|Feeling shaky and nauseous in the desert of Dubai- but still smiling.|
This may be TMI (too much information), but I spent the better part of this afternoon dune bashing in Dubai (and trying not to throw up).
Because, you see, not only do I have a weak, food-poisoning prone stomach, but I also get severely, terribly, regrettably motion sick.
You name the type, I suffer from it: I get car sick, sea sick, air sick, altitude sick, vomitous from spinning in a circle, or mildly nauseous from something as simple as bending down to tie my shoe.
It is an issue.
It’s something that I struggle with as an avid traveller who longs to see the world and experience it to the fullest.
My travel involves long bumpy bus rides, choppy speedboats to remote islands, trips up to the summits of important physical and geological wonders.
I still don’t have a solution to this niggling problem but I try to solve it as best I can: I try not to overeat before doing a motion sickness-inducing activity, I try to get as much fresh air as possible and calm my nerves, I suck on a mint or chew gum to keep nausea at bay.
Still, motion sickness does affect my trips. Two summers ago in Croatia on a week-long sailing trip, I spent the first three days feeling positively green, highly irritable, and extremely anti-social. Today, whilst dune-bashing, instead of concentrating on the scenery, I focused all of my energy on not losing my lunch.
Motion sickness is misery. It takes away from my enjoyment of my surroundings, and this makes me sad.
That being said, having motion sickness is a default, but I will not let it defeat me.
Unfortunate as it may be, it is part and parcel of my travel adventures, and it would appear that its here to stay. So I’ll just have to keep on travelling just as I have been… With gravol in tow.
Do any of you out there suffer from motion sickness? Do you let it stop you from travelling? Any remedies or tips for stopping or preventing motion sickness?
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