I met Lloyd Figgins at the Destinations Travel Show in February and he gave me a copy of his book “Looking for Lemons – A Travel Survival Guide” to read and review.

The book is a fascinating account of Lloyd’s travels and not only that, he also provides safety tips essential for any trip. Reading the book is not only good fun but it’s well worth the time even if you are a seasoned traveller like myself. That’s because there is plenty of advice included, stuff that I never thought of. The book also contains a foreword by Ranulph Fiennes, the world’s greatest living explorer.

Lloyd Figgins’ Travel Survival Guide

Without giving away too much here are a few examples:

  • Never ignore the warning signs
  • Listen to your gut instinct
  • Never push a bad position – it’s more likely to get worse than better
  • Never post your address on Facebook – and never ever post on social media that you are on holiday – unless you want someone to break in!
  • Don’t be afraid of flying – you are more likely to die in a car crash than a plane crash
  • Keep your seat belt fastened all the time, things can go wrong pretty quick
  • Sit near an emergency exit, always in the aisle for quick exit
  • Don’t listen to your older brother! (read the book to find out why 🙂 )

This is not an exhaustive list of course, there is plenty more in the book. For example, I would never have thought that about 1 billion people fly every year now compared with less than 100 million about 50 years ago – fascinating. And still there are only a few plane crashes each year, yet everyone is most worried about flying.

Why Read the Book?

Now you might ask why listen to Lloyd about any of this? I heard him talk at the Destinations show and he sounded pretty knowledgeable and not only that, he also served in the armed forces and runs his own global risk mitigation company. His team has collectively worked in over 100 countries and their expertise covers a wide variety of disciplines, including expedition medicine, policing, international security and crisis media communications.

Here is a list of the contents:

  • Aircraft Safety
  • Kidnap Awareness and Avoidance
  • Personal Safety and Security
  • Natural Disasters
  • Medical Issues
  • Vehicle Safety
  • Boat Safety
  • Accommodation Safety
  • Terrorism
  • Essential Kit

If you want no-nonsense, easy-to-follow, practical advice on how to recognise the warning signs, how to prevent problems and how to cope with emergencies, this is the book for you. And I am not saying this because I got it for free, I really do think this. I got a few things for free to review and I give honest reviews, like this one here about the Jacktogo travel jacket.

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