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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel (The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbooks)

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If you have to leave home, TAKE THIS BOOK! The team that brought you The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook now helps you navigate the perils of travel. Learn what to do when the tarantula crawls up your leg, the riptide pulls you out to sea, the sandstorms headed your way, or your camel just wont stop. Find out how to pass a bribe, remove leeches, climb out of a well, ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Chronicle Books
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Nicole DeVries
Jul 23, 2012 Nicole DeVries rated it liked it
Haha, most of the scenarios in here truly are 'worst-case', while others are a bit more practical. It was fun to read through this book, though I'm not sure how much I'd remember if I ever WERE in one of these dire situations (such as, caught in a riptide, needing to treat a severed limb, how to climb out of a well, how to ram a barricade, foiling a UFO udbuction, surviving a hostage situation, and escaping from a car that is hanging over a cliff). My favorite part might be the few pages in the ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
This was part of a quick read I wanted while running around and preparing for Christmas (I can never be far from a book or panic sets in) and along with the "The Worst Case Scenario survival handbook" they filled that requirement quite nicely.

Like all the others in the series they follow a series of chapters on linked subjects and present the best way to escape, resolve or just simply survive them.
May 04, 2013 Bianca rated it liked it
This book was very similar to its "yellow" counterpart, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. I even think some of the tips and helpful bits of advice were the same in both books. This one, however, focused more on the travel aspect of terrible scenarios to find yourself in. As with the other book, I am unsure that I will actually remember the advice given in this book, as it is useless unless you are faced with the dangerous situation, such as being face-to-face with a lion or having your ...more
Mar 31, 2015 Jerry rated it it was ok
I recently read the book “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel” By: Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht. In all honesty this book wasn’t great. The “Worst Case Scenario” series is really good, but this one in particular wasn’t one of their best work. I for one don’t travel much therefore it isn’t that helpful. I think this book is for someone of an older age who likes to travel, or has to travel for work.

If you travel to many different kinds of climates around the globe, than these t
Mar 14, 2014 Kristine rated it liked it

Fun, entertaining read with some practical tips...especially, if ever I find myself on a runaway camel or if I bump into an extraterrestrial biological entity (Don't panic!! Yikes!! ).

No, really, there is some serious advice mixed in with the smile worthy ones.

The format and print design is appealing, the advice is clear and easy to understand, and it is a quick read.

Maybe some readers would rather not think about what might go wrong but I personally feel strangely better after an hour or two
In attempts to quell / or aid my wanderlust, I started to read "Worst-case Scenerio Survival Handbook: Travel".

The introduction says it can be used as my "passport to survival", emergency toilet paper, or "good information and entertainment to the armchair survivalist". And while I've read the sections thus far on "how to control a runaway camel", and "how to crash-land a plane on water", I'm pretty sure you don't want me doing those things, unless we have the book with me.

I can also look forw
Nov 11, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This was the coolest book ever, I finished this one first then the other Worst-Case Scenario book since I travel all the time, prioritizing which one I would read first so I could spend the most time on the first, I really like these type of books, their a fast read and you learn a bunch of unique facts that make you re-think what you should do in other scenarios. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to step out of their comfort zone in reading books, if you're like me and you only li ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Simplymegy rated it it was amazing
It is what it says, a handy guide for when things take a turn for the worst in traveling. Everything you do not hope to happen to you is covered here, more or less. Got to learn cool stuff, such as how to work an airplane as it goes through a crash. Hopefully, i will NEVER encounter any of these in real life. But some of the tips actually help on a regular day. From now on for example, i will now count the rows of seats that separates my seat from the nearest exit on the plane. You never know.
Jan 28, 2016 JudithAnn rated it really liked it
A fun book with tips on how to survive a range of situations that you may come across while travelling.

On the other hand, these are all pretty unlikely things, but if they happen, it could be fatal. Such as there are: Jumping down a waterfall, Escaping from the boot of a car, Finding water on a desert island. So, handy tips in case you ever come across these situations (I expect I won't).
Apr 02, 2013 Spencer rated it it was amazing
I discovered this book by seeing someone else reading it. I decided it would be a fun and easy read and that it would be more like a joke book than an actual survival guide. Once reading the book, However, I realized that most of the scenarios in the book are practical and the solutions are detailed and plausible. Some of my favorites were ones like "What to do if a costume character insists on a hug." Although there were more practical ones such as "how to make substitutes while cooking." Some ...more
Courtney Johnson
Jan 18, 2016 Courtney Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book is so much fun to read. I especially like the ending appendix where it lists emergency phrases in different languages such as, "may I use your belt as a tourniqet?" and "may I borrow this towel to wipe up the blood?". I will definitely be reading this book again.

Also read March 1, 2012
Kelley Something
Dec 07, 2015 Kelley Something rated it liked it
For the extreme traveler! While making yourself aware of any/all danger is always a good thing, in order to put much of this book to use, you would need to study/memorize the content. This book would be helpful to have on you in certain emergency situations; better hope your Kindle is charged!
Jeff Bowen
Great Ideas Come From Small Books!

I purchased the print version years ago but I thought I'd give the e-book a chance. I was NOT disappointed like I was with the e-book version of "The Worst Case Scenarios College" which was a total bummer.
Dec 26, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
Got this book as a birthday gift from a friend who knows my predilection of always being "ready, just in case" for the "worst case scenario". Now I am armed with the weapon of knowledge and ready to take on the world... at least when I travel.

Best sections by far (at least for me and my paranoia):
- How to survive a riot
- How to pass a bribe
- How to tail a thief
- How to lose someone who is following you
- How to ram a barricade (who hasn't wanted to do that at some point?)
- How to survive when lo
Max Shapiro
Oct 08, 2012 Max Shapiro rated it liked it
I thought this book was really good for the worst case scenario because you will never know when something is going to happen and how you are going to act. I Love this book becuase i am all about survival. You never know what could happen right when you walk out of your house. For example If you were held hostage this book tells you how to get out of it. It also teaches you different languages and signs to use in when you are in a different country. For example the OK sign in the USA means your ...more
Emily Phalen
Jul 29, 2014 Emily Phalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doubt this will come in handy but just in case...

Interesting read but hopefully I'll never need to put the info to good use. I don't see camels or a riot in my future....
Matthew Estrada
Nov 17, 2010 Matthew Estrada rated it really liked it
first off i will say that this book is more of guide of sorts then an actual book like twilight. but where this "book" fails to meet the standers of a thriller it exceeds the standers for informing people about the world around them. i gave this book four stars because not only does it have a huge veriety of senarios it comes up with some pretty weird things. for example if your ever abducted by aliens and you havent read this book then your unfourtinatly out of luck. yes this book goes as far a ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Shauna rated it really liked it
This is such a nifty little book! i could only pray that I never have to experience any situation in which i might have to use this little guide, but chances are, at least once in my short lifetime, I will encounter one or more of these situations(certainly not the UFO abduction,though!)--and it always pays to be prepared!I think that this book really caters to my interests. I have a such a deep seated drive to search out adventure and live life to it's very fullest. I want to experience, learn, ...more
Jun 03, 2011 Becca rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I listened to this book in audio form and both enjoyed and learned from the different scenarios presented. I have to say that I question how many of them would actually be encountered while traveling, but if the situation arose, I now know what to pack into an emergency survival kit if I am going into an area with active volcanos. I also know how to cross cattle through a pirana infested river. (Just in case you are in these situations, give me a call.) There were times when I did tend to zone o ...more
This book is a funny book. It is partly real and parly just for humor, like, how to survive a ufo obduction. There is also like, How to escape a car hanging over a clif, or how to foil someone who is bribeing you.

I can make a text to world connection. In the book it tells you how to navagate throuogh a minefield. I the army people get stuck in mine fields all the time. It ould be verry usefull if they knew this stuff.

I would reccomend this book to someone who has alot of spair time on their ha
May 26, 2015 E.M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: travelers, worry-warts, anyone
As if I wasn't petrified of the vastness outside my homestead already, Worst-Case Scenario makes me question if it's even worth putting one foot beyond the door and not immediately digging a hole into the ground to live the rest of my days. If you're one of the brave who can make it past the doorjamb on a daily basis, this is the how-to for you.
Emily (BellaGrace)
May 03, 2015 Emily (BellaGrace) rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, a-own-it
This was a b-day gift from my sister. Now I'm all set now for when I have to land a airplane, with my arm severed, and then ride into a sandstorm while trying to stop the out of control camel I'm riding. If the camel bucks me off and I fall into the ocean, I will expertly swim out of the riptide, and will clean out any leeches that are stuck in my nose. I will immediately take measures to protect myself from the aliens that caused the plane to crash and then bribe them into letting me go. Thank ...more
Kwame Webb
Dec 20, 2015 Kwame Webb rated it really liked it
Essential reading for the plane ride to life's adventures!
Sep 23, 2011 Zephyrm rated it really liked it
Partially silly and partially useful tips, this book was definitely a fun way to spend an hour.
After finishing the book you will learn:
-How to escape when tied up
-How to remove a leech
-How to survive a trip over a waterfall
-How to survive in a jungle
AND of course:
-How to survive a UFO abduction, among other things.
How useful this book would be in an actual emergency is questionable. For example, will you remember how not to drive over a cliff while driving off a cliff? Can you really survive a
Mike Cockburn
Feb 08, 2015 Mike Cockburn rated it it was ok
I'm glad I didn't buy this
May 04, 2014 Paul added it
Handy and amusing.
Thebestdogmom Stiner
Apr 07, 2014 Thebestdogmom Stiner rated it it was ok
Interesting enough to pass the time while I was folding laundry...listened to the audio book.
Aug 16, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing
basically this is a survival guide and if you like to travel like me its got everything and more on how to survive and pretty much everything you will ever need. want to know how to land a plane or properly fall down stairs or even how to survive a hotel fire or a riot and maybe just learn how to properly pass a bribe its got it all. and has clever illustrations to boot
Mar 08, 2010 Janet rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
At first, I had trouble deciding if this was supposed to be taken seriously. How many of us would find ourselves stranded on a deserted island? The more I read, the more I realized this was written in good faith. Every instance was carefully credited to people such as the Chief Officer for Defense, Army officers, train engineers, horse trainers, etc.
Mar 13, 2011 Peter added it
"Quite": Quite amusing, quite interesting: The best bit about this book: the idea! This item contains quite a few amusing/astounding ways to get you out of dangerous situations - however, I find some of the chapters (important as they might be to the subject)rather dry, such as "how to escape from a mob" (advice: use back alleys). Nice, but that's it.
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Josh Piven is a television writer and producer, speechwriter, playwright, and the author or co-author of more than twenty non-fiction and humor books, including the worldwide best-selling The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series.

He wrote the teleplay and serves as producer of Don The Beekeeper, a half-hour children’s TV show about honeybees and urban beekeeping. His most recent stage play,
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“HOW TO FOIL A UFO ABDUCTION 1. Do not panic. The extraterrestrial biological entity (EBE) may sense your fear and act rashly. 2. Control your thoughts. Do not think of anything violent or upsetting—the EBE may have the ability to read your mind. Try to avoid mental images of abduction (boarding the saucer, anal probes); such images may encourage them to take you. 3. Resist verbally. Firmly tell the EBE to leave you alone.” 0 likes
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