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…
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
Publisher: Austin Macauley (2017)
Available Formats: Paperback, hardback and eBook
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…
*I was provided a copy of this book to review by Austin Macauley, however all views are my own.