Posts Tagged ‘road trip’

The Trundlin Equation

September 10, 2008

When somebody makes a purchase decision regarding leisure travel there is a correlation between the transit and travel time of a journey and the time spent in the destination.

This could be expressed in a fairly basic mathematical formula with limited variables except that the mode of transport and the method of transit, combined with the reason for travel all have an influence.

This is easily explained anecdotally.

Would you invest the time to fly to Australia if you only spent 1 day in the destination country? Unlikely.

Would you drive 2 hours to spend a night away, to explore an unfamiliar town? Probably.

Below is illustrated three trips I have made over the last year.

The first, a straightforward week in Cornwall, England. I live close, so to drive a few hours at either end for a week’s vacation? Great!

The second, a day’s worth of cars, airport check-ins and flights, for less than 48 hours in Delhi, India.

The third, about 28 hours of transit and travel for less than 24 hours in San Francisco.

There is a Trundlin equation / quotient for each which shows which trip was the most leisurely.

Have a guess (post in the Comments below if you are brave) which has the highest Trundlin quotient, and the reason, and over future posts I’ll divulge and also try to enumerate successfully !

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Glad to see Tripadvisor trundlin !

August 28, 2008

www.tripadvisor.com have just launched a new search tool, “tankofgas” aimed at finding you accommodation local to you – within a gas tank’s drive.

Its aimed at newly resource conscious consumers, but is just as much aligned to the trundlin concept – you don’t have to travel far to have a vacation. Often the easy option is the most relaxing.

Have a play and let the trundlin readers know what you think in the comments section.

Become a snail, carry your home with you.

August 20, 2008

The life of the open road, Route 66, Route 101, the A30.

A30? Yup. If you live in the UK, then hitting the A30 means you’re on a road trip, heading West. Cornwall.

What better way to do it than in a VW Camper.

You can buy a new/old one from about £22,000 (Danbury) or if you’re not quite that committed then there are a number of rental agencies, from which you can hire a T2 Kombi for your surf trip.

Sevendegreeswest offer a comprehensive service and will have you trundlin on your way in no time. Visit their website for inspiration.