Book Review: It’s About Time by John Mabbs

So, it’s time for another travel-related book review… and this time I am reviewing It’s About Time by John Mabbs. The book is all about his and his partner’s decision to quit the rat race in the UK and move to rural Bulgaria in search of a better quality of life…

It’s About Time by John Mabbs

About the Author

John Mabbs worked as a lorry driver for many years before deciding that he had had enough of the daily grind. He currently lives with his partner, Christine, in rural Bulgaria.


The book is broken down into four sections. The first part covers John’s background and his reasons for doing what he did – and his views on life are enlightening and thought-provoking. The second section is the story of their road trips, and covers how they got to where they are now (living a new life in Bulgaria). The third section is a call to action if you are harbouring thoughts of doing something similar, which is followed by section four which covers lots of practical advice on how to up sticks and move to Bulgaria (or anywhere for that matter)…

About the Book

No of Pages: 352

Illustrations: Yes

Publisher: Austin Macauley (2017)

Available Formats: Paperback, hardback and eBook

There are plenty of lovely photos to tempt you…

My Review

I’ll start by saying that I really enjoyed this book.  And do you know why?  Because this is a dream I also share.  Whilst I do enjoy my life currently, I frequently dream of doing something different at some stage in the future – of escaping you might say… And John and Christine’s story is enough to make anyone believe that they could do something similar, with a bit of planning.  It’s an inspiring story that’s for sure – there are plenty of highs and some lows, not to mention lots and lots of excitement in every chapter. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t secretly dream of living mortgage free, with no monotonous 9-5 job to go get up for every morning and mounting bills to worry about?

My favourite part of this book was reading about the eventful road trips the couple made through Europe – both when trying to decide where they should live and when they were en route to their new home in Bulgaria – passing through many countries on their way to a new, much more relaxed life.

The last section of the book provides tons of practical advice if you are feeling tempted to do something similar – some of it is specific to Bulgaria but much of it would be applicable in other places too so if you don’t fancy Bulgaria, there are still plenty of useful tips to mull over…

So if you are thinking about changing your life but just need a push in the right direction, you should definitely give this book a read… you can’t fail to be inspired!

My Star Rating: (5 / 5)

Do you dream of escaping and living a totally different life to the one you have now? Let me know…

Happy Reading!



*I was provided a copy of this book to review by Austin Macauley, however all views are my own.

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20 thoughts on “Book Review: It’s About Time by John Mabbs

  1. I do dream about escaping a new life! Interesting review, I had never heard about the author. At the moment I have many books on the shelf to be read, I still buy new ones and the list goes longer!

  2. The story sounds like a real adventure! Not only trading a city life for the country side in a different culture but also traveling through Europe. I haven’t heard about this author before but is seems like a good read.

    1. It’s definitely an adventure story! I didn’t know the author either but will definitely be looking out for more of his work…
      Kate x

  3. I think everyone dreams of escaping sometimes, but I have to say that Bulgaria is not a place I would have thought about. I’d be interested in reading their reasoning, too.

  4. I have always loved books like this. Probably why we eventually up and moved from the UK to live in California. Been here since 2001 and wouldn’t go back. Even American now. lol!

  5. Interesting, especially the last section where the offer tips to others contemplating same. I DON’T have this fantasy, but this is because I am *living* the fantasy version of my life right now – got the husband and kids I wasn’t sure I’d ever find, quit what I had thought was always my dream career path because it was making me miserable, and jumped off every possible scary cliff I could en route to this, the best possible version of my life. Occasionally I miss a teensy part of the old drudgery – for about two seconds. Then I’m over it 🙂

    1. Sounds like you’re already living your dream, which is great! I already left a career that I came to loath too…
      Kate x

  6. I commend John and Christine for upending their urban lives and moving to the sticks… or to the rural part of Bulgaria. It’s not a fantasy I have but, I can appreciate those who actually get up and make such a move.

    1. I think it’s great to read stories of people who have turned their dreams into reality… so many people are unhappy with their lives but don’t have the courage to radically change them.
      Kate x

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