Going to a new and unfamiliar place can be anxiety-inducing for Autistics. Here’s what I do to reduce that anxiety.
I use Google Maps to figure out how to get there.
I search for YouTube videos of the place and watch them to familiarise myself with what the place looks like.
If there are no videos available, I search for images or use Street View in Google Maps.
If I’m going to a restaurant/cafe, I search for the menu online and see what I can eat there.
If I find an interesting dish but am unsure of its ingredients, I google that dish.
I pack my bag with aids that I think I’ll need (e.g. ear plugs, sunglasses, stim toys).