Whether you’re a big business boss, full-time freelancer or a small-time side-hustler, sometimes you need to get away from the responsibilities of your home life to focus on a big project, come up with new ideas or just to stretch that ol’ creativity muscle.
You can always go bush, get off the grid and rent a shack somewhere but if you want to learn from other worker bees, meet some like-minded legends and explore a new corner of the world at the same time, you might want to consider a business retreat.
Ready to take the plunge? Here are the best business retreats around the world.
Hacker Paradise is a digital nomad’s dream retreat. Most of the trips they organise are between one and three months long, but you’re free to join after the start date or leave before the end. They organise your accommodation, working spaces (including excellent WiFi, always) and all those boring logistical details you don’t want to have to worry about. They also take care of setting up professional development opportunities (think workshops, panels and networking events), amazing travel adventures and plenty of occasions to get to know the other legends on your retreat. You take part in as much or as little as you want—so if you want to really focus or just chill out on your own, that’s totally fine. Hacker Paradise has trips all over the world so whether you want to build a website on a Thai Island, write a novel in Kenya or become the world’s best virtual assistant in Istanbul, the choice is yours.
Price: From AU $2300 for two weeks
Institute Of Code
Want to get a side-hustle going but not sure what skills to put to use yet? Head to the Institute of Code in Bali and learn to build a website in just 10 days, it’s as easy as that. During your stay at the lush villa (pool and doggo included), you’ll learn all the building blocks you need to put together a website, and before you leave you will have built one and presented it to the group. If it sounds daunting, it’s not. There are always mentors on hand to help you out, and after you leave, the team provides lifetime support via Skype, Facebook or probably in person if you’re lucky enough to be in Bali. The bootcamp comes complete with daily yoga sessions, the best food you’ll find in Bali and incredible excursions scattered throughout the 10 days.
Price: From AU $6600
Unsettled is the business retreat for those of you who need to shake up your daily routine and build an unbelievable network of friends who will teach you a thing or two. They offer one-week, two-week and month-long retreats everywhere from Bali and Buenos Aires to Tokyo and Lebanon. They’ll always organise a co-working space for the month-long retreats, while the shorter trips are treated more like a way to break your routine, create new habits and build a community, though of course, you’ll always have access to top-quality WiFi in your accommodation to get your work done. It’s just as much a travel community as a working community, so it’s perfect if you’re looking to open your eyes to new cultural experiences and learn about the world. The team will organise plenty of professional development and learning opps, and maybe you’ll even volunteer to host a workshop to teach your new friends a thing or two about what you do—because it’s all about learning from each other.
Price: From AU $2900 to 5900 for one month (depending on the destination)
Want to go on a surfing holiday but need to get some work done too? Unleash has got you sorted. Sitting pretty in Huanchoaco—a sleeping fishing village turned awesome surf town in Peru—Unleash will take care of all the details from accommodation and WiFi to surf coaches and board rental. The spot is perfect for everyone from advanced-beginners to the seriously advanced, and there is consistent surf all day every day. When you’re not surfing, you can work through your to-do list in the coworking space (with a terrace overlooking the surf and a kitchen that is always stocked with beer, of course), take a cooking course, learn some Spanish, explore Peru or just hang out in your own private apartment.
Price: From AU $4000 for two weeks
Wifi Tribe offers up yearly memberships to location independent workers who can choose to join for as little as one month or as long as one year. Members generally spend one month in one location and then either go solo or continue on with the tribe to the next location. They operate in 26 countries across five continents, so you’ve got plenty of options when deciding on the best spot for your next work project.
Price: From AU $1600 for one month
Here’s one for the big-timers. Cowork Paradise in Bali is an entrepreneurs retreat which is only open to superstars who are already bringing in $250k of revenue each year. The philosophy behind this is that old saying that you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with—so why not spend more time with some other super successful business people and learn from mentors in between yoga, surfing and eating up a storm in Bali?
Price: Get in touch to discuss pricing
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