Travel time seems to be longer.

Philippines
November 14, 2012 2:09am CST
I just observed that when we are travelling to a certain place, especially for the first time, going there seems to be longer than compared to the travel going back home. However, when you look at the distance as well as the time you spend travelling will have almost the same. How about you other mylotters, do you feel the same too? Do you have idea on how we feel that way? Or is there any psychological exlanation about this thing? Good day and have a safe trip to everyone.
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@WakeUpKitty (8709)
• Netherlands
14 Nov 12
Already as a kid I felt that going somewhere the travel distance is way longer as going back home. Fact is this is true in most cases so it's not just about the feeling. Might be we have more time if we leave and are in a bigger rush to get back home? But if it comes to travelling generally speaking it all takes way more time as told. Airplanes are a good example of it, so is train or bus. They never mention all the time you are waiting, have to be there before departure etc etc.
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• Philippines
14 Nov 12
You got a point. I think it was just really about the feeling. The feeling of excitement of going to another place and since you going back, you already passed the same road which will lessen the excitement. Furthermore, some when you travel back home, you spent the whole trip with a sleep.
@hereandthere (25813)
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
i'm used to traveling on edsa so when i need to go somewhere along quezon ave to espana and taft, i am always looking out the window, afraid i'd miss my stop. i did travel that route as a student so it's familiar. i just feel a little rusty, and of course, the landmarks and infrastructure have changed a lot. i have a poor sense of direction so i like straight routes that have very little left and right turns. my parent's hometown is 14 hours by bus and growing up, we always leave in the afternoon and get there early morning. the first half of the first day is really wasted because we'd eat, unpack then catch up on sleep. then when i started working, i had an officemate whose hometown is also in the same region. we left at 7am and i was so surprised we were at her house by 5pm. because it was a day trip, i really enjoyed watching the scenery and people and didn't feel as tired even though the journey was only shorter by 10 hours.
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
that was really surprising to reach your hometown 10 hours earlier. I think it is because during night time drivers are really extra careful in driving the routes becuase it was really dark there. furthermore, travelling at night really took longer becuase drivers usually made several stopovers for coffee or for some rest.
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
no, it was my officemate's hometown which is only 10 hrs from manila. maybe i didn't feel tired because it was the novelty of traveling during the day, enjoying the scenery, and your body clock not really needing sleep yet. maybe just a nap, unlike when it's night time. my parent's province is 14 hours away and yes, there are 2 stopovers.
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
I see, you are right, you will enjoy the travel going to your destination especially when it was your first time making you feel the time ticks slower and farther.
@Iriene88 (5352)
• Malaysia
4 Dec 12
I just love this topic. Most of us here felt the same. The journey going seems longer that the journey back. Is it psychological, illusion or facts? Yes, we are excited about our holiday destination, anxious makes us feel longer.. something like waiting for our love one seems so long. right? On the way back, we are tired and tend to sleep or more relax, so the journey seems shorter, I guessed!
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
I think you are right, on our way going to our destination we really seems to be excited about it makes us feel the time is ticking too slow due to excitement. but on our way home, we tend to take a rest during the entire trip.
3 Dec 12
You tend to get very excited on getting to your destination that you'll find the ride very long. On your way back home you'll be so tired and a few hours rest while waiting to get there seems to be not enough. That's just how I see it. :)
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
Yes, that might the reason for the psychological effect. We tend to get tired and we choose to take a rest during the entire trip back home.
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
28 Nov 12
Yes I also feel like this specially while going on my mothers house feel oohhh God home many hours spend but still Nagpur is not came. Some time when I seat in train, train is late so feel ohhh I am sitting so it is late. Boring logic but apply logic.
• Philippines
1 Dec 12
I do feel the same, when going back to our hometown, it seems that the travel time is really long, but when going back to our house, it realy seem to be short but when looking at the clock, the time is almost the same.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
I do agree with you. Going to a new place seems to be longer than going back. Perhaps it is because while heading there, we are not familiar yet and everything seems new. While going back is at ease already knowing that we are just re trying the steps and we have exactly an idea where we are going already.
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
Yes, are really wide awake when going there and we did not exactly know how long will it take going there. But when we went back, the places were already viewed on our way so we are not that interested on it upon going back. Good day!
@atv818 (1988)
• United Arab Emirates
15 Nov 12
Funny that you mention this because I notice this too. Maybe this is simply psychological since we are eager to go back home that the travel seems shorter. Well, there's no place like home
• Philippines
18 Nov 12
I think yes there are some psychological explanation to this one. I think I will research on this one or perhaps there might be a psychologist here that can answer this issue. I agree with you, there's no place like home.
• Calgary, Alberta
15 Nov 12
Going home is faster because you dont want the vacation to end, something we enjoy makes time feels fast while something that bores as felts like forever. Going to a place for the first time feels slower cos you are trying to view things you had never seen before, you are analizing your environment as you seat inside the car and looking outside the windows. Youa re looking at an unfamiliar environment.
• Philippines
15 Nov 12
yes, it is true. from my own experience. When we are going on a trip in a place for the first time, I was really wide awake the whole time. I think due to many things you saw during the trip, it will fill your mind and will think that the whole journey was longer compared going back which most of us sleep during the whole trip going back
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@maximax8 (27048)
14 Nov 12
During the getting there journey the person feels excited about reaching his or her destination. The time getting there seems to go rather longer than it does going back home. The reason is the person is thinking of being back at home on the homeward journey. On a long haul flight he or she might sleep a few hours away. I find a long haul flight uncomfortable and in the last three years I have been on some of these. It was from London to Vancouver in 2010. Then it was London to the Caribbean coastline of Colombia in 2011. This year it was London to Argentina's capital city. Jet lag can happen going through many time zones so this would add to the tiredness. In 2009 I went from London to Cape Town. I felt great due to a minimal time difference. In 2011 I had a wonder of what South America would be like traveling on a South American airline because the Spanish airline had let me down with a delay and missed connection. The trip out to Colombia seemed to take ages compared to the flight back home.
• Philippines
15 Nov 12
Just like others said, excitement adds to the feeling of long travel and since you are tired when going back home, you might sleep the whole trip going back and you will not noticed that you are already back to your home. Just to add, some said that one thing you can avoid jet lag it to adjust yourself to the time zone you are into once you reached your destination. For example, when you leave London night time and you reach another continet in day time, don't sleep just to cope up with the time you leave London, instead, wait for the night and just took your sleep when it was already night at your current location.
@ARIES1973 (9531)
• Legaspi, Philippines
14 Nov 12
Oh, yes! This is really true and I myself is also asking why we felt this way on our first travel on the place. Like now, I am assigned in a place farther than my previous assignment. During my first travel to the place, I really felt that my travel time seems like it has no end anymore. But now after two weeks of going to and back, I feel that my travel is not as long as the first time. I think it has something to do with not being familiar with the place, so I am thinking too much about the travel.
• Philippines
15 Nov 12
yes, that might be the reason. familiarity on the place is one thing that makes you think like this one. Like when we first went to the place where we are going to buy our house, the place looks like very far but after living there for few weeks or even days, the place seems to be just few miles away but if you are going to observe the time and distance, it is the same with the first time you go there.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
14 Nov 12
I am living here in the city and my hometown is in the very distant province.It takes 10 to 14 hours to travel depending on the bus.I am always going home.I think three to four times a year.And every time I am travelling, I am getting bored for it seems our house was very very distant. Like you have said. They said its because of the excitement so I felt like that and I agree to that. When I got back here in the city and traveled again, I did not have any excitement at all and so I just wasted my time in sleeping overnight and in a day.
• Philippines
15 Nov 12
Maybe that is one reason, you get bored going back home and spend most of the time sleeping rather than looking at the views outside. Excitement also adds when going to a place especially you never seen before whch makes you wide awake during the whole travel time.