Search icon


20th Jan 2016

This Family Is Living ALL Of Our Dreams (Prepare For Serious Life Envy!)

Trine Jensen-Burke

If January have you dreaming about tossing in the job and heading for warmer climates and beautiful adventures, you might want to brace yourself in case you develop a serious case of life envy right now.

When 25-year-old Garrett Gee from Utah in the US sold his mobile scanning app to Snapchat for $54 million (OK, who wants to take up app building right about now?!) last year, it sort of left him twiddling his thumbs a bit.

But instead of opting for a mansion, a private jet and a fleet of slick cars, the dad-of-two and his wife Jessica, 29, decided that what they would really like to do, was to sell everything and bring their young children, Dorothy, 3, and Manilla, 1, on an epic around-the-world adventure.

“We didn’t need that stuff,” Garrettt told People about the couple’s decision to not go on a spending spree with the cash. “We were young, healthy and really didn’t need much of anything. So we started joking about putting our money in savings, selling everything and using those funds to travel the world.”

What followed was a bucket list, a giant yard sale (where they got rid of all their belongings, except two boxes of photos and diaries) and a one-way ticket out of there.

FAMILY UPDATE : It was 5 months ago we sold everything and left our home in Utah, USA for a grand family adventure!! ??? The plan was to travel until Christmas and then see how things were going. If traveling with kids was too difficult then we would return home and find a new apartment. If we loved it then we would keep on going Now, Christmas is here!! ?❄️? Looking back, traveling with children is about what we expected : sometimes chill, sometimes difficult, but always worth it! We’ve had so much fun together!!..more fun than we even expected..SOOO here’s the plan : Let’s keep traveling! ??? We are going to try a full year this time!! Jan-Dec 2016 But before we continue onward, we decided to return home for Christmas. We considered a lot of amazing places, but for Christmas the most amazing place of all is together with family. ❤️❄️❤️ Merry Christmas everyone!! ❤️?❤️

A photo posted by The Bucket List Family (@thebucketlistfamily) on

Since then, the family have travelled around the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Indonesia. They have dived with humpback whales in the Pacific Ocean, run along white sandy beaches in Fiji and taught their son, Manilla, to walk in Tonga.

But before you start hating them for their incredible luck and charmed existence, know that the family have also made their bucket list about people not as fortunate as themselves.

They have already given a family of five, who were going through tough times, a free trip to Disneyland, offered to pay for people’s surgery and have many more altruistic actions planned for the next few months.

“As a family, we’ve been very blessed to see the world together and we’re always looking for special ways to share with others,’ they explain on their blog.

Of their decision to take time out for a while, Garrett says: ‘We’ve learned to find happiness with less, and we’ve become more open-minded and open-hearted.’

‘We’ve learned about other cultures and where they seek happiness. Good, happy people, I’ve learned, come from everywhere.’