Since August 12 , 2011, this couple has been living the dream. 32-year-old Matt and Jessica Johnson quitted their respective jobs as an automobile sales manager and billing specialist to go for the high seas after selling all their belongings to use the money to buy a boat.
Living off about $1000 USD per month, the Johnson’s have so far visited 16 countries, including Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba and Peru. Their cat Georgie, who knows how to swim, has been travelling with them since 2012.
They shared their story:
It started in late summer of 2007 while on the shores of Lake Michigan. Matt would look at the sailboats on the water and comment on how he’d like to try that someday.
He asked, “We can either get a piece of property or spend the money to get a sailboat, which do you think would be best?” Eventually we decided…that we would rather spend our summers on the water.
We sold our house in June of 2011…when we realized we wanted to be gone for longer, possibly 4-5 years and go much further. In July we both quit our jobs, sold our cars, and were ready to start the cruising life.
Georgie does very well with the sailing and is more steady on her feet than we are.
I think that sailing the world has been great for our relationship. There’s no walking away from an argument when one person gets mad at the other, you have to keep working together until the job is done.
Our lives were the typical American Dream. Go to school, get married, buy a house, start a career. So far we’ve also left out the part of having 2.5 kids
“For too long we had spent all of our weekends in front of the TV without ever doing anything productive or enjoyable. We realised this needed to change,” the Grand Rapids, Michigan, couple told the Daily Mail.