At Behere, we’re constantly inspired by our amazing community. We’re thrilled to be featuring some of the inspiring women that have used Behere, around the world, to share their stories and how they’ve made living abroad possible. From unconventional roles, to starting businesses while abroad, these ladies have worked very hard to make this their reality.
Today’s Behere member feature, Clara Uyttendaele, is originally from Belgium. Clara lived in Bali this fall using Behere, allowing herself to travel to pursue more – and connect with other inspiring ladies in Bali. Check out her story below.
What do you do for work?
I graduated as a translator last year and I’ve been working as a one for two years now. I work for a company in Brussels and their content is usually about travelling, so right up my alley! I worked in their office for one month and then moved to Spain. They wanted to keep me so they gave me the opportunity to work remotely, and it has been absolutely amazing!
But as much as I love translating, I want more. I took a month in Bali to figure out what else I could do apart from translating. And oh man, did I learn a lot! I met a lot of inspiring people in the workspace that gave me so many ideas! I decided to finish my masters degree in England and I hope that with everything I learn there and from online courses I am currently taking I will be able to have my own business in a couple of months, and I am so excited about it! Keep your eyes peeled ;).
What did a typical day look like for you while living abroad?
In Belgium I have always been more of a night owl, but in Bali I was an early bird and I loved it! I would go for a tasty breakfast (the smoothie bowls are out of this world and cheap!) Then if I felt like it, I would hit the gym. In the afternoon I would go to the workspace to ‘work, work, work‘.
The amazing drinks and food at the cafe in my workspace were also the perfect fuel! If possible, I would catch sunset – the sunsets in Bali really are special! On days I didn’t feel like working (and hey, that’s totally okay some days!), you could find me chilling by the pool.
My weekends were usually composed of exploring more of the beautiful island of Bali with my new friends. The nature in Bali is unlike anything I have ever seen, simply breathtaking. Occasionally you could also find me at Old Man’s – the place to be in Canggu! You’ll believe it when you see it ;).
How did Behere help you on this journey?
Going new places is always exciting, but figuring out where to stay can be difficult, especially when you are going to live somewhere for a full month! Behere made this step so easy. They arranged everything from apartment to work space to my gym membership. The place I stayed at in Bali was absolutely amazing. I had a cute, modern bedroom with a kitchenette and spacious bathroom, and on top of that the best accommodation manager!
The other women stayed in the same building, which was awesome! And oh yeah, we had our own pool! The villa had a perfect location, on the main road and close to the beach! Most importantly I felt safe there. Not having to worry about arranging all of that myself took away a lot of stress!
I had the pleasure to meet the founders of Behere when I was there, and I love them so much. They are doing incredible things with Behere and they genuinely care about their customers. I am already contemplating where I want to go next with them!
What is your favourite memory from being abroad?
Discovering a new place and culture is always cool and Bali exceeded all my expectations, but what I will remember the most from this trip are the people I met. Especially the women I met there.
I have said this many times before and I will say it again: women supporting each other is the most powerful thing there is. It is honest, pure and life changing.
The women from the experience in Bali had their own stories and backgrounds, and we did not know each other before, but from the moment we connected, magic happened. We shared very meaningful moments together and they will stick with me forever. I can’t wait to see where their lives and businesses will take them. Having had such a supportive community was what made this experience so amazing!
Your #1 piece of advice for women who are thinking about living abroad for a month?
Just do it.
It is scary, I admit it. I had serious travel anxiety myself when boarding the plane, which is something I’ve never had before.
Also, give yourself some time to adapt when you get there, it’s normal you might feel a bit insecure about things at first – it is a new country after all. But in the end, and this I promise you, it will be so damn worth it!
Feeling inspired to push past your fears now and experience the world? Learn more about how Behere can help make it your reality, while staying productive and feeling supported.
Images and words courtesy of Clara Uyttendaele.