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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486 Comments

  • h.m. lee

    March 17, 2017 Reply

    I'm a plant-based-eater artist/artisan who's tried all sorts of indoor organic gardening/laundry solutions. Since you "make" your own water, I thought you might consider the idea of sprouting your own organic vegetables while away from grocery stores. Mung beans can be harvested within 24 hours and are a good source of protein, vitamin C and can be used in salads, tacos, etc. It's not for everyone, but I've found it great to say, "yeah, there's always food around here!" Either way, thank you for your tips and tricks on off-grid living...keep on a keepin' on!

  • Liz Brumer-Smith

    March 9, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jason and Nikki- I just want to say thank you. Thank you for creating Gone With the Wynns. Thank you for being perpetual travelers and amazing documentarians. Most of all thank you for being you! We just bought our first Coach (2017 Momentum Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler) and are setting off this June for full time travel. I can honestly say this is only happening because of your website, lifestyle, and willingness to share all of the wonderful moments along the way. You were the motivation we needed to see that 1. It can be done, 2. How to do it 3. The time is now. We also love that you both seem so similar to us. We have 2 cats, are lacto ovo pesco vegetarians, love beer and food, are working to get our rig 100% off the grid although we do not foresee a sailboat in our future. While we know your exploring the open ocean now, we just wanted to let you all know that what you do is important, needed, and very much appreciated. THANK YOU! Happy Sailing!

  • JamesAdam Lamb

    March 7, 2017 Reply

    I only found you today. THANK YOU for setting a great example for us all! I have traveled the USA all of my life and can't wait to go again... I love the adventure! Thanks for sharing yourselves with all of us. JamesAdam Lamb

  • Micah

    March 5, 2017 Reply

    Can you explain what you do with your waste from your composting toilets? If it were not a composting toilet, what do sailors do with their waste? Just thoughts the kids had wondered about, especially if you dont go ashore that often. Oh and thanks so much for details in all your videos, I was hoping for a daylight video of your crossing to see what its like, we have thought that some day after we are done rving, we might get a boat to travel around after maybe the kids are gone.

    • Curious Minion

      March 6, 2017 Reply

      For holding tank or compost, any time a boat is 3 miles or more offshore it is legal to dump the waste overboard.

  • Mickvr

    February 27, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jason And Nikki, I so love your videos and the information you disseminate to us plebs :-)
    One thing that has struck me in the conversion from RV to Sail is that you have kept the ohhhh so inefficient marine fridges supplied with the cat, and not retrofitted something akin to your old samsung to the cat. Fiberglass shells are as you would now know, laid out over wood. Framing is wood, enclosures are some sort of marine based ply over the frames, then fiberglass skinning over the top. How come you haven't bulldozed the anchor like fridges to retrofitting a domestic style fridge. ? The dometic is compressor fridge/freezer and if you can run that, why not a domestic fridge, refrofitted like in the RV ?

    • Nikki Wynn

      February 27, 2017 Reply

      That is an easy answer, time and money. Every single project takes a substantial amount of time and money. We have a very long list of projects we would like to do and each of them is substantial. We have to prioritize them and major parts of the boat, especially ones directly related to our safety at sea are at the top of the list. So, well deal with lots of things as is for now and slowly work on projects over time. But yes, sometime in the future we would love to swap out our fridge but for now, the one we have works.

  • Alex

    February 6, 2017 Reply

    Just a young and aspiring cruiser who's found your videos along with other research I've conducted. I've discovered it's common to remove all of the paper wrapping on canned goods (labeling them with permanent market then), cleaning all of the glue from the cans, and using a chlorinated bleach + h2o solution to wash all surfaces, including lightly soaking fresh fruits on deck before stowing in the cabin. Many of these people also refuse to bring cardboard boxes/packaging from food or other things into the boat. Turns out cockroaches in these tropical locations LOVE to lay their eggs in the glue used to fasten canned paper labels, and in generally corrugated materials.

    Wondering if you have been doing the same or intend to, and also since I know you're environmentally friendly if you've found any solutions that would achieve killing bug eggs, etc. in this manner like bleach does. Not sure if vinegar would or not!

    Thanks for all of the continued inspiration.

    -- May the wind always be at your back, from the UK

  • Gerry C, Pontiac Michigan

    February 2, 2017 Reply

    what is the make of the vacuum cleaner shown in the electronics bay? Does it do a good job? thanks.

    • Curious Minion

      February 2, 2017 Reply

      There's a link in the blog post: https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-BDH1620FLFH-Lithium-16-volt/dp/B00JILGZTM/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=vacuums&ie=UTF8&qid=1485728724&sr=1-38&keywords=black+and+decker+hand+vacuum&linkCode=sl1&tag=gonwitthewyn-20&linkId=c61ac22ad9a9de1c229f8633eb6cb528

  • Zach Clayton

    February 2, 2017 Reply

    Hey guys! We love everything you do and we are looking into to an RV to start traveling ourselves! just curious on a couple of things about your cats! (we have 3 ourselves!)

    1. How did you train them to use harnesses, or did you?
    2. What kind of litter do you guys use, I remember Nikki saying it was Biodegradable!
    3. Do they ever feel cooped up even when they get to go out a decent amount?

    again you guys are a huge inspiration so keep up the amazing work!

    • Curious Minion

      February 2, 2017 Reply

      The litter is World's Best Cat Litter brand. Training to harnesses (or getting them used to riding in an RV or car) works best when they're kittens. Cleo & Singa get plenty of outdoor time, but Singa would probably live outside if he could!

  • Lisa Bee

    February 1, 2017 Reply

    Thanks so much for the tour. A few questions:
    1. Where and how do you stash your garbage and recycling, until you reach the next port?
    2. How do you learn about all of the systems you have, so that you can fix them yourself when out to sea?
    3. How did you convert your galley fridge to all fridge, no freezer?

  • Frank Herrnkind

    January 31, 2017 Reply

    I love your Catamaran. My biggest reluctance is getting seasick all the time but I love the ocean. How do you combat the hurls? You guys are fun to watch. Crush on Nikki!

    • Jason Wynn

      January 31, 2017 Reply

      Haven't gotten seasick on our boat yet! We've even had family on board who aren't used to being on the water and they all did well too. Many people say Catamarans have a tendency to ride differently and people often get less seasick...but in general the bigger the boat the better!

  • Alex

    January 30, 2017 Reply

    Great video tour of the catamaran. One question with regard to the main bedroom closets. The looked pretty crowded. My question is why so many cloths and shoes? If it was me I would ditch the cloths and just go nude! Open spaces and not much chance of running into anyone while being nude! Less cloths to carry or wash. Sounds like a no brainer! Would love an answer.

  • Jim Spence

    January 15, 2017 Reply

    Great job Jason and Nikki!
    Couldn't not subscribe....Mary and I (Jim) really enjoy your content along with fun positive and enthusiastic personalities. The quality of your video is second to none and you cover topics with all the details. We just started researching the possibilities of how we might travel North America. We'll keep watching and learning.....keep up the good work :)

  • Scott McNamara

    January 10, 2017 Reply

    Hey guys! Fellow blogger here! Love your site. We are planning our honeymoon roadtrip with our Jeep and expedition trailer between OR and AK. I lived in AK for a few years and am stoked to go back. Anyway keep up the good work!

  • MikeJulie

    January 2, 2017 Reply

    Just started following you guys and love what your doing and how you explain everything. We'll be out there once we get kid #2 out the door but love watching you and learning all we can. Ever think of giving lessons?

  • Judy slusser

    December 19, 2016 Reply

    Please unsubscribe

    • Curious Minion

      December 19, 2016 Reply

      Hi Judy. We hate to see you go, but if you want to unsubscribe there is a link at the bottom of the notification e-mails that you get. Just click unsubscribe and it's automatic.

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