The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to experience it to the utmost and to reach out, sans any fear for newer and richer experiences. However, very few people have the courage and strength to let go of the monotony, walk down the roads of uncertainty and truly live life to the fullest.
Utah native, Garett Gee and his wife Jessica belong to that tribe of people who aren’t afraid to make a bold move and choose the unusual to make their dream an everyday living reality.
The way to get most out of life is to look at it as an adventure, and this young couple made an extraordinarily unconventional and bold move by selling off their belongings and setting out on a journey across the world along with their children Dorothy and Manilla in August 2015.
Yes, when a majority of people aspire to live a secure life with a perfect job and impressive pay package, Garett Gee and Jessica threw caution to the wind and chose to embrace the beauty of uncertainty that life has to offer every day.
They decided to pack up and leave their home in Utah in 2015, a year after Gee sold the mobile-scanning app he co-founded to Snapchat. The deal, valued at $54 million at the time, gave Gee and his family a substantial financial cushion. But they didn’t use the Snapchat millions to fund the trip; instead, the couple sold all of their belongings in a garage sale for $45,000 and decided to travel on that money for six months or as long as they could last.
However, despite the security, Gee initially did go through the dilemma of leaving an excellent job and withdrawing from the fat paychecks, but the thought of choosing to spend each day without feeling the invisible cuffs of a routine job helped him take a plunge into this uncertain adventure. And his rock-solid wife stood by him firmly in his decision of stepping into the unknown and opting to do something that no one in his position would ever dare to do.
By throwing caution to the wind the couple along with their tiny tots began their exploring journey for as long as the money lasts, but five months into their journey, where they had already started documenting their travel adventures as ‘The Bucket List Family’ through blogging and social media, they had only spent $5000 of their budget. By gaining traction from their social media the hotel, airlines and brands have started working with them.
Gee revealed, “At first they were just offering us accommodations or flights in exchange for marketing exposure through our social media. But then, as our community continued to grow, they began paying us as well. Right before we had spent through our initial $45,000, we turned the corner and became profitable."
Giving an extensive exposure to the world, different cultures and adventures to their kids, the couple have even taken away their fears. It takes enormous courage to change the life path when you have young kids to look after. In an ordinary circumstance where parents will only work towards securing the future of their kids and work for bringing stability to family life, Garett and Jessica with their adventuresome nature and bold determination to take the riskier path are giving their children a childhood that most of us can only dream of.
The kids at this young age are not afraid to take up activities that can even send chills through the spine of an adult. Right from free diving in the ocean to snorkelling to swimming with sharks, the kids have developed an undaunted approach towards new adventures of life and like their parents aren’t afraid to playbold either.
“It’s fun to see Dorothy and Manilla get better and better at learning from each new culture that we visit. They’re great at making new friends and trying new foods, and they board each flight by themselves and find their row. It’s quite cute, and other passengers get a kick out of these two babies who act like travel professionals,” revealed Jessica.
Now the Bucket List Family has three children, and the young adventurers, whose passports are covered with stamps, will soon have their new show. They are currently working on making their newly purchased house into a home. Over the course of eight weeks, The Bucket List Family will travel the world collecting inspiration for their new beachfront Hawaiian bungalow. Every week the designer expert will renovate one room inspired by the family’s adventures in each new place, and in the end, the family will come to see the house for the first time.
The life that The Bucket List family has chosen is not something that anyone can adopt without having the strength of facing the uncertainty and strong determination for free floating with the wanderlust in them, and at the same time keeping the family smiling. The rewards of this unusual bold move have got the bucket list family a permanent vacation with their children, that is paying off for itself.
“We were going to take the typical next step in life and "grow up" and build a house and settle into careers. But how about not! We're not quite ready for that. We feel like we still have so much to learn about life and happiness before we can set up our future life and home,” says the Bucket List Family.
With more than 114 weeks in travelling around the world, the family has genuinely redefined bold in every sense with their playbold attitude.
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Image credits: Instagram (@thebucketlistfamily)