Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are considering moving back out west, the place we love.
He can directly transfer his job, but the commute would be two hours.
Anyone ever commute this far? I think it is worth it to be in the liberal city we love- vs. the conservative town where his job will be.
What is your experience? Is it worth it?
I think it might be worth it at first, so that ONE of us has a job, and hopefully we will find something better closer… I guess to me it is worth it, but I still want to hear from those with experience and see what you think! Is this just too far? Or is it bearable?
Post # 3
2 hours one way or total? If it’s 2 hours in the morning and after work, then no, I don’t think it’s worth it. One hour each way isn’t bad though.
Post # 4
I have a 90 minute each way commute, don’t do it.
Post # 5
two hours total is doable. My commute right now is about 1:45 total and I love my alone time with the radio.
But no way could I do two hours one way
don’t forget to factor in the cost of gas.
Post # 6
2 hours each way, or roundtrip?
I had a 3-4 hour roundtrip commute for about a year, and it was brutal. When we started to get snow and the winter hit, I hated it even more.
I left early and got home late. Too late to go to the gym or cook dinner. I gained weight because I was too tired to cook healthy dinners or take care of myself. I basically lived in my car and when the weekends rolled around, I was too tired to do anything. However, I was also working 60+ hours a week, so that didn’t help either.
I know people who have done it for years and are fine with it, but for myself, I just couldn’t make it work.
Post # 7
Each way?? HELL NO. That’s 4 hours a day!! Thats like driving from Boston to NYC … every.. single… day. I couldnt do it.
Total? Yes. 30 minute or kess commute is ideal imo, but 45-1 hr is pretty standard.
Post # 8
I hate commuting regardless, so to me, it’s not worth it. 2 hours (one way or round trip) is a long commute, and lot of hours lost.
Post # 9
45 min – 1 hour each way is tops. think of this way:
2 hours each way= 4 hrs a day. 4 hrs/dayx5 days/wk= 20hrs a week. that’s a part time job.
not to mention gas and wear and tear. personally, it’s not something i would do.
Post # 10
2 hours each way is completely unbearable. I live 1:15 on the way to work and 45 min home and it’s a bigchunk of my day but dh and I both work in a very underprivileged area that we wouldn’t want to live in but the area immediately surrounding is ridiculously expensive.
Post # 11
Well, it would be two hours one way.
I think I might consider this as a worst-case scenario. (Like: worst case is- poor Darling Husband has to do this- but it would still be better than no job at all!)
In the meantime, I will try to prevent it by helping him apply for closer positions.
Thanks people! 🙂
Post # 11
2 hours each way?! No thank you. He will barely have time for anything except work/commute. And that’s assuming no traffic, no bad weather, no road construction, no car trouble, etc.
Post # 12
@mamadingdong: HOLY SMOKES! You are SO right! Part-time job, that’s crazy!
So I wonder what the max is? An hour each way?
Post # 13
It may not be better than no job at all considering how much he would spend in gas every day! I wouldn’t do it, maybe for a short period but not for long term no.
Post # 14
No, that is insane. I used to have a commute that was 2 hours each way by bus and train. (Lived in the city/worked in the suburbs.) It was awful. It eats up your entire day, and I can only imagine a car commute would be so much worse because at least I could read or rest on the train. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it to live in a city you love if your commute means you don’t have any time to enjoy it.
Post # 15
I used to commute about 3 hours round trip and even though it was an easy commute on a train I would say it is NOT worth it. I would never commute 2 hours each way. He would be looking at a 12+ hour day with commute factored in. Not a great quality of life for him IMO.