This couple truly took the plunge, sold all of their belongings, bought a boat, and have been living their new dream since August 12, 2011. Matt and Jessica Johnson, both 32, left their professions as an automobile sales manager and billing specialist for the high seas, living off about $1000 USD per month.
The Johnsons have visited a whopping 16 countries so far, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Peru; their cat Georgie, who is an expert swimmer, has been travelling with them since back in 2012.
“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,” the Grand Rapids, Michigan, couple went on to explain to the Daily Mail.
“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.”
“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”
The couple adopted their cat, Georgie, in 2012
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”
The cat “loves sitting on the deck and watching the fish over the side of the boat when we are at anchor”
“We’d also been hearing stories from so many others that had been putting their dream on hold until retirement and for one reason or another until their dreams were no longer attainable”