This Is The Best Spot To Be On Any Cruise Ship If You Experience Seasickness

Anyone who suffers from motion sickness knows the struggle is real. The cold sweats, headaches, dizziness, and even vomiting associated with the condition can quickly put a damper on any trip — especially if you're ever caught unprepared or on long journeys.

And while certain illnesses like travel-related stomach bugs might seem like the be-all-end-all of a trip — there's really nothing worse than experiencing motion sickness — or seasickness, in this case — aboard a cruise ship. After all, stomach bugs come and go. But seasickness while literally at sea? That's usually here to stay. Luckily, though, experts and seasoned cruise travelers have been coming up with more and more ways to deal with the unpleasant symptoms and challenges of seasickness.

From focusing on a set point in the horizon to playing around with aromatherapy, trying a natural remedy, applying pressure to your wrists, and even wearing a funky pair of motion sickness glasses — they're not fashionable, but they might do the trick! — there are plenty of tips for preventing seasickness already out there. However, there's one strategy that often goes unnoticed: sitting outside toward the back of the boat.

Knowing where to go

Although knowing which rooms to book on a cruise if you suffer from seasickness can help you enjoy a more pleasant experience, it's not necessarily a cure-all solution since staying inside means you'll be missing out on a key ingredient to help you overcome the feeling: fresh air. In fact, according to the National Ocean Service, fresh air is often the quickest way to get rid of most of the pesky symptoms associated with seasickness — including nausea — whereas the closed quarters of a cruise ship cabin can actually make them worse.

As for why choosing the back of the boat makes any more of a difference, it is all due to the way boats move on water. So, while being at sea means you're bound to run into rough and turbulent waters that'll make the boat bounce and sway, the back of the boat — aka, the aft — tends to move a lot less because that's typically where the engine is located, which makes it a lot heavier and less likely to move.

Keep in mind, though, that things might get a little noisier when you're back there — but it's nothing that a good pair of earplugs can't fix. Plus, you might even kill two birds with one stone: some sailors claim that wearing a single earplug can help trick your brain into ignoring signals from the ear — where seasickness originates due to disrupted balance — and focusing on signals from your eyes.