Are you a fast or slow traveller?

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21. Posted by Mohan Selvaraj (Budding Member 7 posts) 43w Star this if you like it!

I am a newbie to travel, hence I am a slow traveller.

22. Posted by Nuski (Budding Member 8 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

I am a slow traveller.

I do understand that most people only have a couple of days off or in places like in the USA they only have 7 days off vacation per year so sometimes it can be hard to spend a lot of time or as much as one wish in a city/country.

In my case, 2-3 days is fine for a tiny city but if I am visiting a place that is a bit far away from my homeland, I try to make the trip as long as my time and budget allow me.
I also enjoy walking, setting my own pace, stopping at places most travelers would not...etc.

I don't like rushing so, as slow as can be!

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24. Posted by unseen mia (Budding Member 2 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

When I was younger, I was a fast traveler. But as I grew up, I became slower. I think I love the slow approach as I can spend more time in each location, know more about the culture and meet more people there too! : )

25. Posted by Old Man At (Budding Member 49 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Im intrigued by the question, but not sure how to respond. When I was in my early 20's I used to work projects in offshore for one or two months and on the last day of a project get on a train to the airport straight from work and just book a random ticket to anywhere on the airport, staying two or three weeks in one city. When I found myself more steadily employed I would usually take city trips for a weekend to a week, mostly just to buy expensive designer clothes (yes, shallow I know, I was young, induldge me ;) I have done the three weeks in an all-inclusive resort on the beach of Turkey/Greece/Spain/YouFillItIn with miss s.o. many of times, gone on walking tours for weeks on end, walking 25 to 40 km a day, never staying anywhere more than half a day, spend 8 months in Germany once and at times just closed the door behind me with a passport and debitcard and not a clue where I would end up by the end of the night (highly recommend that to anyone at least once in your life)

Currently journeying around the world, staying in a country sometimes a few weeks, sometimes a few days. It all depends really, sometimes I want to sit on my ass in the sand, waving my colored bracelet adorned arm in the air to get another drink, sometimes I feel cultural and want to visit cities to see architecture, musea, ruins, sometimes I seek peace in nature or solitude in remote places, sometimes I travel just to be on the road, caring little for the places visited or the sights to be seen, just enjoying the company of random strangers.

The fact that so many posters above me can give such a straightforward "I am slow or I am quick" answer actually surprises me. I imagined most would have a hard time answering. But what are O.P. own ideas on the subject?

26. Posted by Travelandme (Budding Member 3 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

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

I think you are right maybe we are all short time travellers which means fast?

27. Posted by Travelandme (Budding Member 3 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Xiomn

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'?

Its depends on 1)your mood 2)budget 3)where you are 4)days off

28. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Travelandme

short time travellers which means fast?

IMO that doesn't mean fast at all.
IMO Fast is when people are more interested in ticking off their list of sites/places than they are in actually enjoying the atmosphere/culture of real life in a place.

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Dec-2018, at 10:05 by Andrew Mack ]

29. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1211 posts) 38w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Old Man At

The fact that so many posters above me can give such a straightforward "I am slow or I am quick" answer actually surprises me. I imagined most would have a hard time answering. But what are O.P. own ideas on the subject?

I do not know if I am Slow or Fast as a traveler. So I didn't really give a straightforward answer and I think much of the problem is with the individual definitions of slow or fast.

30. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1211 posts) 38w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting Travelandme

short time travellers which means fast?

IMO that doesn't mean fast at all.
IMO Fast is when people are more interested in ticking off their list of sites/places than they are in actually enjoying the atmosphere/culture of real life in a place.

I don't want to experience 'real life' in the places that I visit. I'm not looking for a new real life - I'm relatively happy with my current life. And some people can get enough of a place in a short period of time. There are some places that I just do not care for and do not want to spend time in. Sometimes I'd rather visit a place several times for a short period of time. The places that I like to visit, I can savor just a bit of them in a short time, and the next time I come back, I do something a little different and savor that for another short time. I can keep coming back and have pleasure in doing that.

And there is nothing inherently wrong with ticking off places on a list. It may not be what you want to do, but it might make someone else happy.