Fil-Am Entrepreneur Garrett Gee Has Been Traveling The World With His "Bucket List Family" For Two Years Straight—Here's How They Did It
29-year-old tech entrepreneur Garrett Gee and his wife, Jessica, are living the life!
In four years, the young couple has done what many of us only fantasize about as we longingly go through travel posts on our social media feeds: they exchanged the comforts of conventional living with life on the road, in the air, and out at sea. They've been everywhere from Indonesia to Scotland, South Africa to Japan, Greece to the Dominican Republic, and the Maldives to Nepal.
For 100 consecutive weeks, the couple has been traveling from coast to coast and pole to pole, bringing along their two (and very cute) children, 4-year-old Dorothy and 2-year-old Manilla. The adventure-loving couple is also set to welcome their third child, Cali. Collectively, they've become famous as "The Bucket List Family."
COLORADO!! We decided to add some color to our Black Friday and fill it with bright blue skies and warm red rock canyons..?? ?????? Adventure Band Giveaway Question : @manillagee tries his best to overcome fears and be brave like what animal?? (Don't forget to tag a friend with your answer! ?????? /// #family #bucketlist #denver #colorado #adventure #travel #vlog /// @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @thebucketlistfamily
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Considering their nomadic lifestyle, how were Garrett and Jessica making enough money to sustain their never-ending vacation? According to Garrett, he hasn't spent a single cent to keep it up, or at least, not in the way we imagine they might be spending to be able to see the world.
We love you, Greece! ???????? So much variety in 1 country and we didn't even see half of it! Lots of social memories here. We're sad to be leaving. We'll be back someday soon! ?????? Next stop London, England!! /// #family #bucketlist #explore #wanderlust #travel #vlog /// @beautifuldestinations @theglobewanderer @travelandleisure @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee
It all started in 2014 when Garrett, a talented tech whiz, was a financially burdened student enrolled at Brigham Young University. While juggling academics and soccer practice, Garrett and his friends developed a technology that allowed mobile phones to scan codes and send the data to the apps that required it. Hoping to attract investors, they pitched the idea on TV show Shark Tank with Garrett memorably wearing slippers and faded jeans as he won the panel of judges over.
DAY 20 of 30 ???? Exploring Epcot and remembering some of our favorite countries around the world.. ?????? Thank you everyone who has participated in our luggage giveaway (see last post). We will randomly select and announce winners tomorrow morning. ???? /// #family #bucketlist #waltdisneyworld #30stays30days #sponsored #travel #vlog /// @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @waltdisneyworld @thebucketlistfamily
Snapchat took notice of their idea, and in 2015, purchased it from them for a comfortable sum of $54,000,000. That's an eye-watering P2,788,020,000 paid for an app developed in a college dorm room.
??????..from our small family to yours!! QUESTION : We're making plans for a big future giveaway and service project. If you and your family could visit any of the countries or resorts or destinations we have traveled to, which would you pick and why?? Please tell us some of your favorites!! ?????? /// #family #adventure #bucketlist #anguilla #mormon #lds #travel /// @beautifuldestinations @anguilla_tourism @visitcuisinart @mormonchannel @lesleyannemurphy @passionpassport @settie4444 @garrettgee @travelandleisure
Now, you might be thinking that a travel fund in the millions is what's been fueling Garrett's international escapades. Wrong—Garrett hasn't touched a penny from his cut as he and Jessica have put it all in savings. Having experienced what it was like to be short of cash in the past, the couple made it a point to be frugal and thrifty while preparing for their children's future. Garrett, in particular, pointed out that in the tech industry, he has seen one too many one-day millionaires; he made sure he wasn't going to be one of them.
2 SPECIAL UPDATES TODAY!! 1st, we have a new video from Switzerland (link in profile)!! ?????? 2nd, we've teamed up with @flyswiss for our next trip giveaway to SWITZERLAND!! We share the link and details in our new video : https://youtu.be/Wry6xAyyd2s ?????? /// #family #travel #bucketlist #switzerland #flyswiss #swissbucketlist /// @flyswiss @thebucketlistfamily @garrettgee @settie4444 @manillagee @dorothyseven
What they did spend, though, was the $45,000 they made from the sale of all their belongings from their home. Garrett and Jessica, knowing that they had more than enough in the bank to keep them comfortable for some time, initially made plans to travel for six months and sell everything they had to make the dream come true. They agreed they would come home and work harder than ever after their half-a-year holiday, or at least until the money ran out. The thing is, it never did.
Feeding the fish and the ducks in our own "backyard". This houseboat in the canals of Amsterdam might be our coolest @airbnb yet!! ???????? Thank you Airbnb for comping our family adventure in the Netherlands! ?? /// #family #bucketlist #amsterdam #netherlands #airbnb #sponsored #travel /// @dorothyseven @manillagee @thebucketlistfamily
As they were down to their last $5,000 in their fifth month, sponsorships and partnerships started pouring in. Garrett, who also has passions in photography and videography, documented the family's best moments on social media. Clothing brands, hotels and resorts, airlines, and even restaurants got wind of "The Bucket List Family" and how amazing their story was and started funding more of their adventures.
Family Skin Care Routine : Step 1 - Travel to Iceland. Step 2 - Swim in the blue lagoon. Step 3 - Cover your face in white mud. ????????Promised Results : Your 2 yr old will look 24 months again! ?????? If you want an actual skin care routine then please do not take this post seriously. But, if you want a really fun family adventure then most definitely take this post very seriously.. ?????? /// #family #bucketlist #iceland #adventure #sponsored #gopro #travel /// @gopro @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @bluelagoonis @thebucketlistfamily
In the age of social media and digital marketing, Garrett and Jessica became accidental full-time social media profit-makers. Garrett takes care of the production, while Jessica is in charge of itineraries and budgets. 180 flights after and two years into their vacation, the pair charges anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 for a video and earn anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 for a sponsored post.
But the family of four doesn't travel simply for pleasure; everywhere they go, they make sure they're able to better the lives of the people they encounter by giving back to the communities that welcomed them. Often, they search for families in need of financial assistance and help anonymously.
In Nepal, they raised more than $50,000 to build a school that focuses on teaching girls and women ways to protect themselves from human trafficking. They also founded Pin Pals, a service that allows travelers to purchase custom-made pins from the cities they visit, proceeds from which The Bucket Family continues to use for their volunteering efforts.
As they continue to enjoy their not-so-usual family life, Garrett and Jessica acknowledge that they'll have to settle down one day when their children will have to go to school. Dorothy went to her first day of nursery in Bali, while Manilla's potty training started in South Korea. But one day, they're going to have to settle back down in their home base in Utah.
Dance party in Greece! ?????? Anyone from the UK?????? Last year while in Greece a London @channel4 film crew filmed us for a TV episode! The show is called HDYGSR and it is airing tonight/Monday at 10pm in the U.K.! ?? /// #family #bucketlist #adventure #explore #wanderlust #travel #vlog /// @kathbum @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @thebucketlistfamily
More so, Garrett also shared that he has zero plans of taking it easy when he goes back home. He'll continue to work on more unique technology and groundbreaking applications, and hopefully, make enough to be able to go on even more trips with his beautiful family.
PLEASE come hang out with us!! ????? Later today we are doing a Question/Answer Facebook Live video! It's will be at 3pm (EST) on our Facebook page. ?? If you search 'The Bucket List Family' it should be easy to find us. If you already Like our page then you should receive a notification when we go live. PLEASE comment any questions below and we will answer them during our video later today! Thank you! Hope to see you there! ?? /// #family #bucketlist #galapagos #ecuador #adventure #travel #vlog /// @galapagosluxurycharters @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @travelandleisure ?? @akeenster
Learning from Garrett and Jessica, what will you do to make your dreams come true?
A favorite memory of 2017 : when @waltdisneyworld invited our small family of travel journalists to cover each of their resorts for a special project called, 30 STAYS IN 30 DAYS!! ???? /// #family #bucketlist #disney #waltdisneyworld #wdw #travel #love /// @garrettgee @settie4444 @dorothyseven @manillagee @thebucketlistfamily
Photo from @garrettgee