New data has revealed Melbourne are still the kings on the road as NRL clubs prepare for a return to normal travel in 2021.
As the NRL inches closer to a pre-pandemic season, teams have been told to plan to fly commercial and stay overnight when playing out of town.
That will put an end to the controversial same-day travel from 2020, with the sport ready to change plans again if COVID-19 causes further issues.
But regardless of the changes, it's unlikely to have any on-field impact on the Storm.
Research from an Australia Catholic University study has shown the significant impacts long-haul travel has on NRL teams.
According to figures from all regular season matches between 2007 and 2019, a team's chance of winning dropped by 2.7 per cent for every 1000 kilometres travelled.
The study took into account ladder position, turnaround time and the usual away-ground advantage, but still showed teams were 1.1 points per game worse off for ever 1000km travelled.
All except Melbourne, who are 0.5 per cent better per 1000km travelled than they are at home.
"One of the key things is that class trumps fatigue," researcher Jonathon Weakley told AAP.
"We took into account turnarounds and ladder position, but in many ways the the class factor is a thing."
While the impacts sound minor, clubs such as the Warriors and North Queensland regularly travel more than 2000km for games.
Fifteen per cent of matches between 2007 and 2019 were decided by two points or less, and the top-eight race is regularly decided by one win.
Teams are also getting better at dealing with the impacts of travel as sports sciences advance.
But at the Storm it is as much about routine as anything else, with Craig Bellamy the longest serving coach at one club in the NRL.
"Craig is very much a creature of habit and that has rubbed off on the rest of us," football manager Frank Ponissi said.
"We are really big on routine. I think that's important.
"When we travel away, it's probably changed a certain degree since 2007 but year in year out it's only marginal changes."
It comes after Melbourne won last year's title while in camp on the Sunshine Coast, and they have not had a losing season on the road since 2011.
"We do a lot of forward planning ahead looking at the make up of the draw when it comes out. And then we revise our recovery plans," Ponissi said.
"It's the culmination of a few weeks travel, the turnaround and how you manage your players.
Australian Associated Press