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How To Stay Productive While Traveling

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Mojito on the beach with Gmail open on the computer screen. If we believed everything we saw on Instagram, that’s what it would look like when you’re someone who works and travels at the same time. If you’re actually one of those people, you know that the reality looks a bit different.

Whether you have a home base and travel occasionally or you’re a full-time digital nomad who is always on the road, the reality is… work still has to get done. Being productive in different places can sometimes be harder than what it seems but we’re here to share some more tips on how to do so.

The Colivers in our community are some of the smartest people we know with such a wide range of experience so we decided to go to the source. We asked them how do they aim to stay productive while working remotely or on the road and this is what they had to say!

“Get Serious About Your Workspace”

Rachel says… Get serious about your workspace–spend some time finding a good place to work that is comfortable and meets all or most of your needs and then keep going back. Knowing what you are going to do and where you are going to do it gives some structure to the workday.

 

“Dress Up”

Chelsea’s advice: When I’m working remotely and don’t have to go into an office I’m more productive when I dress up, versus staying in my pajamas, even if I’m not going anywhere. Then when I’m finished with my tasks, I reward myself by just walking around the town I’m in – since I’m already dressed ;).

“Get Inspired”

Ann Kathrin says; For me, as an illustrator and graphic designer, it really helps me to be productive to get inspired by the local art and culture scene. Whether it’s a trip to a museum during the day, a visit to a theater or just sitting in a cafe and watch the everyday life around me.

 

“Plan Your Week”

 

Alex believes that you need to… plan your week so that it’s always clear what you’ve got to do next. It makes the distractions less tempting.

 

 

“Exercise Between Tasks”

 

Ella says; Go out for a walk or run in between tasks. It helps me to clear my head and focus more when I get back to my work. And it’s great to get some sun and see the surroundings while you’re at it.

 

 

 

“Make Location Work For You”

Ali says; My favorite productivity travel hack is to use the location freedom to help me focus. I choose a project to complete at each location whether it be a coffee shop, or even one desk versus the sofa in a co-working space. Once the project is complete (or a few tasks if they are smaller) I change locations. The new surroundings help me refocus and the time it takes to get up and walk around helps me get some fresh air and re-charge. 

 

Hopefully these tips will give you a good starting point for things you can do to stay productive while on the road! Of course, productivity doesn’t always mean being in front of your computer for 8 hours a day. In our eyes, when you’re truly productive, that’s the key to #worksmarterlivebetter.

 

Diverse Representation As a Digital Nomad; An Interview with Kit Whelan

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Kit Whelan is one of those passionate people that you meet and instantly feel inspired to be a better person and change the world. We had the honor of spending time with her at the 7in7 conference as well as afterward, as they hosted the Nomad House here at Sun and Co. 

We decided to sit down with Kit to hear a bit more about how she’s able to be location independent, the importance of diversity in the digital nomad world, how we need to be redefining the future of work in the next 20 years and so much more! 

Without saying anything about work, tell us a little bit about who you are and what you value.

I LOVE this question! I’ve been a digital nomad for 9 years and the only thing I miss about muggle life is being able to have a cat – I’m a certified crazy cat lady! The best thing about my life is my awesome community of location independent humans all over the world who support me through life’s ups and downs. They help me become the best person I can be. I’m never without my amazing friends.

Aaaand does running a conference count as work if it’s an all-volunteer project? Because I started a conference to make more friends. That’s how important community is to me 🙂

I also plan to travel in space one day, hopefully to Mars.

So, what do you do that allows you to be location independent?

I’m a social media consultant, mostly for small luxury hotels.

 

Tell us a little bit about why you started the 7in7 conference.

“This bromad culture turned off so many people that a lot of my friends refused to call themselves digital nomads. They couldn’t stand to be associated with those types of people. Something had to change.”

 

We started 7in7 out of frustration. First, frustration with the lack of representation in the nomad community. EVERYWHERE you looked it was all straight, white, Western men. Every conference, meetup, article, podcast… all white guys talking about how to “crush it” at life. This bromad culture turned off so many people that a lot of my friends refused to call themselves digital nomads. They couldn’t stand to be associated with those types of people. Something had to change.

Secondly, frustration that there were so many events geared toward getting people into the location independent lifestyle, but nothing for those of us who had already been nomads for a while. We had already figured out the basics – starting a business or getting a remote job, the logistics of travel, etc. But there’s so much more to life than that: building a community, being a socially responsible global citizen, deciding whether or not to have kids on the road… we needed a space to have these conversations.

So, we started our own.

As for doing it on seven continents… that bit is just for fun! 🙂

 

Since starting 7in7, how have you seen your network change?

Oh my gosh! People say if you want to increase your visibility you should speak at conferences… that’s true. But if you want to increase your network, and fill your global village with wonderful humans, start your own event! I have met such incredible people over the last three years! And they introduce me to their friends, and their friends, and on and on. Anything I need, there’s someone in my network who can help me get it. They push me to be better. They offer their skills to create a better world. They are everything to me.

The focus of the conference is for “experienced digital nomads”.

 

Tell us a bit about why you chose to focus on those who have been traveling and working for years.

Yes, this is a bit controversial. We are the only event I know of for experienced location independent people (those who have been at it for more than one year) and that’s intentional.

When you’ve been a nomad for 3, 5, or 15 years, you often find yourself in spaces where you are the most experienced person in the room. You end up being asked questions by everyone else, and of course, you’re happy to help! But why only go to events where you’re the one providing the value? At 7in7, everyone who comes has something valuable to share. Everyone can challenge you to be better. Everyone understands your lifestyle. You aren’t a subject of curiosity here… you’re with your people.

“At 7in7, everyone who comes has something valuable to share. Everyone can challenge you to be better. Everyone understands your lifestyle. You aren’t a subject of curiosity here… you’re with your people.”

 

 

Let’s talk a bit about representation in the world of remote work and travel. Now, more than ever, it’s easy for anyone to create their own platform and following. Do you think it’s a good thing or do you think that it adds to the rest of the noise in a world that people think is over saturated?

It’s SO important that there are more platforms being created every day because everyone has their own story to tell. In 2010, it was so exciting to meet another nomad in the wild that you were immediately best friends. Now, there are hundreds of thousands of us all over the world. We all need to find our people somehow. Especially those of us who haven’t felt represented in the wider space: queer nomads, nomads of color, transgender nomads – visibility is EVERYTHING.

It’s also important to find people who share your interests beyond just travel. I have a “Nerdy Nomads” WhatsApp group where I talk with friends about the latest comic book movies. I have a “Cat Crew Nomads” Facebook chat where we send photos of cats we find all over the world. Of course, you don’t have to create a platform to find these friends, but it is a fast way to do it! I have a Facebook Group for feminist nomads who listen to my podcast – and they are wonderful! I would never have met half of them if it weren’t for my podcast.

That being said, I encountered someone recently who thought that being a digital nomad meant you had to have a fancy Instagram presence. That’s not the case at all!

…those of us who haven’t felt represented in the wider space: queer nomads, nomads of color, transgender nomads – visibility is EVERYTHING.

 

How do you see the digital nomad sphere changing in the upcoming years?

Good question! I’m working to make sure we expand what it means to be location independent. Of course, it can mean traveling to 20 new cities every year, but it can also mean working full-time remote and having the opportunity to live in a small town you adore or stay home with your children or care for an aging parent or work part-time as a SCUBA instructor. The future of work – and life – is flexible. That’s what we need to redefine in the next 20 years.

 

How would you say that being location independent has changed your life?

A decade ago, I could never have imagined that my life would look like this. It’s everything I never knew I needed. I am in charge of every aspect of my own life. I live where I want to, I work how I want to, and I play when I want to. It’s the most empowering thing. I feel so much more confident.

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to run their own business and travel often?

I would say trust yourself and don’t worry when you make mistakes. Nothing is irreversible. When you fail, just get back up and try again.

 

Who is someone that you admire (whether you know them personally or not) and why?

Can I list every woman I know?! I get inspiration from all my friends!

But, keeping it simple, I’ll say Leanne Pittsford. She founded her own conference, Lesbians Who Tech, back in 2014. It was because of her example that I knew I could handle running my own conference. She’s turned her values into a tangible global community that has helped thousands of people.

My best advice is to find friends who make you want to be a better person.

 

After the 7in7 conference in Barcelona, you stayed at Sun and Co. How would you describe the experience here to someone who has never been before?

I loved Sun and Co! Immediately after we arrived everyone agreed there was something about the space and the town that was just so soothing. You can’t help but be relaxed and productive there! There’s guaranteed laughter and support every day!

 

If you could give yourself one piece of advice before starting your location independent journey, what would it be?

I made an entire podcast episode about this! Basically: stress less.

 

Imagine that you had one month to travel anywhere in the world (money not being an issue), where would you go and why?

I’d go around sub-saharan Africa staying in all the best hotels in each city and the most expensive eco-lodges on safari. Flying first-class in between! There’s so much of that continent I have yet to explore, but money and time always get in the way!

 

Lastly, where do you see yourself/what do you see yourself doing one year from now?

I know EXACTLY where I’ll be! 7in7 Year Four is happening in Australasia, so I’ll be in Australia or New Zealand scouting out venues and finding the best cat cafes!

Rapid Fire

Window or aisle? Always window!

Carryon or overweight? Carry-on only, baby!

Favorite city you’ve visited? This is impossible to answer. Ok, London.

Favorite tool for remote work? Calendly.

What song do you currently have on repeat? My brother’s latest.

Anything else you want to share? Just thinking about Sienna and the crew at Sun and Co makes me feel light and full of happiness! I can’t wait to see you all again!

Where can we find you on the web and social media?
https://twitter.com/kitwhelan
https://www.instagram.com/kitwhelan/
https://7in7.co/

 

Thanks so much for your time Kit! 

If you’re interested in attending 7in7 this year in Colombia, you can get your early bird tickets here!

Mastering Remote Work: 3 Ways To Improve Team Culture

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Being a full-time remote worker definitely has its benefits but if we’re being honest… sometimes it can be hard to navigate the world of remote work 24/7. If you’re used to office environments and coffee banter, sometimes it can be an isolating experience but it doesn’t have to be that way.

With the future of work inevitably leading to more companies having remote employees and more people being brought on to teams so they can work from anywhere in the world… it’s vital to have the right tactics in place both as an employee and an employer.

There are some companies who do remote work really well and one of those is Hanno, a business that focuses on helping organizations build and launch life-changing products. The team is 100% remote and does all of their collaborations online, even with their clients. We had the pleasure of connecting with Laila, the Remote Work Mentor of the Hanno team to teach the Sun and Co. community about Remote Team Culture and now we’re going to share some of the takeaways with you!

Keep Your Systems Effective

One of the biggest hardships of being on a fully remote team can be systems and organizations. We asked Laila how do they keep their systems effective both within their team and with their clients as well.

In their company, they have “playbooks” which are perfect both when onboarding new team members as well as frequenting them in their day-to-day work situations. When you have guidelines within a team it not only helps you figure out how you do your work internally but it also helps your clients understand how you work as a remote business… just in case they need some clarity or have never worked with a brand remotely before.

Keeping systems effective also means that team communication is transparent on all fronts. They use something called Everyday PPP which stands for Plan, Progress and Process. It allows for everyone to be able to check in with one another and be able to keep everyone on the team accountable.

 

Connect On A Deeper Level

Sometimes when working remotely, it can be a bit difficult to connect with your coworkers on a deeper level outside of the meetings and daily tasks that you have ahead.

Some different ways to combat that and connect on a deeper level as a team?

Implementing things like check-ins before your meeting. It helps you all open up about how you’re feeling and get to know what’s going on with your teammates outside of work.

Another way to connect with teammates is having activities like “Friday Beer or Coffee” to be informal. Hanno hosts this weekly so that there is time within their team for informal chatting and connecting on a different level.

 

Know What Tools You Need

What is so impressive about the Hanno team is that although their business focuses on creating and implementing new projects and services for their clients, they are truly thought-leaders when it comes to remote work culture and efficiency.

They don’t just help their clients learn how to work remotely and be more efficient but they also help thousands of other people in the world learn how to implement better remote work practices via various online resources.

What tools could be useful to you and your team?

Here are some things you probably haven’t heard of before when it comes to thinking about what your team needs and what you can use to help with productivity and collaboration working remotely.

Remote Starter Kit: The Hanno overview of all the tools that you need to help your team collaborate better and be happier.

Oskar: The tool you never knew you needed. A bot that helps track your team’s happiness via Slack!

Donut: A site that helps you build amazing company culture online.

Reinventing Organizations: Laila recommends reading this book when you’re thinking about your own company culture and how to work better as a team and a new way of rethinking how an organization works and operates on a daily basis.

Do you work or lead a remote team? What tools and practices do you use to keep everyone organized, efficient and happy? Let us know in the comments! 

Why Coliving Is The Future of Remote Working

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What do professional growth, clarity and coliving have to do with one another?

Let’s take a moment and think about why people long for vacation or “workation” in remote working terms.

Why do we look to explore new places and have a change of scenery? More often than not, we escape to find clarity and gain a new understanding of how we see the world and our place in it. So what does all of this have to do with coliving? And what is coliving?

Coliving is something that is on the rise and we believe is the future of remote working. Over the years, we’ve found that many people join us at Sun and Co. when they are in search for a sense of clarity or change in their lives: transitioning to new business fields, looking for new job opportunities, working on side projects…

The list goes on, but we’ve heard over and over again from Colivers that once they leave Sun and Co., they have a sense of clarity that wasn’t there before.

So time to dive into three ways that coliving won’t just give you a sense of overall clarity, but will also lead to professional growth!

Learn From The Expertise Of Others

One of the most impactful things that happen on a weekly basis at Sun and Co. is skillshares. At the beginning of each week, we share what everyone in the house wants to learn and who can provide meaningful content on those topics. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from others and then apply it to your own situation and professional experience. With a wide range of topics like Facebook ad funnels, email marketing, blogging, SEO and even things like risk-taking probabilities… you’re constantly able to get out of your professional comfort zone and learn from those who specialize in different topics.

Meet Your New Business Partner 

When most people think about professional networking, they envision swanky lunches or meeting people at conferences. You rarely think about your new business partner or colleague being someone you wake up and have breakfast with for two weeks. That’s the beauty about coliving: you’re not just sharing a workspace where you go in and out at the end of each day. You’re also living together and getting to know one another on a deeper level. This way you can skip the resume and boring interview process and get right to the good stuff when it comes to working together or hiring someone new because you were able to connect on a deeper level from Day One.

Time and time again, we see people who have met at Sun and Co. end up hiring each other later on, freelancing for another coliver’s companies and even leading joint ventures together.

Stay Inspired By Your Surroundings

The beauty of being location independent is that you can choose to be based in a place like Javea, where you’re constantly surrounded by inspiration. And if you choose coliving at Sun and Co., you will also find endless inspiration in the house itself.

With sleek architecture and a minimalist, homey vibe, it’s easy to be productive and get the meaningful work done. That’s what we had in mind when renovating this 19th-century house. An inspiring space. Tall glass windows. Open workspace. Closed office spaces. Tons of natural light. Outdoor patios. And lots of plants!

Time to think about if you’re ready to take the next step in your life and career.

Are you ready to be in a new environment, connect with other like-minded people and spend your days inspired by where you are and what you’re doing? If so, we’re here to welcome you with open arms!

3 Unconventional Ways To Find Remote Work

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Succeeding as a remote worker is something that is more attainable than most people think. Whether you’ve been on the scene for a while or you’re looking to transition from your 9 to 5 office job, not to worry, securing remote work in your field is getting easier by the day.

When you’re able to find work that doesn’t tie you down to a specific location or area, it creates a world of endless benefits; not only does it allow you to be location independent (meaning you can live anywhere in the world) but it also fosters productivity, allows you to create your own schedule and more often than not… comes with an increased sense of happiness and fulfillment.

We’re moving away from a time where developers and coders are the only people who are able to work remotely. Now, there is an endless number of job opportunities in various fields that allow almost anyone to be able to secure a remote gig but the biggest challenge for many is figuring out how to find a remote job.

Luckily for you, we’re going to share some inside knowledge on 3 of our favorite ways to find remote work.

 

Targeted Websites

The easiest route to finding remote job opportunities would be a simple Google search, but it can be really difficult to sift through everything that there is out there. It’s important to find promotions that you can trust and with a bit more clarity on what they have to offer. That’s why we love websites like Workew that allow you to post your resume and get free daily job alerts for a variety of professions. Websites like these are the best way to have filtered opportunities delivered right to your inbox from remote companies like Spotify, Remote Year, and more. With over 150 companies, it’s easy to find something that’s the right fit for you.

Word Of Mouth

Another great, yet often underutilized way to gain new job opportunities is by word of mouth and networking in different groups. When you’re vocal about the work you do and the services that you offer, it allows people to keep you top of mind when it comes to new job opportunities and offers that they know of.

According to a Nielsen report, 92% of people trust recommendations that they hear from friends and family over other sources of marketing and they’d be more apt to hire someone that is a “friend of a friend”. When you’re consistently sharing your work, availability and openness to remote job opportunities, it can open up a new world of professional opportunities.

Facebook Groups

Facebook might be the least conventional way to find remote work but it works just the same. Most people hone in on LinkedIn when thinking about social networks to find work opportunities but with the rise of Facebook groups that focus on remote work and the digital nomad lifestyle; you’re able to find ample opportunities and conversations regards job opportunities or new freelance positions within various companies.

Staying tuned into various conversations in Facebook groups might allow for you to encounter job offers for remote work, especially if the groups you’re participating in have a focus of remote work, travel and location independence.

What unconventional tips or tricks do you have for finding new job opportunities that allow you to work smarter and live better from anywhere in the world?

Meet The Sun and Co. Team: Sienna

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Next up on our meet the team series is our new communications director, Sienna. She’s going to share a bit about herself, what she does at Sun and Co. and what happens during her free time. Alright…

Let’s Meet Sienna!

Tell us a bit about you!

I’m originally from New York and have been living in Spain for the past three years with plans on staying long term! When I’m not at Sun and Co. or running Las Morenas de Espana, a brand that focuses on diversity and cultural immersion in Spain… I’m cozied up at home or jetting off to explore a new location.

What do you at Sun and Co?

At Sun and Co. I focus on online communications and spreading the word about how great this place is. Having joined the team after staying at Sun and Co. three times in 8 months, it’s obvious that I’m a fangirl. Not only do I handle marketing but I also make sure that everyone in the house feels at home, cultivating a sense of family.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

I’m pretty lowkey. In my spare time, I love learning and reading new books. Cooking is also my favorite past time, it’s my moment to disconnect and be creative… not to mention, everyone loves a good meal!

I also love seeing and exploring new places and disconnecting in nature when I can.

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Growth.

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

Something that I love about Sun and Co. is the feeling of family. When you’re here, it’s amazing to see how quickly you connect with the other colivers, not just on a professional level but on a personal level as well. Being location independent can sometimes be quite lonely so it’s amazing to find like-minded people all in one place. Not only that, but you find that after some time at Sun and Co. so many people have insane clarity about things that they’ve been working on for a while.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

The piece of advice that I’d give to someone who wants to become location independent is to find what works for you. Being location independent doesn’t mean that you need to be traveling the world 24/7 but instead, find the balance that you need to be both productive as well as feel fulfilled. When you start your journey, be patient with the process and don’t fall into societal standards but find what works for you.

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

I love how calm it feels. Javea is somewhere that I came back to many times before moving here and joining the Sun and Co. team. I think it’s a place that feels like the perfect escape, no matter the time of year. It’s a place that exudes peace and that’s something that’s hard to find.

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

The biggest surprise since joining the team is the diversity of the people who are a part of the community. It’s always amazing to see the people who come to the house and how brilliant they all are in their fields. I love the fact that people who have different professional and life experiences all find themselves in the same place and learn from one another.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Reunion Island; it’s such a stunning place.

Beach or mountain: Beach.

Carry-on or big suitcase: Carry-on, always.

Coffee or tea: Matcha!

Summer or winter: Summer, the cold makes me cringe.

3 Most Used Apps: Instagram, Whatsapp, Spotify.

Favorite Song at the moment: Me Voy – Ibeyi.

Thanks for tuning in! We hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out the rest of our team’s interviews!

5 Ways To Be Successful as A Remote Worker

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If you know us at Sun and Co., you’re aware that we value being able to work smarter and live better. Over the years, we’ve welcomed and learned from over 300 remote workers, location independent workers, and digital nomads. During this time, we’ve not only seen impressive business growth in various individuals but also lifelong connections made between people in the community.

It’s time to share 5 tips on how to make sure that you’re successful as a remote worker. If you’re not yet there, we’re going to share what you need to do to start your journey.

Take a Look at What Held You Back in The Past

Before we talk about taking steps into the future, it’s important to reflect on your past. Odds are, most people will focus on their wins and all that they’ve accomplished, which is something we recommend, but let’s take it a step further. Also, set aside some time to think about any limiting thoughts or beliefs that you might have had in the past.

How often did you stop yourself from doing something or going after what you really wanted because of a limiting thought about yourself, your personality or your capabilities (both personal and professional)?

So often, we hold ourselves back from greatness or what it is we truly want because we are afraid of what might happen when we actually get there.

Now, take time to think about how far you’ve come in the past year and write down your biggest professional goal for the future 12 months, as if you had no limits or constraints working against you.

Invest In Learning New Skills

Investing in your life and your business is one of the best things that we can do for ourselves. Putting in the time, effort and money to elevate both our skills and knowledge is necessary to reach new heights. When you take time to remove yourself from your everyday life and routine to dedicate time and energy into learning at an accelerated pace, it can be exactly what you need to move forward in your job and towards your goals.

We know that investing in learning is exactly what we need to accomplish more and bring us closer to “success”, which is why we always encourage skillsharing and masterminds within our Sun and Co. community.

Surround Yourself with People Who Are Smarter Than You

We’re all familiar with the saying that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with so, imagine what it would look like if you started spending time with people who were smarter than you. When we challenge and start surrounding ourselves with those who have different (and sometimes more advanced) experiences, it has a powerful impact on the way we think and the limits we’re willing to push.

Finding mentors, experts or even other people who are looking to grow to new levels of thinking and working is sometimes all we need to take our lives and businesses to new heights.

Keep Yourself Accountable

It’s time to stop making goals that we forget about shortly after creating them. When you are a remote worker, you need to keep yourself accountable in a variety of ways. One of them that never falls short is finding accountability partners to work with. What actually is an accountability partner? Well, someone else who is on a similar journey that can help you stay accountable and motivated towards goals that you set. Over the years, we’ve seen people who have met at Sun and Co., not only keep each other accountable over time but who have also become close friends and even business partners. Impressive, right?   

When you have accountability partners or that sense of community helping you move forward, it helps you keep your goals at the forefront of your mind and feel supported along the way.

Make Time To Stay Inspired

Ironically enough, being successful in your business isn’t always just focused on business. We all need to look for balance, so that we don’t just spend our days behind a computer. Instead, we need to focus on being able to see new places and have new experiences as well. This is something that we love about being based in Javea, Spain. It allows for the people who come and experience life with us here, not just to work smarter but also to learn how to live better and stay inspired. When you’re in beautiful and remote places like this one, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a step back, find your focus and stay inspired.

Meet the Sun and Co. Team: Jon

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If you’ve been keeping up with our Meet the Team series, we’re sharing a bit about all of our team members so that you get to know us a bit better! Today, we’re introducing you to our co-founder Jon who makes sure that everyone feels happy and at home!

Are you ready to meet Jon?!

What do you at Sun and Co?

I’m in charge of the full Sun and Co. experience. From the first day you contact us until you arrive, you stay until you leave our home.  I’ll make sure all of the events, all of the connections and the operations are going as they should. The community is our biggest asset to Sun and Co., and I’m in charge of making it connect.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

I love hanging out with friends, surfing, music festivals and watching football.

If you had to describe coliving in one word, what would it be?  

Belonging

 

What do you think makes Sun and Co. so special?

The hosts, the building, and Javea.

Hosts are the most important role in Sun and Co. where our key task is to build up the community. We do it through professional and social events. There is always so much knowledge in the house, and our job is to make our guests exchange it. At the same time, we get to know each other by doing things together, that’s why we host social activities nearly every day.

The building is perfectly designed to make people interact and connect. It’s truly coliving and coworking all under one roof.

Javea is a beautiful Spanish town by the sea and the perfect place to feel productive and inspired. 

 

What is one piece of advice you’d give to someone looking to become location independent?

Surround yourself with people you like. Being location independent can be a lonely experience sometimes. So whether you are traveling or based in one place, find your community. It’s critical.

 

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

I’ve been living in Javea for two years. The most important thing I learned after moving here is to understand the rhythm of a town. Life goes slower here. Living in a place like this helps me appreciate the little things more.

 

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

I take it as something normal but your colleagues being your friends as well is priceless. The working environment among our team is reflected in our guests at Sun and Co. and that’s something essential.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to: Cabo de Gata, Almeria – Spain.

Beach or mountain: Beach!

Carry-on or big suitcase: Carry-on!

Coffee or tea: Coffee!

Summer or winter: Summer!

3 Most Used Apps: Whatsapp, Kiwi & Asana

Favorite Song at the moment: Los Locos Son Ellos – La Maravillosa Orquesta del Alcohol

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Tips To Save Money While Traveling

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Whether you’re location independent, a digital nomad or just an avid traveler, sticking to a budget is something that inevitably comes up when you’re on the road. No matter who we are, we want to be able to have memorable and meaningful experiences without breaking the bank. So it’s time to share three tips to help you save money while you’re traveling long-term.

Shop At Local Markets — Less Eating Out, More Cooking

Let’s be honest, the culinary experience in new countries is something that always draws people in but every now and again, eating out 24/7 can add up. One of our suggestions to both dive into the local culture as well save a few extra dollars is by cooking local cuisine at home. In Javea, we find that people love heading to the local market on Thursdays or heading to the town of Jesus Pobre on Sundays to buy fresh, local ingredients and then spend time cooking together and creating great communal meals and tapas to share.

 

Find Affordable Accommodation

When you’re constantly on the road, where you stay might be one of the most important deciding factors when thinking about what city to visit next. When you’re looking to settle down in a place for a few weeks or a month, odds are, you’ll want to skip a typical hotel experience. One of the best options for long-term stay is finding a coliving space.

Why is that?

Because not only are you able to share a space and experiences with like-minded individuals but you also have the chance to work where you’re living as well. So, you’re killing two birds with one stone as you engage with a new community while also saving time, energy and money on searching for cafes to work from with reliable internet.

 

Explore The Area On Foot or By Bike

One way to skip the additional prices of public transportation or renting a car is by taking time to explore the town that you’re staying at on foot or by bike. At Sun and Co. we have bikes available to move around town and it’s the perfect way to experience the most of the city while also getting in a bit of exercise. While renting a car is a great alternative for day trips and exploring more of the larger surrounding area, just taking a couple of hours out of your day to go for a walk is a great way to save money on tours or transportation while still getting to see the town.

 

These are just a few tips we have on how to save money when you’re a long-term traveler or someone who is location independent and often on the road. We’d love to hear what other suggestions you have!

 

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