When it comes to visiting new places and trying out new experiences, few things hold me back. However there is one thing that can and does get in the way for certain things.
I unfortunately suffer from bad cases of seasickness.
The thing about the water is that I really enjoy swimming & snorkeling and have no issues on calm bodies of water like lakes or even rougher ones like rivers with currents. However, put me on a boat where there is potential for big waves- oceans and on the sea and it’s bound to be a recipe for disaster.
So who cares. Right? I get seasickness, big deal.
Well the reason I am bringing it up is to mention how this issue can hold me back when it comes to travel. I’d also like to see if anyone else suffers from this problem and find out what they try to do to deal with or better yet, prevent it from happening.
I like to think that I’ll try most things at least one time when it comes to travel experiences. When you add water into the mix, I might still try it but only for a day trip.
Why you might ask? Seasickness can get so bad where minutes seem like hours and the time seems to not pass by. The spinning feeling is just awful. I wouldn’t do a trip which trapped me on a boat for days at a time unless it happened to be one of those river cruises (although, then again they sound pretty boring).
Seasickness is holding me back in what I’d consider a pretty big way from visiting two places that I’d love to go.
- Antarctica– I’ve been stuck on having visited six continents for quite some time now and don’t known when the time might come that I’ll make it to the seventh. A boat trip seems out of the question due to the extremely rough waters on the way there. I’ve read into potentially flying to Antarctica but those trips are quite expensive.
- Galapagos Islands– I’ve had many interesting animal experiences and encounters while traveling. (Check out My Top 5 Animal Encounters.) I’d love to come face to face with some of the unique and interesting sea creatures of the Galapagos. I’ve held back from visiting due to the fact that for most trips you live aboard a boat for days in potentially rough waters. I’ve read about some trips where you take shorter boat trips and camp out on a few of the islands. This is the way I’d probably visit when the times come.
How have I tried to deal with seasickness?
I’ve tried using various meds like meclizine/ dramamine which didn’t help so much. A better option has been the Transderm Scop patch which you need a prescription for. One of the nice things about the patch is that it works for 72 hours (although I’ve still suffered from seasickness while wearing it).
One other item I’ve tried, which others swore by was the ReliefBand. This device looks like a watch and sends light shocks/ electric pulses to the wrist. This is supposed to take your mind off of the motion and prevent motion sickness. Maybe the ReliefBand works for some people but I tried it during a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. It did nothing for me but send me small shocks while I felt horribly nauseous.
One thing I am lucky to not suffer from is motion sickness while in vehicles on land. If I try to read in a car or bus it isn’t the best idea but otherwise I am usually fine.
I used to get very bad motion sickness while flying as a kid. This hasn’t happened in many years but I take meclizine as a preventative still to this day just to be safe.
Do you suffer from sea/ motion sickness? If so, how do you deal with it and do you find it holding you back from certain kinds of trips?