Between their global travels, The Bucket List Family has a new place to call home: Hawaii. Hear how they seek adventure in everyday life and their most anticipated trips this year. Photos of The Bucket List Family by Steve Hoskins.
It takes only a few hours to drive around their Hawaiian island but in between, you’ll cross vastly different backdrops. From glassy water beaches framed by palm trees to rushing waterfalls surrounded by rainforest, or rocky and desolate volcanic peaks—no day is the same.
For the Bucket List Family (they’ve traveled to more than 65 countries over the course of three years) Hawaii’s dynamic natural playground made it the perfect place to call home in between their voyages around the globe.
Since the Gee family (husband and wife, Garrett and Jessica) sold their possessions and began traveling full time in 2015, they’ve experienced many lifetimes of adventure with their children Dorothy, Manilla, and Calihan. Finding a home base in Hawaii hasn’t slowed them down—instead adding a new range of experiences to their bucket list, like teaching their kids how to surf and decorating their new beach bungalow.
We spent a Saturday exploring the sandy shores and muddy trails on their island home to find out how The Bucket List Family seeks adventure every day, and where they are headed to next.
Tell us why you chose to make Hawaii your home base.
We chose Hawaii because we think it’s a great place for this chapter of our lives. We wanted our kids to continue to play outside and have loads of outdoor and physical activities. The beach doesn’t get old to us! The people in Hawaii have been so welcoming. We live in a small, hippy, surf town and we love it! It’s also super close to the airport.
Garrett, Dorothy, and Calihan get ready for a day outside. Pictured: Men’s Hurricane Drift in Eclipse.
Walk us through a typical Saturday at home in Hawaii.
We wake up early pretty much every day in Hawaii… even on the weekends. We always start the day with a workout in our gym. Even the kiddos. Since weve moved here, weve had lots of visitors, which has been so much fun. We typically either hike, go to the beach, surf, or snorkel. Most Saturdays end with shaved ice.
Your backyard is amazing! What are each of your favorite places and activities around your new home and why?
We love the beach right behind our house. It’s totally different every day. Some days it’s great for snorkeling, other days for surf, and sometimes just playing in the ocean. We have the best little açaí bowl place about 2 mins from our house and we go there often!
How do you incorporate the “bucket list life” in Hawaii?
We’ve learned that a bucket list doesn’t have to be an actual list—it’s more about living your life with meaning and purpose. In our case, we are checking off some pretty ordinary things from the bucket list now: watching our kids score their first goal in soccer, teaching them how to surf, and decorating our first home. We are so grateful for this season of our lives.
Surfing is one of their new favorite activities.
“As soon as we saw the Hurricane Drift sandals, we knew they’d be perfect for Hawaii life. They are soft, easy to clean and we also love the bright colors!” Pictured: Kid’s Hurricane Drift in Deep Lake and Mango, and Men’s Hurricane Drift in Eclipse.
We want to live the bucket list life! What’s your advice on how to incorporate adventure and travel into our daily lives?
Just living life with meaning and purpose, remembering that each day can be worth writing about, getting outside of your comfort zone and pushing yourself to do something different. That can be speaking to a stranger, going on a walk instead of sitting at home or trying a new exercise class. The other week I saw a sign for Acro-yoga at the park and I decided to go. Never been before. Totally outside my comfort zone. But I LOVED IT! I made some great friends and it’s been a fun little side hobby that I’m learning.
The GC100 Collection for the whole family.
Jessica wears the Women’s Hurricane XLT 2 in GC100 Boomerang for superior traction on muddy trails.
Pictured: The GC100 Collection for kids.
Pictured: Toddler’s Hurricane XLT 2 in GC100 Boomerang.
Pictured: The GC100 Collection for Men, Women, and Kids.
What key lessons did you learn on your travels that you take with you through your everyday life?
For sure, the lesson of being brave. Trying something new even if it scares you. We are all experiencing being in a new place trying to make friends and figure out this new lifestyle.
What upcoming travel locations and experiences are you most excited about this year?
We have a bunch of trips this year around wildlife that we are so excited for! The Silverback gorillas in Rwanda, the dolphins in the Bahamas, and our first visit for some fishing in Alaska!
Pictured: Men’s Hurricane Drift in Eclipse.
Which trip was the most life-changing and why?
The first one that comes to mind is our visit to Nepal. We spent the week working with a non-profit called Effect.org. We learned about human trafficking in the area and the impact it has on the girls and the community. It was the most eye-opening experience we’ve had. We learned that education is the number one prevention in human trafficking. We worked with our audience and raised $50k to build a school.