Going home is quicker

Here’s a story from the Los Angeles Times which rings true for me:

If you have ever travelled for business and had the feeling that getting to your destination took longer than getting back home, you’re not alone. And it’s not just because of headwinds or tailwinds.

The “going-home effect” was the subject of a recent study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology by professors at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

The study surveyed 127 undergraduate students who took journeys to unfamiliar destinations and then travelled home again. It found that the students overestimated the time it took to reach the destinations and underestimated the time it took to return.

One possible reason, according to the study, is that landmarks around home are familiar, making us feel like the trip is over and we have arrived long before we walk in the front door.

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