We’ve probably all had the thought – what if we just sell everything and explore the world? This is exactly what the Gee family did.
Their videos, photos and stories showcase a family having an adventure of a lifetime but, beyond the blue waters, the sandy beaches and the whimsical waterfalls is a message that all families, regardless of whether you are travelling the world or cooking pancakes from a kitchen covered in mess, need to remember – families that play together, stay together.
Sure, it’s not something the average family can afford to do (even if we sold everything we would probably only make it to New Zealand), but for the Gee family, it was possible.
The young family (father Garrett, mother Jessica and their two adorable children, Dorothy and Manilla) left their home in Utah, USA and set off on the ultimate bucket list adventure.
Garrett, who met his wife while they were both serving as missionaries at the LDS Church in Russia, graduated from university in 2015 and sold a mobile scanning app he developed to Snapchat for a cool $55 million.
“We were going to take the typical next step in life and “grow up” and build a house and settle into careers…” the couple write on their website. But they decided to take a different approach instead.
“We feel like we still have so much to learn about life and happiness before we can set up our future life and home.”
And thus, they designed a bucket list – a list of places to show their children and to explore as a family.
“We decided as a young family that now was the time to form healthy habits and create traditions that will hopefully shape us into better people the rest of our lives.”
Some of the places on their bucket list (so far) include Tonga, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tahiti, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Fiji and America.
And, as you can imagine, frolicking on beautiful beaches, swimming with dolphins, kayaking the turquoise waters and escaping to luxurious cottages in the middle of nowhere are all part of their adventures.
It’s not all sunny skies and sandy beaches. They’ve had their fair share of travel mishaps as well, including a brush with the Zika virus, tantruming toddlers and lost luggage.
As envious as we all are right now, it’s nice to see a fortunate family having fun together.
And, beyond their family adventures, the Gee family have found a way to give back by adding another item to their bucket list – to help those in need.
They have paid for a deserving family’s trip to Disneyland and have given five people the money for LASIK eye surgery, but most of their donations are done behind closed doors.
Garrett and Jessica prefer not to share these stories publicly, but do make a conscious effort to help someone deserving every month.
With only the possessions they carry, the family really are living on the road (a very luxurious road we have to admit), but the Gee family tell People that through their travels, “We’ve learned about other cultures and where they seek happiness. Good, happy people, I’ve learned, come from everywhere.”
But what really touches us about this family mission is the values the parent seek to instil during their time together.
The major goals inspiring their bucket list include “becoming closer as a family, living a life of service and compassion, learning to find happiness with less and learning to love and respect nature and the planet”.
These are the values we all should be focusing on, no matter where we live or what we are doing.
The beautiful family of four will eventually return home and “grow up” but, for now, they are enjoying the high life and the high seas, creating life long memories and reminding everyone that, even if your next family adventure is only to the Maccas down the road, it’s being together and having fun that matters.
But Tahiti sounds a lot better right about now.
You can follow The Bucket List family via Instagram, YouTube and through their website. The family have plans to continue to add to their bucket list and help as many families as they can along the way.
(video via Bored Panda)