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When Motion Sickness Hits on Vacation

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It's one of the worst possible situations. You've planned, you've gotten excited, you've embarked on your vacation, and you get sick.

No one wants to sit inside a hotel room feeling awful while the rest of your friends or family enjoys the adventure that you're all on. Whether your motion sickness started because of plane turbulence, a bumpy bus ride, too many roller coaster rides, or rough seas on a cruise, the experience can leave you weak, nauseous, and exhausted.

I know all too well the drain that motion sickness can take on a vacation. When my parents took my sister and I on our first cruise several years back, I had a wonderful time--for the first day or so. Then, we got into rougher seas (courtesy of a hurricane that was blasting through the Bahamas at the time), and I got to experience sea sickness for the first time in all of its awful glory.

Since I'd always been able to handle just about anything thanks to what my parents call my steel stomach--crazy roller coasters, long car rides, the bumpiest of plane rides--they weren't sure why I was so sick. My mom and dad first assumed I'd gotten food poisoning (thanks to my shellfish allergy), but, unlike my shellfish reactions, this sickness didn't get better in 12-14 hours.

After two days of being completely limp and horribly nauseous, my parents made the decision to take me off the boat for our scheduled shore excursion in Cozumel, Mexico. Ever the history buff, I'd been so excited about visiting the Mayan ruins in Tulum, but the reality left me sitting with my dad on a stone wall while I morosely watched an iguana scurry up part of the ruins and tried not to hurl.

We finally realized that what was causing me to feel so bad was sea sickness when I began to feel better on shore, but immediately got worse again when we returned to the boat.

I can say, without a doubt, that sea sickness ruined an incredible experience for me. From that moment onward, I made sure not to let something avoidable like motion sickness interfere with the fun on my vacations!

When Motion Sickness Hits on Vacation | CosmosMariners.com
When Landon and I headed off on our Western Caribbean cruise a few weeks ago, you'd better believe that I had some Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals in my bag. No way, no how was I going to miss a moment of the fun that we had lined up!

More than fifteen years after I first visited Cozumel, Mexico, I returned--and this time, I was trying to puke into my dad's hat.

When Motion Sickness Hits on Vacation | CosmosMariners.com

I've tried many anti-sea-sickness products on the cruises I've taken, and most of them leave me passed out in the stateroom while everyone else heads up to the pool for some fun in the sun. I didn't go on the cruise to sleep while my family leaves me!

The Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals, which I took as soon as we got onto the boat, kept me from missing a moment of the pool parties, dancing, dining, and shore excursions. I liked that it had a clinically-proven dosage of ginger to settle my stomach, but the dosage is gentle enough that I could use it throughout the cruise.

I might not be able to stop getting the flu, pneumonia, or a cold while on vacation, but you'd better believe that I'm going to do everything in my power to keep sea sickness at bay!

Are you one of the 50% of the population that gets sea sickness or motion sickness? What have you had to miss because of motion sickness? Have you ever been sick on vacation?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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