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Couple Quits Jobs And Sells Everything To Travel The World With Their Cat
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Couple Quits Jobs And Sells Everything To Travel The World With Their Cat

This couple took the plunge, sold all of their belongings, bought a boat, and have been living the dream since August 12, 2011. Matt and Jessica Johnson, 32, left their respective jobs as an automobile sales manager and billing specialist for the high seas, living off about $1000 USD per month. The Johnsons have visited 16 countries so far, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cuba and Peru; their cat Georgie, who knows  how to swim, has been travelling with them since 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 told 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.”

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“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”

The couple “found out [Georgie] can swim when she jumped overboard in Grand Cayman”

“She swam around the back of the boat and climbed up the ladder”

“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 never wanted that to be us”

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LauraFdez-PachecoÁlvarez
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6 years ago

Yeah, you can do this and whatever you want... provided that you have enough money.

ShadaM.
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6 years ago

I have no money, yet I am sitting in Mexico reading this and have lived in 4 countries in the last seven years. Try it!

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HeatherBragdon
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6 years ago

I would love to do this...although I'm not sure all my animals would fit. Either way, it's an awesome idea! Kudos!!

JohnCook
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6 years ago

My wife and I lived aboard and sailed the pacific for 25 years. We loved it and wish were still capable of living on a boat and sailing to places unknown. We cruised differently than most as we enjoy the places more than the mode of travel. We would stay in a harbor, start a small business, and work on the boat for six months at a time. Then sell the business. We gave a few businesses away. They were enjoyable to to us and provided a substantial enough income that we could give them away when they didn't sell quickly. So nothing held us to land but our own desires. Where do you get the income to do this? Start your own small business. Make things to sell, do work for others (painting, woodwork, etc) make canvas covers, dodgers and bridge enclosures for powerboats. We made $100,000 in tax free income one summer (six and a half months) making canvas covers. How do you buy the boat? Work at it, contact everyone. Ours cost us $15,000 for a 57 foot fiberglass ketch.

CherlynR
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6 years ago

That's amazing. Kudos to you! My boyfriend got his 36 foot at US$10,000, and it seems we might be living this lifestyle very soon!

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LauraFdez-PachecoÁlvarez
Community Member
6 years ago

Yeah, you can do this and whatever you want... provided that you have enough money.

ShadaM.
Community Member
6 years ago

I have no money, yet I am sitting in Mexico reading this and have lived in 4 countries in the last seven years. Try it!

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HeatherBragdon
Community Member
6 years ago

I would love to do this...although I'm not sure all my animals would fit. Either way, it's an awesome idea! Kudos!!

JohnCook
Community Member
6 years ago

My wife and I lived aboard and sailed the pacific for 25 years. We loved it and wish were still capable of living on a boat and sailing to places unknown. We cruised differently than most as we enjoy the places more than the mode of travel. We would stay in a harbor, start a small business, and work on the boat for six months at a time. Then sell the business. We gave a few businesses away. They were enjoyable to to us and provided a substantial enough income that we could give them away when they didn't sell quickly. So nothing held us to land but our own desires. Where do you get the income to do this? Start your own small business. Make things to sell, do work for others (painting, woodwork, etc) make canvas covers, dodgers and bridge enclosures for powerboats. We made $100,000 in tax free income one summer (six and a half months) making canvas covers. How do you buy the boat? Work at it, contact everyone. Ours cost us $15,000 for a 57 foot fiberglass ketch.

CherlynR
Community Member
6 years ago

That's amazing. Kudos to you! My boyfriend got his 36 foot at US$10,000, and it seems we might be living this lifestyle very soon!

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