Post # 1
I am wondering how long most people commute to work. I’m looking at a job that is about an hour away. Do you think this is a sustainable commute?
I’ve been pretty lucky in the past, and always lived within a few miles of work.
Post # 3
For me personally, an hour is too long of a commute. I already work long hours so when I don’t get off until 6 and then not get home until 7 I’m just not happy.
Right now my commute is about 30-40 minutes with traffic. If there isn’t any traffic I can make it in about 20 minutes. This is about right for me, I wish I could be closer to go home for lunch but we love where we live.
Post # 4
Less than 20 minutes!! I live close to work on purpose. I don’t commute well.
Post # 5
i used to work an hour away from home, and it honestly wasnt that bad – i guess it depends on traffic though – mine was a pretty straight shot, quick moving drive, so it didnt really feel as long as it could have if i was stuck in traffic
my commute now is between 30 and 40 minutes – not that bad, and i kinda like the down time before getting home
Post # 6
I drive about 25-30 minutes in the morning but traffic makes the same drive 30-50 minutes in the afternoon.
As far as an hour commute—I think it would depend on if that was an hour of smooth sailing or an hour bumper to bumper. Also, if the job had the option of flex time (where you could do 4 longer days a week or something) then I think it would be much better.
Post # 7
I think you have to look at the big picture for the job. If it’s a good career move and is paying you enough to make the cost of gas worth it, it’s sustainable.
Post # 8
I have an hour-long commute. BUT, I live in NYC so it’s all public transportation. As long as I have a good book the commute really only feels like 15 minutes and sometimes my FI and I end up on the same train, which is even better! I think if I was driving I would not choose to commute an hour away for work.
Post # 9
I take the good ‘ole CTA to work……Chicagoans can feel my pain 🙂 It usually takes me 30 minutes from door to door going to work. Coming home can be a whole other ball game!
Post # 10
I’m very fortunate to live 5 mins from my job. I save a lot of money on gas. How much does it cost to fill up your gas tank? How many times a week do you have to fill up your tank? How is the traffic during your commute to work? Having a job might outweigh the cost and time for commuting, but it is something to consider.
Post # 11
does the hour include traffic? is the traffic like a parking lot? that could make it unsustainable. is there public transportation available? driving an hour can be sustainable as long as you’re not stuck in terrible traffic.
Post # 12
I used to commute an hour for a daily summer internship. It was okay, nothing too awful. Gas was annoying, but it’s gone down a little (at least here) since then. Just make sure you have a good radio to keep you company :).
Post # 13
I live about 5 minutes from my job, and my fiance has about a 20 minute commute. I HATE commuting–25 minutes is my maximum.
Post # 14
I commute one hour to work by public transit. i’ve gotten use to it and it doesn’t feel very long. Most of the time i read the paper, eat breakfast or nap on the transit. I have tried taking the car, but whether its by highway or the inner roads, it still takes me 45-50 minutes to get to work. So i choose to take transit and relax.
Post # 15
Google maps says 49 minutes, 1h 10m with traffic. My common sense tells me that it could be longer than 1h 10m during peak rush hour.
I am not sure how much flexibility I would have in terms of hours. This is a job where the majority of it could be done from home, but I’m not sure if they would require me to be there during certain hours anyway.
My car is pretty good on gas. Also, I think this job would probably be closer to 40 hours a week than other jobs in my field. It pays pretty well and has great benefits.
All this is theoretical . . . I don’t have an offer – I’m just trying to decide whether I should apply.