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Frequently Asked Questions – Remote Coworking Retreats2018-07-31T22:00:27+00:00

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Remote Coworking Retreats

What is Bright Tribe?
2018-07-19T13:41:28+00:00

Bright Tribe organises co-working retreats in beautiful destinations for professionals. We provide the most inspiring setting for collaboration and productivity for those who want to focus on their work or those going through a career transition. Our first class retreats are designed for you to take a break from daily routine and have a change of scenery while packing your days with boundless adventure and cultural exploration.

Bright Tribe is a community of digital professionals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, developers, creatives, artists, bloggers and world travellers. We invite you to join us for an amazing experience with your preferred balance between work and leisure, community and privacy, fun and professional activities.

Your adventure begins the moment you land at the beautiful Bright Tribe destination. You will be picked up by our team and transferred to your first class co-working retreat with amazing sea views and a swimming pool. There you’ll meet fellow Bright Tribers. A community to work together, bounce new ideas, explore different places, go out at nights together and have conversations over a glass of wine. This is the perfect setting to focus on your project, collaborate and get inspired by bright people.

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Is this a job? Can you find work for me?
2018-08-01T05:25:29+00:00

No, Bright Tribe does not provide jobs. We provide amazing living and working experiences in beautiful locations and expect our participants to bring their projects to work on remotely during the trip.

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Is this a holiday? Do I need to have a job or project to join?
2018-07-19T13:48:51+00:00

This is not only a holiday. You have a purpose! Perhaps a passion project? A blog or a book? Freelance work? Or maybe you are going through a career transition and just need some peace of mind… Routine, stress and grey skies kill passion and productivity. Bright Tribe provides the most inspiring setting so you can focus on your work, collaborate with bright professionals, get productive and tap into new ideas!

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Where do we go?
2018-08-01T04:33:15+00:00

We are currently accepting applications for our Mediterranean Co-working Retreat in Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon), Turkey. The retreat will be open for 4 weeks between 22nd September 2018 and 20th October 2018. You can join for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks, totally up to you. More retreats will be coming soon.

In order to provide a wonderful experience for the tribe, we select our destinations with the following criteria in mind.

Inspiration: Our destinations are naturally beautiful, historically intriguing, culturally rich.

Good weather: Blue skies and sunshine are endless sources of inspiration, so we always keep weather in mind when picking our destinations.

Fun activities: We look for a wide range of activities at our destinations so that there is something for every taste from outdoor lovers to foodies, sun worshippers to adrenaline junkies. 

Low cost of living: Helps keep our fees and your daily spending as low as possible.

Safety: Always our top priority.

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How long is the trip? Can I stay longer or shorter?
2018-08-01T04:41:44+00:00

Although there are different options in each destination and retreat, we prefer you to join for at least two weeks because we believe this gives you and the community a richer experience. Of course you are more than welcome to stay with us longer… Well, as long as we have space! So it’s always best to book well in advance.

We do understand that sometimes plans need to be changed. Therefore, if something comes up during the trip and you must leave early, we’ll sadly let you go.

Our upcoming Mediterranean Co-working Retreat will be open for 4 weeks between 22nd September 2018 and 20th October 2018. You can join us for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks, it’s entirely up to you.

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What are Bright Tribe retreats like?
2018-08-01T04:42:40+00:00

We provide private and comfortable accommodation, mostly with amazing sea views and swimming pool. We always value quality over price. Here’s what you will get:

Comfort: We book prime holiday villas or retreats for exclusive use of our tribe. They provide all comforts of home and have character. You will have private rooms usually with kitchen and balcony. Bathrooms may be shared with other Bright Tribers but never with strangers, and in some locations you can have private, en-suite bathrooms. We also have rooms for sharing if you prefer to join as a couple or friends. 

Swimming pool: We try hard to pick places with a swimming pool at your doorstep.

Cleaning: Regular housekeeping and cleaning services will be provided at your retreat.

Transportation: The retreats are conveniently located close to town centres, beaches, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars. Public transportation is within walking distance. Airport pickup on arrival is included.

Beach: If the destination is seaside, our retreats are always close to the beach. Unless you are within walking distance, you will be 5-10 minutes away with public transportation.

Food: A BIG part of travelling and experiencing a new culture is exploring the local cuisine. Breakfast will be provided daily at the retreat at no additional cost. Bright Tribe also hosts welcome and farewell team dinners and drinks, BBQ and happy hours. Of course there is always vegetarian food too. There are plenty of options to eat out or get meals delivered to you. You will also have access to fully equipped kitchen in your retreat where you can store and cook food.

Wifi: You will have the most reliable and fastest possible wifi at our retreats.

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Who is Bright Tribe for?
2018-07-19T14:17:50+00:00

We are a bunch of easy going, fun loving, remote working people that spend productive and memorable time together. Expect a group of 15 location-independent professionals. We have very different backgrounds and that’s great so. We respect all. That’s what makes the tribe rich and colourful. We are digital professionals, nomads, freelancers, entrepreneurs, developers, creatives, artists, bloggers and world travellers. Together we discover cities, set off on adventures, visit beaches, go on boat trips and organise parties.

While we have a lot of fun, our time together is not only a holiday. We also work on our passion projects, freelance work, blogs or whatever it is we do. We share our minds, skills and experiences. We brainstorm ideas, workshop through solutions and learn from each other.

This is not the right place for party animals or big egos. We select tribe members carefully to maintain a harmonious community. Most of the Bright Tribers are between their 20s and 40s, but we welcome all ages. We also try to keep an equal balance between genders.

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Which age groups prefer Bright Tribe retreats?
2018-07-07T21:37:28+00:00

We support diversity of all kinds and age is one of them. Most of the Bright Tribers are between their 20s and 40s, but all ages are welcome.

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What is the male-female ratio at Bright Tribe retreats?
2018-07-19T14:13:46+00:00

We always try to keep an equal balance between men and women.

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How many people join the trips?
2018-07-07T21:41:47+00:00

We aim for groups of 15 people (plus/minus 5) which allow us to achieve diversity while still maintaining a community feeling.

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Can I come with my partner or friend? Is shared accommodation available?
2018-07-19T14:16:06+00:00

Yes! Unless requested otherwise, our rooms are private and for one person. However, you’re welcome to come with your partner or friends and share a room. In fact this will work out cheaper for both of you.

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Will there be someone to guide us during the trip?
2018-07-19T14:20:09+00:00

Yes! There is always at least one Experience Leader who speaks the local language, knows the destination inside out, is the source of insider information, helps the tribe with daily logistics, connects you to almost anything you need, guides you with local attractions and activities, answers questions and runs the team events. Their sole job is to make sure the tribe is having an amazing time. Our Experience Leaders are not only tourist guides… They are also travellers and location-independent professionals like you! In addition, one of our founders always attends the trips personally to make sure things are running smoothly.

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Will someone pick me up from the airport? How do we get around during the trip?
2018-07-19T14:22:22+00:00

Your Experience Leader will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your amazing retreat.

Our retreats and co-working spaces are conveniently located close to town centres, beaches and restaurants. So most points of interest are within walking distance. When we organise team events like visiting a nearby attraction or a town, we provide transportation services. If you’d like to explore places on your own or in smaller groups, public transportation is always within walking distance. Scooter and bicycle rentals are usually available.

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Will there be fun & adventure activities at the destination?
2018-07-19T14:25:07+00:00

There is a wide range of activities for every taste from outdoor lovers to foodies, sun worshippers to adrenaline junkies at Bright Tribe destinations. Here’s a sample of available activities.

Outdoor: Historical walking trails, horseback riding, cycling, jogging

Adventure: Tandem paragliding, white-water rafting, scuba diving, Jeep & quad-bike safari

At Sea: Stunning beaches, boat tours, sailing, kite & wind surfing, jet skiing

Gourmet: Cooking classes, wine tasting, local marketplace visits, fish markets

Sightseeing: Nearby villages, ancient ruins, art studios

Excursions: Longer distance visits to other exciting locations over the weekends

Team events: Yoga and Pilates sessions, pool parties, team dinners and drinks, BBQ, happy hours, movie nights and contests.

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What food options are there available?
2018-07-19T14:26:32+00:00

A BIG part of travelling and experiencing a new culture is exploring the local cuisine. Breakfast will be provided daily at the retreat at no additional cost. Bright Tribe also hosts welcome and farewell team dinners and drinks, BBQ and happy hours. Of course there is always vegetarian food too. There are plenty of options to eat out or get meals delivered to you. You will also have access to fully equipped kitchen in your retreat where you can store and cook food.

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What are Bright Tribe working spaces like?
2018-07-19T14:32:16+00:00

Bright Tribe is not only about fun activities at beautiful destinations. We all have a purpose. This could be your freelance work, a passion project, the book or blog you’re writing, the start-up you’re launching or something more personal you’d like to focus on. Whichever it is, you’ll need a comfortable working environment to be productive.

Bright Tribe provides the most inspiring and motivating working environment at your retreat. There are communal indoor spaces for team gatherings, activities and workshops. In addition, outdoor terraces with sea views, tables by the swimming pool or private balconies are used to work. Naturally, there is always reliable and fastest possible wifi connection available.

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What kind of professional activities can I expect?
2018-07-19T14:33:59+00:00

Professional activities and topics vary in each trip depending on the fields of interest of the participants. We aim to know you, your work and interests better when we talk to you as part of the application process so that we can customise activities for your benefit. All the professional activities at Bright Tribe trips are on a voluntary basis. Although we believe they are useful for personal and professional development, you do not have to present, participate or share. At Bright Tribe, you can (un)structure your days as you wish.

Workshops & Presentations:

We offer all the Bright Tribers an opportunity to explore a topic of their preference with the community. This topic could be their own business idea, strategies to improve an aspect of their project, reviewing their business proposition, ways to overcome a challenge, improving marketing strategies, assessing their social media presence, or any other topic of interest for them. Our Experience Leaders with years of professional work experience can design and facilitate meetings, workshops and brainstorming sessions on the selected topics. Alternatively, you may prefer to present a topic to the community followed by a structured or free style discussion.

Talks & Classes:

We organise Talks and Classes on professional topics and generally interesting topics to learn about. Topics are selected depending on what interests participants. For example they could be about: Agile methodology, How to build an e-commerce web site on your own, Digital media advertising and measurement, Instagram photography, Project management 101, Publishing and marketing e-books, Introduction to mobile application development…

Team exercises:

We run a number of team exercises that focus on communication, team building, brainstorming and decision making. Think of fun group activities that break the ice, accelerate interaction between participants and teach methods to approach daily challenges about work.

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How flexible is my schedule going to be during the trip? Will I have free time?
2018-07-19T14:37:24+00:00

Your schedule is entirely up to you and you will have as much free time as you like. We offer plenty of professional and fun activities to the community but it’s up to you to decide which ones you’d like to join in. Although we prefer the Bright Tribers to participate in activities and experience a real community feeling, everything is on a voluntary basis! It’s your trip and you can (un)structure your days as you wish.

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How much do Bright Tribe trips cost?
2018-08-01T04:47:51+00:00

This varies for each trip depending on the destination and duration. Please check our prices for the upcoming Mediterranean Co-working Retreats. This amazing retreat will be open for 4 weeks between 22nd September 2018 and 20th October 2018, and you can join for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks – entirely up to you! 

Bright Tribe remains competitive in terms of trip fees by picking destinations with lower cost of living and by using established local partners to get the best deals. A trip will most probably cost you less than what you’d spend at the place you currently live. While trying to keep our fees low, we always value quality over price and therefore provide services that we can always be proud of.

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What’s included in the price and what’s not?
2018-08-01T04:51:32+00:00

Please check what’s included in our upcoming Mediterranean Co-working Retreat. This beautiful retreat will be welcoming participants for 4 weeks between 22nd September 2018 and 20th October 2018. It is entirely up to you to join for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks.

Things included in the price varies for each trip depending on what is available at the destination but the list below gives a fair view on what you can generally expect. 

Things generally included:

  • Welcome Pack & Orientation about all you need to know
  • Airport pickup
  • Private accommodation in a villa or retreat usually with a swimming pool (shared accommodation might be available upon special request)
  • 24/7 access to co-working space
  • Reliable wifi
  • Daily breakfast at the retreat, weekly team dinners and drinks, weekly happy hours. Of course there is always vegetarian food too.
  • Private Boat Tour (destination permitting)
  • Yoga and Pilates sessions, local sightseeing tours, team events, pool parties, movie nights, contests and celebrations
  • Cooking classes after buying fresh ingredients at local marketplace
  • Professional activities – classes, workshops, presentations, talks, team exercises
  • An Experience Leader who speaks the local language, knows the destination inside out and makes sure the tribe is having an amazing time.

Things not included:

  • Flights (but we can help you find the best flight deals)
  • Meals (apart from daily breakfast and organised team meals which are included)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (apart from the organised team drinks)
  • Transportation (apart from airport pickup and organised local tours)
  • Activities (apart from the ones organised by us). We don’t cover activities such as your scuba diving, paragliding or excursions but we will help you arrange them at the best possible local rates!
  • Insurance (but we strongly advice you to get travel/medical insurance – especially when it’s so cheap)
  • Anything that is not listed on the specific trip detail

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Do you have a place available for me? How far in advance should I book?
2018-07-07T22:17:26+00:00

In each trip, we aim for groups of 15 people (plus/minus 5 depending on destination) which allows us to achieve diversity while still maintaining a community feeling. Therefore, places are limited and we recommend you to contact us as far in advance as possible. Also, we always have a number of slightly different accommodation options and the sooner you book your trip, the more options there will be available to pick from.

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How can I apply?
2018-08-01T05:05:27+00:00

Just go to our application page and enter your details. We’ll quickly contact you to schedule a WhatsApp, Phone or Skype chat. This conversation is for both of us to learn more about each other and agree that this trip is a great fit for you. After you’ve been accepted, a deposit (25% of the full price) will hold your place on the trip. The full trip fee must be paid 45 days before the trip date.

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What’s the payment process?
2018-08-01T05:08:07+00:00

Once you made an application and got invited to a Bright Tribe trip, a deposit (25% of the full price) will hold your place. Remaining balance of the full trip fee needs to be paid 45 days before the trip start date. We accept debit and credit card payments, and bank transfers.

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Can I get a refund if I change my mind after making payments?
2018-08-01T05:16:19+00:00

Your deposit is refundable (less a €115 or £100 or $130 cancellation fee) up until 45 days before the trip starts. A full refund (less the deposit) will be given up to 35 days before the trip starts.

Once you have paid, we make payments for your housing and co-working place. Therefore, no refunds are possible in less than 35 days before a trip starts.

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Can I get a refund if I decide to leave the trip early?
2018-08-01T05:17:22+00:00

If you need to leave early, please let us know as soon as possible. There are no extra fees or penalties for leaving early. We cannot refund the trip fee and any costs that are already incurred but will work with you to help you cancel any further costs. We will also help you get the best possible local deals for any transportation or flight tickets needed.

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Do I need a passport?
2018-08-01T05:18:42+00:00

Yes! You will be travelling internationally, therefore you will need a passport.

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Do I need a visa? Will Bright Tribe help me get visas?
2018-07-07T22:32:46+00:00

Depending on what your nationality is and where you are travelling to, you might need a visa. You may need to obtain a visa before your travel or in some cases you might get an on-arrival-visa at the border during entry. Due to the diversity of the participants and their flight itineraries, Bright Tribe cannot help you get a visa.

However, we can provide proof of your acceptance to the program, where you will be expected to travel to, the address of the accommodation, and proof of your payment for the program.

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Will Bright Tribe help me buy flight tickets?
2018-08-01T05:19:41+00:00

You need to arrange and purchase your flights to and from the trip. We can try to help you if you need advice. Once you arrive, we will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the retreat.

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Are Bright Tribe destinations safe?
2018-07-07T22:37:54+00:00

Safety of every Bright Triber is our highest priority and it is the first thing we have in mind when selecting our destinations. We only go to locations that are visited by thousands of visitors every year. Our destinations will always have friendly living and working environments, very low crime rates, easily accessible and close by hospitals, medical centres and police stations, good infrastructure, well planned safety procedures.

There is always at least one Bright Tribe Experience Leader who speaks the local language (might be native to the location), knows the destination inside out, knows the local customs, ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s, guides the community about the activities, answers questions and runs the team events. Their sole job is to make sure the tribe is having an amazing time.

In addition, one of our founders always attends the trips personally to help run things smoothly.

We will provide in depth information about safety (along with all the other useful information) in your welcome pack & orientation session.

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Do I need travel or medical insurance?
2018-06-25T22:30:35+00:00

Your Bright Tribe fee doesn’t include travel or medical insurance. It’s entirely up to you whether to have travel or medical insurance, but we highly recommend it. Although we hope you’ll never need to use it, there is always risk involved with travelling. Travel and medical insurance is inexpensive and can be very useful if you needed it.

We used some insurance companies as travellers ourselves and we can recommend a few if you’d like to discuss.

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What happens if I get ill on my trip?
2018-08-01T05:22:53+00:00

There is always at least one Bright Tribe Experience Leader available to help and support you. They know how to reach taxis, pharmacies, medical centres and hospitals and they can speak the local language.

We will provide you with a welcome pack with all the useful information and there will be an orientation session on the first day.

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