Sea-sickness during travels?

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@sais06 (1288)
Philippines
July 18, 2011 8:52pm CST
I really hate feeling sea-sick every time I travel especially by a bus or air travel. I just want to be like those people who felt like it's nothing. Now every time I have to travel long distances then I must take some medication so as to give some relief, but medication doesn't work all the time. Well I just hope I could get used to these kinds of travels someday. So I guess some of you here feels the same way as I do. What other things do you do aside from taking medicines? Why do you think there people like me who is somewhat weak when it comes to travelling? Please share your experience too.
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@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
19 Jul 11
I pretty much have no sickness when I travel by bus or plane or the sea and I'm really thankful for it coz sometimes my sis gets sick and so does my aunt. Looking at them suffer saddens me!! Anyway the one thing I do is talk a lot with my sister and try and make funny/interesting conversations so that she doesn't start getting sick. It does help. And sometimes she takes medicines and goes to sleep immediately. Well I think sleeping helps the best.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Hi thatgirl! I hope I could take you with me whenever I travel so that someone could give me a chat. I usually just travel alone and maybe that is one reason I feel sick, that there's no one to talk to and that the feeling of being sick just get my attention. Sleeping also works but I find it difficult to sleep inside a bus. I guess you don't also feel sick riding roller coasters or other crazy rides, right?
• South Korea
20 Jul 11
My sis tells me that if you keep thinking of your sickness, you will get sick. So try not to think of it even when you're alone. Try listening to your music player and relax Nope I don't get sick on those crazy rides but I do get freaked and a bit dizzy after the ride haha!!
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Yes that is actually true. Every time I forgot about feeling sick, it just actually disappear. Listening to music really is effective for me and I hope it will work for others too. I have tried one crazy ride before and I never did it again, nor will I do it again.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
19 Jul 11
I get sick in most means of transport, cars, buses, trains, boats etc. I've never been travel-sick when riding or going by horse-wagon, so I suppose I should start to travel like they did 500 years ago :-) Preferrably on horse-back though, I imagine I'd get sick in a closed wagon. I take medication sometimes, if I have to go by bus I sit in the front of the bus if possible (or throw up :-/). When going by train I always try to get a seat facing in the direction the train moves, 'cause that helps. For boats and ferries it's the same. If the weather is OK I'll stay outside, if it's bad, I'll take medicines and try to find somewhere where I can look out and forwards. For cars I try not to travel with someone, but rather drive myself, especially in cities and on curvy roads.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
I see that we are the same in many aspects except that I haven't had ridden on a horse. I also always take the front seat or else there would be a higher chance of throwing up. I recall that my cousin gave me that trick and it helps, that is to look forward to the direction the vehicle is going to. A bad weather just worsen the feeling so I must never forget to take medication every time I travel. I don't travel much with a closed vehicle because I always get a headache like vans, aircon buses or taxi, or as long as it is closed.
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
20 Jul 11
Always look forwards. If possible, sit so that you can see the way you are headed, because if you know that the curves are coming, it is easier to handle them :-) Travel-sickness has something to do with the balance (hair cells in the inner ear I think), and it is easier to compensate when you know that there is a sharp curve ahead of you. I've got no choice about closed cars, can't keep the windows open in winter here :-) But I usually never heat the car a lot, just a bit so that I don't have to wear too much clothes. For buses, ferries etc I always think it is worse when it is really warm, that might be more of an issue in the Phillipines than in Norway :-)
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Yeah I have read about that hair cells in the inner ear or some kind of fluid that affects our balance. Too much movement of that fluid causes dizziness so there are people who easily get dizzy while others are not. I find it helpful to sit in front as I can anticipate the next curve ahead and be able to handle it.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Hmmm...That was my BIG problem before. I used to puke during our travel (by bus) because I hate the smell of buses. The scents they use kills me, turns my stomach upside down and makes me feel dizzy then, ooops, "mommy, I wanna puke.." So, everytime we travel, my mom makes sure that we have LOTS of plastic bag. But I can't refuse to travel and it became a challenge to me as I grow older for I can't imagine myself as a grown up lady puking hard on a bus. So, I controlled the dizziness, bought some ointment to remove the bus' scent, sleep fast and the funniest, talk to my tummy while rubbing it saying, "sssshhhh, calm down, don't make me puke" then my dizziness is diverted. So, now, I don't have problems anymore. I already tried traveling by plane too and now, upon going to work, we travel by RORO(passenger ship). When there is a typhoon, the waves are super mad and the RORO will sway like about 30 degrees. But I got used to it already. =)
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Good thing that you got used to it. I hope I could get used to it too. The remedy I've done so far that worked best is to direct my attention to something else so that I won't be bothered much with the feeling of being sick. I just listen to music installed in my cellphone and that made me forgot about feeling dizzy. I guess music could also be some kind of therapy especially to the kinds of music that you wanted to listen to. I've also experienced traveling by RORO and one unforgettable travel is having a low pressure almost a typhoon that we swayed hard, then I got sick for almost 3 days.
@adnileb (5035)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Yikes! You got sick for 3 long days? That was really a serious sea sickness. But good thing you already found a diversion for your dizziness. Music really calms mind and body.
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Yes it took that long and I guess it's also because I didn't get enough rest after I arrive since it's a work-related trip.
@kharlav (1672)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
I really get dizzy so easily whenever I travel by bus, but unlike you im fine with traveling by plane and by ship. That's why when I travel I usually go via sea travel. I really hated traveling by bus since my medication no longer worked on me.. I barfed a lot and I hate that feeling...
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
It's really embarrassing at times for me because I'm quite a big guy but rather weak when it comes to long distance travels. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way but it's not just comfortable especially when you have to vomit. I don't have much problem with sea travel but I travel most by bus. Traveling by plane feels like on a crazy ride for me.
@kharlav (1672)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Really? are you afraid of heights?..
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
I really can't say that I'm afraid of heights but it just give me a weird feeling whenever I'm on high place. Actually I even get dizzy with elevators. I guess I just really have problem when it comes to traveling.
@moneywinner (1866)
• Brazil
19 Jul 11
Sometimes, when I travel by bus, I feel sick during the trip. I learned a trick to this not happen anymore. You should put a magazine or a comic book in your stomach before you travel. I know this sounds weird, but it works.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Really? Did it work for you? I travel most of the time by bus. But really sounds weird but I guess it won't harm to try. Thanks for sharing that trick. Hope it would also work for me.
• Brazil
21 Jul 11
When I first heard about this trick, I thought: no way this is going to work! But, it worked!! Specially to my sister, because she usually feels so bad no matter how long the trip is. Don't cost anything to try, right?
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
22 Jul 11
Yeah it won't cost me anything except if I buy a book specially intended for that purpose. I will try it for sure. I will travel again maybe this week so I have variety of tricks to try out here.
@06MLam (622)
19 Jul 11
People suggest sea-sicking people to sleep during their travelling on bus or plane. I used to be vomitting every time I took the flight while travelling between the UK and HK in a period of time. This gets better after I ate less before taking my flight.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Yes I did try to sleep when traveling but there are times that I just can't fall asleep especially by a bus or if the ride is quite bumpy or if the weather isn't good. Extra pairs of plastic bags always come in handy for me. I also don't eat anything when traveling and medicines shouldn't be forgotten.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 11
I tried wearing wrist bands that give pressure on certain points. This took my sea sickness away I am pleased to say in Indonesia. I like to have fresh air when I am on a ferry and look into the distance. It is interesting if the ferry is going past land or islands but just ocean it can be boring. I try to have something solid by my tummy to keep it calm on a ferry. It is a hard book and when I was younger it used to be my passport. These days my passport has a soft cover so it is not any good for keeping away seasickness nowadays. I went on a ferry trip in Colombia. I imagined a fast trip out to the islands but it was slow. I felt seasick so I tried eating some of my children's ginger biscuits. I felt sure ginger would stop me being seasick. Though I was totally wrong. I was sick five or six times. It was a horrible experience. I so wish I had my pressure bands that day, had taken more of my own food and not eaten one of the ginger biscuits. Good luck with sea trips.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Hi maxima! That wrist band trick sounds new to me. I just usually wear them during a basketball game or a sporting event. Maybe I should try them also. I always avoid eating anything during travels because I have one experience like yours before. I have eaten something before that just doubled the feeling of being sick and since then I don't eat every time I travel.
• Indonesia
19 Jul 11
Me too.. huh, I do really hate that. I cannot enjoy the voyage. I feel like to vomit millions times. I walk unsteadily. even I cannot sleep well. I brought good medicine to avoid the dizziness. It worked though. You must bring some medicine to avoid getting sick.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Hi ivanmarginal! Good thing is that taking medications works almost most of the time. So I always take a medicine to at least give me some relief. You can also try to focus your attention into something else like listening to music like what I did recently and it actually worked. Plus, always don't forget to bring a plastic bag.
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
19 Jul 11
We can do travel to on various works. But most of them are only "duty oriented" travels. many are traveling many kilo meters daily by doing up and down. It is a pressure full thing...
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
20 Jul 11
Well I just usually have problem with long distance trips especially by a bus or plane. It is really a pressure thing for those who always travel long or let's say everyday. Long travels usually just adds up fatigue from work so they usually get stressed.
@angie20 (191)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
I also share the same sentiments with you sais06. I'm having nausea and vomiting whenever I ride a bus. What I do aside from medication is to take menthol candies with me so that when the sea-sick starts to attack, I have a weapon. I avoid eating too much when I ride to avoid vomiting.
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Hi angie! I also did the same thing with you like taking menthol candies and yes it helps lessen feeling sick. But there are times that nothing works for me. I also avoid eating too much but others say that I should eat so I have strength to fight the feeling. I'm not sure if they are serious with that or they are just joking with me.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
19 Jul 11
I almost never get carsick, although occasionally I feel a bit nauseous on long bus trips. My solution--don't take the bus! However, my older son, who has no problem on crazy roller coasters and other rides, or airplanes, now has started to get carsick in our minivan. He's not bad enough that he actually vomits, but he does get nauseous and lightheaded, and sometimes gets a headache. I feel like he is too young for most carsick meds, since they often have a sleeping aid built in. So we try to limit the amount of time he sits in one particular seat. We also have him watch movies on the overhead dvd screen. It seems to help, because his gaze is focused on one thing, and it is forward from him and slightly above his head, so he doesn't seem to get the same vertigo-type symptoms. Maybe the next time you go on a trip, you could try focusing one one thing and not change your field of vision too much? This trick also works for me when I my kids force me onto amusement park rides that spin in a circle. Best of luck!
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@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
19 Jul 11
Hi Suzieqmom! Every time I take a ride in a bus, I always make sure that I got at least the front seat. The reason is that the feeling of being sick is not that much whenever I'm in the front. I guess it's because of what you've said that my vision is focused to one thing - the road. My cousin told me that trick once that is to look far beyond you and it works. The problem is that I don't always get the front seat.
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Hi sais! I used to have that when I was young. I used to puke all the time when riding a bus. I remember I even puked on my dress when I was riding a jeepney. I was very young then. But as I grew up, I got used with the traveling. I never took once any medicine even when I still used to puke. I just got used to it. Usually I sleep it off to avoid getting dizzy and to prevent my stomach from churning. ^^ My mom used to say to look far away to avoid getting dizzy. But sleeping was the best solution for it. Nowadays, even if I don't sleep during travels, I don't get motion sick anymore. I can travel by bus or by plane or by ship without puking or getting dizzy. You'll get used with traveling, too. Time will come.
@sais06 (1288)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Oh, jeepneys and buses. I feel worst especially if there's some unlikely smell. The pollution, mixed up odors, perfumes, etc. I feel really bad if those odors get mixed up. Looking forward the direction you are going to is quite working for me though. I sleep if I could get some but most of the time I can't sleep while traveling.
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
25 Jul 11
Me, too. I don't particularly like the smell of tires. Until now, my stomach churn whenever I smell that in a bus. And I don't like car fresheners, too!