The Gift of a Lifetime from the Bucket List Family

by McNab Editorial Team
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The Bucket List Family 

The Gee family, famously known as The Bucket List Family on Instagram, is kicking off their annual 12 Days of Bucket List Christmas! 

What is it you may ask? Well, this annual tradition is a dream vacation gifting spree for twelve lucky families as a way for the Gee family to give back to their devoted fans. The tradition started back in 2015 after Snapchat bought dad Garrett’s mobile scanning app for $54 million. It was then he and his wife, Jessica, decided to sell all their possessions and use the income to travel the world with their two kids. 

The question that started their gifting tradition was when Jessica and Garrett asked themselves ‘What is the most special gift that anyone has ever given us?’ their reply ‘The gift of sight’. They then decided to surprise seven people with Lasik eye surgery that year.  

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Photos Courtesy: The Bucket List Family
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The Gee family then ask themselves the same question every year and then agreed that the greatest gift their family has received is the ability to travel around the world. This then inspired them to share this gift with others, especially those who are not able to have the opportunity to do so. 

2019, the 12 Days of Bucket List Christmas offers trips to twelve destinations

This includes places such as Fiji, Europe, Zanzibar, Bermuda, Banff, Cook Islands, an African Safari in Tanzania, Belize, a retreat to the Maldives, a castle stay in Ireland, ski trip in Utah, and Disney World. 

Families all around the world can enter. Not to get it mistaken with a sweepstakes, The Bucket List Family selects which family gets chosen to go on these trips, not through random selection, but through careful consideration. They go through each submission and really give it some special care before making a decision. 

The entry is quite easy and unique! Individuals can nominate themselves, but can also nominate their friends and family members. 


Belize is one of the destinations chosen this year. Last year the Gee family took a trip to Belize and stayed at Ray Caye Island Resort.   

“Imagine the Caribbean before it got crowded…” 

Photo Courtesy: Ray Caye

Located on the edge of the  Gladden Spit  and  Silk Cayes Marine Reserve in Belize, Ray Caye Island Resort is literally a stone’s throw away from the Belize Barrier Reef, making it an ideal location for world-class fishing and diving trips. With nearly a mile of private shoreline and a limited number of guests at any time, it is easy to play, explore and relax in the Belize island lifestyle any way you want. Ray Caye is especially suited for a secluded and romantic honeymoon vacation. Celebrate the art of island living with a year-round climate of sunshine, warm breezes, and clear Caribbean waters. 

The Ray Caye and Southwest Airlines Getaway Package includes 

  • 3 Nights in Oceanfront Cabanas 
  • Round-Trip boat transfer from Placencia to the island 
  • Use of Hobie cats, kayaks, pedal boats, paddleboards, snorkel gear 
  • Snorkel Tour 
  • 3 Round-Trip tickets on Southwest Airlines from the US to Belize 


Get creative!  

  1. Follow @thebucketlistfamily @raycayebelize and @southwestair on Instagram 
  2. Subscribe to The Bucket List Family Youtube Channel 
  3. Post a photo or video on your Instagram page about LOVE! 

Ideas: Ah love 🙂 What do you love about life? How do you express your love for a friend, family member, the environment? Someone, an animal, a cause?

  1. Use #BucketListChristmas and tag @raycayebelize @southwestair and @thebucketlistfamily in your post. Make sure your account is on PUBLIC today so we can see it!  
  2. To enter yourself, fill out the Contact Information Form.  You only need to fill out this form once for all destination you enter for!

Photo Courtesy: Ray Caye

If you’d like to nominate someone else, ALSO fill out the Nomination Form.  You may fill this form out more than once if you nominate different people for different days. 

For more information about the 12 Days of Bucket List Christmas, you can click on the links below. The winners will be announced on @thebucketlistfamily Instagram beginning December 10th, 2019. Good luck to all and we hope you enjoy Belize and Ray Caye Island Resort! 

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