A woman has told how she stopped going out and moved back home to clear her £30,000 debt – leaving her free to trade in her office job for a new life sailing the world.

Jade Wood, 30, from Dudley, West Midlands, had never sailed a boat before she bought a yacht 16 months ago, and neither had her husband Brynn, also 30.

But web analyst Jade and videographer Brynn now plan to pack up their lives and take to the oceans in the summer as lockdown restrictions ease – heading first to the Mediterranean and then wherever the notion takes them.

The adventurous pair, who plan to live on their boat for the rest of their lives, have always loved sea life, getting engaged in a penguin enclosure and celebrating a shark-themed wedding.

Jade said: “We’d talked for years about wanting to sail the world but we both had debts adding up to £30,000. We couldn’t afford a house deposit and we didn’t want to settle into a normal life.

“We spent five years saving up to clear off our debts and buy the £7,000 boat which will be our full-time home.”

She added: “Due to Covid, we’ve only sailed along the south coast of England and across to the Isle of Wight but this year, we plan to head to the Mediterranean and after that, we plan to see the world.”

Jade and Brynn first met as kids at school in Oldbury, West Midlands, where they were in the same classes, before starting a relationship in their late teens.

She said: “We bumped into each other in a nightclub on a night out for my 18th birthday and we’ve just been inseparable since then.”

In 2016, when they had been together for eight years, the two first began dreaming of sailing off around the world.

But there was a problem – their debts.

Jade said: “Brynn really loved motorbikes so we had two very expensive motorbikes that he got on finance. Already, that amounted to about £15,000.

“We also had a car on finance and two credit cards. In our early twenties, we’d taken out a £7,000 loan that we used to do some travelling. In total we owed £30,000.”

Determined to make the idea a reality, the couple gave up the three-bedroom house they were renting and moved in with Brynn’s parents to save cash – later moving between there and Jade’s parents’ home, taking it in turns.

But though staying in their childhood bedrooms was hard, their love and sea-faring plans both held firm.

On Christmas Day 2016, Brynn, who was then working as an aquarist at Sea Life in Birmingham, asked Jade to help him feed the penguins.

She recalled: “I was busy feeding them and I had fish guts all over my gloves when I turned around and Brynn was on one knee.

“It was romantic and gross at the same time.”

The couple tied the knot in September 2018 at Dudley Registry Office with a shark-themed reception.

Jade and Brynn's wedding

“We had a 10-foot shark cut-out that you could stand in to take pictures with. We both just love sharks,” she said.

“Brynn’s always worked with marine life and I love the sea. It’s part of the reason we were drawn to the sailing life.”

The newlyweds continued to live with their parents and save.

“We spent five years being really strict with money, not going out and seeing friends. Not going out drinking, not buying anything. It was hard but so worth it.

“We just always did free things – going on walks and going to local museums. We were lucky to have our parents as well, because that saved us a fortune not having to pay bills and council tax.”

She added: “We were so focussed on the dream that, even for our wedding, we asked for donations towards the boat fund instead of presents.”

In October 2019, they had cleared their debts and were able to purchase their Salterns Stag sailboat.

Built in 1978, the boat is 28 ft long and, while small, Jade says it is known for being sturdy on the open seas.

The pair had a lot to learn as neither of them had sailed before buying the boat.

“I’d never even been on a sailboat before in my whole life. It was quite a risky thing to buy but it’s surprisingly easy to get the hang of it,” Jade said.

“Now we’ve done as much practice as we can, sailing along the south coast.”

Jade and Brynn's sailboat

She added: “Our schedule has been delayed during the pandemic but we’re planning to set off properly this year.”

The couple won’t be able to take many possessions with them.

Jade said: “The boat is very small but the one blessing is the 6’4″ head room, which on boats is usually quite hard to find.”

She added: “We have a V-shaped bed at the front of the boat and a little kitchen opposite a chair. There’s a little bathroom and that’s it.

“We’re storing sentimental things with our parents but we’ve had to be very minimal with our belongings.

“We only have enough room for two shirts, two pairs of trousers, a dress, and couple of extra items. That’s our entire wardrobe.”

Jade and Brynn plan to fund their adventures by shooting YouTube videos of their daily lives on the boat.

And Jade suspects sailing the boat won’t be the hardest challenge they face.

She said, “I think the hardest bit about it all is that you have to become a plumber, electrician, engineer because it can be really expensive if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

She added: “Anything that goes wrong on it, we basically have to fix ourselves.

“There’s so much you’ve got to actually learn, that sailing seems to be the easiest bit.

“We’re really excited to get out to sea properly. We’re planning to just explore the world, dropping the anchor at various countries.”

Jade in the marina

She added: “We plan to be away indefinitely. We might fly home for Christmas but other than that, we’re looking forward to spending our lives travelling the globe.”

“I’d always just presumed sailing was a very expensive hobby for rich people but the more we’ve looked into it and realised it is actually very accessible, we’ve just set our mind to it.

“It’s such an adventure and we really can’t wait to be on the sea.”