Random Thursday Night Thought

June 6, 2008

I wonder… When traveling, why does the return trip always seem faster than the ‘leaving’ trip?

Case in point:

On Monday, I drove to Seattle. Trip time: 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Today, I came home from Seattle. Trip time: 4 hours.

Despite the evidence, today’s drive absolutely sailed by. Monday’s drive seemed like it took forever.

Why is that?


  • Reply Eric Lander June 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    My only guess is that Wednesday night was simply a great night. At some point after SMX ended and before the evening began – the trip was no longer “work” related.

    For me, my first flight (from Seattle to Chicago) took more than 5 hours which should’ve felt disastrous, but I caught a nap and reminisced about the week. Before I knew it, I was already home in Rhode Island.

  • Reply Matt June 7, 2008 at 11:49 am

    So you’re saying it’s the relaxation factor? Could be. Kinda makes sense.

  • Reply Eric Lander June 7, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Not sure if it’s due to relaxation, or just having a change in why you’re at your destination. I find this to be the case with work related trips and conferences, but never with vacations.

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