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In 2015, Jessica and Garrett Gee sold all their belongings for a four-month trip with their two children. Fast forward to 2022, the Gees—and their now three kids—are the well-known travel tribe, The Bucket List Family. You may already follow them on Instagram, watch their YouTube videos or see them on Good Morning America
But if you haven’t heard of them, here’s what you need to know: They’re an adventure-loving family that documents their travels around the world—and inspires millions of fans along the way.
Fewer things, richer experiences
Life hasn’t always been a blur for The Bucket List Family, planning trips and creating content.
“If you had told me 10 years ago that travel would be my career—that I would travel to 90 countries with my husband and children—I would never have believed you,” Jessica told me. “I wasn’t always a big traveler or adventurer. But I fell in love with exploring the world with my family. I like to live with less and gather experience over things.”
Experiences that they not only get to share as a family, but that they will talk about for years to come.
“One of our most memorable travel moments from this year was with the gray whales in Baja Mexico,” shared Jessica. “We chartered a small boat to this place called Guerrero Negro. For decades, gray whales have brought their calves to greet local fishing boats. Whales love to touch and scratch. We had a special mother and calf come up and the mother held the calf in our boat for a few minutes so we could rub it. It was an experience none of us will ever forget.”
These unforgettable moments were a big part of why Jessica and Garrett started this journey in the first place. “We decided as a young family that we wanted to take time to create traditions that would hopefully make us better people for the rest of our lives.”
“We realize how unique and amazing this opportunity to have a life adventure together as a family is,” Jessica said. “We remind ourselves of this every day, and remind ourselves that it’s all about deciding to step outside of our comfort zone, deciding to step outside of society’s norms, and following our hearts in what we think will be the best path for our family. “
So, where’s next for the family on the bucket list? “Next on our bucket list is swimming with orcas in Norway and then seeing polar bears in the Arctic,” she said. “Many of our trips revolve around wildlife!”
Stay organized and pack a positive attitude
Wildlife? Yes. the wild traveling Life? There is no chance.
“I’m always so well prepared for our travel days,” Jessica said. “When I pack, everything has a place.”
And when it comes to organizing reservations (and more) for a family of five? “I use TripIt for every scheduled part of our trip: flights, rental cars, hotel confirmations—everything. I love that TripIt automatically finds my confirmation in my email and then adds it to my itinerary.”
According to Jessica, feeling organized—and calm—goes a long way when you’re traveling with little ones.
“My best tip for traveling with kids is to remember that, as a parent, you set the tone for the trip. If you’re stressed out on the day of the trip, your kids will feed off that energy. You can’t always control when you travel. ; thing will power Your best choice to go wrong is to move on and have a good attitude.”
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Any final advice for families planning their next trip? “Just enjoy the trip! And enjoy the little things, like a good breakfast, an airport with healthy food options, or an empty row on an airplane!”
After all, it’s the little things — nay, the experiences — that make the journey worth it.
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