We’re Jason and Nikki Wynn, a couple of perpetual travelers, RV’ers (for now) and modern day documentarians. This is the home of our discoveries and adventures all depicting the unscripted tale of how we traded in everyday life to satisfy our wear-out-your-shoes sense of adventure.
The Adventures: Who doesn’t dream about an Indiana Jones adventure? Instead of just day dreaming about it, use our interactive map to plan your own Indie adventures.
Travel Like a Local: Each city we visit our goal is to support the local community. We avoid chains and seek out places that the typical traveler might not have time to find on their own. You won’t likely find these gems in a guide book or visitors brochures. Traveling like a Local is about seeing and experiencing a town as if it were your own.
Make Money and Travel: This series exists as a source of inspiration by sharing examples of real people around the world making money from anywhere and living the lifestyle they want. It proves that where there is a will, there is a way.
RV’in: Hitting the road in style, RVing is your ride anywhere, anytime with no flight reservations or hotels to be booked. From tips and tricks to buyer beware this is the home of all things RVing!
Wild Camping: While staying in a campground or hotel with lots of amenities has its allure, there’s nothing better than driving deep into the wild where the views are never ending and the sounds are au nat-ur-el! A major bonus of Wild Camping is a reduced carbon footprint and lower costs from your travels.
At 28 years old we made a decision to make a major change in our lives and were craving an adventure. Sure, we enjoyed our artsy careers (Jason as a photographer and Nikki as a makeup artist) and upscale urban life in Dallas, TX but something was missing. As outdoor enthusiasts we felt the need for more of a “back to nature” adventure. Amongst discussions of cross country travel and living outdoors, came the idea of purchasing an eco-friendly and fuel-efficient RV.
We love the idea of having all of the comforts of home while traveling and we hate the hassle of having to book flights and hotels and live by a defined schedule. Plus, there is just no better way to explore North America than by RV. It’s a road trip on steroids!
With our new found excitement, we made the big decision to close the doors to our studio and say audios to our clients (big ones too like Susan G. Komen, ExxonMobil and the CW Network just to name a few) to travel the country. So, we sold it all (and we really mean all 4000sq ft of it!), packed up our 2 cats (we’re not crazy cat people, just crazy about ours), and hit the road! Some thought we were insane, others called us genius… the debate is still going.
At first, we were in search of an adventure, a new place to call home and to find our very own meaning to the term American Dream. What happened instead is one very epic, long winded and life changing adventure.
We quickly learned that the typical…boy meets girl, couple gets mortgage payment, 60 hour work weeks, 2 ½ kids, two weeks of vacation a year and if you survive, retire at 60… sounds exhausting and it isn’t our version of the American Dream.
So, here we are three years later, over 50,000 miles logged, over 45 states visited, two countries entered and more human experiences than anyone could ever hope to have…and we’re at a loss. Time passes faster every day and there isn’t enough paper or digital space to hold the stories we’ve heard, the ones we could tell and those we have yet to make.
We know we aren’t doing anything revolutionary or something that someone else hasn’t done before us, but, we know there is no going back to a “normal” life. We have to continue and see where life will take us next.
A sedentary life just isn’t in the cards for us. We thought a good ol’ American Road Trip would help us find our place in the world, a place to ‘settle down’. In turn it caused an irrefutable desire to search, explore, discover, grow and learn. None of which we can do in any one place for too long.
Some call it wanderlust…but that just doesn’t seem to fit us. What we have is more of a phobia…a full blown case of Sedentary Lifeaphobia (yep, we made that up) with no hope for a cure.
Learn to work from the road, keep moving and start a support group. And that is exactly what we’ve done! GoneWithTheWynns.com is where you will find our adventures, discoveries, helpful information and videos on all things travel. So, if you are a Sedentary Lifeaphobic, join us as we explore this little known, infectious and wildly adventurous phobia!
The RV is just a way to begin our new lives, it was never meant to be permanent. All we know is we are not backpackers. We like to have a space to call our own, even if that space is really, really small. We also have a desire to travel by many forms, experiment with different lifestyles and living situations.
Talks of sailing around Europe are next or maybe Nikki goes for her long awaited pilot’s license and a plane is our next home? Our possibilities are endless but then again, so are yours. One thing’s for sure, we have a case of Sedentary Lifeaphobia and we’ve got it bad!
They are both rescued, (of course) and are the best little travelers ever! They love exploring new backyards, going on long hikes and together they keep the mouse, chipmunk, squirrel, moth, grasshopper, rabbit, snake, lizard, praying mantis, turkey and beetle population in check. People always ask, “aren’t you worried they’ll get eaten by a coyote?”, to which we respond, “the coyote is the one you should be worried about!”. Cleo has attacked more than one dog in her day….and she wins, by a long shot.
Cleo – The true essence of a woman and a cat! She’ll love you one minute and hiss at you the next! If you catch her on a bad day she’ll let you know it! Watch out boys…..this girl is trouble!
Singa – This cat acts more like a dog. Enjoying long walks and a good game of fetch, he’s looking for attention on the road. Look out kitties, he’s on the prowl and he’s a lover not a fighter!