When I am out travelling, I always feel that the trip home goes faster and seems shorter than the trip going. Maybe you have felt the same way?
Because, it is found that most people feel like this when out travelling, and it is called the ‘return trip effect’. The distances of going and returning are the same. But the return just feels shorter.
Before it was believed that this was caused by being more familiar with the route on the return journey. However, being on a flight for example, you do not recognize anything on the route as you are above the skies.
So now the scientists have found that the feeling is caused by different expectations. Scientists of Tilburg University in Holland found that people often underestimate how long the outward journey takes. This journey is therefore experienced as being long. Based on that feeling, the traveler expects the return journey to be long as well, and therefore it turns out to feel shorter than expected.
Furthermore, it was found that it did not matter if you took a new or the same route back. Both gave the feeling of a shorter return. So this again proves that it is not recognizing the route, but the expectations that makes the return trip feel shorter.
Do you feel that the return trip always goes faster as well?