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Matthew Johnson

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I am a 33 yr old full time traveler, having lived on and traveled on a sailboat for the last 3.5 years. Together with my wife Jessica, we have sailed throughout the Caribbean, across the Atlantic, and back. We've visited places like Cuba, Guatemala, the Azores and the Canary Islands. Always on the lookout for new adventures and challenges, I've found myself in some interesting situations, like when we encountered a storm with hours of 50+ knot winds and rolling waves on our crossing back to the Caribbean. Our newest project is rebuilding a 37 ft aluminum sailboat to take to the Baltic Sea.

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Matthew's motivation

I have always had dreams of visiting and experiencing first hand the beauty that is Antarctica. Polar opposite to my wife, she (willingly) drags me through the Caribbean, but my real passion is ice and cold. I've had hopes of taking my own boat there someday, but can't talk her into making that journey. There are so many reasons I would love to make this trip. To me it doesn't matter that I'd be adding another continent to my list of travels, but I'd love the fact that I'd have stepped foot where so few have before me. With the world growing a little smaller each day, Antarctica seems to be one of the last unexplored frontiers, and I'd love to say I was one of the people who suffered through grueling seas and harsh conditions to be able to experience it. A few pros of having me on board is that I have experience of living and traveling on a boat. I'm the kind of person who is waiting for a pill form of food to come out, so I won't complain if I'm eating packets of oatmeal for a month straight. I can talk easily with anyone, and I spend all my time researching how things work, so if the boat has issues, I might be able to lend a hand.

“At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. Robin Lee Graham”

Matthew's favorite polar animal

Snow Petrel – Snow Petrel


1st prize

A 30-day cruise ticket for Oceanwide Expeditions most spectacular expedition in Antarctica: Spectacular Ross Sea (with helicopters)!

15 Feb - 17 Mar, 2017
30 nights
m/v Ortelius
Crossing the Date Line

About Oceanwide Expeditions

Oceanwide Expeditions is one of the pioneers in ship-based exploratory voyages in the Arctic and Antarctica. We operate our cruises with small ice-strengthened vessels, ideal for exploration in these remote regions. While cruising in the Polar regions we are sure that you will become increasingly fascinated by these unique wildernesses, places of drama, wildlife, history and true emotion.