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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499 Comments

  • Tracy

    June 6, 2016 Reply

    Love your lifestyle...and happy to see that Hog Lake was one of your destinations (its just down I-90 from where I live). Looking forwarding to watching more of your adventures since it motivates me to do my own.

    • Tracy

      June 6, 2016 Reply

      Or forward even...

  • Cam Canup

    May 21, 2016 Reply

    Just watched your video on the first sail and after watching I had to dig into your blog some to try and find some information on something I saw in the video. Could you please elaborate a little on the sticker you put on the mast that allows you to stay in Florida for 90 days. Is this sticker to show that taxes on the boat were paid to another taxing entity at the time of purchase? Or is it like a time stamp to show when you will have to pay the Florida boat use tax of 6%?

  • Liz Brumer-Smith

    May 14, 2016 Reply

    You guys are incredible! I've been a follower, admirer, and fan for a while. My husband and I are taking the leap soon and you guys have been a huge inspiration and motivation of us! Thank you for experienced life and sharing it with others!

  • Steve R.

    April 27, 2016 Reply

    Found my way to some of your YouTube videos after following the Bumfuzzlers for a number of years. I have been a sailor on and off for many years and wanted to suggest some key resources for your crash course on blue water cruising. Steve Dashew has a lifetime of blue water cruising and boat design behind him and over the years collected many of his lessons in a number of books. He no longer sells the books, but he now gives them away as PDF files on his Set Sail website, http://www.setsail.com/free-books/. These are wonderful books to have on hand for reference. I can recommend two other great reference books that you can't go wrong having on board: Nigel Calder's "Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual", and Beth Leondard's "The Voyager's Handbook". You've got a steep learning curve ahead and these books cover most aspects of blue water cruising. If you've got a question about cruising under sail, you are likely to find an answer in these books.

  • john m

    April 23, 2016 Reply

    Love your vids. From what I can tell you have some awesome cameras. I know it takes lots $ running an RV so that makes me say ummmmm why are you guys not on patreon? https://www.patreon.com/ I watch s v Delos on Youtube and they make about $5600 a video. I also watch https://www.patreon.com/LaVagabonde?ty=h and they mske about $5700 a video. Well that is a few I watch and now I watch you. I know you must know about patreon》》》》》》just sayin》》》lost $.

  • Eric

    April 18, 2016 Reply

    Just watched your catamaran video that a friend (Jake Moe) sent me. We did that trip on our cat INDIGO three years ago in 40-50 knots of wind and 15' seas. Took 8 days. Fortunately our INDIGO is a much better boat (2008 Leopard 46) so we didn't have any problems other than hanging on tight with a triple reefed main sailing at 10 knots on a beam reach. Go to: facebook - Sailing with INDIGO.

  • William doering

    April 12, 2016 Reply

    I just watched your latest video on your search for the perfect catamaran. First, I wish you the best on finding the what you truly want. I am also however torn on my emotions. I have found your RV insights simply great... But you are switching... Uggg.

    I am also however getting old ... but when my kids were younger I sailed with scouts on two trips at the Boy Scout National Sea Base (which you drove right by on Islamarada) . You are living .... The thoughts that went through my mind. Good for you!!!

    Who knows.. I might act act on those dreams and buy a cat some day... If I do your detailed research Will simply be invaluable.

  • Travis

    April 10, 2016 Reply

    I am feeling the pressure to say something here. If I don't..... I feel like I will belong to those who just watch and read awesome contents, like yours, on internet without even saying "thanks." I love every bit of your presentation, thoughts, values, and your professions that allows you to pursue your dream. At first, I thought you guys are goofing off with your rich parents' wealth. But when I learned that you can live your dream life with your unique professions, I felt so guilty... at the same time, proud (hmmm can I say that to the strangers?). I am an Asian-American old man and I also work in the beauty industry, publishing a small salon magazine. I always felt blessed to work in beauty industry that gives me freedom (in time wise, and also opportunities to travel and meet all sorts of people) while providing me for living as well. Seeing a couple who also work in my industry and stretching further into the dream is priceless. Love you guys and I will be your greatest fan.

    • Nikki Wynn

      April 10, 2016 Reply

      Thanks so much for taking the time to dig into our story and a huge thanks for coming over to share your thoughts! We really appreciate these types of comments as they are like little bread crumbs that keeps us on the trail.

  • John

    April 8, 2016 Reply

    Hi Wynns,

    A friend of mine and her beau ditched their worldly possessions, bought a boat, and sailed away into the sunrise (Atlantic side). Facebook "Don't Pay the Ransom" for their adventures. They might have tips about ocean RVing.

  • Ashley

    April 8, 2016 Reply

    Hey guys, I came across your video on vimeo and loved it. I am going to share it on our journal online. I look forward to following your adventures. Cheers.
    Check us out at www.caravana.rentals

  • Bill Lunde

    April 6, 2016 Reply

    Hi Jason and Nikki

    I am an American living in the landlocked country of Switzerland. However, my dream is also to buy a catamaran and sail the world with my wife. We our waiting until our daughter is out of school and independent. In the mean time, I spend a lot of time looking in yachtworld.com trying to get a feel for the boat market even though buying a boat is a few years off for us. I found an owner's version 1999 Robertson & Caine Leopard 38 with an asking price of $129,000. In the pictures, she looks as though she is well maintained and a good size for a couple. She also comes with a lot of extras for living off the grid. Additionally, she has a hard top bimini, which has now become standard with most newer catamarans. You can take a look at her here: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1999/Robertson-%26-Caine-Leopard-3800%2C-Leopard-38%2C-3800-2950390/Nanny-Cay/British-Virgin-Islands#.VwIAV_kdBik

    Otherwise, it is important to note that the prices of new boats have come down quite a bit. You can now get a lot of boat for your money for around $300,000. I was at the 2016 boat show in Dusseldorf, Germany and they had a few catamarans from Fountaine Pajot, Lagoon and Nautitech. The boat that impressed me most was the brand new Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40. I was amazed how well she was laid out and how much space she had for a 40 foot boat. You have to remember that smaller boats mean smaller marina fees and lower maintenance costs. Here is a new Owner's version Fountaine Pajot Lucia 40 selling for $285,267: http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2016/Fountaine-Pajot-Lucia-40-2861629/Spain#.VwUsXPkdBik. This is a brand new design replacing the also excellent Fountaine Pajot Lipari.

    Anyhow, I watch a lot of sailing videos on YouTube and came across your channel now that you are looking for new adventures on the water. Your videos are really well done, and since becoming familiar with the Sony a6000 through your channel, I am thinking of buying the later model (Sony a6300) with 4K. I currently use the Sony AXP-33, which I bought due to the fantastic optical steady shot on board.

    Fair Winds,
    Bill

  • Ross A. Muscato

    April 5, 2016 Reply

    Dear Mr. and Ms. Wynn: I was just watching your YouTube video on composting toilets. I am sold. The only reservation I have, is that the bowl of the toilet must get messy with fecal matter. Is this the case? Thanks. ross

  • Sherry Meyer

    March 17, 2016 Reply

    If you are still in the Keys headed to Palm Beach you might want to stop in Homestead at "Robert Is Here". Yes, that's the name of the fruit stand that sells any type of tropical fruit you can think of. The very best thing there is the Key Lime milkshake or any other combination of milkshake with tropical fruits you can imagine. I could go for that Key Lime shake right now. My son used to work for Everglades NP (NPS) and he lived about 2 minutes from Robert Is Here. Here's a link https://robertishere.com/ You have to read how he got started and check it out.

    • Logan Stark

      April 24, 2016 Reply

      +1 on robertishere
      I was just at that stand about a month ago! It's impossible to miss on your way to the glades through flagstaff. The key lime milkshake is a unique treat.

  • David Wilmot

    March 14, 2016 Reply

    I just found your You Tube Videos a couple of weeks ago and have been working my way threw them. My wife and I are sort of full time RVers except we have gotten paid to travel around the country for the last 32 years, we drive truck for a living. We have done some of the coolest things, our favorite best time was when were one of three trucks that brought the stage that U 2 played on at half time at the SuperBowl in New Orleans in 2002. We also was able to be part of the crew that bought the stage out, so we were stage side during the bands performance. We been in all 48 lower states, a lot of Canada, as far north as Dawson Creek, B.C. The game changer for us came in 2008 when we bought a new Kenworth with a 132" ARI custom sleeper. We now have a small 'RV' with a bathroom with a shower, generator, convention microwave and other conveniences that makes live out on the road more comfortable. We do have a house, my wife always says she needed a place 'to go to'. By being owner-operators we have been able to take lots of time off for extended vacations. We have taken motorcycle trips lasting 4-6 weeks. I also got into ATV's BIG TIME. I read about an ATV adventure in BOLIVIA! and went down there in 2001. I liked it so much I went back 5 times, the last time I even took my wife. I am still good friends with the man that puts on this event. I even took on a role in publishing as a contributing editor for ATV Rider magazine. I hope that one day we are able to stop trucking and 'retire' and be able to take the time to travel at a slower pace and visit some of our favorite places.

  • Hatim Singh

    March 13, 2016 Reply

    Loved your video on the 10 essential gadgets for RVing...
    Do you have a video tour of your RV inside, outside and top, telling us how, what when where and why details....
    I guess you have a top class thing with you and the two of you Winns form a great TEAM couple...
    Do well... be well... stay safe... take care...

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