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Win A Free Copy of the The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel

Are you afraid to travel? Do you think that leaving the country will mean getting exotic diseases, mugged and kidnapped? Well you should be. People are nuts to travel. The safest thing you can do is to sit at home and do nothing.

However, if you have a death wish and insist on traveling, you better be prepared. There is no better guide to survival in the dangerous world out there than the The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel. Useful subjects it covers include:

  • 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
  • Foiling a UFO abduction

Each one of the above items happened to me at least twice during my travels. (no alien is going to probe me thank you very much).

I’ll be giving away a copy of The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel to three lucky winners, selected by All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me your biggest fear when traveling.

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  1. Amber G says:

    My biggest fear while traveling is that I will be abducted and nobody will ever know what happened to me!

  2. Michael says:

    @ The Global Traveler – I can relate to that! Sitting with wife & 1 year old on a scheduled flight from LAX non-stop to Paris France, encircled by fire trucks who foamed the tarmac under us, we learned of a defective fuel cap under one of the wings. …the tank emptied when they pulled the hose out. Over the PA the capt. says “we can’t carry enough fuel to get to Paris! However, we can get half way there”!! So, after an unscheduled flight in Newfoundland we arrived 4 hours late! …and continued to enjoy an amazing vacation in France! :)

  3. Beth Goldie says:

    I can’t think of a thing … so I want to comment on the list above. “Treating a severed limb” !! Hey, what about treating the person who lost it, instead? LOL

    Hmmn, one bad thing about traveling? Perhaps food poisoning or some other dire ailment that requires hospitalization in a foreign land …

  4. Regina says:

    Wow, sounds like a cool book!

    My biggest fear when travelling is getting lost on my own in a country where I don’t speak the language.

    I’m lucky enough to have been brought up with three languages and am learning an fourth, but still it’s my biggest nightmare. It means I would have no control over my own situation and depend on others 100%. Scary thought.

  5. My greatest fear when traveling is that the bridge I am crossing might collapse. Kind of unlikely, but you never know!

  6. Marvin says:

    My greatest fear is getting lost in translation, with no one to communicate with in a faraway land. :|

  7. Carla says:

    Plane crash in the ocean.

  8. I think parasites or bugs that burrow into your skin are what scare me the most. Snakes are my second concern…jungle snakes that is!

  9. Kim says:

    Lost luggage!

  10. Brian E. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway… I have two big travel fears: contracting an exotic disease i.e. insect, waterborne, etc., and getting into a serious accident / in need of advanced medical care in a “third world” country.

  11. My fear losing my passport. I miss place everything.

  12. Jennifer – there is no wrong plane or train, just an unplanned one. What an adventure that would be!

    My biggest travel fear is being unable to continue travelling. I can’t imagine what would stop me.

    My second biggest travel fear would be to hear “who forgot to fuel up?” over the PA when flying over the middle of an ocean.

  13. Linda says:

    My biggest fear is of getting ripped off. Especially by a confidence trickster, but also by airline companies and the like who charge too much. And heights – I’m definitely scared of heights, I think I just have to accept that.

  14. Joe Elias says:

    Biggest fear, by far, is being in England during one of those zombie epidemics I hear so much about on TV. They never have any well-established refuge spots; everyone ends up in a mall.

  15. Jennifer says:

    My biggest fear when travelling is getting on the wrong plane or train and ending up on the other side of the world.

  16. Keith says:

    I have to agree with an earlier comment getting locked up abroad would be at the top of my list. That may be driven by the fact that I watch the show by the same name on Nat Geo:

  17. Viktoria says:

    Getting your rental Car hit by a train… Oh wait, that already happened and everything worked out

  18. Rob says:

    Either losing all my photo’s or getting seriously sick.

  19. Gregory says:

    Serious physical accidents, with noone you really know around to help out… It happened to a friend, who luckily was with a guide that knew who to contact, and my mother saved a guy who was wounded in a bike accident in Vietnam and couldn’t get anyone to stop and help. Another friend is paralysed from the waist down after a biking accident abroad.
    So, yeah, accidents… Though I guess it can happen without travelling.

  20. chris p says:

    Getting sick in a country where I don’t speak the language!

  21. T-roy says:

    Getting my camera and laptop stolen. Anything else I can handle but not these.

  22. Mike says:

    getting pickpocketed or robbed of cash, cards and passport!

  23. Teresa says:

    My greatest fear? Making an idiot of myself (which is not all that irrational, I have learned). My second greatest? Let’s just say it involves toilets.

  24. Sabrina says:

    Honestly, my biggest fear is losing my documents… licence, passport, etc. And it is founded, my one and only trip to Mexico landed me with big guns pointed in my face when I attempted to retrieve a fax copy of my lost drivers licence from a being-renovated villa next door. Yikes. Almost got stuck in the country.. foreeeeeever!

  25. Lena says:

    Traveling is my passion, but my greatest fear is getting mugged while I’m backpacking somewhere and being left in the middle of nowhere with no money and no passport! I double check to make sure I have my passport, cash, and air tickets twice a day (not exaggerating!) while I’m out of the country.

  26. Chat says:

    When travelling, my biggest fear is unpredictable crimes that can harm my life.

  27. Kelly says:

    Hi Gary,
    My biggest fear is being abudcted and sold into salvery/marriage/something horrible! (A blond, blue eyed woman) I just traveled to Egypt and Dubai where I felt surprisingly safer than anticipated.
    I”ve had my passport stolen in France, getting a replacement wasn’t too painful, so that doesn’t worry me as much.
    Irrational fears – gotta love ’em!

  28. Tom says:

    Great website! I’ve done a lot of traveling, (just took a road trip to chicago this weekend!) and my biggest fear is definitely just getting mugged. I suppose I would adjust fine, even if I lost everything, but it’s still my biggest fear, hands down.

  29. Scott says:

    Definitely getting mugged and having my camera and money stolen – especially the camera at the end of the trip or the money at the beginning of the trip!

  30. Dave says:

    Tough one! I’d have to go with getting sick, especially Malaria.

  31. Michael says:

    My fear is being stranded someplace where I don’t speak the local language and I need to catch a train/bus/plane to get out of there.

  32. Manju says:

    mine’s getting mugged, attacked, robbed i guess.
    i need to take some self-defence classes

  33. Treena says:

    Honestly – my biggest fear is flying – but sometimes it’s the only way to get to where I want to go – so I suck it up.

  34. Loosing all photos!

  35. Craig says:

    Losing my passport

  36. laura says:

    my biggest fear when traveling is losing my passport and or money and being stranded somewhere.

  37. Ending in unknown environments like middle of the sea, deep jungle… like if they were other planets ;-)

  38. Arthur says:

    My biggest fear in travelling is talking to people. :(

  39. melpo says:

    i only fear to lose a foto, to fill all my memory cards, have a low battery, have my cam stolen… my memories stolen when i travel, or get blind

  40. Steph says:

    As a woman, my biggest fear is finding myself alone in a place I do not feel safe. As much as I hate to admit i’d like having a man around… ;)

  41. Kerry says:

    My biggest fear is being away from my family for so long.

  42. Melvin says:

    My biggest fear is to meet colleagues at the end of the world… Then I must have done something wrong. :)

  43. James says:

    not being able to escape a governmental fall or other political or social uprising.

  44. Bill says:

    Biggest fear is not having enough time! (I get a bit stressed about that)

  45. Ren says:

    My biggest fear is losing my valuables: Money, passport, travel documents (i.e., tickets), and copies of my passport and travel documents.

  46. Chris says:

    My biggest fear is losing my passport of course!

  47. Getting locked up abroad!

  48. Andrew says:

    Biggest fear? Realizing I didn’t budget enough time to see everything I want in a new place.

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