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Our Trustworthy Expertise with Boundless Life

Our Trustworthy Expertise with Boundless Life

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A few years in the past I texted Alyssa a hyperlink to an organization I’d discovered known as Boundless Life. Some mates of ours had not too long ago gone via their inaugural cohort and the idea appeared attention-grabbing. On the time, Boundless Life had two places in Greece and Portugal. In every spot, you might enroll your youngsters in a college, get entry to a coworking area, and be surrounded by like-minded households.

It form of sounds just like the dream, proper?

As I checked out Instagram pictures and reels of individuals sipping wine in unique locations (whereas their youngsters have been secure & completely satisfied in class), I couldn’t assist however be jealous.

“I feel we should always do that when Eli is sufficiently old,” I instructed Alyssa. He was just a few months previous on the time.

We’d at all times dreamed concerning the thought of a yr overseas with the youngsters, however the logistics felt daunting. The place would we keep? What about visas? Would the youngsters be capable to make mates? How would we discover childcare? Boundless Life appeared to resolve these issues.

Since Eli was a child, we put it on the again burner. Nevertheless, the seed was planted.

Over the following yr, we adopted together with Boundless Life updates. We adopted households on Instagram who shared their each day experiences. With every publish, we obtained extra excited. They introduced new places like Italy and Bali within the meantime.

Lastly, final spring, I pulled the set off and arrange a name with their gross sales crew.

On a Zoom name with a Boundless Life worker—a mother with youngsters in this system—we instantly related. She instructed us about their experiences elevating youngsters overseas and the way impactful this system had been for them. We instructed her about our adventures with the youngsters throughout Europe, Japan, and New Zealand and the way we missed group whereas we traveled.

We obtained off the decision and knew we had to do that. We signed up instantly and put down a hefty ($5,000+) deposit to safe our area.

We might be a part of their Portugal cohort within the fall 2023 semester.

Aspect be aware: We selected Portugal as a result of it was their first and most established location. Different places had been spun up extra not too long ago, so we preferred the concept of dropping into a spot that ought to have extra routine, processes established, and so forth. It’s what all of the Boundless crew beneficial to us Whether or not or not this was true was TBD.

Why am I writing this text?

I haven’t seen a long-form Boundless Life assessment (exterior of Instagram). My aim isn’t to advertise the corporate or put them on blast, however to share our sincere expertise with enrolling our children in Boundless Life. The true stuff, not the Instagram spotlight reel.

I’ll share what we paid for this system, what we preferred about it, and what we didn’t like. I’ll additionally share my ideas on whether or not I’d suggest it to others or whether or not or not we’d do it once more.

And final thing to notice, I’m not an affiliate for Boundless Life nor have been we comped in any approach for this system. We paid full worth. That is only a Boundles Life assessment from a household who has gone via this system.

What’s Boundless Life?

Boundless Life is a venture-backed startup targeted on offering world education experiences for households. They presently have places in Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Bali (presently increasing to Montenegro). They’ve three-month cohorts within the winter, spring and fall and shorter (4-week) summer season cohorts.

In trade for the cohort charges, you obtain a family-friendly house, Montessori-style faculty program, coworking area, and group actions for households.

Boundless Life was catered in direction of digital nomad households as a method to journey long-term with youngsters (I say was as a result of they’ve modified up a few of their advertising and our expertise was blended on whether or not “digital nomad” most precisely describes the goal buyer).

What I Preferred About Our Boundless Life Expertise

We are going to begin with the great. 🙂

The flexibility to journey long-term with youngsters.

Over the previous two years, we’ve traveled to over 12 nations with our children (2,4). We’ve camped in rural Japan, hauled them on a long-distance flight from New Zealand to the US, and pushed an RV throughout Europe.

We’ve created wonderful reminiscences collectively, however solely on short-term journeys. We might journey for a month or two after which return to our “regular life” in Colorado. The children could be in daycare the place that they had mates and we’d work throughout our time stateside. After doing this for a few months, we’d get stressed and plan one other journey.

This life was wonderful, however we needed to see if we might create a extra sustainable method to journey long-term with youngsters. This manner, we might create a extra blended answer. Some journey, work, and life all blended collectively.

For us, long-term journey would have a number of parts:

  • The flexibility for Alyssa and I to work 20-30 hours per week
  • Youngsters are in a childcare we really feel comfy with
  • A way of group for the youngsters and us

Enrolling in Boundless completed these objectives for us.

Not solely have been we in a position to work whereas touring, however the youngsters have been properly taken care of within the Boundless faculty. The children and us each made wonderful new mates (some whom we’ve met up with since leaving Boundless already) all whereas experiencing a brand new place.

Two kids in front of Boundless Life school in Portugal
Excited for his or her first day of faculty!

We’ve solely traveled in Europe since Ellie was born. Strolling round our city or coaching into Lisbon for the day as a pair was such an opulent feeling. We might discover simply the 2 of us whereas our children have been secure in class.

The Boundless Condominium

With every location, Boundless gives totally kitted-out residences for households. This implies you’ll have loads of kid-friendly plates, cups, and bowls. Plus, the house feels very a lot catered to households.

Typically we guide an Airbnb that says it’s household pleasant however we’re instantly met with a large china cupboard. Boundless Life does a fantastic job of creating these areas really feel like dwelling for households.

(Observe: Boundless doesn’t personal these residences. They’ve secured long-term leases with constructing house owners after which lease them on to Boundless households.)

With every Boundless location, it is possible for you to to stroll to the schooling middle and coworking area (the one exception to this from my understanding is in Bali the place households are taking a automobile or scooter).

Our house was a 7-minute stroll to the schooling middle and a 15 minute stroll to the hub.

At first Ellie didn’t love the walks to highschool, however as soon as she realized we obtained to stroll subsequent to mates that each one modified.

The precise area itself was up to date, fashionable, and really good. Better of all, we have been proper beneath our mates Brooke and Tyler who had youngsters the identical age as ours. Being so near mates meant spontaneous hangouts, leaving snacks on one another’s doorsteps, and tossing up and down provides for one another. We beloved this (and so did the youngsters).

Our unit was a 2 bed room, nevertheless it’s potential to guide something from a one-bedroom to a three-bedroom with Boundless.

If you’re on the Boundless web site, you’ll discover they’ve normal areas after which one thing known as “dwelling plus”. Successfully, these are areas that Boundless has decided are nicer and price a bit extra. With a house plus, you may obtain an even bigger balcony, a yard, or one thing further together with your area.

What we beloved most about our Boundless lodging was the weekly home cleansing.

Not a luxurious we’re sometimes accustomed to, however shortly embraced. Home cleansing days have been like Easter and Christmas morning all rolled into one. No soiled dishes and recent sheets and we didn’t need to raise a finger? Sure, please (I’m being over dramatic nevertheless it actually was nice! We miss it).

For those who join Boundless House Plus, you’ll get twice-a-week home cleansing versus solely as soon as.

You don’t have to remain in a Boundless house, however most individuals do. (A number of individuals who have been in Portugal long run did have their very own residences.) Once I say we beloved our house, I imply we beloved it. It was lovely, fashionable, not too long ago reworked, and had all the pieces we wanted it.

The Day by day Walks to Faculty

Of all of the issues I loved about Boundless, I feel the walks to highschool have been one in every of my favorites. Every morning the youngsters would exit the door and instantly see their mates. They’d be so excited to stroll subsequent to them or maintain palms. To not point out, there’s a massive fort on the high of that mountain that we might see as quickly as we stepped out of our door each morning.

This kind of expertise was the exact opposite of how we have been accustomed to dropping the youngsters off in school. Beforehand, we’d drive them for 10 minutes, drop them off at a door, and say goodbye. It might be uncommon for us to see different dad and mom, not to mention see them lengthy sufficient to interact in a dialog with them.

With Boundless, we walked with different households every single day. We might congregate after and speak about our plans for the day. Typically we’d spontaneously go get espresso or a meal.

That is the kind of group expertise we had hoped for with Boundless. The flexibility to spend our days with different folks in the same stage of life.

The Neighborhood

An enormous motive we needed to do Boundless was to make mates with different households who had related values.

For practically 5 years, we’d host a convention for RV Entrepreneurs. We’d spend a complete month camped subsequent to different nomads & entrepreneurs. We’d discover ourselves occurring random hikes or grabbing espresso with strangers. It was an accelerator for making mates with like-minded folks.

Our hope was for Boundless to be related and it was.

Day by day there have been alternatives to attach and hold with new mates.

On Wednesdays, we’d have pizza events at one of many homes whereas the youngsters performed within the yard. On Fridays, a gaggle of us performed Padel (a racquet recreation I fell in love with and dearly miss).

One in all my favourite reminiscences was going to a neighbor’s home for dinner. They’d ready dough for the youngsters to make pizzas and we spent the night laughing and having a good time. To have some of these group experiences whereas in a brand new nation was magic.

Making pizza with new mates.

The Hikes

Technically this could fall beneath the group part, however I’m making it its personal factor. Each different Thursday Boundless coordinates a hike with crew members, climate allowing. They have been an enormous spotlight for each Alyssa and me.

I made a decision to skip one of many hikes alongside the coast after which everybody got here again and stated it was one of the best hike of their lives (I didn’t miss any extra hikes after that).

The Boundless Educating Workers

I’ve by no means felt nice about dropping Ellie off at daycare. Again in Colorado, it felt like her academics have been there for a paycheck. Turnover was consistently taking place in her faculty with employees. It was a job for younger folks, not one thing they genuinely needed to do and the extent of care mirrored that. It was a nagging feeling for me every single day.

With Boundless, I didn’t have this sense in any respect.

As a substitute of somebody exhibiting up for a paycheck, their academics have been in it as a result of they beloved what they did. Educating was purposeful for them.

All through our Boundless cohort, we skilled some interpersonal issues with youngsters (typical stuff you’d encounter at most faculties), however I felt nice concerning the Boundless educating employees.

The Location

Sintra was walkable and really hilly, however an attractive setting. It has plenty of historical past and delightful palaces.

Earlier than arriving I didn’t notice simply how a lot of a vacationer hub it was. Day by day we’d watched a whole bunch of individuals get off the practice to discover the castles and palaces. The middle of city was bustling for nearly our whole cohort (it did settle down in November a bit bit, however we have been stunned at what a serious vacation spot it was). It’s one of the fashionable day journeys from Lisbon.

Family eating pastries in Sintra, Portugal with backdrops of historic and colorful buildings
Consuming some pastel de natas in downtown Sintra

Whereas the city of Sintra was fairly, what we beloved most was entry to the coast. Particularly, we fell in love with a city known as Cascais. It was a 20-minute Uber trip for us every approach, however price it.

Family with two young kids with picturesque light house and ocean in background in Europe
Household pic in Cascais

Cascais is an expat hub with a shoreline that appears similar to the Pacific Coast Freeway (minus all of the visitors). It has plenty of nice eating places and the most effective parks/playgrounds we’ve ever been to.

White capped ocean water circulating underneath a cave-like opening and gap along a rocky coastline
Cascais Coast Line

Towards the tip of our journey, each Alyssa and I discussed how we might simply see ourselves long-term in a spot like Cascais. If Portugal hadn’t modified their golden visa necessities whereas we have been there, we’d’ve thought-about shopping for a home there.

The Boundless Management Crew

One cofounder and two crew leaders came visiting Sintra throughout our cohort. They met with lots of the particular person households to listen to suggestions and concepts on bettering this system.

To me, this spoke volumes concerning the Boundless crew and their willingness to repeatedly get higher and enhance the imaginative and prescient for the enterprise.

What I Didn’t Like About Our Boundless Life Expertise

Earlier than diving into this half, I need to share a disclaimer.

Every of this stuff I share under was first delivered to the Boundless crew whereas we have been on-site in Sintra. They have been all addressed and delivered to decision throughout our time there.

Additional, since our cohort ended, we’ve seen Boundless work to implement this suggestions throughout all places.

My strategy when giving crucial suggestions is at all times to go first to the supply after which, if essential, share publicly (by way of a assessment like this one). I intend to not knock Boundless down a peg however share my real expertise with this system. I really feel it’s vital to share the great and the dangerous for all households who could be contemplating a big funding of money and time to take part in Boundless.

The Wifi at Coworking Area

Boundless Life provides a number of core companies (not all listed right here): residences for households, an schooling middle, group actions, and a coworking area.

A crucial element of a coworking area is usable web.

For the primary a number of weeks of our cohort, the web was spotty and intermittent on the coworking area. Most days it was utterly unusable.

A number of days throughout this era I watched different cohort members pack as much as go away as a result of they couldn’t work. We skipped out on climbing as much as the coworking area for occasions like yoga as a result of we couldn’t stick round after and work within the area and we knew it might take half-hour simply to hike there and again.

This was complicated as a result of we weren’t the primary cohort in Sintra. I might have thought this may have been prioritized and discovered in a earlier cohort.

I later realized they’ve cycled via varied web corporations attempting to get higher wifi into the area to no avail.

The coworking area itself is an attractive constructing. Nevertheless, it’s older and the partitions are dense. Native suppliers haven’t been in a position to ship quick web constantly.

Some days the web labored okay, others it didn’t (it typically relied on how many individuals have been there). Throughout our cohort, Boundless modified suppliers and this did enhance the web. Nevertheless, due to the preliminary expertise, most individuals ended up understanding of their residences.

This was a bummer as a result of a part of the expertise was attending to work alongside different households. On a typical day, there could be 2-4 folks utilizing the area.

I spoke with a household within the Pistoia cohort (Italy) who stated they’d had related points with the coworking area. He stated on days when there have been a bunch of individuals there, the web was extremely sluggish. I don’t know concerning the Greece or Bali location.

Our wifi at dwelling was nice and we by no means had any points with it, so we frequently labored from dwelling—me from the desk and Alyssa from the kitchen desk. On days when the climate was good, we’d arrange exterior. We had no downside working from Sintra, just a few hassle working from the precise coworking area.

The Youngsters’ Extracurricular Actions

Earlier than arrival, Boundless sources a handful of extracurricular actions for the youngsters. If there are sufficient college students who join, they coordinate the exercise. A few of these included browsing, which was an enormous hit inside our cohort for adults and youngsters alike.

One other exercise being supplied was soccer.

We’ve at all times felt dangerous that our touring meant lacking out on group sports activities for Ellie. She’s so energetic we knew she would love soccer. We had no concept that Boundless coordinated all of those extracurriculars, however glad they did.

Excited to strive one thing new, we signed up Ellie. Sadly, she was sick in the course of the first day so she missed this follow. We observed a number of college students dropped out after the preliminary follow, unimpressed or not having fun with the primary class. However we opted to ship her anyway.

Since Ellie had by no means performed earlier than, I used to be excited to go and watch her be taught. Rising up, my dad went to each one in every of my practices and video games. It was at all times a enjoyable bonding expertise.

Nevertheless, Boundless discouraged dad and mom from attending. They didn’t explicitly say to not go, nevertheless it was extra like dad and mom shouldn’t go together with a glance that stated “why would you need to go, you helicopter guardian!” A number of dad and mom have been nonetheless going, not wanting to let their three and four-year-olds journey by automobile to a sports activities enviornment they’d by no means seen with coaches they’d by no means met in another country.

I additionally realized beforehand {that a} Boundless employees member or instructor was not using with them to follow. Boundless had contracted with an area transportation firm to drive the youngsters (10-15 minutes away).

This didn’t sit properly with us or different dad and mom.

A random particular person whom none of those youngsters know goes to load them up in a minivan and drive them someplace they’ve by no means been. Despite the fact that this was a vetted and most well-liked journey companion, it made us really feel uneasy.

Nerves apart, we realized our buddy could be taking an Uber to the sector to observe the follow, so we opted to belief Boundless’ course of and let Ellie attend anyway.

In any case, we have been right here in Portugal as a result of we trusted Boundless and needed to push our consolation zone. I didn’t need to be an overbearing guardian.

Then I obtained these texts from our buddy.

“It feels very uncomfortable.”

“They simply walked into two new coaches who didn’t introduce themselves and hardly converse any English and the youngsters do not know what they need to be doing.” (The teaching employees modified from the primary class to the second, so these coaches have been new to each child.)

“Ellie simply wanted to go to the potty and I’m so glad I used to be right here to assist.”

“It’s absurd that nobody from Boundless is right here.”

“Ellie shouldn’t be comfy collaborating but. I’m attempting to assist her at the least play with the ball. The coaches are usually not participating her in any respect. Zero %. No try to assist her be a part of them.”

Then we obtained this image.

Ellie is at one finish of the sector mendacity on a ball. The coaches on the opposite.

I instantly felt offended, annoyed, and unhappy.

Unhappy for Ellie.

Pissed off at myself for letting this example occur.

Offended at Boundless for dropping the ball.

I instantly hopped in an Uber and went to the soccer discipline. I confirmed up because it ended. Then I rode again with the transportation firm and one different guardian who attended. Within the automobile, she messaged me:

“I feel will probably be higher to discover a coach ourselves and produce him to our yard.”

Afterward, I realized that when Ellie wanted to enter the lavatory, our buddy took her and not one of the lights labored. She used her telephone as a flashlight. If she hadn’t been there with Ellie, would two unusual males whom she simply met and couldn’t talk along with her have taken her right into a darkish toilet?

The entire scenario felt irritating.

I feel what harm most of all on this situation is the lack of belief we felt with Boundless. We’re right here in another country and trusted them with an important people in our lives.

The story in my head is that they didn’t do an excellent job vetting a soccer membership companion nor did they assume via the expertise general. In what world would it not make sense for 3 and four-year-olds to trip in a van with a stranger, no dad and mom, and no Boundless employees members?

On our trip again to the schooling middle after the failed soccer follow, a three-year-old requested me to open her snack as a result of she couldn’t do it by herself. This is only one of many the reason why there ought to have been a employees member with the youngsters.

After this, each remaining child dropped out of soccer. Boundless apologized and tried to supply one other soccer companion, however not sufficient college students signed up after the preliminary expertise.

To be truthful, the enterprise Boundless Life has chosen has a LOT of logistics. Balls will inevitably get dropped. However when the ball is your youngster that isn’t acceptable.

I’ll reiterate that after this expertise we sat down with the Boundless Operations supervisor and went via this expertise intimately. Apologies got and steps have been taken to forestall this example from taking place once more. It’s my understanding that shifting ahead Boundless employees members shall be attending these actions with the youngsters.

Communication with Native Boundless Crew Members

There have been a number of conditions the place a communication ball was dropped, both with us or different households. With out giving all the main points, we noticed this a bit too typically.

Households needed to change residences at a second’s discover. A household went with out electrical energy and web (they didn’t have a fridge for every week!). In one other scenario, a household needed to transfer out and guide (dearer) lodging in a close-by city due to a black mould difficulty of their area.

In every of those conditions, the circumstances weren’t the first difficulty (although mould is dangerous). In my view, it was an absence of possession and responsiveness to handle them in a well timed and useful method. The story in my head is that there wasn’t a frontrunner stepping in to essentially personal these issues and produce them to resolutions shortly and successfully. We noticed it occur many times.

We have been instructed the crew lead in Sintra left earlier than our cohort began. Somebody was promoted to fill that spot and she or he stop (or was fired, we don’t know) earlier than the tip of our cohort. I consider a few of the turnover seemingly led to those communication gaps (once more: that is simply my perspective as a buyer and Boundless household).

Boundless boasts their “concierge” service, however this was one thing I don’t consider they lived as much as. We lucked out with solely minor issues that we wanted to handle just like the peephole in our door broke and fell out. It took about three weeks and a few light reminders to get it changed, in the meantime, there was an open gap in our door. We have been instructed it took so lengthy as a result of the one that handles upkeep was out of city. I’m wondering if this was additionally why somebody didn’t have electrical energy for every week?

For us, this was a bit factor, however maybe indicative of how all communication and incidents have been dealt with.

The Lack of Neighborhood Facilitation

*This level is extra subjective and extra so one thing I feel could be improved (versus one thing that went improper). 

Boundless coordinates plenty of group occasions— potlucks, completely satisfied hours, and so forth. These are a good way to attach with different households.

Nevertheless, it felt like a missed alternative for the native Boundless crew to interact extra with the group. Usually, a Boundless crew member would open the coworking area for the occasion and we wouldn’t see them once more. It was like, “Right here’s the important thing, get pleasure from your meetup.”

For these occasions there was typically no introduction or context given for the evening, it was only a area offered for the households to do their factor. Some video games have been sitting on a desk and a TV turned on to YouTube if folks needed to sing alongside to movies. (However no precise karaoke machine, a lot to everybody’s disappointment since karaoke was listed because the exercise for the night.)

I feel Boundless crew members might have completed a greater job of participating with these occasions. Kicking off the evening with a number of phrases, spending time with the cohort, and so forth. We left the cohort feeling like we didn’t actually know or typically see the crew working the present.

Observe: Boundless did a fantastic job at their opening and ending “connections” instances. These have been instances when the Boundless crew members actively participated and engaged with our cohort. I consider a few of the in-between occasions might have been higher facilitated although.

What Shocked Me About Boundless Life

I believed there could be extra digital nomad households (aka households who have been working a distant enterprise and/or job whereas touring).

Most of the households in our cohort have been taking a go away of absence from work, had offered an organization, or have been on an early retirement with their youngsters. Of those who have been working, many had not traveled earlier than exterior the US. Even fewer have been the households who had been touring and dealing remotely.

This isn’t a great or a nasty factor, it simply stunned me.

On the Boundless Life web site, they’ve communication round “Who’s a Boundless Life household” and on this language, they use the time period digital nomad. This made me assume we’d be surrounded by different working & touring households. This wasn’t actually the case (and can differ with every cohort I’m certain).

Many households have been utilizing this time as an prolonged trip whereas the youngsters have been in class. Not a knock on anybody (we skipped out on work a number of days and hit up the seaside or a hike), nevertheless it was simply completely different than what we’d thought it might be.

We nonetheless made plenty of nice mates, regardless.

How A lot Does Boundless Life Price?

We paid $7,112.29 per 30 days for our three-month cohort. In whole, it was $21,336.87 for the Boundless program. The pricing is modified typically and can depend upon whether or not or not you join a number of cohorts (the place you’ll obtain a reduction). Additionally they cost costs in Euros, so that you’re topic to the trade price on the time you pay.

What we paid included our two-bedroom house (with weekly housekeeping), coworking area, and schooling middle for each youngsters. This worth didn’t embody the extracurricular actions or further Boundless coordinated journeys, which incurred further charges.

At first (and second) look, Boundless appears expensive, as a result of it’s. Nevertheless, after I added up our month-to-month bills to reside in Colorado I noticed it wasn’t too removed from what we have been spending within the US.

Within the US, I calculated we spend roughly $5,000 for a few of our “core life prices”, corresponding to our mortgage ($2,000), childcare ($2,000), automobile/insurance coverage/gasoline, and so forth ($1,000).

We calculated that we’d be spending a pair thousand extra per 30 days, nevertheless it wasn’t as dangerous in comparison subsequent to one another. We wouldn’t be paying for gasoline, mortgage, or utilities whereas in Portugal as a result of we rented out our home.

Plus, I later realized that the prices of groceries and consuming out in Portugal are roughly half of that within the US (or much less).

Usually, I really feel the worth of what Boundless offered for the price was truthful.

Would I Do Boundless Once more?

This can be a query mates and fellow cohort members have requested us.

The reply, regardless of a few of the missed expectations and setbacks, is sure.

Listed here are a number of the reason why:

#1 It’s the one actual turn-key answer for digital nomad households (at the least for now). 

If Alyssa and I need to journey to a brand new nation and keep for a number of months, we’ve got plenty of logistics to determine. The place ought to we keep? How can we discover a family-friendly lodging? Might we invite mates alongside for the journey so we aren’t alone? How might we get some work completed whereas additionally nonetheless exploring the brand new place?

Boundless takes care of all of this. Successfully, being a logistics supplier is the first service that Boundless gives. They vet an space & then work out all the pieces so that you don’t need to.

Might we simply journey with out the education element and coworking and group? Certain. And we do. Whereas I write this we simply wrapped up a month close to Austin and plan to spend a number of extra months touring this yr.

Nevertheless, every new vacation spot we plan comes with plenty of issues to determine (what neighborhood to remain, childcare, work, and so forth).

Boundless solves a ache level for long-term household vacationers. It creates a viable choice to construct group AND work when you journey.

#2 I consider the Boundless Life expertise will maintain getting higher.

Whereas I shared a few of our less-than-stellar experiences above, one factor I’ll reiterate is that Boundless actively listened and responded actively via all these situations. Not at all times as quick or clear as we’d’ve preferred, however motion was at all times taken.

A number of leaders from the corporate visited Sintra throughout our cohort and actively met with as many households as they may. In listening to Boundless share their priorities and initiatives shifting ahead, I consider they’re prepared to handle issues and get higher. We tuned into their current discussion board and heard the employees speak about how a crew member will at all times transport and attend extracurricular actions, which was one of many largest issues we confronted throughout our time in Portugal.

#3 The general expertise was constructive.

Regardless of its ups and downs, the general expertise with Boundless Life was constructive.

Our children grew to become shut with different households from everywhere in the US (and the world). A number of days in the past Ellie Facetimed along with her buddy from Israel who she misses dearly. She tells me on a regular basis about her “greatest mates eternally” from Boundless.

Eli (our two-year-old) went from saying a number of phrases to saying all the pieces. He made a greatest buddy in school and so they spent all day taking part in automobiles subsequent to one another.

I realized tips on how to surf and obtained to discover Lisbon and the encompassing space with Alyssa and new mates.

We obtained to journey to a brand new nation collectively as a household and be taught concerning the tradition, the meals, and the folks. Most of all, we obtained to do it alongside others in a brand new and delightful setting.

My Takeaways About Boundless Life

Boundless has hit on an enormous want. They aren’t solely serving the rising group of distant working households trying to change it up but additionally the various Individuals trying to find various schooling choices. A spot the place they really feel secure sending their youngsters.

The long run cohorts are reserving up shortly and demand is excessive. What the Boundless crew has constructed is spectacular given their quick time in existence.

Once I take into consideration a few of the shortcomings we skilled, I don’t chalk them as much as Boundless being a nasty firm. I feel they’re a startup with some rising pains, plenty of logistics, and impressive progress plans. Alyssa and I are following alongside intently to think about reserving future cohorts with them (we’ve got our eyes on Spain, which we hope will open this yr!).

For those who made it this far on this publish and have any extra questions on our expertise with Boundless, be happy to remark under. I’d be completely satisfied to reply any of them that I can.


What are the Boundless Life options?

Whereas there are fairly a number of co-living sorts of corporations catered in direction of singles or {couples}, I don’t know of one other one catered in direction of households in the intervening time.

Is Boundless Life legit?

Sure, Boundless Life is a reputable hospitality and academic firm. They supply lodging, a Montessori-style faculty program, and coworking for digital nomad households.

Is Boundless Life price it?

For us, Boundless Life was price it due to the general expertise and the folks we met. The prices are excessive, however truthful and we’ve got nice reminiscences of our expertise.

The place does Boundless Life have places?

Boundless Life has places in Greece, Bali, Portugal, and Italy. They’re presently increasing to Montenegro and Spain.

Is Boundless a great first faculty for my toddler?

Many dad and mom in our cohort had by no means put their youngsters in a daycare or faculty earlier than. Older youngsters tailored fairly shortly, although there have been at all times the great bye tears. Youthful youngsters typically did half days or a pair days every week to regulate.

As somebody who has had youngsters in a number of daycares and childcare choices, I might say Boundless will spoil you for taking your youngsters to highschool. The academics are wonderful, meals and snacks are offered(!), class sizes are small, and so they take the youngsters exterior typically. It shines in comparison with the entire locations we’ve had our children.

Our son was practically two when our cohort began and he celebrated his birthday in school. (Everybody obtained cake and sang to him, so so candy!) We put him in a summer season daycare program main as much as Boundless so he would perceive the idea of faculty earlier than our time in Portugal. Personally, I feel this labored out amazingly and he adjusted to highschool in Sintra in a short time.

Alyssa’s Transient Boundless Life Evaluation

Because you’ve heard from me so much, I additionally needed to incorporate a quick assessment from my higher half. Alyssa additionally echoed most, if not all, of my sentiments above.

Earlier than attending Boundless, we by no means heard a nasty phrase concerning the firm or something barely adverse on-line. We felt it was too good to be true. Definitely, some issues weren’t so Instagram-worthy (which is why we wrote this Boundless Life assessment!).

Like all experiences, there have been ups and downs. No wifi on the coworking area was irritating contemplating we have been paying for a coworking area we couldn’t use. Feeling like our daughter was put in a harmful scenario was horrifying (eternally grateful for the mother who attended soccer follow and will fill us in on what was taking place). The best way the employees dealt with issues was simply okay, though we knew that they had so much on their plates.

There’s extra I might say, however I do know that though it wasn’t good (nothing is), we’d 100% join once more. We really did join cohorts for 2024, however we’ve obtained a household marriage ceremony that’s tying us stateside for a few months.

For those who’re contemplating Boundless, right here are some things to think about:

  • Have you ever traveled exterior of your house nation earlier than? Will you be capable to adapt to the cultural variations that include shifting to a overseas nation for 3 months?
  • Do you need to sluggish journey and reside overseas, or do you need to hop round Europe? Boundless is constructed for sluggish vacationers, although many in our cohort used it as a house base for touring to neighboring nations. (If you wish to hop round extra, Italy could be the situation I might select because it’s extra central to all of Europe.)
  • Will you be working overseas? Is that this okay together with your employer and can you might want to maintain US hours? Nobody needs to take a ten PM assembly on a Friday evening in Portugal (shoutout to our buddy Tyler although for taking these in stride and becoming a member of us for wine afterward).
  • Do you’ve gotten at the least one youngster to enroll in Boundless’s schooling middle? At the very least one youngster in your family should be enrolled. I like to recommend enrolling your whole youngsters, if they’re sufficiently old.

For extra details about Boundless Life, together with present prices, dates, and places, try their web site. There have been good and dangerous elements, however I might do all of it once more.