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How Far Are You Traveling For the Holidays?

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The same town
  3697 votes / 19%
Less than 10 miles
  944 votes / 4%
10-20 miles
  992 votes / 5%
20-50 miles
  1349 votes / 7%
50-100 miles
  1397 votes / 7%
Over 100 miles
  6730 votes / 35%
The party comes to me
  3869 votes / 20%
18978 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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How Far Are You Traveling For the Holidays?

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  • Kilometers... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @12:01PM (#42314425) insensitive clod.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @12:08PM (#42314489)

    This has terrible ranges... First of all, wouldn't "less than 10 miles" be considered "staying in town?"

    I mean, 100 miles is only about an hour and a half of driving in the US... that's barely even considered "travelling" but rather driving to a neighboring town.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @12:51PM (#42314911)

      Last year's poll with essentially the same question had *exactly* this problem too.

      But then, the average distance from a basement to the first floor is pretty small...

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anne_Nonymous (313852)

      Better Options:

      • Less than 12 parsecs
        12 parsecs
        Greater than 12 parsecs
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      To an Englishman, 100 miles is a long way. To an American 100 years is a long time. -Earle Hitchner

    • Yeah, I agree. How about I am flying 1,500 miles and then driving another 100 miles.

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      It also isn't clear if it means "travelling to see relatives" in which case I'm staying in town, or "travelling to pre/post xmas sales" in which case I'm going about 75 miles.

      If I had my way I'd go about 10,000km / 6000 miles to Japan just to avoid all this crap. They still have a day called Christmas (or "kurisumasu" as they would say) but it isn't a public holiday and most importantly isn't accompanied by really, really god-awful music blaring out of every available speaker in everywhere you go. Plus the

    • by Macgrrl (762836)

      Summer solstice - traveling about 70-90kms round trip to visit friends on the other side of the city.

      Christmas Eve - traveling 3 blocks and back (staying in suburbia) to the in-laws.

      Christmas Day - traveling about 170kms round trip to my parents down the coast (I do this trip for Sunday lunch about once a month).

      New Year's Day - traveling about 70-90kms round trip to visit friends on the other side of the city.

      Not including any other trips between now and then - about 330kms over about a week.

    • by mooingyak (720677)

      Depends on where you live. Ten miles in any given direction here crosses into at least one other town, probably more (or into the ocean).

      • by Tsingi (870990)

        William of Ockham had no beard. The most likely explanation is that it was chewed off by squirrels every morning.

        That made me choke on my coffee.

    • by Z00L00K (682162)

      Unless you mean Swedish Miles which are 10km.

  • 100 miles? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @12:17PM (#42314587)

    That is a low threshold for the more than option. Should have the 1000 miles plus and maybe a km option. My vote is 100 plus but its over a thousand.

    • by jgtg32a (1173373)
      Agreed I find very British centric, which is strange seeing that this is a US site. We didn't find out what we were actually doing for the holidays until last Saturday, 250mi was the minimum I was going to have to travel; 585 was another option, but I found out I'm going 1400mi.
  • Well, the same town. But considering this Town is London, that still means a 30 mile journey..

    • by HornWumpus (783565) on Monday December 17, 2012 @12:40PM (#42314817)

      Better leave now.

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      That's nothing, people living in La Tuque, Quebec [] can travel over 100 miles and still be in the same city. It measure over 10000 square miles. So even if it was square, 100 miles would only get you from one end to the other. But it's a rectangle, so it's probably around 150 miles across, but I didn't bother to measure the distance across, and I couldn't find it in the Wikipedia article.
      • by Macgrrl (762836)

        Melbourne [] has much the same problem.

        • Really?

          The city has an area of 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi) and had a population of 93,625 people at the 2011 Census.

          Of course, using this standard we get London [] being rather small. I thought we could do a similar thing with Tokyo [], but apparently I'm a few (~69) years out of date. Oh look, Tokyo is fucking huge (not even counting the broader metropolitan area, such as the cities in Chiba that are part of the contiguous urban area).

          Actually, that's an interes

          • by Macgrrl (762836)

            The City of Melbourne is the name of the suburb which forms the CBD. It's a bit like saying New York = Manhattan.

            The Greater Melbourne Metropolitan Region is what most Australian's would think of when you asked how big Melbourne is. So, where I live is approximately 30kms from the GPO (General Post Office, the nominal 'centre' of the CBD). I work in the CBD, so commute 30kms daily each way. The geographic centre of Greater Melbourne is about 20-30kms on the opposite side of the CBD from where I live.

            • Sure, I was teasing. Like how I said I could make Tokyo the same 'cause there isn't a City of Tokyo any more. And how London is the Square Mile. ^_^ -_-

  • by DarthVain (724186) on Monday December 17, 2012 @12:19PM (#42314619)

    About 2000km every Christmas (not including the running around to relitives once I get there). Canada is big.

    • by adoll (184191)

      About 1000 km each way here. And we got another dump of snow last night, so I get double-credit for driving in it!

    • by dmatos (232892)

      No kidding. I'm doing ~1200km (not including running around) and I'm not even leaving Southern Ontario.

      That's about 750 miles, for the metric-impaired.

    • by metlin (258108)

      Well, my wife and I will be driving *to* Canada from Boston for Christmas and NYE. Montreal, to be specific -- good food, great wine, and the best NYE parties.

  • by JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) on Monday December 17, 2012 @01:19PM (#42315175)
    I don't think there's any major city that's less than 100 miles of each other.
    and of course, I'm in city A while everyone i get along with is in city B.
    So, 100+ miles for me!
    • by Anonymous Coward

      I don't think there's any major city that's less than 100 miles of each other.

      and of course, I'm in city A while everyone i get along with is in city B.

      So, 100+ miles for me!

      Texas, nothing. This is true of pretty much anywhere in the US or Canada (except for New England) though in many cases "the next city over" might well be in the next state (province) over as well.

      • by Ksevio (865461)
        Even living in Massachusetts I was going to travel 100 miles across the state
    • I agree with your point that the scale on the poll is pretty bogus as it amounts to 3 options staying at home, stating in the same metropolitan area, and travelling to another city. The differentiation seems pretty useless and the failure to distinguish between staying in the country or continent and travelling to the other side of the world is disappointing.

      But to be fair, here are some examples on the east coast of the USA of cities that fall within the range. These numbers are the first result for direct
  • ... if I tell you.... then you'll know.

  • I live on a little island and I'm keeping put for the holidays. the party shall indeed have to come to me! happy christmas or whatever everybody cheers!
  • Poll Suggestion (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Redbaran (918344) on Monday December 17, 2012 @01:41PM (#42315351)
    After looking at the replies so far to the poll, I think we need a poll like the following:

    My preferred way to respond to slashdot polls is to:
    a) Flaunt my superior intellect by finding some insignificant inconsistency in the poll that is only apparent to high functioning autistics such as myself
    b) Securely fasten my tin foil hat, then deride the slashdot editors for given in to "the man" and collecting marketing data from the "sheeple"
    c) Have my voice heard as a disenfranchised victim/minority who slashdot has completely ignored by not including as a poll option
    d) Go with the CowboyNeal option
    e) All of the Above

    Note: "Answer the poll like a rational adult" purposefully left out due to option C.
    • by jschrod (172610)
      > "Answer the poll like a rational adult" purposefully left out due to option C.

      That's not the case. Option d) is for that.

      Sadly, in current polls, option d) has been missing. My sig adds all that's to say about that.

  • by erice (13380) on Monday December 17, 2012 @02:46PM (#42316053) Homepage

    The same town = same suburb
    Less than 10 miles = adjacent suburb or at at most, the near edge one suburb over
    10-20 miles = non-adjacent suburb but within the same general area
    20-50 miles= different section of the same metro area (i.e. San Jose to San Francisco)
    50-100 miles= Opposite ends of the metro area or another metro area so close the boundary between the two is not entirely clear. (San Francisco to Sacramento)
    Over 100 miles= Actually leaving town

    Options not listed:

    100-200 miles= driving and likely a day trip
    200-400 miles= probably driving but not a day trip
    Over 400 miles= Either an airplane or a multiple days in transit

    • by mosb1000 (710161)

      You ought to be able to drive 1000 miles in a day. I don't fly unless it's more than that (and even then I'll often still drive and just sleep in my car).

      • In June we drove 1100 miles (Pikes Peak to Chicago) in 16 hours. I think we stopped three times. This Christmas we're only going 711 miles (each way). I predict < 10 hours drive time + stops, should be less than 11 hours total. Flying would take at least six, plus we'd have to rent a car, etc. etc. Gas will be cheaper than plane tickets as well.

        Although I like flying, I hate the hassle that air travel has become, and prefer to drive if it's less than a day.

    • by Bigbutt (65939)

      100-200 miles - heading for breakfast
      200-400 miles - must be get close to lunch
      400-600 miles - break for dinner
      600-1000 miles - time to stop for the night, hunt for a camp site or cheap motel.

      Member of the Iron Butt Society; 1087 miles in 15 hours. :)


    • by Malc (1751)

      Over 1,400 miles = I'm going to Marrakech (by plane). Cya.

  • Anything less than 100 miles isn't really what I'd call "traveling." I've already traveled 3000 miles to my family reunion for christmas. I'm going to be traveling 1000 miles to visit my friends in Southern California for new-years.

    • by Dynedain (141758)

      I'm traveling 120+ miles door-to-door and I'm not even leaving the heavily populated areas of Southern California.

  • There's no "same house" option other than the one about the party coming to me. I assure you there will be no party.

  • I figure when the big one comes, I'll be on my board and I can catch the Big Wave from the Mayan Apocolypse and surf it to safety.

    Surf's up!

    (so that's like 1000 miles)

  • WTF is a mile and why is it used in this poll?

    • A mile is a thousand paces, so I guess the poll is for those people who are going to be walking to their Christmas parties.
  • Hanukkah is over. More than a week ago -- for the first candle -- our son and grandson came to dinner. Thus, the party came to us.

    By the way, the next town is about a 10-minute walk (maybe a half mile) away, across the county line. While nearby Los Angeles covers over 400 square miles, my town (about 10 miles from the Los Angeles city limits) covers only 2600 acres (a little over 4 square miles), most of which is public park land.

  • Spaaaaaaace!
  • 0 miles (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Tom (822) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @07:32AM (#42323975) Homepage Journal

    I'm not celebrating the holidays, and I'm quite sure there are tons of people like me. Some for religious reasons (muslims, buddhists, orthodox christians (who celebrate in January) or atheists), some because they hate the commercialism, some because they don't have a family or whatever else.

    For me, it's a mix of being an atheist so that kills the religious part of it, and hating the forced be-merry-today part (I'm merry when I feel like it, not because the calendar says so, thank you very much) and disliking the commercial gift-giving part (I give gifts when I want to, not because the calendar... you get it).

    Now I don't mind anyone else celebrating. Before you post any bullshit, no I'm not trying to take your xmas away from you. Celebrate all you like, all I'm asking for is one thing: Respect that not everyone does the same. Don't get on my nerves with it, don't treat me like an alien just because I don't celebrate, don't try to convince me otherwise, just accept it and move on.

    And that, strangely enough, seems to be a very hard thing to do for many people.

    • If an extremely hot girl caught you under a mistletoe would you let her kiss you? Yea? Hypocrite! You should just get all mad and tell her how much of an anti-merry badass you are. (just kidding, I know how you feel)
  • Since I don't travel by sea, I don't measure distances by miles (1 mile equals 1 arc second on earth).

    The other option would of course be that I would be living in the 18th century, in which case I would travel by horse carriage, where distance would be measured in various funny units, among them also "miles" (totally unrelated to any scientific measurement and varying wildly from county to county). Well, I don't either. So I'm not using miles in any case.

  • Insensitve clod time - where i live i travel in kilometres. I think in miles but travel in kilometres.

    At least I am not complaining about which holidays or the lack of options.

"Who alone has reason to *lie himself out* of actuality? He who *suffers* from it." -- Friedrich Nietzsche


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