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Old 07-23-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Canada
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When you are going on a road trip why does it always seem like it takes alot longer to get to your destination than it does to get back home. Any ideas?
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I've noticed this too, but I have no idea why. My guess would be that the anticipation of getting to the vacation spot is like watching water boil, because you want it to happen fast, it doesn't.

We also make a lot of stops along the way going on vacation because the anticipation makes everything you see seem so exciting. Coming home though, we just want to get it over with so we drive a bit faster and don't stop half as much (except potty breaks!).
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:08 PM
 
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It's opposite for me. It takes FOREVER to get back home! But the ride there goes by quicker.

And that is because everything is new....and your mind is occupied making time go by faster. Coming home- seen everything so it's easier to get bored.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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It's opposite for me. It takes FOREVER to get back home! But the ride there goes by quicker.

And that is because everything is new....and your mind is occupied making time go by faster. Coming home- seen everything so it's easier to get bored.
I agree. The trip to the destination seems a lot faster than the ride home, even when I'm not the driver.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Eureka CA
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Concur.
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Old 08-02-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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It's the opposite, for me, too! I'm looking forward to getting to my destination, and that seems alot faster, to me!
Coming home always seems to take forever....
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:47 AM
 
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Because you're driving 75 to get there and 85 to get back!
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think it's b/c your mind is set on the aniticipation of what is going to happen. You are constantly thinking and daydreaming about what it's going to be like when you get there so your mind has a lot more going on processing wise. On your way back you know the path and the mission is accomplished. But yes you are so right.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:08 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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My guess is that it is because you have never traveled to that particular location before so that's why it seems longer but going back home, you have become somewhat familiar with the route and it seems to go by faster.
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