Not serious, but very unpleasant
Motion sickness is usually caused by a disturbance of the body’s balance system: The motion you see is different from the motion sensed by the vestibular system of your inner ear.
Anyone can get motion sickness, although children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.
While rarely serious, it can make travelling unpleasant due to the nausea, sweating, and dizziness that typically results. Definitely not a great way to start or end a holiday!
There are steps you can take, along with medication, to prevent motion sickness or reduce its symptoms.
If motion sickness strikes, try the following:
– Change seats/cabins. You are less likely to experience motion sickness in a train’s forward cars, in the wing seats on a plane, or on the ship’s upper deck. On a cruise ship, ask if you can transfer to a central cabin.
– If you are travelling by car, do the driving or travel in the front passenger seat. (Drivers rarely experience motion sickness: it’s also more common among back-seat passengers.)
– Sit down and face forward. Use the headrest or a pillow to keep your head still and your eyes fixed on the horizon.
– Don’t look at moving objects, read a book, or use a mobile phone.
– Stand up if you start to feel queasy.