Considering job w longer commute- What's yours like?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9949 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@chillinchillin:  If you HAVE to get a job with a longer commute, do it…but it is SO tiring.  One of the main reasons I accepted a new job in the middle of the school year is the long commute I have now.  I drive 45 minutes each morning, and 45 minutes back in the afternoon…ugh!  My new commute will be 25 minutes each way.  That’s 40 extra minutes in my day, for ME.  

Post # 4
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Mine is only 10 minutes.

At my old job, I sometimes had to go to another town 45 minutes away and it was completely exhausting.

Post # 5
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I commute by train everyday and it’s 45 min. It’s obviously different than driving but most of the time I don’t mind it.

Post # 6
1287 posts
Bumble bee

I drive about 40 minutes…30 if I don’t hit traffic or red lights. Most of the time, it’s 40 minutes though.  


Post # 7
4440 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would kill for a 30 minute commute…uhk….

I currently have an hour commute, or longer on Fridays or Holidays or Summers.  It really blows.

The first year was tough, then the 2nd and 3rd was meh, I’m used to it…now i’m ending my 4th year and I seriously want to quit, and I LOVE my job.

If my job was within 20 mins from me, i’d be sold. 

I’ve been actively looking since. 

Can you picture yourself driving an hour a DAY long term?  How is the traffic?  I go with traffic both ways, so it sucks..

Post # 8
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I take public transit and it takes 40 minutes to get to work. I am moving to a new hotel (I work out of town) in a few weeks so that my commute will be 10 minutes.

Like any big decision, make a pro/con list. Put the commute in the con list. They may have plenty of other benefits to persuade you to take this job.

Post # 9
56 posts
Worker bee

My commute is 30 minutes each way. I take public transit so I read or listen to music the whole way and it’s not that bad.

Post # 10
22119 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

Where I live, 30 minutes is pretty much the norm. Mine’s around that, and it’s really not a big deal. I know it’ll be an adjustment for you, but I think you’ll get used to it. I use my commute to listen to news and music in the morning (there’s a local radio morning show I love) and I usually make coffee at home to drink in the car. In other words, I make the best of it! But really, once you get past the initial shock, I think you’ll adjust just fine. 🙂

Post # 11
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

Mine is 30 minutes. It’s fine…the only thing that bothers me is how bored I am during the drive home. Especially when I’m tired!

Post # 12
11588 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I work early in the morning to avoid a crappy commute in, and depending on when I leave, my commute is miserable or awesome.  If I hit traffic, my usual-20 minute drive takes over an hour.  There are days though that door to door, it takes me only 20 minutes, which is awesome.

That being said, I live in DC, which consistently is rated as having some of the worst traffic in the country.

Post # 13
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I travel about an hour each day to get to work.  It sucks during the winter months and on long weekends (extra traffic/more careless drivers), but, for the most part I’m used to it now.  I found a hilarious radio station to laugh at in the morning and then spend my evening driving just with my thoughts or music so its not all bad.  But still, if another job came along that was closer or my husband decided that he could handle city living, I would stop commuting immediately.

Post # 14
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I do a 30 minute (pretty much all highway) commute. The only upside is I am driving between 6:30 and 7 am, and then depending on what time I get done work, around 3-3:30 in the afternoon, so there isn’t too much traffic on the roads. I don’t mind it (especially since I just bought a new car!!), in fact, I look at it as a little bit of “me-time”. Sometimes I treat myself to a fancy coffee on the ride home to keep me awake and just to enjoy all by myself with the music loud. It gives me time to clear my head. 

Good luck with your decision! I personally don’t think a half hour commute should be the deal breaker on deciding on a new job, it’s not that big of a time commitment, and if the pay is better or the job is better, I say go for it! Best of luck to you. 🙂

Post # 15
3696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine is 30 minutes in the morning and about 40 minutes going home.

I don’t mind it – but that’s because of one thing – I am always moving. There is no stop and go traffic. For me, driving at (or above) speed for 30 minutes is fine. Stop and go, bumper to bumper traffic for 30 minutes would make me crazy.

Post # 16
1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My current commute is 25-30 minutes. I’ve commuted as long as an hour and 20 min each way, but that was the best job ever. I’ve only had one job that wasn’t at least 20 min away.

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