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The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel [Kindle Edition]

David Borgenicht , Joshua Piven , Brenda Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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, survive a fall onto subway tracks, catch a fish without a rod, and preserve a severed limb. Hands-on, step-by-step instructions show you how to survive these and dozens of other adventures. An appendix of travel tips, useful phrases, and gestures to avoid will also ensure your safe return. Because you just never know...

Editorial Reviews Review

Be very, very afraid. When you step through your door for an innocent excursion, grave danger awaits. You might be mugged; tied up; attacked by scorpions, piranhas, or tarantulas; trapped in a falling plane or elevator, a runaway train, a car on a cliff, a sandstorm, a riptide, or a riot. But now it's safe to take that vacation anyway. Just pack The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel, and you'll know what to do when you find yourself, say, leaping between rooftops: "Because you will not be moving fast, it is safe to roll head over heels, unlike jumping from a moving vehicle." Now you'll also know what not to do: never pick up a tarantula, as the spines on their abdomens are like little harpoons, and don't yank the reins of a runaway camel ("Pulling on the nose reins can tear the camel's nose--or break the reins"). You may have the sense, if a leech invades your air passage, to gargle with a 50 percent solution of 80-proof alcohol--but without this book, would you remember not to inhale?

In short, this is the most delightfully terrifying, all-true, laugh-out-loud hilarious book since the original Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, which covers such horrors as alligators and quicksand. Don't leave home without it! --Tim Appelo

From Publishers Weekly

Just in time for summer travel, the hyperimaginative and slightly paranoid authors of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook, 1999's favorite gift book, deliver what will no doubt become popular airport reading for stranded passengers in 2001. Starting with the cheery statistic that "more than 50 percent of all travelers run into problems," and the basic advisory to "always be ready for the worst," the book presents concise and extremely knowledgeable "how-to" assistance on a range of topics: e.g., stopping a runaway train, surviving a hostage situation, escaping from a car hanging over the edge of a cliff, surviving in a plummeting elevator, navigating a minefield, crossing a piranha-infested river, treating a severed limb, removing a leech and even foiling a UFO abduction. Like their earlier handbook, the success of each entry is based on the authors' ability to provide detailed and truly helpful advice on even the most outlandish or horrific situation and make the reader think, "Sure, I could successfully crash-land a small propeller plane on water, or easily climb out of a deep well, or locate and treat individual bleeding arteries on the stump of a severed arm. Nothing to it!" Their delivery evinces a calm precision that even the most worried traveler will find reassuring if faced with one or more of these eventualities, such as trying to escape when tied up ("When your captives start binding you, expand your body as much as possible") or encountering an extraterrestrial biological entity (EBE), unlikely as that might be: "Firmly tell the EBE to leave you alone... Go for the EBE's eyes (if they have any) you will not know what its other, more sensitive, areas are." Although some appendixes on strategies for packing, etc., seem boilerplate, overall this is another eminently practical, enjoyable survival guide. Watch out for those tsunamis! Illus. (May)Forecast: The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook was a runaway bestseller. This will be, too.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1897 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (July 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002I4OVSS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 63 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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Survival of the Wittest May 21, 2001
By A Customer
Don't take this book too seriously and you'll love it! It's a fascinating survival guide, with accurate and real information--the folks who say it doesn't tell you enough are missing the point. It tells you just enough to make you laugh, help you through some difficult situations, and maybe save your life. A great gift for the guy in your family--I know, I'm one. And, to respond to the reader who says that train cars do have ladders, read more closely--passenger cars do not, and that's what they're talking about!
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 4 stars are for interest.... July 4, 2001
.....but the information contained in this book was not of tremendous value to the common traveler.
While I learned a lot, I was hoping to get more run-of-the-mill, everyday travel advice. There was some of that in the book (such as having a list of alternate flights with you when you go to the airport, as well as the phone numbers of the airlines; if you are traveling with someone on a plane, pack half of your stuff in each other's suitcase. That way, if one suitcase gets lost, you are not without anything at all).
I also learned that most fire ladders only go up seven stories (from the street), so if I am in a hotel, I will request a street-side room below the 7th floor. I also found out how to escape from a rip tide, emergency braking for a car, and how to avoid a common scam at an airport X-Ray machine.
I did not really need information about jumping from one rooftop to another, removing a leech, crossing a piranha-infested river, surviving a trip over a waterfall, escaping from a tsunami, or catching fish without a rod.
This information that I did not need was, nevertheless, interesting to read. Almost as good was reading about the various experts whom the author consulted in order to write these scenarios.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, fun read! June 10, 2001
By A Customer
A lot of the topics probably will never apply to us in our whole lifetime, i.e. how to control a runaway camel, how to cross a piranha-infested river, etc., so I could simply read them & laugh out loud. It contains useful info, though, such as strategies for packing & flying. I'm not a frequent traveller & could've used those tips, especially since I just got back from a vacation. Of course, I had thumbed throught the table of contents prior to my vacation (and prior to purchasing it), & the topic "how to survive an airplane crash" did not appeal to me at that time--it made me antsy as I was about to go on a plane! I did not want to visualize or even think about airplane crashes at that time! :) But hey, I bought the book afterwards, & I love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for the adventurous tourist October 26, 2004
This book, like the others in the series, is tongue in cheek. Some of the advice and scenarios are practical but others are completely in fun. My favourite was the advice of what to do if you are threatened with alien abduction. You should not let your mind give in to them. In other words, stop hallucinating and you will be just fine. :)

At the same time some of the advice is practical and could be useful to everyone, not just travellers. For example it gives advice on what to do if your car ends up hanging over the edge of a cliff. While not an everyday occurrence it almost happened to a friend of mine during a snowstorm on the highway.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for anxious travelers April 4, 2001
If you are a nervous traveler (armchair or actual), this book will put you over the edge. You could memorize these scenarios and their protocols, but more likely you will not. The phrases-for-the-terrorized section is my favorite. It includes multilingual versions of requests such as "Please do not hurt me" and "Please take me to a clean hospital," as well as a variety of courteous pleas that one might imagine would be of use in a dire, horrific emergency. But what, really is the point? It's entertaining and bizarre and silly. Also great reading for the Indiana Joneses - or the Walter Mittys - of the world who would never (for example) need to stop a runaway camel or save themselves or another in a fall through ice - because we just would never be there in the first place. The sources are impressive: the scorpions information comes from an entomologist who is also an Army major, and the section on surviving a swim among the piranhas credits a leader of Amazon (the river) tours. Each terrible possibility and its antidote seems well-researched. Not a good travel gift for any but the toughest folks, but nerve-wracking fun nonetheless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but will never remember it should it be needed...
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... Read more
Published 12 days ago by BellaGrace
4.0 out of 5 stars 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....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and accurate (?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazon rating
the book is just fine the required rating system needs a lot off work to not be a pain in
Published 14 months ago by Richard Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I gave this to my friends as they left for a 3 week trip around Africa. They loved it. I have other Worse Case Scenario books...have always enjoyed them.
Published 19 months ago by M. C. Allen
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Love this series, I think this might have been one of those gifts I bought for my fiancee that was really intended for myself. couldn't be happier! Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
My daughter gave this to her uncle for Christmas right before a trip abroad. Both her uncle and aunt thought it was a fun and thoughtful gift.
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This is to be a gift for my brother for Christmas. The package arrived very quick and the book is in perfect condition. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Handbook
Not what I was expecting. The survival techniques were in most cases so far out of reach, and often out of date as well. There was no humor and little of use for most travelers.
Published on December 13, 2012 by Anne
4.0 out of 5 stars takes itself seriously
The his credit, the author of this book takes the subject very seriously, although I suspect that his readers may not. Read more
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