Sailing Away From The World

A Young Couple From the United States, Decided to Spend the Rest of Their Lives in Adventure


Matt and Jessica Johnson, both 32 years old, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, decided to leave the rat race and explore the world. The young couple gave up on their ‘American Dream’ in 2008, and purchased a boat. The husband quit his job as a sales manager and his wife said goodbye to her insurance firm career. After practicing their sailing skills, the adventurous couple took their cat with them and have visited 16 countries which include the Bahamas, Cuba, Peru and Jamaica.

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Leaving behind everything they knew, the adventurous couple departed their hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 12, 2011, and have so far explored 16 countries.


From the colorful, brimming culture of South America, to the turquoise, crystal waters of the Caribbean and some European-style western islands, the explorers have experience some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


Wanting a furry crewmate, the duo decided to adopt a cat from a no-kill shelter in 2012, to join them on their adventures.

Jessica said: ‘She does very well with the sailing and is steadier on her feet than we are. She loves sitting on the deck and watching the fish over the side of the boat when we are at anchor.


‘We found out she can swim when she jumped overboard in Grand Cayman. She swam around the back of the boat and climbed up the ladder.’

They said: ‘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 realized this needed to change.

‘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.

‘As for being with each other 100% of the time, we don’t mind at all. We have always liked to be around each other.


‘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 (health, financial, etc.) until their dreams were no longer attainable. We never wanted that to be us.’

Matt and Jessica now have their sights set on further afield, although they realize that crossing larger distances can be a challenge in deep waters.


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