Sea sickness is a common problem for a lot of people. The constant rocking of the boat renders an unwelcomed headache and eventually nausea to the vulnerable subject. Usually we hear advises to take motion sickness medicines but I prefer not to take any of these drugs.

Faluwa boat to Sabtang
Faluwa boat to Sabtang

In my recent boat trip to Sabtang island in Batanes, this problem is consistently the talked about topic. I traveled in August where typhoons and storms commonly linger around the country and thus causing clumsy waters.

Batan and Sabtang crossing
Crossing between Batan and Sabtang islands

The Solution

 
The simple (and tested) way to combat this is by just looking at the horizon. Sit near a window, face ahead, and stare outside (or if possible at your destination). I’ve done this a lot of times and I never left a boat with a used barf bag. And probably the same reason why boatmen rarely suffer from it too.

Boatmen looking ahead
Boatmen looking ahead

Now if you don’t have access to a window or you’re traveling at night you can just simply take a nap. This will make the rocking of the boat seem like it’s cradling you.

There you go. Now you can go hop islands with more ease.