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What is Coliving at Sun and Co. – A Day In The Life

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While community housing and communal living have been around for awhile, coliving is still a fairly new concept. Even as a remote worker, it can be hard to understand what we mean by coliving at Sun and Co. if you’ve never experienced it. 

Generally speaking, coliving can be described as a shared housing model. Tenants (aka ‘colivers’) live in a home where common areas like kitchens, living rooms, office spaces, laundry facilities, and sometimes bathrooms are shared. The fee you pay include all your utilities, high-speed internet, weekly cleanings, fully equipped kitchens, furnished common and living spaces, constant restocking of your kitchen and essentials including coffee, tea, seasonings etc. And if you are at Sun and Co., a coworking space accessible 24/7.

But this is only the technical definition. There’s an entirely different aspect of coliving, which we will attempt to describe in the next few paragraphs, that can’t be priced.

So let’s start from the basics!

What coliving is NOT

Coliving is NOT a hotel. When you book a hotel, you generally know what to expect: a room for yourself and pretty much no interaction with other guests. Good if you’re a tourist or just travelling through a place.

Coliving is NOT a hostel. If you are travelling solo and/or are looking for some more human interactions, hostels are certainly a better option than hotels. However, hostels attract all sorts of people. Which means, while you are looking for a work-life balance while on the road, your hostel buddies might just be looking for the happy hour!

Coliving is NOT an AirBnB. As a remote worker, AirBnB can look like a good compromise for your work-and-travel lifestyle. However, there’s no guarantee that your host will be sociable and willing to connect you with the locals. And if you’re looking for a place to work from, it is rare (and time consuming) to find a fully-equipped workspace with solid wifi.

What IS coliving then?

A ‘coliving space’ like Sun and Co. can be defined as a modern form of housing designed to support a purpose-driven life, where residents share living space and a set of interests, values, and/or intentions. People choose to stay in coliving spaces as they’re visiting the location to keep a healthy work-life balance, meet like-minded people, and discover a new place too. 

So who are these people, you ask? There are mainly three types of guests at Sun and Co.:

Digital nomads, aka location-independent workers travelling full-time.

Remote workers, who might have a base somewhere in the world, but due to the nature of their jobs can work remotely for some time.

Professionals, who have a full-time job in their countries, but want to get away and/or aspire to become location independent and are looking for inspiration.

The average stay is between one week and two months. The minimum stay we recommend in order to get the most out of the coliving experience is two weeks.

Javea + COliving COworking COmmunity = Sun and Co.

Javea – the charming little town we call home on the east coast of Spain – provides the ‘Sun’ all year round. We just had to add the ‘Co.’s to create the perfect home for location independent workers!

We covered COliving, let’s have a look at what COworking and COmmunity mean.

Both the coliving and the coworking spaces are under the roof of a renovated 19th-century house, with three floors and over 200 sq meters of common areas, including a huge kitchen and a patio. We offer up to 20 workspaces, 3 working areas, a conference room and 24/7 access (plus free coffee and tea!). We also have printer, projector, LCD screens and oh yes, 300 mbps/300 mbps internet fiber connection!

But what makes Sun and Co. really famous around the world is its community. It is true that spaces like ours attract a certain type of like-minded people. However, behind every great coliving community there is always a great host that works hard to build it and promote strong shared values. We are a team of four hosts here at Sun and Co., and every day we work hard to make sure our guests have an amazing experience. Judging by our Facebook Reviews and Google Reviews, we ain’t doing a bad job! 

Why We Love Mondays

Part of our job is to make sure that everyone feels welcomed and included in the community. This is why every Monday at 7pm we run a ‘Family Meeting’, when we all get together to introduce one another and talk about who we are, what we do, what we value in life and a few fun questions. We also ask everyone to come up with a skill that they’d be willing to teach to the community, and a skill that they would like to learn. And if anyone has a particular life or work-related challenge they’re currently facing, we encourage them to organise a mastermind to find a collaborative solution.  

During the meeting we also come up with a calendar of events for the week ahead. Expect a lot of learning with professional events like skillshares led by colivers on any kind of different topics, from online advertising, to cyber-security, coding, storytelling, and much more. The goal is to mix professional and social events and to balance the time, so that we can still get work done while making the most of our time with the community and in Javea. Work smarter, live better is our motto, after all!

A Day In The Life At Sun and Co.

Living with another 15-20 people all under one roof doesn’t mean you need to do things together all the time. At Sun and Co., nothing is mandatory and everyone works and lives at their own pace. Having clarified this, here’s a sneak peek into a typical day at our home!

7.00am – 10.00am 

Wake up at your leisure, then go for a morning hike, a walk/run on the beach, or a morning surfing session. Or just cook breakfast with the other colivers and kickstart your day with some interesting conversations (and coffee!). Perhaps you feel like doing yoga in the patio, or read? Hitting the snooze button over and over is ok too! 

10.00am – 1.00pm 

Grab coffee or tea, settle into any of our inspiring workspaces and get to work to own the day. 

1.00pm – 2.30pm 

In typical Spanish fashion, there’s always time for lunch! So take a break, cook something yummy with the other colivers, bond over lunch conversations in the patio or attend a lunchtime skillshare session!

2.30pm – 6.00pm 

You choose. Continue working to hit those deadlines? Hold your afternoon calls in the Skype room? Take a break and explore Javea? Go to the beach? If too many options are making you tired, remember when in Spain… Siesta is always a good idea!

6.00pm – 8.00pm 

How about learning a new skill before dinner? Skillshares and masterminds are a great way to harness the power of our diverse community and take your personal and professional growth to the next level.

8.00pm – 11.00pm 

Time to unwind. Go out for tapas, or stay in to cook dinner and chat with your housemates over a glass of wine. Then why not watching a movie, or playing games. Or just head to your room for some quiet you-time, and get ready for another full day tomorrow!

Coliving is something that is on the rise and we believe is the future of remote working. Now that you know more about coliving at Sun and Co., will you be willing to try for yourself? 

If you’re ready to take the next step in your life and career, 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, head to our booking page and book your stay with us! 

Meet the Sun and Co. Team: Silvia

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Sun and Co. team is growing! Silvia recently joined the team as our Digital Marketing Executive. Let’s get to know her a bit more…

Tell us a bit about you Silvia!

I grew up in a small town called Treviso, about 30km from Venice, Italy. But I’ve been travelling and living abroad for most of my adult life. After living in London for 7 years, working as a Programme Manager for London Business School and later as a marketing executive for a private university, in 2017 I got rid of most of my stuff, packed my life into a 23kg suitcase and went travelling for two years around the world. I worked as a Program Leader for Remote Year and then went backpacking solo throughout Central America for a few months. Until I met Jon at the Freedom X Festival last summer and found out about Sun and Co. And here I am!

What do you at Sun and Co?

I help running Sun and Co.’s social media platforms and support the overall digital marketing strategy.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

Spending time in nature, walking, running and being active as much as I can. Of course I love travelling, and I’m always planning the next trip! I’m currently enjoying exploring Javea and its beautiful surroundings.

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

Sharing.

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

The people that run it and the people that come here. I think Edu, Jon and Sienna have done a great job identifying and communicating the values that are at the foundation of Sun and Co. and therefore attracting the right type of people: passionate, inspiring, adventurous, kind, open-minded, curios and with a growth-oriented mindset. The Sun and Co. community is so welcoming and open that ‘family’ is truly the first word that comes to mind.

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

Being location independent is not just a ‘cool’ way to live. It’s a choice of lifestyle and it comes with pros and cons. It’s not for everyone and it’s ok. Make sure you really identify your core values and what you want your life to look like before taking the leap. Then buckle up and prepare for an epic rollercoaster ride!

What is your favourite thing about Javea? Every day is a sunny day!

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team? How quickly and effortlessly they managed to make me feel at home.

Quick round off!

Favourite place you’ve ever traveled to: I have too many!!

Beach or mountain: Beach.

Carry-on or big suitcase: Backpack.

Coffee or tea: Coffee and green tea.

Summer or winter: Javea any season!

3 Most Used Apps: Whatsapp, Google Maps, Spotify.

Favourite Song at the moment: Tal Vez by Paulo Londra.

 

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Silvia a bit more! Check out the rest of the Sun and Co. team’s interview if you missed them!

How I Became A Digital Nomad: Lessons Learnt From My Time With Remote Year Program

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Two years ago I quit my office job in London, sold all my stuff, packed my life in a 23kg suitcase, said goodbye to all my friends and flew to Colombia to start my year-long adventure working as a Program Leader with the Remote Year program. It was like they basically invented my dream job and then offered it to me. I was over the moon, and terrified.

By the end of March 2017 I had successfully led a community of 50+ digital nomads, who were working remotely and travelling around the world. For 12 months we lived in 12 different cities across Europe, Asia and South America, always together.  Intense? I felt like I’d aged 5 years in 12 months, and sometimes struggled to understand how profoundly the experience had changed me.

The thing is, travelling always changes you in some ways. But travelling as part of a community is a completely different story. Here’s three important lessons I learned in the process.

Stop talking, start listening

When you’re constantly travelling from place to place and meeting new people that are also doing the same, you want to be able to create meaningful relationships in a short period of time. You quickly realise you don’t have the time nor the energy for small talk. But if you step back and take the time to really listen to others, you’ll be able to tune in very quickly with whoever you meet. Everyone has an interesting story to tell, and it’s often not what you were expecting.

No matter how open-minded and well-travelled you are, you will judge

Being forced to spend time with people that I wouldn’t normally choose to hang out with in a familiar environment made me realise how often we tend to judge a book from its cover. Back home, we tend to stick to people that we feel are similar to us and make us feel comfortable. However, if we take the time to dig deeper and push through the initial ‘awkward’ feeling, we will find that people that are very different from us are those that we should seek out and hang out with more often. They are the ones that would offer us a different perspective and really make us richer individuals.

Location independent work is the future, and communities are the key. As long as they foster vulnerability

Before I started to travel with a bunch of 50+ strangers, I had heard the term ‘tramily’ (travel + family) a few times from previous colleagues at Remote Year. And I was skeptical. I thought there was no way I would get attached to these people, as nice as they were, to the point that I would call them ‘family’. Once again, I was wrong. Travelling for a long period of time will eventually make you feel uncomfortable and push you to your limit, revealing who you really are and hence making you vulnerable. Nobody likes their dark sides to be exposed, but when your insecurities and fears are revealed and you have no choice but opening up about who you really are, that’s when the deepest sense of connection arises. Vulnerability is the most powerful tool for creating communities that really feel like families. It allows others to better understand you, accept you and love you for who you are; it instantly erases the defensive walls that we all build and that prevent us to have real, meaningful, heart-to-heart connections.

A year after saying goodbye to my Remote Year program and tramily, I find myself starting a new adventure at Sun and Co. I am excited to have the opportunity to witness and spread the word about coliving, a new way of living and working for digital nomads based on communities, collaboration and meaningful connections. It’s a revolutionary concept that is hard to explain and understand without having experienced it.

If you’re skeptical, like I was, you just need to come and try. You’ll never want to go back 🙂

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!

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!

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

There you have it! We hope you feel like you know Jon a bit better. If you want to get to know more of our team, feel free to find out more about our visual director Hayley and our founder Edu!

Meet The Sun and Co. Team: Edu

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We’re so excited to announce that over the next couple of months, we’re going to be introducing to people who play a huge part at Sun and Co., our team! Whether you’re already part of the Sun and Co. family or you’ve been waiting to visit us, we’re thrilled to show you a different side of who we are. With these interviews, you’ll get a snapshot of who we are, what we love and why we’re so obsessed with the co-living and location independent movements!

First up… our amazing Sun and Co.founder, Edu!

Meet The Team: Edu

Tell us a bit about you!

Hi! My name is Edu 🙂 I am actually a local, born in Javea in 1985. Sun and Co. is located in a 19th-century old house which belonged to my grandparents. Two years ago I decided to transform it into the home for location independent workers and here we are now!

What do you at Sun and Co?

Both Jon and I are co-founders of Sun and Co. My task right now is to develop new business ideas based on the existing community of digital nomads and entrepreneurs around Sun and Co. and coordinate our team of five to create an amazing personal and professional experience for our guests.

Outside of work, what do you love to do?

Hiking and wild camping are what I try to do every time I can, especially if abroad. Owning a campervan is a long-pursued dream which I hope to achieve soon and make it a nice basecamp for some hiking adventures. I also recently got my sailing license and joined a sailing club, so hopefully, soon enough you’ll also find me on a boat 🙂 I am not fully nomadic but I try to be really mobile!

Meet The Team: Edu

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

Sharing.

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

The amazing quality of the guests. I honestly feel every day I receive back more than what I give to them. They have an amazing ability to teach me new ideas and ways of thinking and that’s something that everyone in the house can experience.

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

I would just remind them that being rootless can also be difficult. It is important to look after the people you leave at home, take care of them and dedicate time to your good friends.

What is your favorite thing about Javea?

The quiet pace which allows me to focus and be productive. That and a glass of wine during sunset at the Lighthouse 🙂

Biggest surprise since joining the Sun and Co. team?

The huge amount of people and companies embracing the remote work culture so quickly.

Quick round off:

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled: Torres del Paine, Chile

Beach or mountain: Mountains, the higher the better

Carry-on or big suitcase: Backpack!

Coffee or tea: Café con leche by the sea

Summer or winter: Spanish summer and German winter

3 Most Used Apps: Asana, Coinbase and Freeletics.

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How to be a Digital Nomad: Building Relationships On The Road

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Living the location independent lifestyle, constantly on the road or moving from place to place, sometimes makes it hard to find or foster meaningful relationships with others. Most of the time we have surface level interactions before moving on to our next destination, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Taking the time to create meaningful relationships while being a digital nomad is vital. We’ve gotten to experience firsthand the way that deep relationships not only help people feel as if they have a great sense of community, but it also leads to success.

When you’re a part of a Coliving community, you really learn the impact that creating meaningful relationships in a short period of time can bring, Let’s dive into three ways to do just that!

Get To Know People Outside of Just What They Do

Being able to ask someone about their profession and latest project that they’re working on is easy, but it can create a feeling that you’re only interested in connecting on a professional level instead of actually getting to know who they are as a person.

Imagine what it would look like if, instead, you were able to cut the small talk and dive right into what really matters. When you get to know the things that people truly value and what they believe in, it creates a much stronger bond than what you can find on their LinkedIn profile.

This is what happens with coliving. When you share a house with other people, you find that it isn’t just working and collaborating together on a professional level, but also finding yourself in situations like cooking together or sharing a beer in the evening that opens doors for a real connection.

Community Over Competition 

We live in a time where it feels like there are so many businesses and ideas out there and the competition is tough. But, instead of feeling as if everyone you meet is competition, think of them as your professional community. We can go so much further together than if we were on our own.

We’ve seen people come together and leave Sun and Co. with new business partners, professional accountability partners and even hiring one another to help with growth. You want to work with people that you really connect with, so being able to ignite a meaningful relationship doesn’t just mean that you might make a new friend. It can also help lead to professional success.  

Be Vulnerable

Vulnerability is a touchy topic. Often we need time to really know someone to be able to open up and truly be vulnerable with them. But when that happens towards the beginning of a new relationship or friendship, it’s invaluable. One of the most powerful moments that we’ve had is when we hosted a “Lessons and Learnings” bonfire where for four hours, people who were “strangers” earlier that day, opened up in a way you couldn’t imagine. An immediate sense of community was shared as we all spoke about the hardships that they’ve gone through in life and the lessons that they’ve learned from it.

Seeing people from all over the world with different backgrounds and experiences share moments like that, broke down all barriers. When you open up about who you are and your true journey, not just the highlights on social media, it allows for a much deeper sense of connection that you can ever imagine.

These are just three ways to make sure that you’re fostering meaningful relationships while being a digital nomad living the location independent lifestyle.

Feel free to email us letting us know what you think and if you’re ready to find meaningful relationships here at Sun and Co., our house is always open to you!

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