10 Travel Tips For People Prone To Motion Sickness

10 Travel Tips For People Prone To Motion Sickness

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Going to a school three hours away has its perks. You get to start fresh, be introduced to a new area you’re not familiar with, make friends from a completely different background and so much more. Unfortunately, it also has its downfalls. One negative is that I, a girl who has gotten extreme motion sickness over the past few years, has to take a four-hour bus ride following a one-hour car ride from the bus station. See, a bus ride is much different than a car ride. The bus is a lot bigger, which means it's a lot bumpier and doesn’t turn quite as smoothly. You don’t know what you’re going into with a bus ride either. You could end up with a seat to yourself, or be squished because some mom and her baby felt the need to sit next to you and your bulky backpack—a scenario I unfortunately know from experience). Again, getting motion sick easily is not ideal in any travel situation. As someone whose quickly learned how to deal with these scenarios, let me pass on some tips to make traveling easier, and to help you avoid the use of a barf bag.

1. Make Dramamine or Airborne your best friend.

Forget Motrin, Tums or anything else that’s designed to help with an upset stomach. These medicines are specifically designed to prevent motion sickness. I’ve never used Airborne, but I know people who prefer that to Dramamine because it’s a powder that goes into water, or another beverage of choice, rather than a chewable tablet or pill. You can find it in your local drug store or grocery store. Grab some of those and take it an hour before your departure. Precaution, though: it does not stop headaches, dizziness or any other non-stomach related symptoms of motion sickness.

2. Figure out what method of transportation you prefer.

It’s more than likely you have more than one way to get to your destination. Don’t feel as though you’re stuck taking a train if you prefer a plane, or vice versa. The key to motion sickness is figuring out which method of transportation causes the least trouble for you, and sticking to that. Personally, I prefer a car ride to anything else, because I know I can trust the driver of the car since I know them. Plus, that makes it possible for me to rest and not worry about anything, because I am with people I trust.

3. Get the window seat, if possible.

Just the idea of being trapped in a metal steel death trap for hours can make me sick, let alone being squished in between other people. When you get the window seat, you have somewhere to focus your eyes and energy on. You can just stare out the window and focus on the clouds, road signs or anything else to help prevent you from feeling sick.

4. Sleep is not for the weak.

Sleeping does not always come easy to people when they travel, but that doesn’t mean it’s not useful. Closing your eyes, even for a short nap, can make all the difference. It’s your body’s way of taking a break, focusing on something else besides the motion of the vehicle. This does not, however, always work for everyone. Some people feel as though the motion becomes more clear when they try and sleep, because that’s the main sense they have access to when sleeping. Take this tip with caution, because you know your body the best.

5. Stay hydrated and nourished.

You’d think the last thing you’d want to do is drink or eat en route, but a belly that is hungry or dehydrated is just as bad as one upset by travel. Of course, you should skip any dairy products, caffeine, high sugar products or anything too greasy. But some crackers and a bottle of water can go a long way with helping to calm an upset stomach.

6. Find comfort items

Whether you’re 6 or 60, there are items you own that give you comfort because you have them. It could be a blanket or stuffed animal, a jacket, your favorite phone case or even a lucky necklace. Keep that with you while you travel. Whenever you start to feel sick, hold it tight to help relax.

7. Avoid traditional entertainment options.

You know how when you’re bored at home, you have multiple options? You can watch TV or a movie, read a book, do a puzzle, play on your computer or phone, etc. You can’t do any of that when traveling. Sorry, but odds are it won’t help with your sickness. The idea of multitasking while ensuring you don’t throw up is a contradiction. Ditch the book for a verbal car game, some light discussion or a fun playlist on your phone.

8. Learn some breathing exercises.

It may sound crazy, but a lot of people who suffer from motion sickness also have travel anxiety! Who would have guessed that the people who get sick while traveling are worried about traveling?

Sarcasm aside, techniques often used during an anxiety attack may actually help to prevent sickness as well. Using your energy to focus on your breathing can not only help calm any fears you have, but also help calm your stomach in the process too.

9. Don’t be afraid to stop.

Whether you need to go use the bathroom a few times, pull over to get fresh air or walk around the bus/boat/train/plane, do it. You know what you need to do to comfort your body. If you can do it safely, do it. Disclaimer: Don’t walk around your car, that’s not going to end well.

10. Don’t be ashamed if you do get sick.

It happens. Sometimes no matter what you do, you still get sick in the end. Don’t feel bad if it does happen. Just own up to it, and make sure to clean up the mess. Sometimes, you just cannot prevent the inevitable.

Godspeed to all of you who get motion sick. We can survive our road trips, endless plane rides and monumental journeys this summer.

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5 Activities To Enjoy In Florida During December

Great reasons to take a break from the cold to enjoy some warmth and sunshine where it's always summer.


It's December in Florida. Houses are decked out in Holiday decorations; palm trees are wrapped with lights. Christmas music is playing in every store, songs about a white Christmas, the cold and snow, and I look outside at the sunshine, the still green grass, and the 70-degree weather.

I grew up in Chicago, so I equate the Holidays and December with cold and snow and sitting in the warmth of the house under a blanket with a hot beverage in hand. In Florida, the only way you know it's December is because of the decorations and Christmas music playing everywhere. Over the news, I hear about snow, and I experience it when I visit my family, but here in Florida, it's a different world that's still warm and filled with sunshine. If you ever get the chance to visit Florida at this time of year, here are some things you can expect.

1. Parks are enjoyable this time of year.

In the heat of the summer in Florida, it is hard to be able to appreciate the parks. Florida has many beautiful green parks with lakes, trails, and wildlife. There are many activities you can enjoy in the parks like fishing, biking, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, sports, boating, kayaking, etc.

2. Wild manatee viewing.

On The occasional cold days in Florida, around 60 degrees or below, manatees come in land and gather in streams rivers to stay warm. There are places to view manatees and even snorkel or kayak with them in Crystal River. There is also a manatee viewing center in Apollo Beach near the power plant where you can see dozens of manatees. I enjoyed visiting the viewing center at the power plant and spent over an hour watching the manatees and learning about them. I loved every minute of it and even got to see manatee calves with their mothers.

3. Walkthrough holiday light shows.

Up north where the weather is below freezing, most light shows are enjoyed in the comfort of your car, and while that's nice, it's also nice being able to walk through the park at your leisure while looking at the lights. Throughout Florida, many towns set up lights in their parks. Largo central park has an impressive light display and Ferris wheel. People can stroll through the park every night of December to enjoy them. Theme parks like Busch Gardens also put up lights. There are many to see, and it can all be enjoyed in the Florida warmth.

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These are just a few of the things you can enjoy in December in Florida. I look forward to enjoying the parks often and spending hours outside, kayaking, and biking. Hopefully, I can buy my own bike soon! If you ever need a break from the winter cold, consider escaping it in Florida where it's still summer year-round. Happy December and don't get too cold!

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