Before a competition, athletes study the course and the environment. Before building a house, contractors scout the landscape, calculating layout. Before I travel places or go out to eat, I complete some recon, too.
The more familiar I am with an environment, the more confident and relaxed I am despite my disability. Reviewing a menu online before I eat out gives me an idea of what choices to make once I reach the dinner table, a simple habit, a tool to use when I wish.
The same trick works when I travel, whether I’m reviewing timetables of subways or researching bus stops. If I gain a basic idea of the transit system before I travel on it, I feel prepared. I might be able to anticipate items I need to take along to make the trip better or notice a temporary detour.
Best of all, there’s never a rush when I’m reading on my couch. People aren’t waiting on me to make a decision when I’m in my living room, no pushy crowds, no distracting lighting. Just me and my plans for a pleasant night out.
How do you turn an unfamiliar environment into a place you want to explore?