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visiting BsAs for 5 wks - where can I go in Argentia without worrying about motion sickness?

visiting BsAs for 5 wks - where can I go in Argentia without worrying about motion sickness?

Oct 28th, 2006, 03:32 PM
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visiting BsAs for 5 wks - where can I go in Argentia without worrying about motion sickness?

Lately, I've had severe motion illness problems, which are just tolerable with medication, so I'm looking for places we can visit in AR without ruining my trip and my husband's!! Would Mendoza work for us if we flew there? Any other suggestions? Currently, we're planning 5-6 weeks, mostly in Bs As and a few days slotted for Iguazu. We would like to see a few more places if our budget and my stomach can stand it. Tour books are not very clear about what kind of travel is involved, whether we'll have twisty, hilly roads to contend with. Any help appreciated.

We're more than happy to try less frequented places and are interested in all suggestions.

We prefer not to rent a car, if we can manage without one. We love car-free vacations. (We just finished the perfect car-free holiday in Switzerland!!)

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Oct 28th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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Would bus travel be easier for you than planes?
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Oct 28th, 2006, 08:57 PM
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Have you tried Seabands? I also have some trouble on occasion and on a transpacific cruise that was very rough I tried them after I could not keep any pill remedies down. I was fine within 45 minutes and you are supposed to put them on before you get sick.

I had heard about them, but frankly thought they were a placebo. The seas were so rough many people ended up on IV's. So obviously I now swear by them and have since heard that chemotherapy patients use them with success.

They work by accupressure so you MUST read the directions and wear them accordingly. I honestly rarely see people wearing them properly, but the do work. You can get them in most any drugstore for about $12.00 and they have zero side effects.
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Oct 28th, 2006, 10:28 PM
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cmcfong: Thanks for the thoughts. But I do best on planes and trains. If the bus is making a straight run, no turns or climbing, I am okay, but after 5 minutes on a twisting, turning, bus or car, I'm done for. I have tried seabands for over ten years (they worked better for me years ago), connette, and though I never travel without them, the meds, the looking to the horizons, etc, or just keeping my eyes closed,and with all those emedies listed above and adding ginger, I can just about make it to my destination without being absolutely miserable. But semi-miserable is pretty terrible, too. It appears to get worst as I get older and yes, I have been to several ENTs about it. They are the one who prescribe all the medicine, I was reluctant to take in the beginning, but they help me manage to let me hang in?!

So, if anyone has any suggestions how we can visit Argentina and see other places that we would enjoy without tortuous travel for me and helping my husband not worry about me, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks very much.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 04:53 PM
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I'll try again before this post gets buried. Any suggestions out there? Thanks.
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Oct 30th, 2006, 08:40 PM
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I flew to Mendoza in August.

Mendoza itself is flat but is surrounded by mountains. Obviously if you are wanting to go into the mountains the roads will be twisty but the town itself is fine. You have a choice of foot, taxi, bus or trolley bus to get around.

The vineyards don't involve tisty roads but if you go on a tour they may take you to several other places, the trip I did was half a day and involved 2 vineyards a traditional cold olive press factory, a church and a ceramics place.Iand took a few twists and turns that may be best avoided (I'm using my friend as a guage - he is fine on straight roads but twists and turns make him ill, even on short journeys)

I really liked Mendoza - cheaer than BA for leather, I treat myself to a coat. Nice shops and nice people. The place closes for about 3 hours at lunchtime which means you really do have to take it easy but if you are sporty there is even more to see / do - climbing, whitewater rafting (although I expect not compatibal with motion sickness)skiing.

I also spent some time in Uruguay - 35 min flight from BA to Montevideo. I then took a bus to Salto 5 hours away - the road was virtually a straight line and very smooth also the bus seats are comfortable reclining seats. If you can sleep, with or without medication I would recomend it as a way to travel. Salto the town hasn't got much but there are 'thermals', hot springs which is the reason I went.

If you intend to fly around argentina you can get an air pass from aerolineas argentinas - sorry i don't know the cost.

Have a wonderful time - I loved both argentina and Uruguay.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 05:31 AM
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Have you tried the transderm patches? I get terrible motion sickness (have since a child) and these work great for me. You can wear one for 72 hours before you have to change. I used it in Ireland where we rode on a bus with all kinds of twists and turns and did fine. The only drawback is they make you very dry so you need lots of water.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 04:07 PM
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Thanks, Sashh, you answered my question about Mendoza. Now, I have an idea what the town is like and it sounds like I can manage it!! Sharon G, I, do have the Patch, but I've never tried it. I carry it around from trip-to-trip. I'll have to try it. Maybe the "twisty" roads that are not too bad in Mendosa, could be a trial run.

I'm assuming I will be all right going to Iguazu if I fly in??? Am I assuming too much? Anyone who can help me with this part of my journey?

Also, any other ideas/suggestions for places to visit that I can manage on a straight, but under 5 hrs bus ride from BsAs or Iguazu would be appreciated.

Thanks again.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 04:11 PM
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Cmcfong: Generally, bus rides are horrible for me, but if the buses are as pleasant as described in BsAs, and on a straight ride, I might chance it. I do best on trains and planes. However, I've been reading that trains are not the preferred mode of transport in AR, except for the famous one to the clouds.
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Don't be afraid of the patch. It has really made a difference in my life that now I don't have to worry about feeling nauseated when I travel and having to stay behind when others are having fun.
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Oct 31st, 2006, 06:09 PM
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SharonG: Thanks for the reassurance about the patch. I guess I have been a little afraid of it. My husband keeps asking why I don't try it. I will make an effort this trip round. Thanks again.
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