you're missing the point. parts of the game are locked out for me not due to difficulty or lacl of skill, but simply because they're a waste of time.Then don't do it. I don't enjoy it either, but some seem to like it. Let them have their long distance travel, I can do everything there is much closer to the jump star.
"takes a long time to do" isnt the same as difficult. its just a waste of time. gameplay shouldn't be locked behind a player's willingness to do NOTHING for long periods of time.
thing is if travel was faster you can still slow down and enjoy the vastness while allowing those who would rather play DO something.