beetlebomb (beetlebomb) wrote in asd_travel,

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Introductory Post!!!

Greetings and Salutaitions, this is beetlebomb here. As moderator of this community I would like to welcome you one and all to ASD Travel Support.

Although travel is supposed to be a fun and exciting adventure, sometimes it can be a challenge and less than pleasant for those of us with Asperger's Syndrome our Autism due to our sensory issues, disruption of usual routine, etc.

In this community I want to address these issues and provide a place where we can provide one another with helpful tips and coping strategies in order to help eachother have a more enjoyable trip.

As an Aspie and seasoned traveller, I want to share some of my own tips and experience and I also invite you to share your rants so that your next journey can be more fun and relaxing.

I've had my share of meltdowns and unpleasant experiences on the road, but I also know what works to make a trip run more smootly and pleasantly.

ANy ideas and suggestions you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Here are a few of mine...

1. A Walkman is your best friend. Always travel with a good selection of your favorite music to drown out unpleasant noises such as noisy gum-chewers, crying babies, etc.

2. Get plenty of exercise and rest when possible. Part of the reason my 8-hour bus trip to Binghamton went so well in 2003 was that the bus made several stops and I took the opportunity to stretch my legs, make use of washroom facilities, etc. I also got up early to make use of the pool every morning. It was a wonderful way to start my day. A swim before bed was also a wonderful way to help me relax and sleep well. No time to swim? A warm bath with a good book is relaxing.

3. Never underestimate the importance of QUIET TIME!! Study your itinerary to schedule time to rest. When my friends and I go on our Niagara trips, we usually have siesta time for awhile in the afternoon. If you have no time to nap in your hotel room in the afternoon, rest on the bus. Make sure people know your boundaries.

I'll share more ideas later. I hafta go now! Love y'all!
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