How to Barter for Paradise Review

Posted on Feb 17 2014 - 11:52pm by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.


Like many other people, I dream of a nice, relaxing vacation. Wouldn't it be great to travel around the world, see new places, and be exposed to different cultures? Since we can't travel just yet, I enjoy looking at travel books and seeing the journeys that others took. Recently, I was asked to review a rather interesting book – How to Barter for Paradise by Michael Wigge .The whole concept of the book is traveling around the world through barter. Reading through the concept, I was intrigued and excited to get started!

How to Barter for Paradise: What is It

Want to travel around the world but don't have the money for a big, luxury vacation? In How to Barter to Paradise, Michael Wigge went traveling around the world – with no money. His challenge, to turn an apple in Germany into a house in Hawaii. Through the book, you can follow his 200 day journey through 14 countries and six continents to see how he exchanged his way up – starting with an apple for six cigarettes in Germany, and trading onwards to the end result of a a small house in Hawaii. Once you have seen all forty-two trades and his interaction with different people, you see why this is a journey you don't want to miss!

How to Barter for Paradise: My Thoughts

Personally, I thought How to Barter for Paradise was a very entertaining read. The book itself reads a lot like a journal, making it rather entertaining as you read about the situations and the trades that took place in each of the countries. While you may think this would be a dry read, the humor and descriptions in the book make for a memorable experience. There was more than once that I started giggling at the author's approach to situations, or just his general attitude (my favorite was a scene in Hawaii with a wealthy woman who tricked him just to meet him). Overall, it is a great read and shows the reality of how barter is still alive in today's world. Based on my own opinion of the book, I am happy to give How to Barter for Paradise an A- rating.

How to Barter for Paradise: Where to Purchase

Would you like to purchase this fun, and unique travel book on bartering? Currently you can trade $9.99 for How to Barter for Paradise on in its kindle format, or $11.13 for the paperback.


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

7 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. ellen beck February 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    While I think it would be nice I am not convinced this would work for very many people. Good review and I am sure a good read but rather unrealistic.

    • Susan Bewley February 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm - Reply

      Well, it is like anything else, a mix beween the value of time and money. Some people view the trade of items worth their time. For example, he used social media sites and sites specially for barter with his experiment 🙂

  2. Karen Glatt February 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    THis is an interestin post on how to barter for a vacation. I have heard of people doing this, but I wonder if he ever got scared. This is a book that I would like to read. I find it fascinating how he traveled around the world by bartering!

  3. MATTHEW FLOWERS February 19, 2014 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Great advice!Thanks!

  4. Joie February 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I think this sounds like an interesting read.  I find it neat how creative some people can be, and I would love vacation!

  5. Tatjana February 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    Sounds really interesting but I doubt many of us could do anything similar. Requires a lot of knowlege about the countries you visit (especially the people) and things you can get away with, who values what the most and how much is the thing you currently have worth to someone else-tricky part.

  6. H. J. Brown September 8, 2016 at 5:22 am - Reply

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