Looking to win the trip of a lifetime? The Bucket List Family has you covered!
The Gee Family, better known as The Bucket List Family to their 1.4 million Instagram followers, are kicking off their annual 12 Days of Bucket List Christmas — a dream vacation gifting spree for twelve lucky families — as a way of giving back to their devoted fans.
The tradition started back in 2015 — the year that the family first made headlines, after Snapchat bought dad Garrett’s mobile scanning app for $54 million and he and his wife, Jessica, decided to put the money in their savings, sell all of their possessions and use the income from that to travel the world with their two kids, Dorothy, now 7, and Manilla, now 5. (They’ve since welcomed a third, baby Calihan, 22 months.)
The family has traveled to over 78 countries together and documented all their adventures on social media.
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TRIP GIVEAWAY(S!) It’s that time wonderful time of year, 12 Days of Bucket List Christmas! When we travel from city to city and surprise 12 of our followers from all around the world with BUCKET LIST VACATIONS! Comment where in the world you would want to go and tag a friend or family member! Then check the link in our profile! GOOD LUCK! – @thebucketlistfamily
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“The question that started it all is when my wife and I asked ourselves, ‘What is the most special gift that anyone has ever given us?’” Garrett tells PEOPLE of how they began their gifting tradition. That first year, they decided it was the gift of sight, and they ultimately surprised seven people with Lasik eye surgery.
They’ve asked themselves the same question every year, and agree that the greatest gift their family has received is the ability to travel. “That’s inspired us to pay it forward and share this gift with other people, especially people who would not have the opportunity otherwise,” Garrett says. “These families all around the world, many of them have never left their hometown. For them, most of the time it’s truly a once in a lifetime .”
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FAMILY RULE : No phones on adventures! Only on plane rides or long road trips. This rule began out of necessity early on in our travels when we didn’t have cell service in remote foreign countries. We could only connect to internet back at the hotel, so when we were out for an adventure, our phones were only used as cameras. We came to LOVE that limitation because there were no distractions from the present and no distractions from what matters most to us, our family. So now, these days, we don’t really think of it as a rule. Just a choice. And that choice …read more