About Us

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.

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 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.

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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!

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

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316 Comments

  • Dawn Williams

    April 17, 2015 Reply

    Hi Wynns,

    I am in Fort Wayne and I was walking home from work last night at the bus station and I saw your car parked at the Oyster Bar on Calhoun st and it caught my eye and looked very interesting and a little while later I saw you two pass by me. So I googled your name today "Gone with the Wynn's" and I have to tell you - I absolutely LOVE what you guys are able to do!! Right now, I take care of my mom and my husband and I are not in the position to travel like that but hopefully one day we will. But in the meantime I love to explore things right here in my city that we haven't been to before and go to other surrounding cities and explore. I'm debating on taking my husband to the Oyster Bar for our anniversary or to the new Longhorn Restaurant but I think the Oyster Bar is more quaint. Anyways keep it up and I will be praying for your continued safe travels.

  • Stephanie

    April 10, 2015 Reply

    So fun to find your site! We have had our toy hauler for a year now and are hooked! Just made the full-time decision this past week and have a launch date of Nov. 1, 2015. Selling house and all in it! We are super excited but need to take it slow and easy with lots,of research (that's just my style). You are the first of many sites I will be reading. Thanks for sharing, hubs wants me to start the same type of blog for us too. Hope to see you on the road someday. Happy trails!

  • Michael McPherson

    April 9, 2015 Reply

    Hi guys, thanks so much for your videos on the composting toilet. My partner was a skeptic before your videos but now is a convert. I'm ordering my next machine with a composting toilet. One question that i have is how do you deal with skidmarks after a no. 2 do you use a specific cleaning fluid? Does this mess with the composting process. Keep up the great work, regards, Michael.

  • Devon

    April 7, 2015 Reply

    Hello Wynns,
    I've been dreaming about living the RV lifestyle for years now. I love your website, and enjoy living vicariously through it. I'm finally within 6 or 7 years of retiring from the police department here in San Antonio and I'm starting to make plans (it'll be here before you know it). I've always thought more along the lines of buying a fifth wheel, but I'm flexible. I'm wondering about the reasons you guys go with motor coaches? Did you guys look into fifth wheels? Is there a major issue or con with fifth wheels that I haven't considered. I know you've never owned one, but no doubt you've seen a lot of them out there. I appreciate any thoughts and hope to run into you guys one day.

    Devon

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 9, 2015 Reply

      Hey Devon. Nothing at all wrong with a 5th wheel or any other style of RV. It's all about your travel style and preferences. You have to figure out where you want to go, how you want to camp and what will best suit those needs. We move around a lot so we like being able to use the bathroom while driving down the road, make lunch, grab a cold beverage from the fridge and so on. We also prefer having a small tow car to zip around town and go exploring the area. We are not really big truck people.

  • Larry

    April 3, 2015 Reply

    Hi Guys,
    Love your website and of course you guys. I'm tryin to sell my house so I can become
    a full-timer. Still goin back and forth to which MH to get. Been lookin at the Excursion,
    but I don't know, there's some kinda cheap things about it. How do you both like yours?
    I thought I saw someplace where you are getting a new one, if so what kind?
    Keep up the good work and I'll be a following ya...
    Larry

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 4, 2015 Reply

      Hey Larry, go to the RV'in page (its on the menu bar at the top of the page) and then click on the our rv's. There you will see a top 5 good, bad, and in between post about our excursion. That should help answer some of your questions and give you our thoughts on our excursion.

  • Henry Zabel

    April 3, 2015 Reply

    Thank you two for a very good website ! It is fun to see the RV world through your eyes , It is a little different view than I have . We have only been part time motor homing for about 10 years . We started with a 27' class c and moved up to a 19' class b 2 years ago . We totally love the Roadtrek ! I also have been riding motorcycles and camping for about 40 years . A handful of years ago they started calling it adventure riding . If you have too much free time and want to see a bit different kind of traveling , check out our groups website . advrider.com . The pictures on the front page are voted on by members and change often . In forums check out Ride Reports (the more stars , the higher rated) . Also check out the picture forums . I can hardly wait to see what your next motor home has . Thanks for all your work !

  • Bob

    March 31, 2015 Reply

    Just stumbled on your site. Since my wife died a year ago, I've been trying to figure out a way forward, and have been thinking about getting a RV for a couple of months now. Since my plan is to retire in Anchorage, where I have relatives from my wife's side of the family, my first plan was to get it and have it paid off by the time I retire at 70 in nine years, and use it for a year of travel to get to Anchorage. Now, with few relatives, I've started toying with alternative ideas in the last couple of weeks/months. Work doesn't seem to hold the urgency it did before, with no one but myself to support. I've always loved travel. So your site is giving me lots of inspiration. I'm beginning to plan to escape with my little dog and hit the road. I've been a semi-pro photographer forever (well, since Junior High), and would love to travel and publish photo journals. Keep up the good work kids. You've won another convert.

  • Audra

    March 23, 2015 Reply

    Just found your site today and am stoked to see that my husband and I are not the only young couple with this disease (Sedentary Lifeaphobia) :) We moved to Boise almost 3 years ago to enjoy more outdoor adventures and we LOVE it here....but we are getting antsy and now just want a total lifestyle change. We have set a goal to sell everything and move into an RV by next summer to make traveling and adventure our new life. Looking forward to reading more about you two!

    • Nikki Wynn

      March 23, 2015 Reply

      Welcome and thanks for saying hello! You will find lots of us young sedentary lifeaphobics around here!

  • Candi

    March 17, 2015 Reply

    What a great site! Thanks for sharing your adventures. I will be obsessively scouring your site this week. We just purchased a class c- my husband and two of our four sons will fly to Ohio to pick it up and drive it back to Santa Cruz. It will be their firt ever RV experience- and driving it more than half way across the country! And I saw that Santa Cruz was in your top ten cities list! It really is pretty great here. And we travel a lot by plane but now with four boys we thought this sort of adventure would be really fun. We will not be using it full time like you guys but we homeschool so our life is very flexible. Looking forward to getting ideas and tips from you guys. Bookmarking your site right now!

    • Jason Wynn

      March 17, 2015 Reply

      Good luck on the adventure Candi, I'm sure you guys will have one heckuva time :)

  • karin@yumandmore

    March 6, 2015 Reply

    Love the new look and layout you 2 lovebirds!
    Can't wait to see what you're up to next.
    Big hugs from Germany!!

    • Nikki Wynn

      March 6, 2015 Reply

      Awe, thanks Karin! We are still coming to Germany one day to see you guys!

  • Elizabeth

    March 2, 2015 Reply

    True Story:

    A few weeks before Christmas 2014, I was watching HGTV and saw the episode that featured your motor home search. So I googled you. Then I stalked you for a few weeks. Then I said to my hubby, "let's sell everything buy an RV and travel around the US and Canada for a few years." He said, "OK. Make it happen" (I love him!) Then I asked my daughter what a blog was....and she rolled her eyes and called me "lame" and helped me set up my blog.

    I have spent the last 2 months educating myself about RVs, Composting Toilets, Solar Panels, Wild Camping, Free Camping, Work Camping, Blogging, Instagramming, Youtubing, Google+ing, Tweeting, and Pinning. I joined RVilliage, Escapees, NU RVers, and started following numerous RV Full Timers on their various Social Media accounts and subscribing to their blogs and newsletters.

    Our goal is to be full time by October, because my husband (who grew up in Southern California) really wants to see the fall colors on the East Coast. By then our last little sparrow will have flown the coop and it will just be my hubby, me, and Rosie the Wonderdog on the open road!

    The moral of the story is: Thanks for sharing, you planted a life changing seed in our lives!

    I don't know how the story will end, but I know a GREAT adventure is in store for us:))

    • Jason Wynn

      March 2, 2015 Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing Elizabeth, we hope to see you on the road and good luck with the start of your new adventure.

  • Brenda

    February 28, 2015 Reply

    Wow, the web page looks great. I was all over this thing last night showing my husband a few of your videos. Today, poof all new… nice.

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