Agreed. Whilst I love travelling I also love walking around and looking at stuff in various towns and cities, the last ALR I did was a couple of months back and I didn't want to miss out on the value of the ticket so I actually got to see quite a bit less than I had hoped.
A 7 in 10 or similar would be excellent, even if it cost another £100 or so.
Sorry, dragging that OT somewhat.
Rovers are great. I recently got a 3 in 7 Freedom of the South West Rover which was only a few pounds more than getting two Advances down to Penzance and back (though i could probably have got it even cheaper with some splits).
I went up to Cheltenham first, then down to Weston and on to Exeter. I made a quick visit to Paignton and then continued to St Ives. And that was just one day Outstanding value!
If you had to decide what days you were going to travel, then much of the appeal and value of these type of tickets would be destroyed.
I seriously doubt that there will ever be a flexi version of the ALR. Remember that am peak restrictions were added to the ticket a few years ago as the long distance TOCs sought to protect their "business user" revenue. Any flexi ticket would likely be at an even higher equivalent daily rate than the present £69/day for 7 days standard class. Anyone fancy £550 for a flexi version? Or perhaps compulsory use on at least 2 weekend days? If anyone at the TOCs has considered the possibility of introducing a flexi-ALR I suspect they will have weighed up such options and probably concluded the sales volume not worth chasing.