I have motion sickness – how can I travel?

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I don’t know how many people have motion sickness, but I know having it can be a nightmare. Believe me, I know! Even though I have been traveling intenisively from the age of three, I’ve had motion sickness ever since I was an infant.

Luckily I don’t remember my travels due to intense motion sickness, but where ever I did travel, I always ended up with the same results – nausea, dizziness, sweating and vomiting. It didn’t matter if it was for a distance or short trip.

I guess I will never forget the most often used sentence when we went somewhere: »I feel sick!« No matter what I did (from deep breathing, looking straight at the horizon, fresh air, sleep, I am OK talk…), at the end there was always the same result. If I was lucky or better said, if my parents were lucky, they managed to stop the car just in time.

I do wonder how come that traveling did still manage to impress me so much. I guess I can thank pharmaceutical industry for producing pills against motion sickness. I don’t like eating them, but without them I would really need to stop traveling, as it gets so bad.

I cannot even imagine how crazy would be driving on a packed bus for hours, being on long flights, train rides, ferries, boat, if I would not be taking travel sickness tablets… It would be a nightmare for sure!

Somewhere in the middle of grammar school, I took my very first pill against motion sickness and it helped! What an amazing thing that was! I had no problems afterwards – from then on I could even eat, sing, look back, passing mountain roads… even rollercoasters and rough sea didn’t affect me anymore. Not to mention the feeling to be spared the embarrassment in front of my classmates…

Motion sickness luckily does not mean the end of your travels, if you treat it right. Now that I am all grown up, I can even avoid it without taking any pill, when driving the car myself and sometimes even if I am a co-driver – if the road is good. I guess having motion sickness was also one of the biggest reasons Simon and I are more and more into overland and self-drive traveling. Nevertheless, I never leave home without the motion sickness pills.

Do you maybe know any other medicine against motion sickness? Maybe a natural product, which can help me? I’d love to get rid of pills, if anything else helps. 🙂

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10 Comments

    • avatar

      During my student years I always used buses when travelling, but now that I have a full-time job, it is less time consuming to travel by car and that is the biggest reason, why I’m doing it… but in the same time, having my own transport definitely help me to avoid motion sickness 🙂

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    Sounds like such an ordeal but so great to hear you found some solutions. My son and sister have had problems with motion sickness. I don’t very often and find that having had a meal before getting on a boat (I’m a scuba diver) has helped immensely and not something spicy. Thank goodness for the wonders of modern medicine – used in moderation.

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      Yes, I am extremly happy to be having travel sickness pills with me and that they actually help me to avoid motion sickness. But I guess I like traveling so much, that I would still be doing them, just would be a bit off for a day or two, each time using public transport…

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      Thank you 🙂 Well, if it was not for the travel sickness pills would be harder, so Iam happy they help. I also don’t complain to use a car to explore foreign countries – you cannot get more freedom than doing a self-drive tour.

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