Travel sickness affects more people than you might think. It can be the bane of their lives and if they are travelling with a partner, then this can affect their journey as well. Some people put their holidays on hold and some don’t even travel at all due to their devastating sickness.
Travel sickness or motion sickness is caused when the inner ear and eye systems become unsettled repeatedly. This miscommunication can lead to one system thinking that you’re staying still and the other thinking that you’re moving. This can cause the body to feel certain sensations that resemble the ingestion of certain toxins, resulting in nausea, vomiting and cold sweats. All round motion sickness is not a pleasant experience for anyone.
Sadly, there is no known cure for motion sickness as of yet, however preventative measures are the key to limiting the side effects.
Before embarking on your journey, whether it is on the road, in the air or on the water, make sure you remain hydrated. Drinking water is essential, especially if you’re prone to vomiting.
Always make sure you line your stomach with a light meal, this can be a sandwich, salad or toast. Don’t go for the cheese toasty or a plate of fries as greasy, fatty foods can only make your nausea worse.
Do a little bit of research to find out what other sufferers use when they go on journeys. Some people find an acupressure wristband to be really helpful and reduce nausea dramatically, whilst some do not. It really is a process of elimination, trying new things and seeing what works for you.
Antihistamines have also been shown to have a high success rate. By taking one 15-20 mins before embarking on your journey can help you control nausea, vomiting and even dizziness.
I started researching this because every time I went on a liveaboard for diving I got sea sick. No matter how hard I tried to avoid it, motion sickness always found a way to get the best of me. I tried a lot of things, and eventually a few actually worked (such as good hydration or sweets), which is why I put the whole list together.
So, if you would like to learn more about travel sickness and ways in which you can avoid it, then take a look at the fascinating infographic below and never worry about travelling again:
If you’re already on a boat trip, in a car or on a train and need a way to reduce your nausea, a simple way to help stabilize yourself is by looking out at the horizon as well as remaining in the open air. This isn’t necessarily possible if you’re in a car, however keeping the window wide open can really help.
If this doesn’t do the trick, I hope one of the other tips and tricks I covered above will. Feel free to try them out, and do let me know about your experience.