06 June 2019 by Christina Sharp
Nothing puts a downer on your holiday like travel sickness. While your fellow travellers marvel eagerly at the vista from your plane, train or automobile, you focus every bone in your body on avoiding being sick.
So how do you avoid this unwelcome holiday-hanger-on?
If you, your children, or travel companions have ever suffered from travel sickness, you know how unbearable it can be. And you’re not alone. In fact it’s a problem for one in three of us.
Don't let your tummy, or inner-ear sabotage your next trip. As peak travel season approaches, we've gathered some of the best ways of avoiding travel sickness, or motion sickness.
Travel sickness is feeling nauseous when travelling by car, coach, boat, plane or train. If you don't deal with it quickly, it can get progressively worse and eventually, you'll be giddy, vomiting and perhaps end up with dehydration and severe fatigue.
It happen when your brain receives a conflicting message about movement. For example, your balance-sensing system - like your inner ear may send a message saying that your body is moving, yet your eyes don’t see it. The different signals to your brain cause confusion and you start to feel unwell. Travel sickness is usually caused by repeated movements, like going up and down on a boat or round and round corners of a mountain road.
Sometimes the act of proactively trying techniques to avoid travel sickness can help focus, relax and ground you and help avoid you feeling sick altogether. It’s certainly worth a try isn’t it?
If you are unlucky enough to have a bout of travel sickness, make sure you rehydrate. Drink plenty of water (slowly, not great gulps at a time). Try electrolyte tablets or drinks too. Some people find fizzy drinks helpful, or even a bag of salted crisps can help. Get plenty of rest and fresh air and seek medical advice if you have become severely dehydrated. Perhaps consider small rehydration sachets in your first-aid kit for such emergencies.
Wherever, or however you travel, these tips should help you stay well and enjoy the journey. Always get travel insurance before you travel, so that if you need a doctor or worse still, hospitalisation, your emergency medical expenses will be covered.
Always check FCO’s travel advice to help you stay safe abroad!