The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Living & Working from a Ski Resort

The Digital Nomad’s Guide to Living & Working from a Ski Resort

As the constant threat of the COVID-19 pandemic has hung over our heads, many peoples’ lives have changed drastically. Work has followed suit, and many employees now have more flexibility in terms of their locations. Nowadays, working from home is the norm in most parts of the world and, while it’s the best way to ensure we stay safe, it has also brought with it the possibility of setting up camp in another place.

To that end, the idea of sandy beaches and sparkling oceans may be appealing to some, but others prefer to move in the opposite direction and choose to live and work from a ski resort. Doing so provides the freedom to be active and also relax in your spare time. Plus, the U.S. is full of absolutely stunning ski resorts — approximately 500 — and while all of them are worth visiting, it’s best to make sure you find the one that’s most suitable for you.


What to Consider

When choosing to move to a new place, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re prepared for such an endeavor. Specifically, here are a few aspects to review before you decide on a destination.


COVID-19 is still affecting most of the country. As such, begin by looking up the number of cases in your preferred ski destination, as well as any restrictions that may be in place there. For instance, there could be a mandatory quarantine when entering the state or other requirements for newcomers. Meanwhile, avoid crowded places and check the population to choose an area with a low number of inhabitants and tourists.

Cost of Living

If you plan to stay at least a few months, be sure to take the cost of living into consideration. For example, rents in Colorado — which is home to several popular resorts — may vary depending on the exact location, so put some effort into proper research. Likewise, if you need to be close to the slopes and decide to rent an apartment in Denver, then big-city life may come at a certain cost. But, if you choose a small mountain village, like Telluride, you might find better options. However, if you’re thinking about a more permanent move, there are also some great Colorado homes for sale.

After you’ve decided on a home, set a budget and make sure you can afford living there for the length of time that you’re planning to stay. Begin by researching basic expenses, such as the average rent, as well as the cost of utilities and food. A rent calculator can help you figure out how much you can afford to spend on rent.

Weather Conditions

You already know that cold is a given when staying at a ski resort, but make sure you look up how cold it usually is around there. That said, pack accordingly and be prepared to face the slopes in a safe and responsible manner.

Internet Access

When working remotely, internet is likely the most important aspect to consider. Therefore, research the local internet providers and choose the one that offers the highest internet speed.


Make a list of the amenities you’d like to have access to while living there — anything from shopping options and entertainment to quality childcare and family-friendly activities if you’re travelling with kids.


How to Find the Best Ski Resort for You

Before you embark on this journey, make sure you find the best option for you. Start by doing some research online. By far, one of the most popular ski resorts is Jackson Hole in Wyoming near the Idaho border. This wilderness recreation area has some of the most amazing views and great campsites. Telluride and Crested Butte, both in Colorado, are also great options.

However, what is popular may not necessarily be what is right for you. So, choose a location that is nearby and can be reached by car, especially if you’re traveling with kids. Also, select a lower altitude, preferably less than 5,000 feet if you’re new to this or have small children. That’s because the effect of high altitude can be quite strong and your body might struggle with it. With that in mind, quiet villages are probably your best option as they offer both skiing options and sightseeing opportunities.

What to Bring/Pack

Depending on whether your move will be temporary or more permanent (or whether you’re traveling with kids), your luggage will vary considerably. For instance, if you’re only planning to spend a few months there, pack only the essentials and limit yourself to a few bags that can fit in the trunk of your car. This should definitely include warm and waterproof clothes, sunglasses, thermal tops, your insurance details and, of course, your work laptop.

Even when they’re paired with work, vacations are always exciting as there’s always some beauty in discovering a new place. However, in the current health climate, be responsible and protect yourself, as well as those around you, when traveling. Enjoy this opportunity to work remotely from your preferred ski destination!

Written by Nicky Iudean for RENTCafe

Tips to Living a More Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle

Tips to Living a More Environmentally Conscious Lifestyle


It’s easier now, more than ever to witness the devastating impact of climate change on our planet. As we become more aware of the human impact on our natural world, many of us recognize that we must do something. People are adopting more environmentally conscious lifestyles faster than ever.

The way we live our daily lives has a massive impact on the future of the planet. Adopting sustainable practices is essential in our rapidly evolving society. Thankfully, businesses and people around the world are starting to realize how crucial it is to be environmentally conscious.

The reality is, most people want to go green, but they don’t know where to start. Food supply systems, consumer behavior, and significant lifestyle changes are daunting undertakings. It’s hard to take the initial step. But once you start making these changes, you will get into a rhythm that works for you.

Being eco-conscious is subjective, and it means something different to everyone. This broad term describes many different behaviors and general rules of thumb. To help you get started, we’ve come up with a few ways that you can be more sustainable in daily life:


Consider a Plant-Based Diet


Switching from a meat-based diet to one that’s focused on whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, is one of the best lifestyle changes you can make. Not only will you significantly reduce your carbon footprint, but you will also be prioritizing your health! 

The meat industry is single-handedly responsible for major deforestation, pollution, water consumption, land use, and destruction of topsoil. One kilo of beef consumes almost 15,000 liters of water, while a kilo of wheat uses ten times less. 

The United Nations now urges individuals to eat a plant-based diet, which they claim is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. By cutting down on your meat intake, you’ll be joining the global struggle against climate change. Fewer customers buying their product will send a clear message to the meat and dairy industries. 


Eat Local


Buying local produce that’s fresh and in season is another incredible move to being more sustainable. Support your local farmers’ market. Low-scale agriculture tends to be kinder to the planet and the environment. Buy apples from a neighboring farm, for example. Be sure to check your foods’ country of origin as well, to get an idea of how far things have come to get to you.

It’s equally as important to eat produce that’s in season. It requires a significant amount of energy to fake the weather conditions necessary to grow vegetables and fruits out of season. 

Eating local is better for your body and your soul. It’s an easy, eco-friendly habit to adopt. Enjoy sustainable gastronomy and visit farm-to-table restaurants in your area (when they open, of course). If you’re planning on hosting a big event in the future, like a wedding, ask the caterer to plan a menu based around seasonal ingredients!


Go Package Free


You’ve likely heard of the plastic-straw bans in the effort to save sea turtles. Plastic contributes not only to greenhouse gases, but it also takes years to biodegrade. Consuming less plastic is central to environmental consciousness. 

Now you can find many zero-waste shops where you can buy unpackaged foods. You bring your own containers and pay per-weight. If you do find yourself buying something with plastic packaging, reuse or recycle the container. 


Shop Sustainably


Fast fashion is one thing that every environmentally conscious individual has to kick to the curb. While this clothing consumption trend is convenient for consumers, it’s far from sustainable. Many of the items that you buy from ‘fast-fashion’ retailers will only last a year. 

These clothes are cheap, and they last for a season or so, which is why they’re so enticing for fashion-lovers. When it comes to ethical shopping, the price tags can be daunting. That said, an increasing number of brands are becoming greener in their production. 

Companies like Pact, Boden, Everlane, and Tentree are focused around ethical, sustainable, and affordable fashion. The products are made from quality materials so you can wear them for longer. Even if you have to spend a bit more than you’re used to, the investment will pay off in the long run. 


Save Energy and Travel Smart


When you’re at home, try to save energy by turning off the lights and being conscious of water consumption. Some energy-saving habits include turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, choosing to line-dry clothes, and driving less. 

If you live in a city with decent public transportation, you don’t need a car. If you have to run errands or take a road trip, it’s more economical and eco-friendly to rent a car. Check out Globe Car & Truck Rental in Montreal, and you’ll see that there are many options for small vehicles with better gas mileage. 

The distance that you drive is a massive implication of your carbon footprint. If you reduce the amount that you drive by 5,000 miles, you save more than a ton of CO2. 


Make The Change


The world is currently in a race against climate change. Every person has a role to play in the future of the natural world. By adopting small lifestyle changes, you can separate yourself from systems that are destroying forests and oceans around the world. 


Written by Ashley Lipman for The Blog Frog.

How working remotely lowers your environmental footprint

How working remotely lowers your environmental footprint


Earth Day 2020


2020 is shaping up to be a year for the history books, and after only a few months. The current narrative is engulfed by the ramifications of the novel coronavirus. Peoples’ lives have been upended in every corner of the world. Millions of jobs were lost overnight, entire industries have been forced to shut down indefinitely, and millions of medical professionals have put themselves at risk to help those in need. While messages of fear and uncertainty continue to occupy the media, there is a silver lining: the rapid improvement in the health of our planet from us working remotely.

Who would have thought that on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the waters of Venice would be clear, oil would have momentarily become worthless, and the people of India would be able to see the peaks of the Himalayas for the first time in decades?

The social fabric on which we used to rely has, at least partially, unravelled. At the same time, working remotely has never been more widespread, and we’re healing our planet in the process.

Changes to the way we eat


There are 3 major contributors to our impact on the planet: food, water, and energy. None of them operate independently from one another. They are all critical components of the massive, complex system that we call home: our planet, Earth.

Our global food system is one of the heaviest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. It has a tremendous impact on the environment, yet it is only beginning to emerge in the global discussion on sustainability. Estimates of the food system’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions range anywhere from 20% to 37%. We lose and/or waste a staggering third of all the food we produce. But cooking at home can help, and it is a trend we have seen skyrocketing as a result of the coronavirus lockdowns.

This is not to say that we should stop eating out at restaurants. We love to support the local culinary establishments. After all, it is one of, if not, the main reason many of us (used to) travel. But they need not be mutually exclusive. Cooking at home can affect our decisions around when, where, and why we eat out. In many ways, cooking at home allows us to appreciate just how much love and work goes into the food we eat out.

There are so many benefits to cooking your own food at home. Not only is it less expensive, it is often healthier, it creates less waste and more leftovers. Besides, you are probably a better chef than you imagine. Start with the basics and experiment. It’s one of those skills that you never forget and will always be useful.

Changing the way we eat is critical to a healthier planet in the future. As we look to one another for connection in the wake of the coronavirus, cooking for friends and family is one of the easiest and most fulfilling ways to come together and share, both a meal, and time together. We can change the landscape for the future of food, and in the process, the health of our planet. So keep up your home-cooking habit!

A Quickly-Changing Office Landscape


All of a sudden people were told to start working remotely. A policy that was the stuff of legends to many office workers only months ago has since become mandatory. It is quickly becoming the norm. Remote work was already on the rise before the coronavirus outbreak. The recent lockdown measures have since accelerated this trend and many of the changes are expected to be permanent.

Companies that are quick to adapt to this new reality are likely to find improvements to both their bottom line and employee productivity. At the same time, it is one of the cheapest ways for a company to reduce their carbon footprint. It’s a rare win-win-win situation, for employers, employees, and the environment.

Xerox has been employing remote workers for 30 years. They are a prime example of the environmental benefits that can be reaped from remote teams. More than 8,600 of their employees work remotely. In 2016 they reduced vehicle miles driven by an estimated 99 million, reduced gasoline consumption by 4.9 million gallons, and avoided more than 43,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
All these changes benefit the employees as well, by allowing them to save more money, and by providing a better work-life balance. In fact, a Global Analytics survey suggests that 24% of employees say they would take up to a 10% pay cut to benefit the environment.

Our buildings use a tremendous amount of energy to keep us comfortable while we toil away. Heating, cooling, and lighting need vast amounts of power. Add to that the carbon cost of putting a building together and you have a recipe for a lot of environmental stress. In 2017 the UN estimated that our buildings contributed to over 36% of our energy consumption. Companies have found many ways to reduce the carbon footprint of their office spaces. From improvements to how we build, to how we use energy, our office buildings continue to improve. But, perhaps the simplest way is to simply get rid of the office as we know it. Besides, ‘keeping the lights on’ won’t be so much of a worry.

Changes to How We Use Land


Whether you attribute the carbon footprint of a commute to the commuter or the company is up for debate. One thing is clear: less commuting is better for everyone. Commuters spend less time in traffic. They can spend more time with their friends and family. Their mental health improves. Cities experience less congestion, and thus pollution decreases. We have seen the drastic impact that traffic has on our cities in recent months. Cleaner air enables us to lead healthier, happier lives. It also reduces the burden on our health systems. Traffic accidents drop and our roadways need less maintenance. The list goes on.

Major cities around the world are becoming prohibitively expensive for many people. Naturally, people are finding ways to move to lower-cost places nearby. Working remotely is, of course, one of the best ways to change where you live, while keeping your job. It is one of the reasons it has become so popular. But there is another trend on the rise as well: the super-commuter. Defined as someone who travels more than 180 miles to get to work, super-commuting too, could see a rise in adoption once the ramifications of the coronavirus have normalized.

Face-to-face meetings are still important and many people swear by them. Will the remote workers of the future have to ‘super-commute’ for that especially important meeting? Will they factor these decisions into where they live?

Either way, the new work landscape will be much different in the future. People’s decisions about where they live will be less governed by where they work, and more so, by what they value in a city. Cities, and small towns alike, will have to adapt as they try to attract or retain citizens. Cities and towns will be inclined to adopt environmentally-friendly policies, so long as we value the environment in which we live.
We have seen the colossal changes that we need to make to restore our natural environment. But we know now that it is possible. Believing that our goals are achievable is half the battle. We have witnessed a global response to a global problem, and there will be more to come. When we look back on these moments, let us remember what we are capable of.

As of this writing 106 countries have formally stated their commitment to enhancing their national climate commitments by the end of the year. Our planet needs our help. Staying at home might, once again, be a simple and effective solution.

How exciting.


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How to Find Cheap Flights, Without Spending Hours Searching

Today, there are endless websites and platforms to book flights on. From airline websites, to travel aggregators, it’s overwhelming and often challenging to find the best deals. A quick search can turn into hours and hours of research and too many new tabs to count. This becomes overwhelming and exhausting and often makes us resort to purchasing a more expensive ticket later.

Our team at Behere, has been to over 100 countries and taken thousands of flights, so we know a thing or two about how to find cheap ones. We’ve also tried all the crazy booking myths to figure out which ones work, and which don’t. That’s why we’ve compiled our top tips on how to find cheap flights. With these tips, you’ll be able to book flights without breaking the bank.

1. Do your research

When booking flights, always do your research on the city’s airports and figure out the best option for you once on the ground. Oftentimes booking a cheaper flight to a further out airport will end up costing you more in time and money, than a flight to the more central airport.

2. Shop around, without getting overwhelmed

Google Flights – This is our team’s favorite tried and tested flight search engine. Here you can enter your departure airport and see flights to anywhere. Plus, you can filter based on arrival or departure time, airline and more. They include budget airlines as well – something larger sites often omit.

Momondo – They search all major and budget airlines, plus English and non-English websites to find the best deals. They find great options, but navigating the different languages and currencies can be challenging so be mindful when using.

3. Ignore booking myths

You don’t need to book at 1 am on a Tuesday or 68 days in advance to get the best deals. While booking in advance is helpful, 6 – 12 weeks out is generally a good time. Anything more than that is most often not a better deal.

4. Loyalty isn’t always necessary

Sometimes flying with the same airline you always use will end up costing you a lot more. If you don’t have points or your company isn’t using that airline, then do a little research and opt for the airline that has the best deal. Just be wary of extras! Discount airlines are well priced, but only come with the basics. All the extras like checked luggage, food, and more leg-room, can really add up if you’re not careful.

5. Get a new travel credit card

By getting a travel credit card, you can rack up points for flights on your everyday purchases. Do a bit of research and choose a travel credit card with a hefty sign-up bonus. Here’s an up to date list of travel credit cards on Forbes to get started. Then use those points for free flights or large discounts.

6. Sign up for newsletters

Airlines will announce sales and discounts to their email newsletters first. Signing up for them will let you be the first to know (and snag a seat) when these deals are launched and for how long. Our team also uses Scotts Free Flights and Secret Flying newsletters to stay up to date on deals, and error fares.

7. Be flexible with your dates

Sometimes, flexibility with your dates can mean the difference of hundreds of dollars! Try looking at the cost each day of the week for both your arrival and departure date to save some serious cash.

8. Always search ticket prices for 1 person

Even if you’re traveling with a friend or group, always search for tickets for one guest. This will show you the best deals, as airlines always show the highest ticket price for all parties in the group.

9. Limit your search time

When searching for a flight, it’s easy to get caught up in finding the best deal and spend hours or days searching. If you’re not in a rush to book or travel this might not be a problem. But if you’re a busy person like most of us, you’re wasting your valuable time. Find the best airports, head to your favorite search engine, choose flexible dates and book the best deal. Done.

Using the tips above you can often save hundreds, if not thousands on flights. We know there are more tips for finding great deals, we’d love to hear yours in the comments below!

Ready to book your trip? Use Behere to get your trip sorted and booked, in one place, without hassles. Get started below!

Why to Start Traveling as an Entrepreneur

You did it, you took the plunge to go full-time freelance or become an entrepreneur. After countless late nights, questioning whether you were ready and dealing with challenging clients, you took the leap. At first, it was amazing! You had all this free time, could work from home in your PJs, and do your laundry during the day. Over time though, this wears on you and you realize you’re working all the time and not taking advantage of the flexibility you created for yourself.

Sound familiar? For many freelancers and entrepreneurs, this is the case. When getting started you often need to just buckle down in one place and dedicate your time to landing clients. But overtime you settle into a routine and hopefully have recurring clients. Once you feel settled in your business, it’s the perfect time to start planning to work while traveling.

When we say that we don’t mean that you’ll be sitting on the beach typing or living out of a suitcase always in transit. No, the most productive way to work and travel is to spend time in a new place. To get to know that place and develop a routine but most importantly be inspired by the new environment you’re in. Ideally a month or more, so you feel settled, comfortable and productive. That’s why we’re sharing how to start traveling as an entrepreneur and why you should get out of your house.


  1. Choose your travel dates

    The first step is choosing a date that you want to start traveling on. Ideally, don’t plan it at the same time as you’re onboarding a new client as you want a day or two to travel and settle in. It’s important you choose a realistic date you can commit to and it’s okay if it feels a bit nerve-racking. We always recommend giving yourself at least a month in a new place to get settled and feel connected to a place. This also helps you feel more comfortable and productive. It also gives you the opportunity to build new connections in that place.

  2. Do the prep work

    Some freelancers like to tell their clients if they’re going out of the country or timezone. This is entirely up to you but make sure you outline what this process will look like for you. Ensure you download all necessary tools, like these tools for freelancers to make sure you are set up for success.

  3. Remember why you started

    When you first started freelancing what was your #1 goal? Was it to be your own boss? Work from anywhere? Travel more? Spend more time with friends or family? Whatever it is, you need to do those things. Life is too short to get stuck in a hamster wheel, especially once you started for different reasons. So if you want to travel, then make it happen and stop making excuses.

  4. Schedule in downtime

    You might want to explore and see everything when you get to a new place but pace yourself. If you try to cram every touristy thing in you’ll likely end up feeling burnt out and unable to work. Take your time exploring and schedule in downtime, for relaxation. While traveling as an entrepreneur it’s easy to get caught up in still working nonstop then filling your free time with exploring your new city. To stay balanced and not burnout, give yourself breaks and make ‘me-time’.

  5. Meeting new people can change your life

    If that isn’t reason enough to get out of the house, we don’t know what is. By traveling, or even just joining a coworking space, you can meet people that impact your life. Whether its a new business partner, connection, sale or friend, connecting with new people is essential. It doesn’t have to feel like stuffy networking.

  6. New environments create new inspiration

    It’s true, new places help you find new inspiration. They help your brain expand, and help you feel more creative and inspired. When visiting a new city or area, you’re often flooded with new and exciting sights and colors. These help you tap into new inspiration and ideas that you otherwise wouldn’t have had sitting at home. So if you’re feeling like you’re lacking inspiration, traveling may be just the fix.

  7. International cities give you a global perspective

    If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, going international might just help. By visiting other cities and seeing how business is done there, you might find new opportunities for your own business. Often gaining that new perspective is essential to helping you come up with new ideas for your business. Plus, you’ll get exposure to businesses and ideas that you wouldn’t have gotten while sitting at home or in your local coffee shop. By traveling as an entrepreneur you’ll gain so much new knowledge.

  8. Travel is FUN!

    Let’s think back to the reason you started your business in the first place. Hopefully, more flexibility and time for fun were part of those reasons. And travel is fun! It is an adventure and can be hectic but it’s an amazing learning experience. You have put so much work, time and effort into your business. You need to enjoy the fruits of your labor, explore and have some fun.

  9. Solo travel helps you gain more independence

    Maybe you are feeling just a bit too comfortable in your life and business. Perhaps a bit stale or unfulfilled? In search of something more? Traveling somewhere new can help you find that. Instead of waiting for someone to finally go traveling with you and making excuses, go solo! Solo travel is amazing, we shared all the benefits of it here. It also requires you to make all your decisions, become more independent and push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s a perfect way to help you grow. This growth can translate into your business too.


As you can see, there are so many reasons to take your business on the road. That’s why we shared these tips for how to start traveling as an entrepreneur. If you really want to grow, learn, have fun and take advantage of the flexibility you’ve created then travel. After all, we know you didn’t start your business to sit in your house working for 16 hours a day ;).

Please note: We know not everyone has the flexibility to do this, and it is intended for those whose businesses do not have a physical presence nor have dependents to take care of at home. 

Ready to finally take your work on the road? We can help with everything from where to stay, to where to work, to where to eat. Learn more here.

Our Top Solo Travel Tips, For Any Adventure

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.

solo travel tips

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!

Here’s How to Beat Jet Lag and Get Back to Work

One of the greatest joys of remote working is being able to jet-off to a sun-kissed paradise when you feel like it. You just need a laptop, phone, and internet connection. Whether you’re in the middle of NYC, or lounging on a tropical island (hello trip to Bali!) as long as you have those, you’re good to go.

But all that jet-setting can take its toll. If you’ve swapped the daily grind for a globetrotting lifestyle, then jet lag can take hours, even days, out of your schedule. This can leave you drained, fatigued, and behind on important deadlines. Luckily, there are a few ways you can combat jet lag and get back to work quickly.

1. Fly During the Day

If you fly at night then you’ll be more prone to falling asleep. If you’re crossing time zones, by the time you land and wake up, it could be time to fall asleep again. Whenever possible, fly during the early morning hours, stay awake during the flight, and try to adapt to your destination’s local time.

2. Avoid the Booze

A quick drink before the flight might seem like a great way to start your holiday and get you into the spirit. However, if it’s a working holiday and you want to keep the jet lag to a minimum, save the drink for later. Alcohol consumed at altitude can have a stronger effect on you, leaving you dehydrated and tired. It can also really bump up those effects when the jet lag eventually kicks in.

The same goes for sleeping tablets and sedatives in general. It may sound like a great way to shorten the flight, but it will only leave you tired and brain fogged for the first couple of days of your holiday. You may also want to avoid consuming too much coffee. If you’re a caffeine addict, drink in moderation and save your biggest dose until the plane lands – assuming it doesn’t land during the night.

3. Fly Smart

Some planes are better than others at helping you to beat jet lag. The A350, for instance, comes equipped with advanced humidification and air purification systems. Plus, it has lighting systems that simulate natural light regardless of the hour.
The same applies to a handful of other long-haul planes, but the plane isn’t the only way you can keep natural cycles. You can also try to stay within the same or similar timezones. If you have any pressing deadlines, make sure you’ll have a chance to work on these while on the plane. That way you can spend more time acclimatizing and less time working when you land.

4. Break-up the Flight

If you’ve always dreamed of flying to Australia, Japan or China, think about breaking the flight up with multiple stop-overs. Not only will you reduce jet lag, but you’ll be able to fly for less and see more. You’ll be able to visit a host of beautiful countries on the way. Give yourself a few days at each to truly explore all there is to see. This will also ensure your body has adapted before the next stop.

5. Eat Well and Move

Avoiding DVT on a flight is essential, especially if you’re already a greater risk. This is also true if you’re flying long distances or if you fly a lot. The things that help you to avoid this potentially fatal issue also help stimulate blood flow and keep jet lag at bay when you land. If you spend the entire flight sitting still, you’re going to be stiff and fatigued by the time you land. However, if
you get up to move (or be as active as you can be on a plane) it’ll be like any other day and you’ll be ready to go. You also need to eat well and avoid processed foods, as they’re loaded with refined sugars that cause your blood sugar to crash. Make sure you’re eating plenty of protein and complex carbs to keep those energy levels up.

Conclusion: It Can be Done

Jet lag is a real issue and it’s not something that will go away entirely, especially during long- haul flights. But if you follow these tips, you can keep it to a minimum and ensure it doesn’t impact your work.

Now that you’re ready to beat the jet-lag, book your next trip with Behere below!

Written by Nicky Sarandrea; a freelance writer who has written on dozens of subjects and published thousands of articles. He is a large advocate for the remote working and co-working industries and works out of the Cross Campus Pasadena office.

Meet the Woman Making Travel Snacks Healthy + Sustainable

At Behere, we travel often and are always looking for healthy, delicious travel snacks (not an easy feat!). So we were super excited to connect with a female founder making just that – and snacks that are good for the planet! We caught up with Courtney Boyd Myers (CBM), founder of AKUA, to learn more about her healthy travel snacks and how they’re helping the planet.

Courtney’s initial idea for Kelp Jerky (we love that it’s travel-related!) 

As an avid traveler, CBM splits her time between NYC, Lisbon and Cape Town, plus trips in between. It’s not surprising then that her Kelp Jerky idea came from the desire for a healthy, fast and sustainable, snack for travel. While rushing to catch a plane, she tried to find a healthy, protein-rich snack and came up short. Thus, the idea for AKUA came to life.

After 2 years of hands-on R&D, Kelp Jerky was launched with a Kickstarter campaign. Using her background in writing and marketing, CBM shared the story behind AKUA helping them surpass their Kickstarter goal.

Seaweed that tastes good, we need to know more…

Kelp Jerky, is a high-protein, high-fiber snack that’s free of refined sugars, soy, gluten, and major allergens. So far, it comes in three flavors (Spicy Thai & Spirulina, Rosemary & Maple BBQ, and Sesame & Nori Sea Salt) and even Richard Branson has said, “it’s delicious”. 

Plus, these healthy snacks are made from ocean-farmed kelp – one of the most sustainable food sources on the planet. As big supporters of environmentally friendly companies, we love the difference CBM is making with AKUA. 

Her goal with AKUA is to become a household name for sustainable, seagreens-based foods. We think she’s off to a good start.

Passion for food and the oceans

When she’s not busy working on sustainable seagreens, she’s also an adviser to GreenWave, a nonprofit that supports the regenerative ocean farming industry, a partner at Unframed IceCream, and a Director at Summit. Needless to say, CBM is a busy woman, making a great impact on our oceans, and tastebuds.

Connect with CBM on Instagram. And if you want to get your hands on her tasty Kelp Jerky for your next travels, AKUA has offered a 15% off discount for our community using code BEHERE

Snagged some healthy snacks and ready for your next trip? Get started planning it with Behere below!

6 Simple Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Workout

Expert-backed tips to get the most out of your workout.

Guest Post from Thrive Global By Elizabeth Yuko

Whether you’re a person who can’t wait for their next trip to the gym or 5K run, or someone who is still working to make working out a priority, we all want to make sure that every minute we spend exercising counts.

It’s also important to recognize that not everyone wants the same thing out of a workout session. While some are looking to improve their health, others may want to build their strength or endurance to get better at a sport, while others turn to exercise or other gentler forms of movement (like yoga or tai chi) for stress relief.

We should also remember that pain is not always gain. “Yes there may be some level of difficulty as you build up your stamina and strength, but pain is never a good thing, and you can get fit without pushing yourself to the point of hurting,” Bert Mandelbaum, M.D., a sports medicine specialist and co-chair of medical affairs at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles and author of The Win Within: Capturing Your Victorious Spirit, tells Thrive Global.

It’s up to you to determine your priority, but regardless of what it is, you should be getting the most out of your workout. Here are some tips from experts on how to do exactly that:

Have a consistent workout plan…

One way to maximize the benefits of your workout is to stick to a consistent plan. Rather than cramming a week’s worth of exercising into the weekend, Mandelbaum recommends trying to regularly schedule 30 minutes of movement each day. The half-hour doesn’t even need to be all at the same time: you can try breaking it up into two 15-minute segments, he says. And yes, out-of-the-gym activities like walking the dog, raking leaves, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator all count as exercise.

… But vary the exercises

So yes, you’re going to want to stick with a consistent workout schedule, but it’s a good idea to change up the exercises you’re doing, Mandelbaum explains. Not only does this keep things more interesting, but repetitive motion over time can really wear down and stress the muscles and joints, and make them more prone to injury, he says. To avoid this, instead of doing the same exercise three or four days in a row, Mandelbaum suggests switching it up and alternating with something different for one or two of the days to engage different sets of muscles.

Try an exercise ball

Chances are you already have one of those big exercise balls (also called Swiss balls) in a closet at home or sitting somewhere in your office — now is the time to put it to use. For starters, it’s a great addition to your regular workout, allowing you to stretch and move your spine in a controlled manner, Neel Anand, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of spine trauma at Cedars-Sinai Spine Center in Los Angeles, tells ThriveYou can use the exercise ball for everything from crunches, squats, planking, and other forms of stretching, according to the Mayo Clinic (here’s some inspiration and visuals to get you started).

“Moving the vertebrae in this way can help nourish discs in the spine by increasing blood flow and lubrication to them,” she says. “Additionally, using an exercise ball in conjunction with core strengthening exercises will work the abdominal muscles and help to stabilize the spine.” They are also great for “active sitting,” engaging muscles while you’re working at a desk or watching TV.

Don’t forget about recovery

Your exercise session isn’t over when you step off the treadmill — cooling down and having a recovery period is also an important part of maximizing your workout. Stretching after a cooldown will loosen any tight muscles and increase flexibility, which will help for the next workout, Mandelbaum explains. You may also want to try using a foam roller after exercising, John Soberal, DPT, a doctor of physical therapy at Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Performance Therapy in Santa Monica, CA, tells Thrive. He explains that it may help to “iron out” fascia — the connective tissue that envelops muscles that tend to cause mobility restrictions.

Plan meals around your workout

We’re not suggesting reorganizing your whole life around going to the gym, but some thoughtful meal planning can help ensure your workout is as effective as possible. For example, if you plan to exercise in the morning, don’t eat dinner too close to when you’re going to bed, Hannah Dove, DPT, a doctor of physical therapy at Providence Saint John’s Health Center’s Performance Therapy in Santa Monica, CA, tells Thrive. “Eating an extremely late dinner will make it harder for your body to digest on time and then you might feel sluggish when you wake up in the morning,” she says.

But, do take the time to prepare or set out your breakfast for the next morning, Dove recommends. That way you won’t waste time or energy deciding what to make. Then, the next morning, wake up and eat a light breakfast — like a banana and some peanut butter, or a hard-boiled egg and toast — to help give your body good fuel to use during the workout.  “In order to perform well, your body needs the right fuel at the right times, so make it easier on your body instead of working against it,” she adds.

Use your unplugged time to plan your workout

At Thrive, we’re big proponents of unplugging from devices to ease your body into sleep mode— ideally at least 30 minutes before bed. Dove suggests extending that to one or two hours, if possible, and using that time without electronics to plan your workout for the next day. “Picking what exercises and the order the night before will take all the guesswork and stress out of it the next day,” she notes. “Set your plan the night before, and then all you have to worry about the next day is executing your plan.” Your plan doesn’t have to be complicated: it can be as simple as queueing up your favorite exercise video or audio workout, deciding whether to take a class at the gym or go straight to the elliptical, or taking the time to visualize yourself going through the moves and getting in a great, productive workout.

And while you’re unplugged from your devices in the evening, Dove also recommends taking the time to write out your goals for the following day. These can be specific to your workout, or general health and fitness goals with ideas of how you plan on achieving them. “You are much more likely to succeed if you hold yourself accountable by writing down your intentions and plans,” she explains.

At Behere, we know it’s essential to maintain your routine – including exercise – wherever you are in the world. That’s why choosing a fitness studio, along with apartment and workspace, is key to your time spent in a new city. Learn more and get started below!

Originally posted on Thrive Global. Written by Elizabeth Yuko, Staff Writer/Editor at Thrive Global.

Eco Friendly, Sustainable Travel Tips: Reducing Your Impact

April is Earth Month and our team has been discussing sustainable travel and ways to reduce our environmental impact. Being a distributed team, our work is all done online, so we save thousands of trees each year by not printing or buying office supplies. Further, we encourage, and share, eco friendly tips and behaviours with the team, such as cutting out single-use plastic and using reusable coffee cups and water bottles.

Still, our team travels often and knows air travel emits a large amount of carbon dioxide (currently 2% of carbon dioxide emissions globally). This is why we focus on ways to reduce our overall carbon footprint, while still being able to experience new places.

So as Earth Month comes to an end, we wanted to share some of the thing we discussed to help make travel more sustainable, year round.

Here’s our tips for sustainable travel


1. Stay in apartments vs hotels

Hotels are most often not an eco-friendly option. From single-use plastic toiletries filling the bathroom, to the daily cleaning of the sheets, towels, etc.. Plus the coffee, tea, mini bar restocks and plastic straws galore – you get the picture. Staying in local apartments eliminates these excess single-use and one off items. It gives you the opportunity to cook, instead of living off take out, do your laundry when the sheets and towels are actually dirty, and eliminate the endlessly replaced travel-sized plastic madness in the bathroom. It also gives you a much more local feel, like you’re actually living in and experiencing the city vs being a tourist.

2. Slow down

When planning a trip somewhere new, we’re often inclined to fit in as many cities as possible. While that might seem great for your bucketlist, it’s not great for your energy levels – or the environment. By staying in one place longer, you’re reducing the number of flights, trains, cars etc. that you’re taking, and will actually get to enjoy a place. Further, you’ll have a more local experience, meet new people, and not burn yourself out from all the travel. We recommend a month or more in each city, to really get a feel for it. Taking direct flights to your destination is another good way to reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Do as the locals do

When traveling, sometimes your first instinct is to grab a tourist map, find the closest cup of coffee to-go and hit the town. However, if you take a minute to find a local place, then sit down for a coffee and snack, and watch the daily life. Ask locals for recommendations, skip the tourist buses and really get a feel for the city – at Behere we connect you with a local host so you get all their amazing tips!

sustainable travel4. Bring your reusables

We’ve all seen it – people dumping full plastic water bottles at airport security, then buying another for twice the price on the other side. Luckily for you, if you bring your empty reusable bottle through, you can refill it on once in the terminal, saving money and the environment. Plus, you’ll have the bottle for the rest of your travels. If you want to bring travel sized products, find some eco friendly sized products here.  And don’t forget the reusable shopping bag! They fold up small, can be used to store loose items in your suitcase, and come in handy for market trips.

5. Shop local

Use the aforementioned reusable bag for good and hit the market! Opt to skip the grocery store, instead shopping at the local markets for fruit, veg, eggs, cheese, bread etc. In Europe, it’s easy to find cheap, fresh produce and delicious freshly baked bread that aren’t wrapped in plastic. Bonus – it’s better for you to shop at the markets as the food is fresher and healthier!

6. Pack and shop smart

It’s easy to overpack, throwing way more things than needed in our suitcases. This means you wind up with a heavier bag, and every kilo counts when flying. That and all the unworn clothes will still get tossed in the laundry and it creates an unnecessary amount of lugging your things around. If you want to do some shopping on your travels too, plan in advance as most souvenirs end up in the garbage. So pack smart and shop smart. Bring what you need, think of what you want to buy before – and don’t buy it if you don’t need it!

7. Plastic-free picnics and no takeaway

When you need a pick me up while traveling, opt to dine-in instead of taking it go and always say “no” to plastic straws. If you can, bring your own cutlery, and cup or for picnics cook at home and pack food in reusable jars and containers.

8. Plant trees or donate to environmental initiatives

Doing all these things are great, but in order to really offset your carbon footprint from traveling look to give back to the environment. I grew up watching and helping my father and grandfather plant trees and gardens, and it’s something I continue to prioritize. Whether you take time to plant a tree, or donate to organizations that help the oceans or our planet, find a way to give back to this beautiful planet.

These are just some of the ways you can travel more sustainably. We’d love to hear your thoughts and tips, let us know in the comments. At Behere, we’re committed to helping you travel in a way that is conscious and respectful of local cultures, people, economies and the environment. And if you’re ready to plan your next trip, in a more sustainable way, get started below!

meesen brownWritten by Meesen Brown, CEO of Behere.
Meesen is the cofounder and CEO of Behere. She’s an avid traveler, speaker, dual citizen, healthy snack lover and is always looking for ways to reduce her carbon footprint. She spends most her time in New York, Barcelona or Toronto.