can do for your creativity, your business, and yourself.
Despite this, we know for many entrepreneurs it’s incredibly challenging to leave your business, even just for a few days. For those that can’t get away for long, we recommend taking a more local trip for a long weekend and starting out small. Try unplugging and doing something you love, like hiking or going the spa, to get away from work and technology for a day or two.
For those that have started online businesses, we can’t stress how amazing spending a month or more traveling is for you and your business. Joyce shared the transformational impact spending a month in Spain had on her, after one year of running her startup and Angela shared how it helped her take a leap and grow her business.
Starting a company doesn’t come without sacrifice, much of which is necessary to get it off the ground. But, we believe it’s time you start putting yourself first more and taking advantage of the flexibility it offers. Being an entrepreneur isn’t about all work all the time, it’s about balance, growth and doing what you love. So, it’s time to travel!
Now, feeling inspired to do some traveling while running your business? Pick a location below or send us a note [email protected]and we’ll help connect you to the spaces and people that will make your time abroad amazing!
What’s your most cherished value? We all have driving forces that keep us inspired and motivated, whether it’s supporting our loved ones, giving to those in need, finding fulfillment in our work, or making a difference in our community.
Determining your most cherished value and using it to your advantage can drastically change your approach to your work, infusing you with additional internal motivation, says Rebecca Greenbaum, Ph.D., professor of human resource management at Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations.
That’s where value triggers come in. Value triggers are items that represent something that matters deeply to you — for example, a key ring that belonged to your grandmother can be used as a value trigger representing how you prioritize family. “A value trigger is a physical reminder of your core values,” Steven Hayes, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Nevada and author of A Liberated Mind, tells Thrive. “It is there to help you refocus back on what matters most to you, making you more inclined to act in line with your highest ideals.”
Value triggers are especially effective at keeping your work life on track. “Having purpose prompts employees to want to go to work and do a good job, without focusing as much on external rewards,” Greenbaum explains. “When the going gets tough, an employee’s sense of purpose reminds them of the importance of their work, and gives them the fortitude to move forward.”
Here are four expert-backed tips for finding your own value trigger:
1. Do some soul-searching
Before you choose an object to act as your value trigger, it’s important to make sure you’ve chosen a value that truly resonates with you. Hayes stresses the importance of avoiding choosing certain values due to pressure from others. For example, if your mother greatly values tradition, but you value independence, make sure to follow through with what youbelieve — not with what will make others happy.
Additionally, Hayes urges against choosing values you believe you should have — that will only create internal distress. “Values chosen out of emotional avoidance or entangled ‘have to’ thoughts push you down rather than lift you up,” he tells Thrive. “True values are something you seek — they are not methods of running away.”
And make sure your value integrates naturally into everything you do. “The ones that work best are intrinsic to being and doing, such as behaving honestly or lovingly,” Hayes says. “Values like that protect you from stress reactivity and burnout.”
2. Choose your item carefully
Value triggers come in all shapes and sizes. A few common examples include pictures, jewelry, or even a Post-It note, Hayes notes. He also suggests using more intangible things, such as a mantra or ringtone. Greenbaum proposes displaying quotes in your office, or creating an email signature that is meaningful to you, to serve as daily reminders of your core value.
The key here is choosing something that fits naturally into your daily life. Set yourself up for success by making interaction with your value trigger inevitable. “If you want to be reminded of the values you bring to your home life, pick a trigger, like the keys of your car, that you will have to interact with before you go home,” Hayes says. “If you take your wedding ring off at night, use that little moment of putting it back on in the morning to think about the kind of spouse you want to be that day.”
Many people already carry around value triggers without realizing it: pictures of loved ones in your wallet or on your desk, wedding rings, or award certificates hanging on your office walls. The trick is making use of that trigger.
3. Tap into the power of rituals
Value triggers are effective — but only when you actually use them. Hayes explains that value triggers are something of a use it or lose it scenario. Simply having a value trigger isn’t enough to reap the benefits.
In order to get the maximum benefit, you have to make a habit of finding meaning in your value triggers, Greenbaum notes. Rituals can enhance a person’s self-control, and allow them to focus on what’s most important. Employees should start their work days reminding themselves about their values, and how they’ll uphold those values throughout the day, she says.
4. Reflect and reevaluate as you go
Remain mindful about what matters and never take values for granted. Both experts emphasize the importance of deep reflection throughout the process of choosing and utilizing value triggers.
Reflecting on values regularly allows you to continually determine their importance in your life. “Make a concerted effort to reflect on your values before entering a situation where those values may be challenged,” says Greenbaum. “By actively and strategically thinking about the application of your values, they will become an integral part of how you work — rather than something that you attend to only when it is convenient.”
And don’t be afraid to reevaluate your values as the need arises. People change over time, and so do their values. By reevaluating, you can make sure that the value you choose to prioritize always matches up with where you are. “It’s okay if your values change. The idea is not to find the ‘ideal’ value, but to be actively engaged in the process of finding out what matters most to you. Hold them lightly, but pursue them passionately,” Hayes says.
Written by Katie Santamaria, Former Thrive Global Editorial Intern & Editor-at-Large for Columbia University. Originally shared on Thrive Global.
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At Behere, we’re constantly inspired by our amazing community. We’re thrilled to feature their stories and share how they’ve made traveling while working possible. From unconventional roles, to starting businesses abroad, these women have made exploring new places a priority. They share their biggest learnings, favorite memories, and their advice for someone thinking about living in a new city for a month.
Today’s Behere community feature, Sarah Bartholow, is a consultant from Dallas, Texas. She spent a month in Barcelona using Behere which quickly turned into a multiple month euro adventure. Read about her journey below!
“I had hit a few walls in my life and needed to remind myself that a meaningful escape and experience to regroup and reset my notion of ‘possibility’ was far more within my reach than I had been telling myself. As a brand consultant, exploration is paramount to adding ‘color’ to my capabilities, and global connectivity only broadens my offer to clients as I discovered. The ‘no brainer’ quality of going on this adventure while focusing on a new angle of my consultancy revealed itself in a shockingly short amount of time once learned more about Behere. A friend of mine heard about Behere and sent me the info and I then went on to contact a former journey-er who regaled me with her experience which encouraged me to set forth. (Thank you again, Joyce!)”
What did a day in your life look like while living abroad?
“I did not set any expectations other than to enjoy each moment, each day and whatever challenge I invited, big or small. I’d plan a daily adventure before or after a half day at the coworking space, or sometimes would turn a park bench into my ‘office’ for the day!”
What is your biggest take away/ learning while abroad?
“The biggest takeaway is that I need to get back and pronto!
Being abroad was very doable and only benefited my work to expand my network, use my eyes differently, feel history with every step, meet new people – the list goes on. I also realized how vital environment is to me to feel inspired and that the American methodology of ‘doing-doing-doing’ lacks an emotional quotient I find Europeans have in spades in order to enjoy life more fully while also keeping work meaningful. I learned that I can live in smaller spaces and that I really don’t need that much and that good ingredients in food means you eat less. ‘Satisfaction’ takes on new meanings across almost every category and more simplistically.
To this day, I keep in touch with everyone I met while in Barcelona. To think that I now have a Catalan / European network is something I had not envisioned for myself prior to taking this trip. It will stay with me forever and I will continue to cultivate my new web of relationships.”
How has Behere helped you on your journey?
“When anyone gets bogged down, it should not be taken lightly– we all need a source of inspiration and a newfound sense of being to push us into the next phase, and Behere ushered this in a palatable way. Behere actualized the possibility for me and I cannot herald their idea and platform enough to open up the world to those who seek revelation or simply just a work setting that contrasts one’s status quo. There’s no way it’s not a benefit to oneself and to a business as the landscape change alone spurs perspective and productivity. Behere onramps structure if needed, alongside recommendations from the city host, or you can just freewheel it completely with the confidence that someone is a WhatsApp message away. It is a brilliant premise all around. I also got to tap back into my Spanish speaking which had been dormant, so it felt amazing to reignite my love of the language.”
What was your favorite memory or place you went?
“This is a hard one! Too many to count and this is a good ‘problem’ to have!
I initially started with my checklist of attractions to ensure I covered them, but I kept an open mind to abandon any sense of ‘itinerary’ to allow for the awesome, fortuitous happenings that really make travel. I’m sort of a glutton for unforeseen moments that can expand my perspective in even the slightest of ways or just make me laugh. Just walking down the street in Barcelona can stir an unexpected moment, ducking into a restaurant for a cava can lead to an ad hoc dinner with interesting ‘strangers,’ and meeting ex-pats and locals alike enriched my experience. I am garrulous and extroverted by nature so this wasn’t hard for me but I re-seized the power that all I had to do was just start chatting to find an entry into a conversation and the world opened up.
I absolutely adored my walk to my co-working space via Parc de Ciutadella from my apartment. As an art enthusiast who studied Spanish Art extensively, the Fundació Joan Miró reinstated my passion. Casa Vicens, Gaudí’s first private commission, had just reopened and I went twice because it was that remarkable. El Born was a favorite neighborhood and I loved all the little squares.
And how do I accurately convey the food? It’s simply unreal and you can’t imagine how much you can stretch a Euro for a memorable meal. I went to Anthony Bourdain’s beloved Quimet y Quimet and met the family who’s been carrying its legacy for decades. Jumping on a train is just something we don’t get to do so readily in the states. Refamiliarizing myself with the ease of Europe and how they make places and experiences so accessible is something I will mimic – to the best of my ability – until I get back Europe-side ;).”
What is your #1 piece of advice for someone who’s thinking about traveling longer term?
“This is doable and achievable for anyone who has any inkling to experience something for just one month and wants to be enveloped by culture. (I ended up staying longer, btw!) Save enough to invest in this experience and reap its immanent rewards. It really is simple, and I think we ALL need a reset or new perspective to evolve. If you need a change of scenery to revitalize your work, hold your nose and jump, do not preoccupy yourself with the details ;).”
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