Yes. Me and my friend were doing quests and noticed that there is a lot of running involved. Not that I mind, it's free XP, but an easy way to teleport from Skull Island to Monquista... In Wizard101 there was a spiral, but I do understand that this isn't Wizard101.
I agree, we do need these portal stones. I tried porting to life stones but the reset timer is too long and sometimes you get ported to the area you just left. Gold Mine is one annoying area where I really wished for the porting ability.