Autistic Travel & Nomad Living: Finding Stability in Instability on the Road
I thrive in environments where I can find enough predictability to have a reliable routine (one that keeps me centered). However, nomadic life is often unpredictable.
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It has been requested that I share more of our journeys and lessons learned while traveling.
People are often curious about how being Autistic lends itself to nomadic styles of living (especially since many of us crave stability, and I am no different).
I thrive in environments where I can find enough predictability to have a reliable routine (one that keeps me centered). However, nomadic life is often unpredictable, so unpredictable the unpredictability itself often becomes predictable.
Living on the road can be chaotic, but there are some things I can rely on, and I cling to those familiar comforts. Traveling in an RV, we have our home (everywhere we go) and all the items one needs (though fewer amenities than some are used to).
We have a refrigerator, furnace, water heater, stove, and oven that run on propane. Onboard, we also have a large battery to run lights and the fan for our furnace. We have 400 watts of solar energy and two portable batteries that can run most of our household items to ensure we don't run out of power.
Even if we break down on the side of the road, I have my home office (that fits in a backpack) with me everywhere we go.
In the chaos of whatever is happening outside, life inside our RV goes on as I go about my day as usual, brewing water in my silver camp kettle to make instant coffee.
As we move from place to place, the scenery outside our windows and the places we play after work changes, but the world inside our home remains unaltered.
I have my routines. I have my rituals. I still work - a LOT.
Work is one thing that remains constant.
Hi, my name is Lyric, and I'm a workaholic.
I work A LOT.
I work more than I want to.
I work as a way to distract myself from my problems and uncomfortable feelings and emotions.
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