In North American terms, it is a bit of trip, but in terms of the UK, I am travelling a long way indeed. Although North America has a lot more miles, we have a lot more people in one place … so driving here is a lot more difficult that you might think. I will be travelling over 400 miles in a day, because I am off to fetch my Mum so that she can spend a week up with us in the new house.
I love driving, and I am happy to undertake long journeys, but it got me thinking about natural remedies you can use to make long journeys easier if you are not overwhelmingly thrilled with the thought of them.
There are some pressure bracelets you can get, which use reflexology and acupuncture and pressure points to stop you feeling travel sick. I know they have been used on ferry journeys to great effect. There is also ginger and cinnamon which have been proven to help that nausea, and perhaps more surprisingly, diet coke! I don’t know why that works, but it really does!
The biggest problem for me when I am on a long journey is getting tired. I like to chose a radio station with some peppy music, maybe get the window open and let some air fly around (though not too much because it does horrible things to the petrol consumption!), but probably the best advice is to stop every 2 hours to walk around before getting back on the road.
Incidentally, even though I am a HUGE coffee addict (sorry… I meant fan. I am a coffee fan!) I would not suggest driving and drinking lots of coffee. Peppermint tea is probably a better bet.
I hope to able to post on Thursday having safely returned home with our VIP (Very Important Parent!) for her mini-break with us.