5 ways to cure a hangover while travelling

Published May 1st, 2013

Who amongst us hasn’t suffered from a hangover when travelling? One that begins with you lying face down in your hotel bed and ends with you giving Homer Simpson a run for his money at that all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast. Oh and vowing NEVER TO DO IT AGAIN – although we all know that’s not going to happen. So with international hangovers inevitable, here we run through some key steps into recovering from your hangover while travelling.


Opt for a late check out

As we all know, the best way to rid yourself of a hangover is to sleep it off. When travelling though this isn’t always an option. To gain some extra winks of shut eye and shower time, it might be worth asking your hotel if you can have a late check out.


Upgrade to air-conditioning

Trying to recover from a hangover in 40 degree heat may be good for sweating out the toxins, but it certainly won’t be enjoyable. Avoid waking up in a pool of your own sweat by upgrading to an air-conditioned room. It'll be worth it.


Track down a cure

There’s one in every country. A cheeky substance that’s said to rid your headache and settle your stomach. In the UK its Berocca and in the USA its Pepto Bismol. In Thailand, they swear by Royal D while in Morocco, eating a few prickly pears is said to do the trick. In Italy, locals cure their hangovers with a strong espresso, in Japan they love Miso soup while in China, they prefer strong green tea. Or, if you wake up hung-over in the South Pacific, rehydrate with fresh coconut water straight from the source.


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Hit the streets

Once you’ve settled your tummy it’s time to fill it again. And the best place to do so is on the street. Street food in all its cheap and easy glory is a great way to cure a hangover, particularly if you can track down something reasonably healthy. In Asia, a stir-fry of some sorts is bound to do the trick. In Mexico, a dirty burrito will do. In places like the States and the UK it’s hard to resist a burger with the lot, while in Europe, a currywurst in Germany, savoury crepes in France and a perfect slice of pizza in Italy will hit the spot.


Head to the beach, the bar or the bus

If a beach is within reach then it’s the best place to be following a big night. Enjoy a cool dip, find a spot in the shade and take it easy for the rest of the day. Failing a beach, hotel bars, lounges and even libraries are often a great place to recline in comfort. During the day many bars and lounges also have their TVs on, providing ideal recovery conditions pending a bowl of hot chips. Or for something unique, if you happen to find yourself hung-over in Las Vegas (a likely scenario), then track down the Hangover Heaven Bus. Claiming to be able to cure your hangover within 30 minutes, the bus offers a range of treatments and packages to fuel you with fluids and get you on the path of recovery so you can do it all again.



Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.