The day trip is a historical distance information. She was in Europe from the time of the first trade routes to the start of road construction and the engine in the 19th century in use.
The day trip is derived from the military days march. They also corresponded to the distance that could cover a support or draft animal with cars in the course of a day on well-known, but unpaved roads. Depending on the environment resulted in more or less differing data. For the ancient Near East is considered by biblical accounts of 40 km. The Jewish traveler Benjamin of Tudela laid back also 40 km a day during his travels in the 12th century. In Arabic literature there is an indication Persian 6 miles ( 34.56 km ). The Hellweg was divided into day trips 15-30 km.
The monastic rule of the Cistercian monks certain that the farmyards of a monastery must be reached within a day's journey; so was the historian Martina Schattkowsky that most cloisters of the Saxon monastery Altzelle lay around the Abbey within 23 km.
At the intended objectives days already castles and administrative centers emerged in the early period fortifications, later. Often partially paved storage areas were set up after a half day's journey also. Where land was colonized as planned, the paths are easy to follow even today. An example is the state of Brandenburg in many areas - so it would allow the premises - in the streets cities at a distance of about 25 km - the result of the colonization of the East in the 12th and 13th centuries. As a result of the attachment of the destinations it came to the neglect of the development of the intervening areas: it was the clear structure of city and country, as found today.
When the term is used today day's journey, he is dependent on the " cruising speed " of transport. The distances can be vary from 10 to 10,000 km in air traffic.