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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 12 April 2001
Although at first glance you may be tempted to dismiss 'The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel' as a gimmick, it is actually packed full of fascinating information which could save your life one day, provided you are the type of person who finds themselves falling through ice or being trapped in a high rise hotel which is on fire. From practical information on how to land a plane, to the improbable scenario of an alien abduction, you are guided through your worst fears in a step by step manner. The aim is always survival -- a good story to tell the grandchildren is the added bonus. This book will capture the imagination of anyone who reads it. Perhaps I will never have to cross a piranha-infested river, but if the worst case scenario should arise, I now know that it can be done in the dead of night. I have, however, travelled extensively throughout Asia and could have done with knowing how to remove a leech, stop a runaway horse, survive a riot, not to mention pass a bribe! Of course the first question on my mind when I read the book was how correct the information was. After all, I don't want to be up to my knees in piranha before I find out that the author was dealing in 'old wives tales'. But each scenario is accompanied by a qualified scource. For example, the I know piranha don't attack at night because Paul Cripps, an Amazonian explorer of thirteen years, tells me so. I can check everyone's credentials at the back of the book. In fact, the only negative aspect of this book is that the chances of you having it with you, or of your having a free hand to read it in the event of one of these worst case scenarios actually happened to you, are slim to none! So while it is perfect for all the Indianna Jones' out there with photographic memories, for the rest of us, no matter who we are, it is simply a very entertaining read to dip in and out of.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel has four primary uses:
(1) To let you fantasize safely about what you would do in a life-threatening situation you probably won't face, but have seen in the movies (survive after being lost in a jungle, escape a mob, survive a kidnapping)
(2) Provide humorous scenarios that you will probably never face to give you a good laugh (being abducted by a UFO, handling a runaway camel, getting rid of a leech in your nose)
(3) Practical advice for challenges that many travelers will encounter (stopping a car with no brakes, handling a runaway horse, foiling thieves)
(4) Reducing risk of harm from unlikely events that you probably do think about (escaping a hotel fire, what to do after falling onto a subway track, surviving an elevator fall).
I was impressed that although I did not expect to learn anything I could ever use, the book actually had several sections which I wish I had known about when I faced travel challenges in the past (handling scorpion stings, what to do in a hotel fire, how to stop a runaway horse that someone else is on, making a shelter in the snow, avoiding having your carry-ons stolen at the x-ray machine). I suspect that I will be able to use this information in the future.
Another benefit I got was to realize that I could handle some emergencies that I would normally consider well beyond me. In these days when travel seems more dangerous than before, this book may also be worth carrying to play the role of Dumbo's magic feather -- to build a little confidence. For example, I don't like to fly in small planes. I think I could follow the instructions in the book for crash landing a small plane in water, as long as someone could help me. But I could never remember all of these details in a crisis. Having the book along will help me relax a lot more on my next small plane flight.
People with phobias about certain travel situations may find the knowledge that they gain here can help reduce their anxiety.
One of the best parts of the book came in the foreword by David Concannon of the Explorers Club who described the many hideous things that had happened to him in order to encourage you to realize that the unexpected does happen, you need to accept what is beyond your control, always have a contingency plan, and no matter how bad things are . . . they could get worse. As a result, you will probably spend more time thinking through the potential challenges that you will face on future trips, and be better prepared to handle these challenges.
My favorite funny parts in the book were the runaway camel, passing a bribe, foiling a UFO abduction, trailing a thief, losing someone following you, jumping from a moving train, escaping from being tied up, ramming a barricade, surviving a volcanic eruption, surviving a tsunami, getting rid of leeches, and crossing a piranha-infested river. Indiana Jones, move over!
Even if you never travel, the book "will provide good information and entertainment for the armchair survivalist."
Be prepared!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2001
I bought this book a week after it's prequel, and was amazed by it, so didn't expect this to better it. But it did. More insightful, and the appendix is fascinating, but knowing how to say "Hello - I am seriously injured" in 5 languages could prove an interesting discussion piece, as could the ability to publicly offer a fight to anyone in an Ozzie bar with the use of a glass.If you have the first one, get this!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2001
I thought this book was excellent.
If ever I were to find myself in any of these situations I would feel reassured having read, and studiously absorbed, these invaluable tips and hints.
The humour ??
Well, instructions on how to bring a bolting camel under control is an immensely witty concept when you live in Kent. Coupled with such pithy recommendations as not letting go (I hate pain, you think I'm gonna let go voluntarily ??) also made me chortle.
For all those regular BR commuters out there you may wish to read the section on how to stop a train in an emergency !!!! A train heading straight for you on the same track would come under this category !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2004
Wow! this book is so interesting! Yes its a little far fetched in placed.....UFO abductions etc, but its well worth reading and you never know you might learn something! A definite must-buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The whole range of these books are great fun, but this specifically I bought for a friend who was off travelling around Australia, mainly as something to entertain her on the long, long flight there. She loved it! Most of the information she will probably never use (hopefully) but a lot was quite important considering her destination. With lots of simple advice such as how not to offend locals and how to ask for help in different languages it's nicely balanced with things such as escaping from the boot of a locked car and controlling a camel (which would have helped my sister in Africa). The best bit is the format, it is fun and entertaining as opposed to lecturing, so even if you aren't travelling it's a fun read.
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on 22 July 2012
I fell in love with this series after a neighbour bought me the first book. Definitely worth taking a look at. They are witty, yet take each scenario as if they were happening..giving instruction & advice by qualified people - just incase.!
I'm totally hooked, even buying the game.!
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on 22 December 2013
I was looking for a normal travel journal but came across this & loved it straight away. You never know..it may be of use to the young person who's off traveling & it will certainly help her should she ever ride a runaway camel or be held hostage!
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on 6 January 2015
I'm giving it five stars but have to confess I haven't read it. I desperately needed to send a present to someone quickly. This did the job and they seemed to find it a good read. If they are just being tactful and it is apalling I am very sorry.
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on 10 April 2011
I bought this for my boyfriends birthday as we're going travelling in the summer. It's a great gift but I could get through it all quite quickly, would have loved there to be a bit more in there.
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