After Snapchat acquired Scan in 2014, co-founder Garrett Gee collected collected his portion of the $54 million, put it in his savings, quit his job at Snapchat, sold all his personal belongings and decided to travel the world with his wife and their two kids.
Garret and his wife Jessica agreed to sell all their belongings which they did for $45,000 and decided to travel for as long as that reserve lasted them, agreeing not to dip into their million-dollar savings.
They opened a social media account under the name Thebucketlistfamily and also created a blog to document their adventures, and just as their travel funds began to dry up about 5 months in and $5,ooo left, they began getting sponsorships and partnerships on social media. So they decided to make their life on the road permanent.
In 2016, the family of four traveled to 23 countries. “Probably the best thing we can do to help our children during our travels around the world is keep a positive attitude,” Garrett Gee said.
“A 15-hour flight can be ‘a dreadful restless headache’ or it can be ‘an adventure on a giant spacecraft that is taking us to a new world to explore!’ It’s all in the attitude.”
When asked about his Snapchat millions, the 28-year-old said, “It is being safely saved and invested. I plan to live as if it doesn’t exist and, in a way, start over. I’m young, and I want to keep my hardworking entrepreneurial spirit alive and well. I don’t want to get comfortable. I don’t want to settle down. So for me, I’m starting back at zero and building my way up. Again.”
See some pictures from their adventure below