This month’s travel link up is ‘Challenges . . . What challenges have you foreseen, faced or overcome?’.
A few challenges spring to mind for me straight away, but one in particular is . . . travel sickness! I’m not just talking about when you go on a really rocky boat or experience bad turbulence. Unfortunately, my body is sensitive to all kinds of travel. Yes that is correct . . . my travel sickness doesn’t discriminate! Airplanes, buses, boats, cars, ships, roller coasters (you get the picture!) . . . basically the only time I don’t feel travel sick is when I am walking!
Of course this doesn’t put me off travelling at all as I just try to manage it the best I can. Here is what I use for travel sickness, not guaranteeing they will work for everyone, but I have found this is what works best for me . . .
Travel sickness tablets . . . the key to these is taking them in advance as it’s too late having them when you actually feel ill. Although the side effect with me is that they make me drowsy, not just a bit sleepy, like literally fall asleep in my dinner drowsy (much to Mr B’s amusement the first time I had them!). So now I just take them when I know I am going to be sleeping i.e. before a flight or before bed.
Travel wrist bands . . . you place these on your pulse point. The downside is they do not go with my outfits!
And lastly, my favourite, the advice given to me by a doctor I saw on a cruise ship once who I will love forever . . . eat carbs! Now he did say nothing rich just bread, pasta etc, obviously I do not struggle with this one! Another tip he gave me was to drink full sugar coke and if you can stomach it, add extra sugar. He said the high sugar levels should stop the nauseous feeling.
Here are some other challenges I have faced . . . skiing.
The first (and only time!) Mr B and I went skiing was an interesting holiday. I loved being up in the mountains, the beautiful views and of course the Après Ski, but I’m afraid the actual skiing was not for me. I’m not one for sport or strenuous activities whilst on holiday, but I threw myself into it. I had a private ski instructor for the day and actually picked it up pretty well, but I struggled with the very achy legs and the tiredness. I don’t want to be going to bed early or having naps on holiday . . . I want to get glammed up and go out!
Solo travel . . . now I can’t claim I have done lot of solo travelling, but nine years ago when Mr B and I were dating, I had a holiday to Australia booked. My fabulous cousin lived out there at the time so I was spending just over a week on my own travelling Cairns and then flying to Melbourne to stay with her. The best advice I can give anyone traveling solo is to throw yourself into it and be sociable. In Cairns I went river drifting, did a night-time wildlife tour, cuddled a koala bear, fed kangaroos, went on a steam train into the mountains, went horse riding in the rainforest and went scuba diving in the great barrier reef.
I am not scared of heights, but on our upcoming trip to Dubai we are going up the tallest building in the world – the Burj Khalifa – so if anything is to challenge how I feel about heights I’m sure that will be it! We have something pretty special planned so hopefully not! I climbed the Syndey Harbour bridge and felt so exhilarated and loved soaking up all the beautiful views.
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Great post Laura, and totally sympathize with the travel sickness! I do the same, those tablets are amazing. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned in Dubai! x
Author May 11, 2018 / 3:34 pm
Thanks for reading as always! The curse of travel sickness, my mum and sister are the same!
Great info on here. I overcame my sickness with the wristbands. Still not totally ok but much better than I was. I like the carb trick though- will have to ditch that salad for the last minute body before boarding a plane. Have you ever had the ginger tablets? They tend to have them on boat trips. X
Author May 11, 2018 / 3:35 pm
I have tried the ginger ones but they don’t really agree with me! There is no cure but it is good when you find things that help isn’t it!
Those wristbands are the best! I needed them for my cruise but I love the advice about carbs!! Coke is one I do use as I always do get slightly nauseous especially if its at that pesky time of the month lol
Author May 11, 2018 / 3:35 pm
I like the carbs the best too! Haha
I don’t often get travel sick but my friend does all the time so I will definitely pass on the tips. I might pretend to be to excuse the amount of pasta I will eat thought haha.
I always get my head round heights by thinking that as all the people around look smaller everything I worry about is really small too. That way I find heights relaxing because it puts all my worries into perspective. I also exhale deeply, remind myself of all the safety equipment and all the people that have done it before. Then if I feel myself start to panic and my heart race I tell myself it’s because I’m excited – that really helps me to turn the fear factor into fun.
I hope you have a great time in Dubai and I look forward to the photos!
Author May 11, 2018 / 3:36 pm
Oh great advice for the heights Jo! Thank you
I completely agree with the travel sicknesses advice. I find full fat coke really helps me. Great post, really enjoyable read x
Author May 11, 2018 / 3:37 pm
Thank you so much Em xxxx
We have definitely faced some similar challenges!