Book Review: The Wander Year by Mike McIntyre

This is the second book by Mike McIntyre I’ve read, having really enjoyed his story of hitchhiking across America in The Kindness of Strangers, so I was pretty keen to read about his decision to spend an entire year travelling around the world with his partner Andrea.

the wander year

After renting out their house and selling a car they set off around the world, with McIntyre documenting the trip in a series of columns which are collected here. It’s a fascinating trip and McIntyre’s writing is delightful, with a great self deprecating sense of humour and an eye for detail, he captures the surreal sights of the trip and the small moments of magic.

Even when he’s moaning it’s always in a funny, interesting way. He captures the beauty of New Zealand, the oppressive, intense life among India’s touts and relaxing in Fiji. It’s a great itinerary and definitely gets the feet itching.

Split into short, entertaining pieces it’s a great quick read and ideal for a commute or your lunch breaks, which is how I read most of it, or just for short bursts that you can dip in and out of. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely look for more of McIntyre’s work.

Be warned though, it will make you green with envy at times, and just add more places to your destination wishlist.

Verdict: Incredibly entertaining, a wonderful quick read about a truly impressive and intriguing trip. McIntyre is a charming, funny guide through the journey and his writing is captivating. 8/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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