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Sarah Russo3 years ago

Mackay locals, do you suffer from travel sickness?

If you suffer from travel sickness, otherwise known as motion sickness, you will be all too familiar with the symptoms. For those lucky enough to not suffer from travel sickness, symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, sweating and headaches. Thankfully there are many things you can do to prepare for any trip to reduce the chances of motion sickness. We have gathered the best advice to help prevent the symptoms and what to do if you suddenly feel ill mid trip. If you are looking for a place to stay in Mackay, check out the bottom of the page for our top picks.

Tired of suffering from travel sickness? Check our tips to ease your suffering.


The medical reason behind motion sickness is quite complex. To keep it simple, motion sickness occurs when mixed signals are sent to the brain by the eyes and the inner ear. If you cannot feel the motion your eyes see or if you cannot see the motion the body feels then it is likely you will develop motion sickness.

The chance of motion sickness occurring is increased when you are tired or stressed and occurs mostly in pregnant women and young children. There are some things you can do to try and prevent motion sickness or to alleviate the symptoms once they occur.


  • Do not consume fatty or spicy food and avoid fizzy or alcoholic drinks.
  • See your pharmacist or a medical professional to see if a motion sickness medication will work for you-taking a ginger supplement an hour before a trip is a great herbal remedy.
  • Plan for regular breaks in your trip, if possible, to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your trip.
  • Eat a light meal.
  • Have a bag packed with plastic bags (in case you are sick), ginger, cold water, back-up motion sickness medication and anything that helps you stay calm or prevents your symptoms.
  • If in a car, sit in the front or back-middle seat.
  • Select a plane seat over the wing.
  • On a boat or ship, try keeping to the centre.
  • Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Deep breaths!


  • Nibble on ginger or sip clear ginger ale.
  • Try acupressure. Use your thumb to press your inner arm about two inches down from your wrist. Hold for a few minutes or until symptoms subside.
  • Stop and get some fresh air. If travelling in a car, open a window.
  • Chew on peppermint flavoured gum to ease nausea.
  • Focus on one object on the horizon.

Motion sickness symptoms normally pass once the trip is over, although you may still feel a little fatigued. Have a light meal, a cool drink and a nap and you should be right to carry on.

Travelling to Mackay and need a place to stay?

Kohuna Beachside Resort

Situated on the outskirts of Mackay, the Kohuna Beachside Resort has been an iconic location for holidays, weddings and functions since 1987. Relax in a self-contained unit with either a beach or garden view for your stay. Want a night out without the kids? Leave them in the good hands of the onsite child minding facilities. Whether you want to unwind in the wellness centre, swim a lap in the pool or dine at theAloha Restaurant and Bar, the Kohuna Beachside Resort has you covered.
Where: 1 Griffin Avenue, Bucasia QLD 4750

Galaxy Mackay Motor Inn

Looking for a comfortable yet affordable place to stay? The Galaxy Mackay Motor Inn accommodates for singles, couples, families and groups with a range of rooms, refurbished. Guests have access to free wi-fi and self-serve laundry facilities plus a salt-water swimming pool. Cook your own meals using the crockery provided in the family rooms, the barbecue area or take advantage of room service. The team have over 30 years’ combined experience and aim to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.
Where: 186 Nebo Road, Mackay QLD 4740


Have you got a trick to handling travel sickness? Tell us in the comments below.

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