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Travel Sickness by PilchardsInOil on 12 January 2005 11:35pm
Many people suffer from it. Nobody is quite sure how it occurs, or even if it is genetic, like so many other nasty things.

I refer of course, to travel sickness. Not being sick of travelling, of course, but motion sickness, car sickness, etc etc.

I find an effective remedy is to take a Sea Leg tablet in the morning, munch ginger nut biscuits periodically, and suck on the occasional Barley Sweet.

Although I read somewhere that starting a journey with the right foot is lucky, so my sister and I hopped a circuit of the car on our right feet. Curiously, I was not travel sick during that 8hr trip...
Re: Travel Sickness by Godfather on 13 January 2005 4:33am

I used to get it bad as a kid. A famous incident was when i lent over to tell my Dad that i was feeli...urrrggghhblaaahhhrggh (threw up all over his shoulder) while he was driving the car. They've never let me forget that day.LOL. But considering my travels later in life,it's never bothered me (although i find locals in many Asian countries have a terrible time with motion sickness on buses). But it suddenly returned yesterday. I was reading a book in the back seat of someone's car, and we'd gone round a roundabout a couple of times. All of a sudden i just flipped in the stomach and felt really queasy.

It lasted 30 minutes or so. Apparently you should always keep focused on the centre of the road if possible (that's how i suffered as a kid,because the car my parents had meant i was too small to see out the window most of the time). And keeping fresh air coming into the car helps a lot. Reading is the worst thing you can do (i should have known better, yesterday) because the balance mechanism is focusing on an artifical fixed point and confuses the mind when you're going around roundabouts and things. How on earth have i managed to write such a long post about car sickness?
Re: Travel Sickness by Silvija on 13 January 2005 12:39pm
Godfather, just read your post. Great post on car sickness LOL :) Yes, reading in the car is not advisable if you have problems with motion sickness. Thank goodness I've never experienced that problem otherwise I would have been in SERIOUS trouble every year with our 17 hrs long car journeys to Zagreb. Luckily there are tips and tricks to combat this sickness.
Re: Travel Sickness by Tusker on 13 January 2005 1:38pm
I don't usually suffer but had a terrible time when I went on my own Hemingway Adventure - marlin fishing. I'd had a really "good" night on the daiquiris and managed to squeeze in at least three hours sleep before starting off at 5.30 am. My stomach rebelled as soon as we had left the shore and continued until my feet reached the bar 5 hours later. I didn't even manage to hold the rod let alone take the chair and land the marlin of my dreams. So much for my Hemingway adventure! Nevertheless I'm up for trying again at the next opportunity.
Re: Travel Sickness by lisacrank on 13 January 2005 11:46pm
Thankfully, I don't suffer from travel sickness! It is caused by chemical imbalances inbetween your ears which is why you should try to keep your head pretty straight (a travel pillow would be the best option for it).
Re: Travel Sickness by Helen on 14 January 2005 6:26pm
Tusker, my tummy hurts just reading your story.. hulch...
I got seasick on a whale watch catamaran on rough seas. It was horrible.
I didn't throw up, I just felt "green" for a while... It was awful awful awful.
Re: Travel Sickness by JF on 14 January 2005 7:07pm
Catamarans! Devices for inducing sickness, but which have occasional travel benefits.

I was on the catamaran from Jersey to Guernsey once, it was so rough that the crew joined the passengers in mass puking. For every yard forward, we went half a dozen yards up and down. Paramedics were waiting for us in Guernsey.

Needless to say, the sea was like a mirror on the way back.
Re: Travel Sickness by Helen on 14 January 2005 8:00pm
jeezus to betsy, JF!
When the crew pukes, you know it's gotta be bad.
I have a friend who was a cook on the Amistad ( a replica of the original--docked in Mystic CT)and the seas were so rough one day, she was making breakfast, and in between egg flips, she would hurl out a porthole. And she lived on this ship for 6 months without any problems. Talk about rough waters.
Re: Travel Sickness by George on 14 January 2005 8:47pm
About 23 years ago I took a hovercraft from Dover to Bologne. I was really looking forward it at the time, but I knew almost immediately what mistake I'd made. Before we "took off" the staff was really pushing the liquor even though it was very early in the day. I didn't give it a thought for about 10 minutes and then I was begging for a beer, ...anything! I've never been on anything more uncomfortable in my life. I wonder if they're still using them to cross the channel?
Re: Travel Sickness by TERRY S on 16 September 2007 1:59am
I went in my boyfriend's parent's car up a mountain to a little village called Guadalest in Spain. My boyfriend's Dad took us up via the scenic route. It was a road that went in circles around the mountain. The scenery was beautiful, but my gut couldn't handle it. It may have been because I was sat in the back seat. I prefer to sit in the front. I never get sick in the front (well, only once up the Cat and Fiddle - a road from Buxton to Macclesfield, the A537). This, though, was horrid. My boyfriend's parents had to stop half way to the top to get me some fresh air. We came down by the direct route road into Benidorm. However the illness was worth it. The scenery was stunning at the top!
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