Avoiding travel sickness

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Avoiding travel sickness

Avoiding travel sickness is a regular battle for some of us. We have to accept that there is, to date, no exact cure but there are things we can do to reduce the effects.

The first choice for me is the Travel Visor

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IT MUST BE STRESSED THAT THIS IS ONLY FOR PASSENGERS!

This works as a direct intervention that drastically reduces the amount of visual information that reaches the eye whilst travelling. By filtering out any fast moving information the eye doesn’t get to see what doesn’t need to be seen. This means that the brain doesn’t have to process this information .and try to get it into an understandable order.

The Travel Visor is helping lots of people, if you think it may help you then you can find out more or buy it at Gamlinfortravel .co.uk now.

What else would you like to know?

What causes travel sickness?            Travel sickness medication

Preventing travel sickness on the move

Where to sit to avoid travel sickness

Smells that cause nausea

Food for travel sickness

What can we do to reduce travel sickness?

I wear the Travel Visor every time I find myself travelling as a passenger, especially on a long journey. It’s very relaxing to wear. It only allows you to see the view in the distance. Items that can be seen in the distance always appear as slow moving to the eye. This means that the brain has time to process this information without causing any overload. If the brain isn’t overloaded than there is a much-reduced risk of getting a headache or nausea.

The next time you travel as a passenger in a road vehicle, notice that distant objects are moving slowly but as you get nearer to them they speed up considerably before they flash past very quickly. It’s that moment when items go by very quickly that the brain tries to process this fast-moving information. Not all of us are affected by this. Some of us are lucky enough to be ‘wired up’ differently and aren’t challenged by it in any way at all.

Some people are put off wearing the Travel Visor because of what they look like while wearing it. All I can say to this is that I don’t care what it looks like and, as you are travelling along, few others can see what you are wearing on your head anyway. The big thing for me is that when I wear the Travel Visor I know that when I reach my destination I will arrive relaxed with a clear and rested brain. I will be able to think clearly and join in whatever activities that are going on. I will also be able to use a computer effectively, sometimes using complicated software.

Another big advantage of wearing the Travel Visor is that on a long journey it tends to send me off to sleep. The quality of sleep when wearing the Travel Visor is always very good. When I wake up along the journey I get this rather luxurious feeling of being well-rested and discovering that there isn’t much further to travel. There are many occasions when I get the sensation that the journey is nearly over when, for me, it feels like the journey has just begun.

So that’s the Travel Visor but it may not be for everyone and it needs to be stressed that this is ONLY FOR PASSENGERS. It must also be understood that the Travel visor works best for passengers on road or rail. It may help for air travel, particularly at the points of take-off and landing when fast moving information can be filtered out. It will not do much to counter the effects of turbulence and even less for the rolling actions of the sea on a boat or ship.

Ever since people-transport began there has been a problem for those of us who suffer from travel sickness. There is plenty of advice about what you can do to reduce the effects or avoid it. As someone who suffered, pre the Travel Visor, I sometimes wonder if those who impart advice have actually suffered with it themselves.

From what I can gather, the biggest problem that most people have is with seasickness. It amazes me how some people aren’t affected at all and I just wish that I could be one of them. The ultimate solution for all of it is to avoid sea-travel or any other travel but this isn’t an option as we all, understandably, want to take part in modern life of which travel plays an important part.

What can we do to reduce travel sickness?

Food for travel sickness

There are foods which may help some who suffer but these are small measured amounts which are more for medicinal reasons. This would include ginger which could be taken as ginger tea; I have had some success with this. Root or crystallized ginger when chewed has been known to help some.

If you know that you are about to go anywhere by sea then it probably makes sense to avoid consuming much, if any, food before the journey. It’s also not wise to consume any type of fizzy drink, including alcohol, to go with the food. I would see this combination as a ‘bomb’ waiting to go off. Some will tell you that some foods are worse than others and that fatty foods should be avoided over anything else. It’s better not to eat anything. What hasn’t gone down can’t come up.

Smells that cause nausea

Be aware that there are smells that can trigger nausea. This can include the smell of warm plastic upholstery in a vehicle. Having a good supply of fresh air can only help but you may need to wear extra clothing to compensate for a lower temperature due to possibly being in a bit of a draft.

One of the problems with travel sickness is that when we succumb to the effects, or natural senses are confused in a number ways. This includes our senses of smell and taste. Some foods and drinks can taste differently. In my experience the taste is so bad that it puts me off eating. This may be a natural mechanism to stop us eating because if we do we may start vomiting.

The same can happen with smells like perfume. It may be wise to go without these types of cosmetics if there is a risk that they will make things worse. The situation can easily get into a vicious circle where you have the onset of travel sickness symptoms and then adding a variety of smells which escalate the condition even further.

Where to sit to avoid travel sickness

If you have any tendency to feel travel sick, it’s best to sit facing the direction of travel. This won’t be a problem when riding in a car, coach or airplane but be mindful when get on a train as here you may end up travelling backwards and this won’t help. Although you may get away with it if you wear the Travel Visor.

In a car, the favoured seat is the front passenger seat. For some this may be enough but for others it doesn’t matter where they sit they feel nauseous. Again the Travel Visor is worth considering if you are a passenger in a car or any road vehicle.

On an aircraft the target seats have to be anywhere over the wings. This will be the centre pivot point of the aircraft where there will be the least amount of rolling motion. When there is turbulence this is the place to be.

The same applies when travelling at sea. Being in a cabin that is below deck and near the centre of the ship will give you a much better chance of reducing seasickness and possibly avoiding it completely.

Preventing travel sickness on the move

When you are a passenger on the move, it’s wise to avoid reading or using a mobile device if you suffer from travel or motion sickness. That’s what most people who suffer will tell you but I can tell you that when wearing the Travel Visor you can get away with it up to a point. This is because the Travel Visor masks out so much visual information that the eyes and brain have less to process. This frees up some capacity to be able to do some reading and viewing of hand-held mobile devices.

We are often told that as a passenger you must look into the distance and focus on a point. When wearing the Travel Visor this is something that just happens without trying because it will only let you see what is in the distance.

Try to keep away from others who are clearly suffering from motion sickness. Seeing others who are under the weather with it are likely to trigger problems for yourself. Doing this may appear to be antisocial but you have to put your own interests first.

Travel sickness medication

There are medications and wrist devices available. They are a subject by themselves. If you find something that works then you are lucky. For extreme cases of motion sickness there are drugs like dopamine but there are side effects. This is not something that I would ever want to take and I would strongly recommend seeking medical advice to anyone thinking of using it.

What causes travel sickness?

When we travel a conflict starts among our senses that lead to a natural defence reaction. During travel and the associated motions that come with it, a conflict of information is delivered to the brain. This starts with information collected from the balance mechanism that we all have in our inner ears and the visual information collected by our eyes.

Our balance mechanism is telling our brain that we are moving in various directions. Our eyes are providing information to the brain that indicates that we are moving but this doesn’t match the movement information that comes from the balance senses. This triggers a defence mechanism in the brain which concludes that there are toxins present that need to be expelled, hence the sickness.

Add to this the overloading of the brain from fast-moving visual information and we have an escalating problem that quickly becomes out of control. At this point the sufferer is beaten and in trouble. In my own experience when I have succumbed to a bout of travel sickness there is nothing I can do for the short term.

The best I can do is to get a good night’s sleep at the end of the day. This give the brain chance to rest completely and untangle the conflicting information that it’s been unsuccessfully trying to process during the day. This can be compared with shutting down a computer and starting it up again when it’s become overloaded and crashes.

The uncomfortable truth is that we aren’t naturally supposed to travel in vehicles. Especially at speed, going up and down and around corners that inflict a ‘G’ force. We didn’t get this during our evolutionary period. We are only supposed to move as fast as our feet and legs will move us.

So we have to accept that travel and the occasional erratic motion that comes with it isn’t normal. We also have to accept that, due to the variations in nature, that there is a spectrum when it comes to the level of suffering among us.

Some can travel in any vehicle in any conditions and it doesn’t affect them at all. There is the other end of the scale who can’t travel at all without having a problem. Then there are those who suffer as a passenger in a car but have no problem when driving. I include myself in this category. The only explanation I have for this is that when we are in control of the vehicle we have forewarning of movement so the brain can prepare for what is to come. The driver knows when the steering wheel is about to be turned and when the breaks are about to be applied.

We are often told that travel sickness is something that we will grow out of as though travelling is a natural activity and it’s just a question of becoming adjusted to it. This something that I’ve always found to be infuriating. If you are blighted by travel sickness then you are stuck with it. You are left with the near hopeless challenge of finding a solution that works for you.

There are many ‘off the shelf’ remedies that may or may not work from homeopathy to wrist-bands and I hope that you find something that works for you. For me I’ve tried everything out there and had some success but for being passenger in a road or rail vehicle, the Travel Visor does it for me.

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