Traveling can feel like a tunnel that’s sealed on both ends! I personally can’t stand airport security or long bus rides. Even so, the reality is that we are living in a world that makes travel fairly accessible (more accessible than it ever has been). With families and friends and interesting sites all thousands of […]
We all want to have fun, exciting experiences (some of the time)! Whether it’s a day trip to Disneyland, a weekend-long convention, or a much-anticipated family reunion, we on the spectrum occasionally find ourselves in the thick of a great time; yet, our bodies and brains are often left unattended and uncared for by those […]
Let’s discuss driving. This milestone seems simple to NT people, but life behind the wheel is daunting for most autistic individuals. Even so, lack of transportation is a barrier to employment. Also, relying on others for transport can become a source of anxiety and result in feelings of burdensomeness. The truth is, I failed my […]
College is a huge transition. But many autistic individuals are about to hit the road and take that leap in a few months. Some of us already finished degrees, while others are in the midst. Either way, those first few months stay with us all. Fraught with new settings, new people, and new schedules, the […]
What’s it like being an autistic person in a big city? Many autistic people cite that big cities are a sensory nightmare. While it’s true that we must combat flashing lights, noises, and traffic in a city, I’ve found numerous benefits to living in NYC. As with most things, for every pro, there’s a con, […]
If you’re going to travel to a country with a culture that is foreign to you, think on this: Locals who don’t know you’re on the spectrum will often perceive aspie eccentricities as intriguing cultural differences!
Theme parks are a great place to escape into the imaginary and take a break from real world social rules, if you can handle the crowds that is!
I rarely throw myself into a new environment. First, I research online, plan an hourly schedule, and look up maps. Once I arrive, I take a good chunk of time to just explore and understand my surroundings. The day is always much more fun as a result!
I often wear discrete ear buds when walking down a busy street, preferably while listening to my favorite calming music. I like video game soundtracks that help me fade into the bustle of the crowd.
Make a list of all the places in your city that include animals. Going out becomes a lot more relaxing when you have a less complicated creature to play with!