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Couple Sells Their Belongings to Travel the World with Their Kids

After selling his mobile scanning app to Snapchat last year for $54 million, Garrett Gee was faced with a decision: What to do next? 


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Then a student at Brigham Young University, where he was captain of the soccer team, Garrett, 25, sat down with his wife, Jessica, 29, at their modest Provo, Utah, apartment to discuss the possibilities. 

"A new house and cars didn't feel right," the father of two tells PEOPLE exclusively. "We didn't need that stuff. We were young, healthy and really didn't need much of anything. So we started joking about putting our money in savings, selling everything and using those funds to travel the world. Where would we go? What would we do? And as we began to add more plans to our bucket list, it just became real." 

That's why the The Bucket List Family, as Garrett, Jessica, and their two children, Dorothy, 3, and Manilla, 1, now call themselves, held a giant yard sale to sell everything except two boxes of photos and journals. 

“We will travel until that runs out,” Gee told NextShark. “We will see how long it lasts. Perhaps some of my entrepreneurial skills will come into play and I’ll figure out a way to make that money stretch further and further. Or, if I’m really good, $45K will give me enough time to make our travels fuel themselves, or better yet, profitable. Anything is possible, right? Just keep intentions pure and attitudes positive”

On why the couple decided to travel, Gee explained: “We hope to learn more about life and become better people. We are excited about the memories that we will surely create together and the opportunities around the world we will have to serve others. Already it has become clear that the world is a big, open place with endless mindsets, cultures, and beliefs, none better than the others — just different.”

 

To make sure their $45,000 travel fund lasts as long as possible, the family is living as frugally as possible.

“[Being frugal] just comes kind of natural to us. It makes us uncomfortable to be thoughtless with money,” Gee explained. “We still buy the cheapest flight we can find, even if that means waking up at 4 a.m., and we still only drink water with our meals. I believe the best way to show gratitude for the blessings in life is humility, and one of the best ways to show humility is to live frugally.”

The family has spent the last four month traveling in the South Pacific, Australia, Thailand and New Zealand. They’re currently vacationing on the beaches in Bali, Indonesia.

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“My personal favorite adventure thus far was back in Tonga. For over a year I had been researching and preparing to freedive in the waters of Tonga — with humpback whales! It was the most epic moment of my life.”

When it comes to his kids’ future education, Gee is a little hesitant in settling somewhere permanently. 

“I’m very open-minded to the option of not settling down,” he told NextShark. “I’m open to non-traditional forms of education. I wasn’t a very good student. The typical education system actually made me feel stupid and bad about myself and gave me less confidence in my own ability to be creative and valuable.”

He added: “But nonetheless I loved school for everything else. I loved the social life. I loved sports. I loved the challenges. So, it is kind of a toss-up. I want the best of the best for my children so hopefully I’ll soon be able to figure out what that may be.”
On whether he credits his success to hard work or luck, he said: “If you were to ask me in person I would say, ‘Oh it’s all luck.’ But, that would be a lie just to get past the question. The truth is it’s all hard work. There’s a ton of serendipitous and fortunate events where stars have aligned in order for everything to come together. But even each of those ‘lucky’ happenings can be traced back to extra efforts and hard work, extra efforts to network, extra late nights. So the harder I work, the ‘luckier’ I get.”
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Gee also shared three factors to success he believes in:

1) Be impressive: success doesn’t just grace anyone and everyone. It seeks out impressive people — hard-working, talented, sincere, good-hearted people. Basically, be deserving of any success that wishes to find you.

2) Be yourself: it’s fine to learn from others and look up to those deserving, but let it stop there. The Facebook formula worked for Facebook — probably not for you. The Garrett Gee way was kinda cool for him, but not that cool. Always be learning more about yourself and always let that light shine bright!

3) Be successful: realize what success really is. That way, on your pursuit to ‘financial success’ you can enjoy real success. You can enjoy your health, your family, and the things that really determine success.

The couple plans to travel to the Maldives and Switzerland in the coming months, and Gee says he already has a new company in the works that he says is “something like never before.” He regularly blogs about his family’s adventures The Bucketlist Family.
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A Man’s Guide to Socks

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Socks are an interesting piece of clothing; we pay so little attention to them and yet they’re central to our overall comfort in several ways: socks protect our feet from abrasion, wick away our perspiration, and keep our dew beaters snug in our shoes. They’re also a small detail that can either pull your outfit together or serve as an unwelcome distraction.

Today we’ll give this often overlooked piece of clothing a thorough look over, if for no other reason than to ensure that when you spend your hard earned dollars you are buying the best socks for your needs.

Common Rules Concerning Socks

1.  Your socks should match one another and not have holes or visible stains

Now some of you are thinking this is incredibly obvious; however, I mention this rule for those of you who fail to see the problem here.  Assuming you keep your shoes on and never expose your torn and mismatched socks, there very well may not be an issue.   But for most of us, failing to heed this rule is going to lead to an embarrassing situation when we unexpectedly have to remove our shoes; instead of  striking up a conversation with a potential business partner, we’ll be worried about concealing our protruding big toe.

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2.  Your socks should match your trousers

A man cannot go wrong following this advice, as it serves to create a streamlined look with no unnecessary color contrast until the eyes meet the shoes.   Many men also like this rule as its rigidness leaves no room for interpretation and confusion.

However once a man has a sense of his own personal style, he should feel free to break this rule.  Doing so enables him to introduce into his wardrobe a wide range of patterned and perhaps even lively colored socks that conservative dressers would avoid. I’m a bigger fan of a man coordinating his choice of sock with his neckwear and shoes; although more difficult than the aforementioned rule of matching your trousers, the tradition of coordinating your shoes, socks, and neckwear has a 100 year history and can help liven up an otherwise dull outfit.

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3.  Wear knee length vs. ankle length socks

This rule is based off the belief that a gentleman should not expose his bare leg unintentionally.  A bit archaic, I know, but it still holds sway nonetheless as the flash of white hairy skin when wearing a dark suit can be distracting.  And that’s not what we want.

4.  Your socks should match the dress level of the rest of your ensemble

If you’re wearing black-tie, then choose a quality, lightweight, knee-high sock with a sheen appearance.  If you’re wearing a sport jacket and grey flannel trousers, heavy wool argyle socks work perfectly.  Jeans, a nice t-shirt, and leather casual footwear call for a dark sock that simply pulls the shoes and denim together.  A trip to the gym?  Here’s where you wear those white tube socks.

Dress Socks – Meant to be worn with a man’s suit or casual clothing, they come in a wide range of materials and for the most part stick to darker colors such as black, charcoal grey, medium grey, bottle green, and burgundy.  Lighter shades such as tan work well with lighter clothing.  As for patterns, the most traditional one is the classic argyle.  More modern “attention grabbing” colors and shades have been becoming more popular and are available from online men’s specialty stores.

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Escuyer Fill d'écosse socks

Sock Construction

Higher quality socks, on the other hand, are manufactured using both better materials and the process for manufacturing them is often 50% longer.  More time is spent on creating stronger seams, a higher percentage of hand guided sewing is required, and higher quality controls are enforced.  Also, quality sock manufacturers make a wider range of sizes.  Although this adds complexity to the line from a manufacturing perspective, from the consumer side it translates into a better fit.  On the downside, quality socks can cost 5 to 20 times more than their less expensive brethren. If you’re searching for quality socks, look for ones made in the Portugal or Italy as they will typically be constructed with greater attention to detail. Escuyer socks are made in Portugal.

Sock Fiber Selection

Wool – The earliest yarns used in sock production were spun from wool.  Today wool socks are hard to find in most box stores and their price makes them a luxury for those accustomed to paying a dollar a pair. Often blended with synthetic fibers to increase desirable properties such as strength and abrasion resistance, wool socks are great for hikers as they absorb moisture from the skin and release it outside the sock.  In addition, wool has unmatched insulating properties and keeps feet warm in cold weather and cool in hot temperatures.

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Cotton – The most common sock material, cotton-fiber is inexpensive and durable.  When blended with lycra or other man-made fibers it can hold its shape and conform to the foot providing an excellent fit.  Cotton socks can be washed roughly with any type of detergent, and although its absorption and insulation properties aren’t on par with wool, its ease in maintenance and overall acceptable performance make it the choice for most.

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Escuyer casual Colour Cotton socks

Cashmere & Silk – A luxury blend suited for dress socks, a blend such as this looks at home when paired with quality dress shoes and a fine worsted wool suit.  Lighter than wool, they provide similar benefits with less bulk.

Check out Escuyer's Cashmere Socks

Escuyer Cashmere Socks

Other fibers that are commonly blended with the above include nylon, acrylic, olefins, spandex, linen, bamboo, cashmere, and mohair.  The purpose of these blends is to achieve desired properties in feel, performance, durability, and elasticity.

A Man’s Guide to Socks – Conclusion

Socks aren’t the first item in our wardrobe we give thought to; however, they are an important part of a man’s clothing.  Like a weak link in a chain, poor quality socks matched with a high quality suit and shoes risks weakening the strength of your entire presentation.  And they can keep your feet nice and comfortable whether you’re walking into a boardroom or hiking up a mountain. Understand your needs, work within your budget, and be prepared for whatever life throws at your feet.

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Source: The Art of Manliness