When you’ve boarded the plane to the UK to look at property, why will the captain insist that you read the emergency card and listen to the safety briefing? Because accident investigators have analysed what people do in an emergency and found this: around 10% of people completely freak out and just sit there screaming. Three quarters of people are paralysed by fear or struck by a strange apathy as their stressed brains shut down. Just 15% of people act calmly and rationally to plot their escape.
Over the next six months from Faro to Fethiye British tourists will be taking a break from the beach, sheltering from the sun under estate agent awnings, turning to their significant other and saying: “Darling, have you seen how cheap these properties are! Shall we buy one?”