About Us

Hey, we’re Jason and Nikki Wynn and this is our virtual home base. Way back in the day (circa 2011) we traded in everyday life to satisfy our wear-out-your-shoes sense of adventure. Now, the world is our home and this is where we share our discoveries and lessons learned along the way.

Our first six years of travel were an epic road trip around North America with an awe inspiring highlight being our trek around Alaska.  We might live there if we weren’t suffering from Sedentary Lifeaphobia and summer lasted forever.

Now we’re on a sailing voyage about the world. Our vessel is our home and we’re always on the move with an irrefutable desire to search, explore, discover, grow, learn and share.  We’re not wordsmiths but fairly handy with a camera, the video below will offer some highlights of what’s going on around here.

Now, if we’re going to be hanging out, there’s a few things we should tell you.  We’re often accused of being overly happy (mostly by grumpy people), too clean (mostly by dirty people) and optimistically naive (mostly by dream crushers).  All potentially true except for the too clean part.  We’re really not that clean.

Neither of us are overly talented, smart, rich, lucky, or retired. But that doesn’t stop us from reaching far flung destinations, having wild adventures, and managing everything that makes living aboard a moving vessel possible.  We’re two ordinary people that just so happen to live an extraordinary life.

We have zero shame in admitting we want to squeeze as much out of life as possible.  A life full of extraordinary moments is for anyone willing, and wanting, to go after it.  You know, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…yea, we’re all about it.

There are plenty of opinions about how one should go about life, travel, adventure and everything in between.  Variety, it’s the spice of life, right?

As for us, we like to travel with the comforts of home. It’s not like there are awards given for roughing it while exploring (don’t tell the guy on the trail with nothing but a flint knife and a canteen, he’s already in too deep). Perpetual travel is a lifestyle for us, not an ongoing vacation and having our home as the vessel makes it more sustainable long term. Vacations are short term, a means of escaping the day to day.  For us, its about creating a life we don’t need to escape.

Nonetheless, the more of our planet we see, the more we want to preserve it.  So, we try to go about it all as responsible humans.

If you’ve made it this far, you mind as well grab a drink and hang out a little longer.  Here’s a smattering of the things we like to share.  Kick your feet up and click around a while.

  • The Adventures – We’re utterly addicted to new experiences and obsessed with searching out Indiana Jones worthy adventures.  Some people collect stamps or coins, we collect pin drops.  Nothing makes us happier than adding a new story to our interactive travel map.
  • Living Off The Grid –   Because our home is our mode of transportation, being self-sufficient just makes sense. We’re always looking for and learning about ways to create, store, use and manage our resources. Batteries, solar systems, creating drinking water, managing waste and more.
  • Sailing – Exploring the world like its 1492. We want to sail across oceans, weather storms and discover adventures we don’t yet know exist.
  • Think Local – Each place we visit our goal is to support the local community, avoiding chains and seeking out local purveyors.  We’re always on the hunt for a good farmer’s market, coffee roaster, distillery, brewery, or a salty fisherman to follow into a hole in the wall.
  • Fave Gear – We’re don’t like encouraging consumerism but any grand adventure requires some gear.  Over our years of perpetual travel, we’ve purchased a lot of gear that has stood the test of time. We’ve never recommend anything we don’t personally use and love.
  • 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 ride anywhere, anytime with no flight reservations or hotels to be booked. While staying in a campground 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!  We call it Wild Camping and it’s all about leave no trace and it’s as easy on the pocket book as it is on the environment. From tips and tricks to buyer beware, we’ve learned a lot about RVing!

A Brief and Incomplete History

At 28 years old we made a decision to make a major change in our lives because were craving an adventure.  Sure, we enjoyed our artsy careers (Jason as a photographer and Nikki as a makeup artist) and urban life in Dallas, TX but something was missing.  As outdoor enthusiasts we felt the need for more of a “back to nature” adventure.  With lofty dreams and chatter of cross country travel and living outdoors, came the idea of purchasing an eco-friendly and fuel-efficient RV.

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, Exxon Mobil 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 thought we would hit the road for about a year.  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.

Some call what we have wanderlust…but that just doesn’t seem to fit us. What we have is more of a phobia…a straight up fear of missing out on life and not seeing the world.  What we have is a full blown case of Sedentary Lifeaphobia (yep, we made that up) with no hope for a cure.

So, what’s the treatment you ask?

Learn to make money while we travel, keep moving and start a support group. And that is exactly what we’ve done! This Gone With The Wynns site has become our home base. A place to share the challenges, discoveries, ask questions, have conversations and all things related to this crazy un-sedentary lifestyle.

If you are a Sedentary Lifeaphobic, join us as we explore this little known, infectious and wildly adventurous phobia!

They are both rescued, (of course) and love exploring new backyards, lounging on the deck, pooping in the wild and going on long hikes. Together they keep the mouse, chipmunk, squirrel, moth, grasshopper, rabbit, snake, lizard, praying mantis, turkey and beetle population in check.  Our cats are world class travelers and their curiosity and ability to adapt never cease to inspire us.

People always ask, “aren’t you worried they’ll get eaten by a coyote or something?”, 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!

traveling cats

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 felines, this guy is on the prowl and he’s a lover not a fighter.

sv curiosity and crew

Stay tuned for updated information!

We try to make it easy, which is why we are virtually everywhere: you can join us and subscribe by email, chat with us on Facebook, see what we’re up to on instagram, add us on google+, pin us, tweet us and of course virtually join the adventures on YouTube!

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470 Comments

  • Bill Sargent

    June 24, 2017 Reply

    I do enjoy your videos and decided to re-watch them. As I was going thru your older sailing vids and found that the Boo Boo, Blow Holes & Drifting was only playing about 5 minutes of a 20+ minute video? So far, it is the only one that I have found like that. Was it corrupted or something?

    • Curious Minion

      June 25, 2017 Reply

      There is some sort of error with this one on YouTube. Try opening it from the blog http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/sailing-warderick-wellsor try this link: https://youtu.be/NbnQk4MzQss?t=5m17s You might also try a different browser: Safari seems to be bad about playing the vid, and many people report success with Chrome.

      • Bill Sargent

        July 15, 2017 Reply

        :-( Tried both and both are only about 5:15 min. Oh well, I'm still enjoying the others. Keep up the good work, love your vids.

  • Dustin

    June 10, 2017 Reply

    Keep up the good work I look forward to your videos each week.

  • Chelsea and Tanner

    June 6, 2017 Reply

    Hi! You two are amazing and are literally living the life of our daydreams. My boyfriend and I have found ourselves at a crossroads; continue down the path of 9-5 monotonany and three weeks a year of vacation, and screw-it-all-let's-bail and live free of responsibility and societal weight. Just need to pick! We're both handy, educated, hard workers who aren't afraid of a challange; but have questions that we are having a hard time finding answers to with our network of day and overnight sailors. We want to venture off to live at sea, but what is something you wish someone told you before you went? We live in New England and sail a few months of the year up and down the coasts of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts; weather permitting. That being said, foul weather here is a totally different beast than the Caribbean; equally challenging, different elements. We'd love an opportunity to pick your brain and get your advice as to what to focus on. Cheers and keep living the dream 😍🙌⛵️

    • Curious Minion

      June 7, 2017 Reply

      Chelsea & Tanner have you checked out the one-year review of expectations & dreams? http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/full-time-sailing-expectations

  • Brian Paquette

    June 1, 2017 Reply

    Hello!,

    My girlfriend and i want to do exactly what you two are doing! i have a few questions. Since you are from australia, where did you buy and register your campervan? Im assuming UK? Also what insurance did you end up getting for your campervan? Did you have an address to register all of this or did you use a friend/family address?

    Do you have to return to the country of the insurance once per year to renew your insurance? I was told that you need to go back each year to renew and get any additional paper work done such as the MOT in the UK.

    If you can share this information it would alleviate TONS of stress for myself as for the last few weeks i’ve been tirelessly research this exact information and it’s hard to find. Your experience could change my life.

    Thank you for anything you can help with! 🙂

    • Jayme Pittroff

      June 26, 2017 Reply

      Brian- Jason and Nikki are from the US. they began their RV adventure from their previous home in Texas. And they purchased their boat in Florida.
      (perhaps you are thinking of La Vagabonde, they are from Australia)

  • Dan

    May 15, 2017 Reply

    So you bought a $315,000 sailboat without knowing how to sail? Wow! Impressive gung-ho attitude!! Hope things are going well now... I'm going to try to catch up and follow you!

  • Sarah Hébert

    May 9, 2017 Reply

    What a wonderfull life, the one I had when I was young, the one we have choose for our son Nael, 4 months old. We are living France, next Monday for 2 years of sailing. Hope to see you somewhere on an anchorage ;) @pousseparlevent

  • Allan K.

    May 7, 2017 Reply

    Dear Wynns,

    With showers of silver and beams of gold wrote they.
    Across seas of blue.
    Upon shores pink and white.

    Life.

    With the last pint of his earthly form wrote he.
    Upon centuries of consternation.
    Across a fallen age.

    Evermore Abundantly.

    Thank you for stepping out in faith. Thank you for sharing your discoveries.

    'Having seen the promises afar off, they were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.'
    -Hebrews 11 : 13

    'Without faith it is impossible to please him: for any that come to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.'
    -Hebrews 11 : 6

  • Sam

    May 4, 2017 Reply

    As you go back to the US for a brief spell - one recommendation for staying connected is to consider signing-up for Project Fi by Google (https://fi.google.com). You pay $10/GB of data (which is reasonable), but the best part is that it works in 120+ countries and you'll never really have to deal with local sims. As long as you're in an area with cell coverage, you'll be able to connect at the fastest speed available. And if you have Wifi, you're US number will work free of charge. I've used in India and Brazil and presume it would work throughout the Caribbean and beyond.

  • Kay Tennant

    April 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jason and Nikki ! I just found you guys a couple of weeks ago. I've binged on many of videos, read thru much of your written blogs, signed up for emails, and signed on as a patron ! Now I am so excited to sign on as crew on the " curiosity ". ! I love what your doing and would love to join your adventure ! I absolutely Love meeting new people, and going on adventures! Isn't that what life's really about ? I always a say a stranger is just somebody you have not meant yet.
    I'm a 53 year old female, whom started off on your path and then family issues arose that held me back some what til now.
    I grew up in south Florida ,on the water. I spent many spring and summer vacations cruising the Bahamas on my parents cabin cruiser. I graduated collage from FIT with a BS degree in applied technology, sport diving operations and marine technology. While in collage I worked crewing day sails on a cateram as well as dive mastering local dive charters in palm beach.
    When I graduated I was NAUI AND a PADI Master diver trainer. I then spent the summer living on and teaching scuba on a sail boat in the BVIs. Upon my return I worked local and Bahamian diving charters. And I sat for my 100 ton captain license. Then I worked for a busy dive operation as training director.
    This is the point where I got side tracked. I got married and had three children. I continued to work in the dive industry for a while. And then worked as a travel agent for a while.
    When my oldest was young my parents built a house in Costa Rica on the pacific ocean. I traveled back and forth spending approx half of the year down there. I did so for several years.
    Finally when my youngest started school I volunteered for the Loggerhead Marine center. I had a wonderful time at this falcility. Firstly by working in retail and guiding turtle walks. Eventually , I got involved in fund raising. I started and ran several large fund raising events. As well as chaired events such as their multi million dollar new building ground breaking.
    The coolest thing I've done and what might be most interesting to you is that I'm a " sea Turtle wrangler "! Lol ! Now your asking your self, what is she talking about? Here it is in nut shell. While working at the marine center I worked with the biologist who was doing a study on Hawksbill seatutles.we were permitted to go out and capture them. We did what I like to call " an alien obduction with them ". We would bring them up on the boat measure, take blood and tissue samples. And give them some bling, i.e. tags and microchips. Oh and of course take same " glamor" shots. Durning this five year study I helped capture and recapture many hundreds of turtles.. Much was learned durning this study and there is still more to be learned as many of these "participants " are believed to have gone back to there original birth place to nest. These areas include the southern carribean and the coast of Central America. How cool would it be to run across some of these guys?
    Well, this was a fun little trip down memory lane, now I need to get you a real resume and video. I have to say that the video will be the hardest part for me. I'm not really comfortable in front of or behind the camera. But I'll get over it. That's how we grow!
    Best fishes <

    • Jason Wynn

      April 26, 2017 Reply

      Sea Turtle Wrangler?!? Oh my, that sounds AWESOME! Can't wait to see your submission.

  • Elizabeth

    April 19, 2017 Reply

    How funny! I found your blog a couple days ago and appreciate your entry about gas mileage. Tonight, I happened to be flipping channels and there you are on an RV show looking at RV's. My mom, 77 years old, 3 strokes and Stage IV triple negative breast cancer, me, two dogs and my significant other are about to hit the open road for some bucket list adventures and are currently RV shopping. Love your blog! I am starting one just to memorialize her bucket list for her friends and family. All the best to you!!

    • Curious Minion

      April 20, 2017 Reply

      Wow - best of luck with everything. Enjoy this gift of time with your mom.

  • CJ Friesian

    April 10, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jason and Nikki! I'm going back through some of your archived videos and wanted to know if you have a link to more info about Windy (your Vesta). I would love to hear from you about what you liked and disliked about her because we're very interested in that size and model. Such as; how was it to have a diesel motor up front vs. in the back? We plan to go on the road full-time as soon as "jail" will release us. It's still a few years out... Thanks a bunch and enjoy that sun!

    • Curious Minion

      April 10, 2017 Reply

      Did you see this one? There is also a search button at the bottom of the blog page where you can do a search for Windy. http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/windy-the-rv

  • Anjannette Graham

    April 8, 2017 Reply

    We have been planning for our next adventure for a very long time. Tonight we had our first sundowner on our 46' sailboat.
    Thank you for all of your encouragement.

  • Lisa B aka Hikermom

    April 7, 2017 Reply

    Hi Wynn's! We are planning an Alaska trip this summer - 3 weeks - and have been using advice from your blog! Thanks for the great tips, can't wait to use them! We are flying into Anchorage and renting a 4x4 Sprinter van, traveling to Denali (state and national park), across the Denali Hwy, down to Wrangell/St. Elias, then over to Seward and Kenai Fjords!

    • Jason Wynn

      April 8, 2017 Reply

      YES!!!! Have fun! Still one of our most epic trips.

  • Allen R Phillips

    March 26, 2017 Reply

    Hey Jason and Nikki, I'm so excited to follow you. I'm beginning a 1000-Day Journey on the 30th and you are definitely two of my heroes. I look forward to seeing/hearing more of your stories and sharing some of my own. As an architect and avid cyclists, one of my goals is the discovery and sharing of the best trails and architecture (nature-made or man-made) our country has to offer.

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