The Wayfaring Autist

Photographs and writings documenting 4 years of non-stop solo travel by an autistic female

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Autistic sterotypes and individuality

According to stereotypes as autistic people we are said to be rigid and obsessed with structure. The media portray us as a burden to society and broken. Television often stereotypes us to be savants with minds like a computer system. Another stereotype is that we feel nothing which is completely untrue. Some stereotypes may apply to some of us but we are individuals. Being an individual means we obviously have different needs and desires. According to many of these stereotypes and societal misunderstanding, dreams of travel and wanderlust are unrealistic and will probably never be true. Luckily, this is kind of bullshit for some of us.

I once believed the stereotypes, and it gave me a feeling of worthlessness . I used to dream of travel but I never thought it was obtainable. The day I left home and shoved all my belongings in a 50 lt backpack was scary. I guessed it would last a few months at most but it lasted for 4 years. It trained me to be more flexible and made it where I was comfortable to talk to people. It made me independent and it was my education. I learned a lot and it taught me immense empathy and patience.

This blog will be about long term Travel and the effect my autism had on my lifestyle. It is my personal feelings and opinions. If you are on the spectrum and do not feel the same, please do not be offended.

Pathway in Armenia

This was taken near the Turkish border. To get to this area, i took an old mini bus from Yerevan at the bus station (sort of bus station) two taxi drivers lied to me and claimed that the bus did not exit.  Obviously the bus did exist and was filled with locals going back to their villages. I hitchhiked back.  It was a very impressive area and secluded. At the near-by monastery. There were groups of Russian tourists but few ventured past that.

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