Growing up, my appetite for reading was insatiable. At night, I read under the cover of darkness with a pen light. I read while tanning at the beach. I tried to read at the dining room table during dinner, but my Puritanical father forbade it. I read during classes, hiding paperbacks in my textbooks, which I kept at a 45 degree angle resting on my lap and desk.
There was only one location where I desperately wanted to read but was physically unable: in a moving vehicle.
Yes, it’s true. I suffer from debilitating motion sickness in cars, planes, trains, boats, and buses. If I try to read while in any of these modes of transportation, it compounds the nausea, weakening my already delicate constitution.
The cruel irony doesn’t escape me–I love to travel AND I love to read. I can’t do both simultaneously without breaking out in a cold sweat, being racked with waves of nausea, and issuing forth a geiser of vomit, much to the pleasure of traveling companions and others within earshot.
Sadly, Dramamine and other remedies don’t work for me. Instead, I’ve taken to listening to audio books (when traveling alone) and they have saved me from the plague that is motion sickness.
How about you? Can you read in a moving vehicle without dying a thousand deaths?