Travel Sickness: Why Does It Occur?

Travel sickness can cause restlessness, cold sweats and vomiting. Keep reading!
Travel sickness: why does it occur?

Most people enjoy vacations, excursions and weekend getaways. However, motion sickness can sometimes make people who suffer from it wish that they would not have to go on a trip at all.

As you may already know, motion sickness is a very common problem, especially among children. While it may occur to anyone, some people are more susceptible to it. Children aged 3-12, people with anxiety, and pregnant women are most likely to suffer from motion sickness. But do you know why that happens?

In this article, we will tell you all about what you need to know about travel sickness and how it can be treated. This way, you can enjoy your vacation the way you deserve.

Why does motion sickness occur?

To understand why motion sickness occurs, we must first briefly explain how the human balance system works.

To maintain stability, the brain must first know what position the body is in. It is aided by balance receptors in the ears. It also needs information from the senses and musculoskeletal system.

The information brought about by the visual sense, muscles, and tendon receptors must match as it enters the brain. This usually happens when you exercise voluntarily while walking or exercising.

However, if you look at something immutable, such as a cell phone, inside a moving or unstable moving car, the information your brain gets from both of these sources doesn’t match. In other words, the  brain receives different information from both senses. The sense of sight tells the brain that you are stationary, while the body experiences the movement of the car.

Travel sickness can be relieved if the car windows can be kept open.

Symptoms of motion sickness

In this situation, there is  an increased irritation of the sense of balance. This organ is located in the middle of the ear. When it is overactive, there are symptoms of dizziness:

  • A person suffering from motion sickness may  turn pale and suffer from cold sweat. 
  • He also tends  to feel restless and nauseous.
  • In a situation like this, it is quite common for a person to end up vomiting.

How to prevent motion sickness

As we said earlier, motion sickness occurs when you look at a fixed point, such as a cell phone,  and your eyes interpret you as being in place, when in reality you are on the move. This movement is passive, as it does not depend on the person himself, but instead varies according to the movement of the car.

Travel sickness is even more common when the road is bumpy or uneven. It also gets worse if the road is winding or if the car goes really hard. So the best way to prevent motion sickness is to monitor your driving style.

The driver should try to drive smoothly without braking abruptly and of course by controlling the speed of the vehicle. He should also avoid acceleration. The driver should pay special attention to this, especially when driving on a mountain road.

If you suffer from motion sickness,  it would be advisable to sit in the back seat. From this place you can look at the scenery and observe the movement. When motion sickness strikes, it is best to open a window, close your eyes and try to relax.

Experts also recommend that you make sure your car is well ventilated and the temperature is 21-23 degrees. Even if you should try to avoid overeating before the trip,  it is  important to eat something light and drink plenty of water. In addition,  it is important to keep several stops to get fresh air and time to relax.

If, despite all the remedies, travel sickness does not allow you to travel comfortably, see a doctor. Certain medications help reduce its symptoms.

Some people also use natural treatments such as ginger root or chewing gum during trips. To reduce travel sickness, even rubber travel sickness wristbands have been invented.


If you suffer from motion sickness frequently, try the instructions in this article. Also, don’t forget to keep the plastic bag close at hand if necessary. You can also try to travel at night, allowing you to sleep during the trip. 

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