Are you a fast or slow traveller?

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12. Posted by joanna_overhere (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!


That's a good question.

Nowadays traveling is much easier than it used to be, and world has become a global village. We can travel by plane, car, train, motorbike, or even a bicycle - it's really up to us and the destination we choose.

But our free time hasn't expanded - quite the opposite.

So, we rush even on our vacations, trying to see as many places as possible.

I'm also guilty of that.

I always spend my vacations in one country, but I try to experience as much as I can - hike different trail every day, see different landscape, visit different place whenever I can.

After such vacations I tend to feel tired and could do with some more days off, but here comes the office and everyday responsibilities.

I wish I was able to travel slow. But, on the other hand, as a full-time corporate employee with limited days off, I'm not willing to change my style of traveling.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Oct-2018, at 03:36 by joanna_overhere ]

13. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 681 posts) 5y 1 Star this if you like it!

Everyone is able to travel slow. If your timeframe is limited you simply have to shorten your list of places to visit. Very often, less is more.

14. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2562 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I think I am more of a fast traveler, in that I visit a lot of different places, just one day in each. But also sometimes I do it slowly.

In the beginning, I was driving across country getting from one place to another -stopping for the night and seeing a bit of that place and then driving on to the next place. Usually I was moving from one home to another and that was the purpose of those trips. At the end of the trip, while I lived in a place (and in the first 20 years of our marriage, we moved 14 times), I spent a fair amount of time seeing the sights in those places. That time varied from 2 months to 3 years.

Then we got a boat and after we retired, we traveled by boat - going south in the winter and coming back north 6 months later in the spring. We could comfortably do about 40 miles a day - 50 was really pushing it. We spent one night each place unless we got weathered in and had to stay longer. But we visited the places multiple times on the way down and on the way back for several years.

Bob decided that traveling by boat was too stressful, so then we switched to cruising on a ship where someone else did the driving. We visited multiple places for one day at a time, but again - we visited the same places on several trips.

And we also discovered SpaceA condos which were very cheap off-season. Off season means that a beach resort will be too cold for swimming so we went sightseeing instead. We did a week here and a week there, but for five months at a time.

15. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2562 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

When I was thinking about this, I realized that I was actually thinking about how I do museums. Bob is slow - he reads each thing. I breeze through the museum, speed reading and taking photos of the descriptions.

So when we travel I try not to schedule him to drive more than about 300 miles a day and then we go out to eat someplace. But when we get to somewhere, we do daytrips from that location, where he goes through and reads everything and I don't.

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17. Posted by andrewsmith01 (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I in between some where fast and slow. I love to travel but also want to enjoy with my relatives and family members. I plan a trip after one month.

18. Posted by the_traveloctor (Budding Member 9 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I am a moderate traveler ! Due to a full time job & economic restrictions , I cannot take off more than 9 (4 days in weekends & 5 working days) and I plan accordingly.

But I wish to be a slow traveler if I had that time & economic independence. :)

19. Posted by bensmith12 (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

If I go for travel outside my town, I prefer to visit maximum places in a short period of time.
I love to visit new places.

20. Posted by RachelB17 (Budding Member 42 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

A little in between....I like to enjoy sites but I also like to get through places at some kind of speed.