I’m writing to you from a night ferry from Coron Island to Manila. It’s 15-hour ferry ride leaving at 4:30 pm from the island of Coron in Palawan, and bringing us to the big city at seven-thirty in the morning, ending two stunning months in the Philippines.
The Philippines is an amazing place, unbelievable views, both on land and underwater, and smiling welcoming people.

We did not stop swimming, snorkelling, diving and jumping into the water from different heights.

Part of the trip to the Philippines is moving between islands, which is not always simple. It will usually include one or two of the most popular transport vehicles in the Philippines – a tricycle (the local rickshaw) or jeepney (a kind of pickup truck, which can squeeze in an impressive number of people) and then a ferry.

the roads are not always good, and the sea is not always calm, resulting in quite a bit of nausea and sometimes vomiting.

Travel sickness is an integral part of the journey in the far east (did someone mention North India?)
We have some very sensitive travellers in our family (myself being one of them),

we created a table that shows who is the “vomiting champion” at the time.

Motion sickness results when the movement you see is different from what your inner ear senses. It can occur in cars, trains, air planes, or boats. Anyone can get motion sickness, although children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable. It can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, and although it is not a serious condition, motion sickness can make travelling very unpleasant.

Preventing Motion Sickness

  • In a car or bus, sit in the front or drive, if possible.
  • In an air plane, sit over the wing. On a ship, try to sit on the upper deck.
  • Close your eyes or focus on the horizon.
  • Do not to try to read or look at a screen while travelling.
  • Stimulating your other senses can distract you from the motion. Use strong smells, like mint or lavender, or strong tastes like ginger or lemon.

Medications that help

Medication can be used to prevent or treat motion sickness, although many of them have the unwanted side effect of making you sleepy.

Common medications are antihistamines.
I use dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), a drug that is easy to get in pharmacies without a prescription. It comes in tablets of 50 or 100mg, you should start with a dose of 50 and see if that is enough. Children aged 6 to 12 can take half a dose (25-50mg).
The effect starts within 30 minutes, so take it half an hour before the trip.

I tried it myself and I can say that the feeling of sleepiness that this drug causes can be very unpleasant. I keep it for very difficult trips, and in others times I prefer to suffer a bit of nausea.

Up to you if you would like to use it.

Of course, do not use drugs without consulting a doctor if you are not completely healthy or if you are taking other medications.


Safe travels!