Travelling can be a lot of fun if you are able to get comfortable. Essentially when you travel you’re going to be sitting in one place for a long period of time with nothing that you need to do and access to any kind of entertainment you might want to pass the time.
Think of this as your free license to enjoy reading a book or listening to some music, even doing some programming or watching TV. And unlike when you relax at home, there will be no nagging feeling that ‘maybe you should be washing the dishes’. You couldn’t do any work even if you wanted to…
Problem is, that although technology is great for keeping us entertained for long stretches, it is unfortunately also somewhat difficult to use when travelling. Some of this is to do with the confined space, but it’s also down to the fact that getting shaken around while watching a small screen can make us feel sick. It’s like the travel sickness you get from reading a book plus an award sitting position and plus a lot of glare on your screen.
Fortunately you can still use your tech, you just need to know how to set it up. Read on and we’ll look at some of the things you can do.
1. Take Travel Sickness Medication
This is a good start: take some travel sickness tablets and you’ll be able to keep your travel sickness at bay independent of what you do. For some people this is a complete cure, for others it’s just a small help. Of course other strategies to mitigate travel sickness generally help too: which means eating a meal that lines your stomach (including something salty) and conversely avoiding soda drinks.
2. Take Breaks
The problem with both reading and surfing the web while you’re riding on a coach, is that it means you’re looking at something that remains still in your eye line, while your ears are telling you that you’re being shaken around. This is why it helps to look out the window, and especially to watch the horizon. Take regular breaks to do so and you’ll find you don’t get ill quite so quickly.
3. Reduce Glare
If you can, then choose a device that has an e-ink display in order to reduce the issue of glare on the screen and thus avoid eyestrain. The Kindle is a great example of just such a device and is perfect for reading on long journeys.
Alternatively you can reduce glare by sitting on the right side of the vehicle, and by increasing the contrast on your screen. Some devices even have a ‘daylight mode’ which reacts by making the contrast between text and background greater. The result? More easily legible writing, even when the sun is shining right on the screen.
4. Change Your Plans
If you still feel sick then you might choose to do something that doesn’t involve staring intently at a screen at all. A perfect example of this might be to listen to an audio book for example in which case you can still enjoy some entertainment but can happily look out the window at the same time!
Author Bio: Warren Brown is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Warren has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.