About Us

We’re Jason and Nikki Wynn, a couple of perpetual travelers, RV’ers, sailors 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.

We have an irrefutable desire to search, explore, discover, grow, learn and of course share…we share in hopes of inspiring you to find your next adventure; whether it’s a long weekend or a perpetual one like ours!

 

Here are some of the things you can look forward to seeing:

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.

A Brief and Incomplete History

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.

So, what’s the treatment you ask?

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 was just a way to begin our new traveling lifestyle, it was never meant to be permanent. Our next adventure will be finding a sail boat to call home. We like to have a space to call our own, even if that space is tiny. We also have a desire to travel by many forms and 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.

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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!

Stay tuned for updated information!

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425 Comments

  • Carole

    October 10, 2016 Reply

    Hi Nikki and Jason. I think my husband and I are living in the parallel but reverse universe you guys occupy. We spent almost 9 years as full-time live aboards on our 47' sailboat, and one month ago put it up for sale and bought an RV. (Also strange but true, my maiden name is Wynn.) Like many new RVers, we found this site and have enjoyed watching your videos and reading your stories. While we're accustomed to living and working in a tiny (floating) home, this box on wheels is taking a little getting used to! We miss the water, but really look forward to new adventures on land. While there are some similarities, I'm sure you'll agree that full time RVing and living aboard a boat full time has enormous differences. I have a folder on my iPad with more than a dozen apps for navigation, weather, tides and currents, etc. that surely won't do us much good crisscrossing this fine country in an RV. While living and working aboard, we rode out both Hurricane Irene (while on the Chesapeake), and Superstorm Sandy (while in New Jersey). Our plans this year would have put us in Charlston just in time to meet Matthew, so I guess it's a good thing we ditched the sailboat for an RV when we did. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for sharing all the great RV tips and adventures, and wish you the best in your new life as boaters. Wishing you calm winds and following seas, Carole

    • Nikki Wynn

      October 10, 2016 Reply

      Maybe we are in a parallel universe! Yes, while there is lots that translates from RV to Boat and vice versa, they are very different creatures. I think its good to experience both, makes you appreciate the neuances that much more. One big bonus of an RV is the fact that you can indeed usually out run the weather. I can't believe you have 2 hurricanes under your belt! Oh the stories you must have. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story with us and say hello! Maybe we will bump into you one day while we are all out wondering about the world.

  • WARREN M KELLY

    October 7, 2016 Reply

    been following hurrican Matthew, last video you were down in the keys, hope you went to the gulf asap or got on shore, praying your well, blessings
    on your journey, hope to see you both in fighting ship shape soon, all the best, from the land of OZ (kansas)

  • Rebecca Prows

    September 22, 2016 Reply

    Hey Jason and Nikki,
    I have been following your sailing adventures for awhile now and love how you have made your dreams happen, regardless of other people's opinions or putdowns(lets face it, being popular sometimes means criticism and unappreciated comments haha). When I was five my parents set out to make their dreams a reality too. Everyone thought we were totally nuts but we had a dream that we wanted to make happen regardless. My dad grew up in New Zealand and it had always been his dream to sail back there someday. So, through a long process and a lot of research and planning we made our dream happen. In 2000 we sold everything we had, bought an RV, packed up all 7 of us kids, ages 3 to 17, and set out for Florida.. After a few months of prep in Miami we set sail on our 60 ft. catamaran and never looked back. We never made it to New Zealand but we had several amazing experiences despite never reaching our end goal. We cruised all through the Caribbean and Bahamas before landing in Jamaica where we spent the next 4 years. We ended up sailing back to Fort Lauderdale Florida due to medical needs but we still live on the boat and sail it whenever we can. My parents are currently doing some repairs and saving money to head out again, this time with the good chance they actually might make it to New Zealand haha. They empty nester now and want to do humanitarian and missionary work in the Pacific Islands for a couple of years before they settle down and actually live in a condo or something haha. I'm grown and off in college now but I hope to go live with them for awhile when they shove off.
    I know that was a long story, but I just wanted you both to know that you can totally make this happen. Making dreams come true takes a lot of work( Believe me, I know. I was the one swabbing the deck and varnishing rubrails haha) but it is always so so worth it. I look back on my life with so much gratitude for the experiences that I had and was so grateful that my parents worked hard to provide those opportunities. Things were scary fOr us too but with practice and time you get the hang of it and it becomes second nature. You got this! Have so much fun and enjoy it while it lasts, however long that may be. I think I needed the reminder that I can follow my dreams too and you both helped me realize that more than you know. Thanks So much and keep up the good work. If you ever have questions about were in the Bahamas are worth seeing or if you ever land in Jamaica or Cuba let me know. I've got the hooks ups;)

    • Nikki Wynn

      September 22, 2016 Reply

      Rebecca, fantastic story! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. Dreams most certainly can become reality if we choose to make it happen. It is work but most anything in life worth doing is. I don't know what dream or goal you are working towards right now, but it sounds like your parents did an awesome job of showing you anything is possible. We are headed to the Bahamas in a couple of weeks! After that we will hit up Jamaica and Cuba...so please do tell us your fave spots!

  • John Kaiser

    September 19, 2016 Reply

    Jason and Nikki, I love your youtube videos. I am a member for a sailing club and also like to go camping. My dream is to travel in a 25 foot fifth wheel (get into all the parks) and see America. Your video quality and vlog content is very very good and you give helpful insights from what you have learned. Have you changed your Video equipment or is your excellent videos coming from the Sony 6000 with Sony Shotgun mike. I have watched your camera gear video that you shot in 2015 and wondered if anything has changed.

    John Kaiser

  • Tisha Norman

    September 18, 2016 Reply

    My husband and I just started watching your sailing videos. LOVE!! We started camping (in a van) this summer, and Hubby has quickly decided he wants to sail next. We have a few years before we can make this dream a reality, but I'm slowly getting "on board" with the idea. We live in a small West Texas town, so knowing y'all are Texans as well gives me hope that we can DO THIS! We're twice your age, and have probably half your bank account, but I think we will be ok. One more kid to get graduated from high school this year, and we'll have more time for ourselves. Safe travels to you!

  • Tim Sypowicz

    September 18, 2016 Reply

    You guys are awesome, I use your videos all the time to referb my airstream.

  • Annie McGee

    September 6, 2016 Reply

    I LOVE that I found your website!

    This past weekend, I realized that life feels empty and meaningless inside of a cubical. The relationships I have developed within the last 2 years have felt shallow. I am craving real connections with humans all over the US.

    So....I quit my job, got a work from home position and I am currently trying to formulate a plan to get an RV and travel the US for the next couple of years! Any help/advice you have to give on how you got started is definitely appreciated.

    Bless!

    • joan stump

      September 28, 2016 Reply

      Hi Annie,

      Where did you get a work from home position? I have looking but they are usually scams and I live on a 45 ft sailboat like the Wynns but we are usually docked because we need to work a brick and mortar job to survive. If you could email me that info it would be great or put it on here so everyone can see that is ok too. my email is [email protected] Wynn's I am a huge fan and love that you are living the dream my son is looking for a leopard catamaran like yours he should have it in the next few weeks matter of fact the couple he is thinking about our out of ft. Lauderdale too. Keep posting videos and good luck out on the water.

  • SALLY GLASS

    September 6, 2016 Reply

    Hey I heard on the news a hurricane is going to hit Florida .... Where are you guys and are you okay?

  • George Fizell

    August 16, 2016 Reply

    Good morning,
    I see that you are in Riviera Beach waters this morning. That was my work place for over 35 years as I was a pilot at the Port of Palm Beach/ Lake Worth Inlet. Have been following your posts for a while now and enjoy watching the progress you're making. Would like to make a couple of suggestion as to the terminology you're using in the videos. I realize it's a steep learning curve and you have many things to remember but these are important. A map is a chart, big one! Bow is forward stern aft. Port left, Starboard right. Windward and leeward sides is also is a good designation when sailing. These are very common terms that will make you sound like old salts and won't make more seasoned hands cringe. One other thought. I've seen many unfortunate situations over the years that have cost people their boats and sometimes their lives. Over confidence and being in a hurry when common sense tells you to pay attention to weather, sea conditions and your abilities should help make this a wonderful adventure. Sailing is a wonderful way to travel, I wish you many years of fair winds and calm seas.

  • Rachel Adams

    August 11, 2016 Reply

    Many thanks for all your wonderfully informative videos and "how to's". I've especially found the videos on solar power (how to use and conserve) very helpful. My husband and I (and 2 Border Terriers) have been so encourage by all your experiences that we're planning a 1 year long adventure across Canada and the Lower 48 States. Yup, we're selling off the mansion and hitting the road! Friends and neighbours have raised eyebrows over the notion, but, we're in the 3rd quarter of our life, and if not now . .then when? I am seeking your advice on 1 question : When choosing a MH for this adventure, we're trying to stay within your guidelines for length (maneuverability, getting into State Parks etc). Of the MH's you've had the pleasure of using, which was top on your list for reliability, functionality and fuel economy? Thank you in advance for your help, and may the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.

  • René jonker

    August 10, 2016 Reply

    Hello Nikki and Jason,

    The experience of sailing in bad weather conditions was a useful one. Later with only two crew members and a lot of water around i would-like to give you some advice to wear safety gear when you are working on your deck.

    Succes and regards

  • Nancy Harris

    August 2, 2016 Reply

    My husband and I love your videos!! And Jason, you're terrific in front of the camera even if you don't enjoy it. It doesn't show. We really appreciate the steady camera work (I get sick with much camera jiggle.) We love that your reviews just tell it like it is. Cute kitties! I think I need some makeup advice, Nikki! You always look terrific! Cool that you wear dresses. I really want to own an RV but talking the hubster into it could be tough. (We're in our 60's and he's going to retire next year. : ) We rented RV's when the kids were at home and had some horrible experiences, mostly consisting of tire blowouts that caused crazy damage to the coaches, though thankfully not accidents and no one was ever hurt. Plus the rental companies were stinkers. So we watch every video out there and so far we like yours best!! But deciding???
    THANKS!

  • Tobias Stricker

    July 23, 2016 Reply

    I came across your youtube channel while searching for catamarans. You really do a great job with your videos and they look really professional. I hope you can continue with it. Specially interesting for me is your approach to buy a boat with having any idea how to sail. Because I am about the same, but my wife calls me totally stupid. So I really follow how you learn to sail. Show us what and how you learn and what kind of mistakes you do while learning. As someone watching, I learn more from the mistakes other do than what they do good. You simply can try to avoide to make the same mistakes. I learned a lot from watching other people traveling with the boat. From how to buy a proper boat, how to maintain it, handle it, ... The standard things you learn in a sailing class, but the real life the hard way by yourself or the easy way by experience of others like you who do the real thing. So don't hide your mistakes. They are the most value part. And because you are a so good looking couple, even watching doing you the most stupid things is still fun!

  • Ronnie and Lauren Flake

    July 21, 2016 Reply

    we saw you guys on Going Rving about a year ago. we are born and bred Texans and are going full time in about two years. Are you in the same rig? ;ove oyu posts

    • Jason Wynn

      July 21, 2016 Reply

      We are in a sailboat now :)

      • Sally

        October 18, 2016 Reply

        Did you sell the rig to get a sailboat?

        • Jason Wynn

          October 18, 2016 Reply

          We sold Windy, our 2nd RV to get a sailboat...it was just postponed a couple years while we drove the other two RVs from Fleetwood.

  • Don Zimmer

    June 13, 2016 Reply

    Sure enjoy your videos. Well done--entertaining and informative. Enjoy your travels!

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