MoTiV Stories: Virtual Travel Time



Have you heard of the “virtual travel time”?

No, it’s not about travelling in virtual reality. It’s something more concrete. 

How much time do you exactly take travelling from point A to point B? You’ll probably say: well it’s my journey time, of course!

Well, from a certain perspective, it isn’t. It might even actually be much more than that…

Think about it: to travel from point A to point B, you probably had to spend some money. If you’re travelling by car, that is all the costs associated to riding and possessing a car. I you’re going by public transport, that’s the cost of your ticket. Even if you’re walking, you’re at least wearing your shows, and you’ll end up having to replace them more quickly.

But what does money have to do with travel time?

How do you get money? You (or someone for you) has to work to gain it. And working takes you time. So, the time of your travel is not only the time you spend travelling, it’s also the time you spend earning the money necessary for travelling. 

For example, take a car. On average a car costs, all expenses included, 350 euros a month. The amount of work that you have to put in monthly to pay that car, add it to your travel time of the trips for that month. That’s your virtual travel time.

If you're fortunate, you might say that working is not loss of time, because you love working. And you might also say the same about travelling to work, maybe. Yes, that makes the issue even more complicated. 

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