Autistic Travel Tips

Autistic Travel Tips

Hey guys. So, this Boston. Err… this Boston. Ha! This April, I’m traveling to Boston. Unfortunately, because flights to Boston are
not reasonable in April, I will be traveling without David. Traveling alone in an airport is, unfortunately,
confusing and not always easy, so I wanted to share with you guys some of the things
that I do in order to make traveling a little bit less stressful. For me, the first thing that I do whenever
I am going to be taking a trip, is I make sure I start making a list of all the things
I need, like two weeks before I have to leave. So right now, I’m working on getting everything
packed. Get everything packed in advance and make
sure to check your checklist so you don’t accidentally forget anything. Take the checklist with you so you don’t
forget anything when you’re leaving the hotel – that’s a really good tip, too. The other thing that I strongly, strongly
recommend, depending on your airport … if you are flying out of a major city hub. I will be arriving for my flight at least
two hours early. If you’re in a smaller airport, you might
not need to do this, but arrive early with plenty of time to get to your flight, figure
out where you’re going, and get through security. I always find that airports are kind of confusing
and a little bit overwhelming, and I am not the best at navigating places that are unfamiliar. I tend to always be kind of turned around
and a bit confused looking in the airport, and that’s always unfortunate because security
seems to always think I’m up to something, and really I’m just>
because I can’t process what the security people are saying because the airport is so
loud and it’s echoing and it’s so big and there’s just so much going on. Security always give me a hassle. So, to make security easier, suggestions would
be: If you have a laptop, go ahead and take it out of your bag before you get to the security
gate. Wear shoes that are easy to remove and put
back on to go through airport security because they are going to make you take your shoes
off. Try to avoid metal on your clothes anywhere
– anything that might set off the detector. Try to wear clothes that are – this probably
wouldn’t be the best shirt – I’d probably wear something that was a little tighter fitting,
that shows I don’t have anything in my clothes … not giving the TSA people any reason to
bother you. I flew to Chicago last April, and it was cold,
and I wore my big lace-up winter boots. I’m glad I had them in Chicago, but it was
a really big pain in the butt in the airport. Metal lace-up boots – not so much. If possible, book a direct flight. Because I always get turned around and lost
and confused in airports, I really don’t need the added pressure of having to change
planes, in a strange airport I’ve never been to, on a time crunch to get to the next
airplane. It’s like Sonic the Hedgehog or Mario when
they’re underwater … Tick tick tick tick … “You’re going to drown. You’re going to drown! Get to the gate. Get to the gate!” No. I don’t need that in my life when I’m
trying to travel. Whenever possible, if you can book a direct
flight, or a flight that does have a stop or layover but there is no plane change, that
just would be a really big tip there. The other thing that is kind of specific to
my region, but I like Southwest Airlines. Out of the airlines I have flown, they’ve
just been the best to deal with – customer service is pretty great, and I like that if
I get there and get on the plane, it’s first come first serve seating, and I don’t usually
have trouble getting the window seat. It’s just my favorite airline so far. I haven’t flown on a lot of airlines, just
to clarify that. Pretty much all of my flights that I’ve
ever taken have been for work. Even the pleasure flights have been with work,
if that makes any sense to you. But traveling for work with my teammates and
coworkers has really let me learn from seasoned travel professionals how I can make my own
travel a bit easier. So, guys, these are just a few of the things
that I will be doing in order to get myself from Austin to Baltimore safely, and hopefully
without much difficulty. Do you have travel tips? I’d love to hear them. Oh – earplugs – that’s another one! Oh my gosh, there’s more!!! Give me your tips in the comments below because
I’ve got this trip coming and travel … just the travel part … getting there and getting
back. Flights. The airports. That really makes me nervous. So, I’d love any suggestions. Thank you, guys, so much. I’ll talk to you next week. Have a good one. Bye!

4 thoughts on “Autistic Travel Tips

  1. There are a few things I like to do. I always like to bring noise cancelling headphones. Also, sometimes they'll let someone in to come with you to the terminal (not sure if they always do this, but they have in my experience). Aside from that, just general fight tips as well as everything you said.

  2. I have aspergers syndrome and I went to a boarding high school across the country starting at age 14, so I was constantly flying 6 hours back and forth all alone every 3-8 weeks for 4 years when I was still too young to legally purchase an airline ticket. It was hard at first because of the hectic fast-paced experience and sitting bored doing nothing for 6 hours, but I quickly became an expert and learned how to make those 6 hours fly by. Yes pun.

  3. New suscriber here. Besides arriving early like you mentioned, when going through security, I send my carry-on through first, followed by my shoes and cell phone in a second bin. I put my keys and cellphone in my shoes and then send the bin through. When I get the money, I'm going to apply for Pre-Check, which eliminates the hassle of removing shoes, belts, laptops, etc. I've pre-boarded so I can get the best seat for me (Southwest fangirl here). I have really bad food aversions, so I make sure I pack cereal and other familiar foods if there's room.

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