If you feel queasy at the very thought of a turbulent flight, a boat trip or a car journey, you will no doubt be keen to make things a little easier for yourself. After all, jumping aboard any form of transport is pretty much essential for going on holiday and travel sickness really shouldn’t stop you from doing so.
Travel sickness occurs when your inner ear detects movement that your eyes can’t see – it’s these confusing messages that make you feel unwell. It can bring out cold sweats, headaches, dizziness, nausea, increased salivation, tiredness and even – as the name suggests – vomiting. If this sounds like you, here are some useful tips that could make your journey more comfortable:
- Book a cruise without full days at sea. You may well be very glad to set foot ashore each day for a few hours, especially in stormy weather.
- Choose a mid-ship cabin where the boat’s movement will be at a minimum.
- Many people find that gazing at the horizon or a fixed point helps ease sea sickness.
- Drink plenty of water, especially on flights as on-board air conditioning dries the air.
- Choose a seat in the middle of an aeroplane over the wing. The further back you sit, the bumpier your journey will be.
- Be the driver or a front seat passenger as this will minimise your body’s motion inside the car.
- Open an air vent or car window to breathe in fresh air if possible – this can reduce your feelings of sickness.
- Don’t read while travelling – remember to keep your eyes on that horizon!
- Avoid excess alcohol and anything that does not agree with you – heavy, spicy or fatty foods can exacerbate motion sickness in some people.
- When on a bus, train or boat, don’t sit the opposite way to your direction of travel as this will only increase your chances of motion sickness.
- Break up long journeys to set foot on land – take a short walk, get some fresh air and drink water.
- Try acupressure as it stimulates various pressure points on your body to improve the circulation of energy and relieve sickness. With your thumb, push on your wrist about two inches up from the crease of your wrist, holding down for a few minutes with varying pressure.
- Over-the-counter medicines like Meclizine can help in mild cases, while your doctor may also prescribe medications or a patches containing Scopolamine if you suffer more severely. Bear in mind that many travel sickness medications cause drowsiness or other side effects so make sure you are clear about these before taking them.
- For natural relief, ginger can be a wonderful remedy – take it in a tablet, biscuits, sweets or tea.