Are you a fast or slow traveller?

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1. Posted by Xiomn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y 1 Star this if you like it!

I have read hundreds of threads (all over Google) all the time, people laying out their travel plans that necessitate them hopping from one country to another after less than a mere handful of days, in most cases after 2-3 days. These threads are more often than not shut down fast by the people who respond to them as being ill thought out for travelling around so quickly and attempting to soak in as many sights as possible in such a short time frame.

Rarely however do I hear of the people who travel more long term before moving on to another country, even if only two weeks, a lot can be done in two weeks compared to 2-3 days and you get a better feel of what it is like to be over there and not feel just like any other tourist.

My question is, how long do you, on average, tend to spend in a country before moving on, as a traveller.

Are you a quick in and see all the sights and visit as many countries as possible kind of person, or do you like to stick in there for a little longer than what would probably be considered 'normal'?

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2906 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I think we may not tend to hear from the long termers as they don't need to ask for help here. :)

3. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 1508 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I am something in between :)
Mostly my holidays/travels/vehications are just for one week becouse of my job..
But when i am on that one week holiday i like to do 1-2 trips outside of that town which i am staying and rest of the time i am wandering around and exploring that town which i currently am :)
Next trip we are going to Spain and are staying in Fuengirola and are going to stay (luxurious)2 weeks and we are renting car for one week to get out of the beach and see something else too :)
I am easygoing-chilling out kind of an traveller but will get bored if i have to just lay day after day on a beach or pool :)

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1863 posts) 5y 1 Star this if you like it!

It depends for me. If a place has got enough to keep me amused for four or five days, I'll stay there but mainly I have itchy feet after three nights and want to move on. Sometimes that's a different place in the same country, sometimes it's another country. For me, some countries don't need any more than a couple of days or even less (Liechtenstein, Brunei, Monaco - and possibly Singapore). :):)

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2053 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

We usually go to a country for a month. Sometimes we'll spend the entire month in one place; sometimes we'll rent a cottage or apartment for a week or two in a couple places, and sometimes we'll spend 3 days in several places and then a week or two in others. It depends on the area, the season and what we want to see. I can't imagine doing the same thing on every trip. Unless we're staying in a city, we lease or rent a car. In a city we use public transportation.

6. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1388 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

We don't hop from country to country (in a two week trip we will probably stay in a single country or maybe a week in each of two neighbouring ones, such as Guatemala and Belize). But we do tend to move around quite a bit within that country to pack in as much as we can, as we rarely visit the same country twice. An exception to that would be a number of visits to the US but each time doing a road trip in a different state or states - US states are bigger than many countries ;)

7. Posted by Tabithag (Respected Member 1042 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

Our speed of travel varies a lot. Our last trip was a group trip with Intrepid, which was 13 days in Romania, Moldova, Transnistria and Ukraine, moving on every couple of days, and we added a week at the start in Romania and at the end in Ukraine. Equally, we've spent six months in Canada on another trip.

In 2011/12, we spent a year in South America, visiting nine countries, plus The Falklands and Antarctica. We spent 2-4 weeks in most of the countries, but longer in Chile, and about three months in Argentina. And we've been back to Argentina again since; we think it's a great and varied country.

Our 13 month trip in 2015/16 had some short segments, like two weeks in Taiwan, spent around a month each in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, and had two months in New Zealand, two months in Japan and four months in Australia.

Personally, I don't think there is a wrong way to travel, people should just do what suits them and their circumstances. I prefer to spend longer in places most of the time, but if you only have a couple of weeks' holiday a year, then I completely see the attraction of a whirlwind tour of the highlights.

However I do think that we also have to recognise that spending three days in one city in a country is in no way 'seeing' a country; after all, many people live their entire lives in their home country, but because they rarely go away from their local area, they really can't say they even know their own country that well!

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

In Europe I often have weekend 'city-breaks' but I don't then feel I've "done" that city.
I know that pretty much every Capital City (and many large cities) in Europe can fill a week each, so I'm quite happy to re-visit most of them.

Most of my real holidays are 21 days and I rarely do more than 3 places in that time.
Part of it is that I pick hot places, so travelling around quickly is uncomfortable (or exhausting), but I really like wandering around the backstreets and sitting in coffee shops - cafes - bars and people watching. The interaction between the locals can be as fascinating as the historic sites of a culture.
Similarly although I hate shopping (really hate it with a passion!) in the UK, I'm quite happy wandering slowly around markets elsewhere, especially in places like India or Thailand.

Most of my travelling (was backpacking when I was young enough to carry a backpack for more than half an hour!) is 1-2 months and in many countries that's still not long enough, but I have done 3 countries in 2 months occasionally.
The problem is that some countries are so interesting and/or diverse that you couldn't see everything in a year...
So I'd say I'm a slow traveller... most of the time :)

[ Edit: Edited on 30-Sep-2018, at 14:54 by Andrew Mack ]

9. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1892 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I find most of the criticism towards the fast travellers who post here is usually about the feasibility of the trip. They may post a two week itinerary with eight cities around the world and the seasoned travellers often have to point out the unaccounted for time zone changes or just how tired the travelling will be that it may negate any enjoyment of the trip.

I have done fast travelling myself especially when there was something I desperately wanted to visit but when you plan a fast trip you have to think in the end will it be worth it. There is no point reaching London for one full day if you are so tired you want to drop into bed and never get up

Overall I would say I am a slower traveller. I don't necessarily spend a whole trip in one country but I will pick a region and travel extensively within that region and it will depend on the country size how many I fit. For example the Balkans you can cross more borders in the same travel time as a visit to Spain where due to its size you may fit in a side trip to Portugal if lucky;). When I visited the US last year just flying to the otherside of the country was a big haul.

In saying that I don't like to spend too long in one city, I know people will say "you can spend a week in Barcelona" and that may be the case but I find if I am in situ to long I get restless.

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