TravelShades – A Drug-Free Remedy Against Motion Sickness

As I person who has extensively traveled the world for the past 10 years, who finds herself on a bus, train or plane at least once a month, you wouldn’t imagine that I struggle with two of the most terrible travel related “diseases”, if I can call them like this: fear of flying and motion sickness.

While the fear of flying doesn’t really have a cure (trust me, I have tried everything and the only way I survive a flight at the moment is by drinking a little bit more wine that I should), for the motion sickness there are plenty of solutions. “Do they work”, you may ask? To be fair, not really. The only drug that works for me is Stugeron 15 (which contains cinnarizine and you can buy it over the counter in Boots), but the problem with it is that it affects my sensitive stomach so I can only take it when it’s really necessary, on long trips. Wrist bands? A waste of money I would say.

I first discovered that something was wrong when I was just a child and my mother used to bring books on the 6 hours drive to my grandparent’s house. Every time I would get sick but nobody realised that it was because I was reading. Further on in life, the moment when I realised that I was actually suffering from motion sickness was when I was traveling through Vietnam, on 24 hours long bus rides. I remember buying the second volume of the Millennium series, The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson, as a way to pass the time faster. I was lying in my tiny bed on the bus, reading, when I noticed that something was wrong. “Could it be because I am reading?”, I asked myself after passing through all the possible scenarios, including food poisoning. And I was right, I was feeling bad because I was reading. That was when I knew that I suffer from motion sickness.

My last “adventure” with anti-motion sickness drugs was when I sailed to France and didn’t have time to buy the usual medicine. So I bought one in France, with a different active substance, thinking that they are same. Did I get motion sickness? No, but I did get all the side effects of the pills, which made me unable to function properly for the next 3 days! Imagine being dizzy and feeling like the world is spinning around every time you blink.

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When I received the pair of anti motion sickness sunglasses from TravelShades I was skeptical and didn’t think they would work because of my past experience with other natural reliefs. However, I did take them with me on my next bus trip to the airport. It was 3AM and I was the only passenger on the bus until the first stop. I could feel every single roundabout, every single curve, and my stomach was not liking the movement. By the time we reached our first stop, in 20 minutes, I was already in agony so I decided to put the TravelShades on and ignore that it’s night and everyone is going to look at me in a strange way. With my sight restricted, I could only see the street lights on the right side of me passing fast one after another. In 10 minutes I was sleeping and soon my nausea went away as well.

Happy with the result and arriving at the airport without any signs of motion sickness, I continued wearing the TravelShades during the car rides on the curvy roads in Spain and they worked every time. I have also avoided looking at my phone or reading while in the car.

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The principle behind the TravelShades is based on how our brain receives mixed signals from our eyes and inner ears when we are in a moving vehicle. Motion sickness happens when you can’t feel the motion that your eyes see: your eyes are telling the brain that you are moving at a fast speed, but your inner ear it tells it that you are standing still on a chair. TravelShades are designed to reduce our vision from 3D to 2D through an opaque lens. This way the glasses are reducing the conflicting messages sent by our eyes to the brain.

TravelShades have a symmetrical design, which means that you can choose which eye you want to cover and the sunglasses will look and feel the same when you wear them. One lens is covered so that you can still see the world with one eye, but you can’t “see the motion”.

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Another place where I tested the TravelShades was on a 4 hour ferry journey. The sea was quite rough and the decks were closed because of it. A lot of passengers were sick that day, which made the captain ask everyone to move towards the middle of the ship, for their comfort. I put the TravelShades on and found a comfy seat near the cafe. Soon, I dozed off peacefully, without any symptoms, listening to the music coming from the games room.

Do TravelShades work? Are TravelShades a real drug-free remedy for motion sickness? They worked for me! I am looking forward in having a long lasting relationship with TravelShades and hopefully forget about motion sickness once and for all. I am happy to recommend them as a great alternative to medicine. You can find our more about how they work and when you will be able to buy them by visiting the TravelShades website.

 
Disclaimer: Please note that I received TravelShades for free to review them. However, all comments and opinions in this article are my own.

Traveler. Dreamer. Cat lover. Wondering around the world with my backpack and my camera. Contributing to make the world a better place.

54 Comments

  1. This does look like a very good idea for people who get motion sickness. I don’t normally get it. Only time I have had it is when I went on Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey at Universal.

  2. These sound great! I’ve personally never suffered from travel sickness but my sister used to really bad and I remember her wearing the travel bracelets when we were little.
    I will definitely be suggesting these to her 🙂

  3. I’ve never heard of TravelShades before but they sound incredible! I hate taking medication so this is right up my alley.

  4. I suffer from motion sickness when I’m on a plane, not so much in the car. I understand how uncomfortable it is. Whole flight can be a nightmare! Does the shades really work? On a plane I mean.

    1. TravelShades have been successfully tried on most modes of transport including planes. The glasses were independently proven to relieve symptoms in 89% of 93 people in a coach trial by Leeds University. Money back guarantee means nothing to lose. Please try them and let us know how you get on through the website, we love to hear. Available from April 15th 2017
      Denise Flaxman, wife of the inventor.

  5. Whoa! I didn’t know these things exist! Thanks for sharing. I love traveling but am also prone to motion sickness as well and I overcome it by just simply sleeping it off but I miss out on the scenic views. I hope they have a night version for this one.

    1. Hi Porsche, a low-light mirror version is indeed available in ‘Classic’ wrap around (Matt or Gloss Black Frame) and also in the ‘Horizon’ range which have been designed to be worn with or without prescription glasses. Both ranges are also available in smoke tint for every day use. Find them at TravelShades.com from April 15th.
      Denise Flaxman, wife of the inventor.

  6. Wow, this is probably one of the greatest innovations! I also get motion sickness sometimes, when travelling. I didn’t know these shades would actually help, unbelievable! You get to be stylish while avoiding motion sickness! Haha

  7. Ugh, motion sickness, I feel you. I have the same problem since a few years back (never used to be a problem in my early years) and I always get so nauseaus on buses and in cars, which becomes a huge problem when traveling a lot. I can’t imagine traveling through Vietnam for 24 hours on a bus. I always tried to take the train in SEA whenever I could, because I know their roads are not the best and if I would take the bus I’d always be extremely sick.

    I’ve also tried anti-motion pills, but just like you, I found I was feeling dizzy, tired and lethargic.

    I’ve never heard of glasses like these, so thanks for sharing this, I will definitely need to check this out!

  8. First of all – respect that you overcome your fears (and obviously these are some serious and not so easy to handle – ones), this is great. I cannot really imagine how it must be to travel with such fears. On the other hand, and you do it since more than 10 years – the reward from traveling is truly a big one.
    Glad to hear, that there is at least in your case a cure for motion sickness and who knows, maybe also for fear of flights there will be a cure 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with TravelShades, might be helpful also for others as well!

  9. What an absolutely amazing invention! I luckily don’t suffer with motion sickness but my daughter does, and funnily enough she always tries to read on journeys too! I am going to grab a pair of these and see if they help her x

    1. Hi Tanya, depending on the age of your daughter of course, a Junior version of TravelShades should hopefully be available to buy before the (British) summer holidays. We are working on it right now. Remember to check out the instructions especially for children under nine years of age.
      Denise Flaxman, wife of the inventor

  10. This is very cool, I never knew something like this existed..let alone would work so well. I am lucky enough to not have motion sickness. But keep wearing them if it helps just think of the song ‘I wear my sun glasses at night’ ahah

  11. This looks like such a cool way to solve travel sickness! I luckily don’t get it now but these would of been perfect for when I did have it!

  12. This is so good to know! I had no idea there was even an alternative to meds for motion sickness! I might need to get these for my upcoming trip! Thank you!

  13. Oh.My.God. You are speaking my language!! I am constantly trying so hard to push through motion sickness while I travel, anywhere from the passenger seat of a car to the top deck of a ferry. I never would have imagined sunglasses would work like this, but looks like I need to buy myself (and everyone in the family! hah!) a pair now.

  14. Oh my goodness I feel travel sick just reading your post! I have suffered from motion sickness since childhood too, the only thing that works for me is the drugs, preferably Stugeron but I sometimes take Kwells because they work faster (but slightly less effective). I’d never even heard of these glasses, may have to look them up!

  15. I’m terrified of heights, which leads to being afraid of flying ha!
    One of the lecturers at my university has been looking at motion/travel sickness. Literally, they called out for participants for an experiment where they spin you around a lot and make you feel… motion sick. I did not volunteer XD

    It’s cool that the glasses work, I am so fascinated by the hows XD

  16. I only get bad travel sickness when I am looking at technology. If I steer clear of electronic devices I am basically all fine. However when I have had it – it’s been bad!

  17. I have taken different kinds of motion sickness remedies. I like some of them especially this therapeutic oil that I got from my friend. The medicines make feel sleepy which are not helpful especially when I travel with friends. I am keen to try this TravelShades but I wear prescription eyeglasses. I am not sure how will it work. There are other factors that make me feel sick when traveling like the smell of the air conditioner in a small ship, lack of sleep, ate something off, and more.

    1. Hi Iza, TravelShades are available to fit over prescription glasses. They also have a 30 day money back guarantee (see website for T’s & C’s) so you have little to lose and just maybe security in your pocket for your future travelling experiences.
      Denise Flaxman, wife of the Inventor

  18. I have never suffered with motion sickness but the travel shades look like a perfect solution. I do meet people whilst traveling who suffer with motion sickness and I’ll suggest the travel shades. It’s amazing how simple but effective they are, and no more drugs required!

  19. I am lucky enough not to suffer from motion sickness, but I did when I was younger so I totally feel you! But you never know, right, so I will keep it in mind! 🙂

  20. Oh I too suffer from travel sickness. Might have to get myself a pair to try out on my next road trip! I’ve also tried some of the over the counter options with some funny results.

  21. Wow! This is incredibly interesting to me and I want a pair! I get motion sickness EVERYWHERE! I have tried many things and I love the drug free option! Thank you for opening my eyes to this product, very cool idea! I am excited to look further into it and will hopefully be getting myself a pair! =) Much love & Happy Travels!

  22. How on *earth* did I not know about these? I’ve had motion sickness ever since I can remember, and I tried everything. Luckily I’m fine on planes and trains (most of the time), but I feel awful on buses and in cars. The only thing that works is a pill I used to buy back home (even Stugeron doesn’t help, though), and nothing else. I’ve heard about the wristband but haven’t tried it yet… I’m still a bit skeptical! I’ll definitely look into the sunglasses – thanks for the recommendation!

    1. Hi Vicky, you are only just hearing about TravelShades because they go on sale for the very first time this weekend, April 15th. They will be available exclusively through TravelShades.com
      Denise Flaxman, wife of the Inventor

  23. Lucky for me, I am not prone to Motion Sickness, but at times when I do feel a bit wonky, I try to suck onto some candy, or just close my eyes and think of something else till the urge to throw up passes away. Travel Shades looks like an innovative way to prevent motion sickness, and the fact that you dint feel anything on a 4 hour ferry ride bears testimony to that fact.

  24. I have never suffered from motion sickness (ok, maybe once on a boat on a very windy day in Malta), but I’ve known people who so and have never thought that some kind of sunglasses might be a solution for this kind of problems. They seem to be a great idea if they actually work, not risking any side effects!

  25. Oh wow, when I first saw the title of your post I didn’t see the “TravelShades” bit and so was expecting some sort of herbal concoction. A pair of shades wouldn’t even have been my second guess! They sound amazing. I don’t suffer from motion sickness (yet – I’ve heard it can develop in time.. fingers crossed it doesn’t..) but both my siblings and my best friend does so I’ll have to tell them about it!

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