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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337 Comments

  • Joy Hanselman

    July 30, 2015 Reply

    We too saw you on GAC the other night and yesterday I was just randomly watching RV videos and saw one of your smackdown videos. I was like hey they look familiar and to see you have a slew of awesome informative videos and a blog.
    Unfortunately for right now, we are just weekend warriors and the occasional vacations in our fifth wheel. But we are currently shopping, researching and anxiously planning on full timing in about 4-5 years. Just wish it can happen sooner.

    Thank you!!

  • Jon Davis

    July 8, 2015 Reply

    30 years ago my twin brother and I designed and build ourselves a boat. 36 foot centerboard Chinese Junk rigged cat schooner. Took it from Maryland to Florida twice, then did the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands After meeting the right woman there (still true today) we cruised to Venezuela, Grenada and back up the Windward Islands. I was about your age and they were the best years of my life. The thing I loved best about it, something suspect you can relate to, After traveling all day, seeing sites you’ve never seen before, meeting new and interesting people, you go down below and you are still Home.

    Suzie and I left soon after and returned to Maryland. I am a boatbuilder and I needed to build boats. My soul demanded it of me. But now the wanderlust is creeping up on me again and Its time to go land yachting. So now I am starting to build a RV for us. The design is complete, and its not a lot different from building a yacht other then having to learn how to cut straight lines.

    Perhaps I will see you on the road someday before you transition to a floating hole in the water you pour money into.

  • Marie

    July 1, 2015 Reply

    Just saw you guys on GAC on the decision-making you went through to decide on which unit you wanted. I was on my computer (with GAC in the background) and glanced up and said to my DH, "That's Gone with the Wynns!" and pulled up your blog to show him a pic.

  • Tim

    June 30, 2015 Reply

    Hi Wynns,
    I just stumbled onto your site via YouTube and have enjoyed your videos a lot. I have been thinking seriously about selling my place and hitting the road for at least a few years. I just noticed that you're selling the class A and downsizing. I was wondering why since your A seems perfect and you made several changes to it to suit your taste. I ask because I am considering a class A for me and my two cats. (Cats are great RV travels as you know.) Any guidance or considerations would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Tim

    • Nikki Wynn

      June 30, 2015 Reply

      I think you may have seen an older post or video. We are not downsizing but one day we will eventually transition to a sail boat. Under the blog menu item at the top of the page there is an RV section and on that page is a category called RV Shopper Series that you might find helpful. We love the lifestyle and so do the cats!

  • The Flying Deacon

    June 25, 2015 Reply

    Go for the pilot's license! Been flying for 23 years. But let me tell you, living in a plane... far smaller than an RV. Now if I could just sell this plane and get one that would fit into an RV!

  • Mauricio Romero

    June 13, 2015 Reply

    Love your style!

    I'm not sure how I stumbled across your site but I'm glad I did. Two words come to mind; inspiration & possibility.

    Over the past few years I've been exploring ways to do exactly what you're doing and in an inquiry of what the best way to do is. I love being outdoors and being on adventures. I have an FJ cruiser and a travel trailer that I pull to get out into those hard to reach places, however, setting up and breaking down every few days get's old really quick. I purchased an early 80's VW Westfalia/Vanagon and explored all of Baja California in it early last year, but my my girlfriend wasn't digging that too as it doesn't have an indoor bathroom and the space is very, very limited.

    I have been in the market and shopping for smaller RV's or trailers that make more sense (mostly Class B's on Sprinter Chassis & larger lightweight trailers that can be pulled with an FJ), however when you stack the costs against the trade off's none of the options seem reasonable. You guys are doing and you're doing it in what I would consider a medium to large size RV, RV's that I was staying away from mostly because it occurs like it would be unwieldily in some areas (Mexicio & South America). You have opened up new possibilities for me. So thank you!

    I love your content, your photography, your videography, all of it! Quite inspirational. I will have to make time to explore your site and gather new ideas. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

    Great job guys!

    Mauricio in Phoenix, AZ

    • Jason Wynn

      June 14, 2015 Reply

      Mauricio,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to say hello. We too began our travel journeys with an 80s VW Vanagon, it was loads of fun but not the best setup for extended travels. Hope to see you on the road one day.

  • Dave

    June 6, 2015 Reply

    Hey guys !! I am one of your newest subscribers and newsletter recipients.. I too am retired from the photography business (25 years). I have 6 "Off the Wall" sets in storage that I would get rid of very cheap... storage cost is eating me up.. if you know of any of your old photography friends that might be interested pass along my email address. I am in the Birmingham area. I think your videos are the best of anyone I have seen yet.. very much looking forward to seeing what is next !!!! stay safe !!!

  • Lorenakoran

    June 4, 2015 Reply

    I love your site. You guys are so inspirational.
    My kids and I had a dream about 2 years ago of full-timing, work-camping and un-schooling at least for a year. But my ex succeeded in stopping that dream. He was an very un-involved dad at the time, he's doing a tad better with that now though. Anyway, I thought I would have to put that dream on hold for five or nine or so years and while I still may have to wait I'm cooking up a new idea.
    I just hate that we can't travel and that we're stuck in a small town and my kids are missing out on seeing the US and seeing their cousins and all. So my new thing it to find out if trading my car in as a down payment (if they'll take it) for a small RV is a good or terrible idea. We could use it as a vehicle for around town and to travel across country on school vacations instead of being stuck here. That way their dad would get his way and I would get to travel with my kids before they grow up and go on their own merry way. Oh yeah, and we could take our kitty cat with us. We don't like leaving her behind and she's not into being caged up in a mini van.
    I goggled gas costs for small RV's hoping to find a comparison to regular mini van gas costs and ended up finding your site. I still don't' know how much more in gas money it would cost to drive a small RV around town but I was very happy to find your site. It just renews my dream. I have to find a way around my limitations.
    BTW, this sort of life style isn't exactly new to me. I was raised on a sail boat. And I don't like being told I can't do something especially when it affects my kids. :)

    • Kathy

      August 24, 2015 Reply

      Hi Lorena, I'm in the same boat with kids and custody and cats! I thought of getting a VW Eurovan - this can fit in a parking space and a used one is about 25K (can run higher though). It doesn't have a bathroom but you could get a small RV toilet when there are no places to use the restroom. Also, you could get a used Rialta, but they are bigger, might not fit into regular parking spaces? 19 -22 feet. Just an idea. Good luck to you in accomplishing your dream, i'm glad to know I'm not the only one in this situation.

  • ?

    June 3, 2015 Reply

    I just seen you guys coming through Fort.St.John BC Canada. Awesome!!

  • Edmundas

    June 2, 2015 Reply

    You guys are awesome! We are heading to Alaska from Seattle tomorrow! Thanks for good tips. We are couple from Lithuania, also freelancers and it is our 8th month on our round the world trip :) Very looking forward for this part!

  • Karen Mercadante

    June 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi you two young 'ins, we are Karen & David in Orange County, CA and are your parents age. We just bought our first motorhome but we have been RV'ing for years with our sons though. We have been watching you two start out ever since you were featured on HGTV trying to figure out what RV to buy (first one). We have the same question that Thomas has above about towing a vehicle, our Jeep Rubicon specifically but there are so many videos/opinions on U-tube that it gets a little confusing. I'm sure we will figure it out....hitting the road soon but not to full time it. My hubby is retiring on June 30th!!! but I sadly have a few years left, unless I figure out something on the road to do....reading up on all the "mobile" work options too. Can you really make a living while mobile and online? Thanks for sharing your adventures and tips with us all!

  • Christy & Sonny

    June 1, 2015 Reply

    Hi, my husband and I will be taking the plunge soon and are in the planning stages. We love cats and at present have one. We are wondering did your cats just adjust to the RV lifestyle or did you have to "train" them in anyway?

    Love the site and info.

    Thanks!
    Christy

    • Nikki Wynn

      June 1, 2015 Reply

      Just like moving into any new space, the cats need a little adjusting time but here is Singa's take on traveling cats: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/traveling-cats

  • Thomas Rohe

    June 1, 2015 Reply

    Hi Guys!
    Looks like lots of fun and adventure, just what we're looking for. We're in our 50's and work from the net. Considering getting an RV with a towed/toad. How's that experience been? Is it difficult to manage such a lengthy rig with a car attached?
    Thanks!
    Tom (the former voiceover actor Tom Cassidy) & Barb (his love since he was in radio in 1978)

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