The way you've been riding escalators is all wrong

We've all been there, racing up the escalators so your boss doesn't yell at you for being late to work for the third time this week.

Turns out, if we all just stayed put and rode the escalator two by two, it would be far more efficient, according to a New York Times report.

An experiment conducted at the London Underground's Holborn Station in 2016 found that the left side, the walking side, actually had a lot of space that was going to waste on elevators more than 60 feet tall.

Meaning more people were stranded at the bottom waiting for their turn to get on.

They found that having people ride up to the top standing side by side cut down congestion by around 30 percent.

A consulting group in London called Cap-Gemini also tried two scenarios, one with 40 percent walking, citing data from the Guardian, and one where everybody stood.

In the second scenario, would-be walkers lost 13 seconds, but stalwart standers saved well over a minute.

Of course, it's also safer and people are less likely to fall if they're not trying to squeeze past one another.

However, trying to get everyone to stand still on an escalator is probably a tough sell. We'll just have to keep doing what we're doing now stuck with the bittersweet knowledge that, in an alternate universe, things could be better.

Or you could always just take the stairs.

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House of Juliet/Casa di Guilietta, Verona, Italy

There is, perhaps, no place more romantic than the city of the most famous lovers in history --- Romeo and Juliet.  The balcony of Juliet’s house became a tourist attraction, especially for lovers.  The balcony overlooks a small courtyard which is often full of young lovers, kissing under the balcony and taking photos of Juliet’s statue.  The walls are adorned with graffiti and love messages.  Tradition says that everyone who visits the house should leave something for Juliet, so the house is packed with love notes, small jewelry and more.  The legend is that by writing on the walls known as “Juliet’s walls,” the visitor will have everlasting love.  Whether traveling with a new travel companion or visiting with a TripTogether local member, the House of Juliet should certainly be a local worth exploring. 

Myth of the Loch Ness Monster, Loch Ness, Scotland

The folklore of the Loch Ness Monster began in 1933 and has been a travel myth ever since. Locals have said that visitors to Scotland visit the sight to search for this legendary creature.  While some locals have noticed visions in the waters, it’s the thrill of the search that adds to the fun and excitement.

Palace of the Three Sisters/Tre Sorelle Palace, Kotor, Montenegro

A 15th century gothic house with three bricked over windows sits in the city of Kotor, Montenegro.  Legend has it that three beautiful sisters would look at the sea and pray for the safe return of their beloved, as all were in love with the same one man.  The young man, a captain named Janko, couldn’t decide which sister to marry, so he embarked on a long sail to clear his mind and make his choice.  He told the sisters that the one who waited for him the longest would become his bride.

The sisters waited patiently at their own window.  Years went by.  The sisters were getting older.  When the first sister passed away, the other two decided to brick over her window so that Janko knows that one is not waiting any longer.  The second sister dies and the youngest bricks over her window.  When the youngest passed away, there was no one to brick over her window, so it remained open.  Janko never returned and was lost forever. members have specifically enjoyed visiting this part of the Kotar Bay to enjoy the beautiful scenery and make a wish for love.  

Healing in Sedona, Arizona

Native Americans have considered the arid deserts of Sedona, Arizona sacred spots for healing and worship.  This believe stems from the original Pilgrims who searched for spiritual and physical healing.  They journeyed to the Southwest to consult with shamans on a variety of matters --- mostly to find answers in the energies of the desert.  Today, TripTogether members visit Sedona to take part in retreats to learn New Age ways to harness the powers into daily health and well-being.  The scenery is simply spectacular.

Ancient Ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru

A sacred sight built by the Incas in 1490, Machu Picchu offers more than 200 buildings, temples, houses, pathways, fountains and altars all cut from grey granite from the mountain top. Myth has it that the sight could have been built for astronomical observations having to do with the two equinoxes and other celestial events --- the stone being a gateway to a spiritual world.  Whether hiking the pyramids of Machu Picchu or taking photographs, members know that this is a travelers dream location.


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