Post # 1
So, I moved to the boonies for my man. How far do I commute to work? WAY TOO FAR.
How far is your maximum commute for just a job?
How about for your dream job?
And for discussion, did the economy affect how far you’re willing to commute?
Post # 3
For just a job, I’d go about a half an hour, but if I was getting paid enough I’d probably go an hour or so.
For my dream job, I’d go an hour and a half. Anything more than that and I’d just move…
ETA: Gas prices are a big factor. I bought my Buick the same weekend gas prices skyrocketed 🙁 It costs me almost 60 bucks to fill it up.
Post # 4
I got a better job and a shorter commute when I switched companies 1.5 years ago, but prior to that my commute was only 45 minutes at the most door to door. DH and I are not willing to compromise on commute, we would rather relocate closer to work which is why we decided to become homeowners in NYC instead of move to the suburbs. We weren’t willing to have more than a 45 minute commute and never see each other during the week.
Post # 5
@ellabee:I currently commute, but soon, mid May I will be working from home as a triage nurse. That has been the catalyst for the SO and I to move in together, as the job requires I commit to a location for a minumun of 1 yr.
Post # 6
My commute for my first job used to easily be 60-90 minutes. You get used to it. But after that my commute has only been about 30 minutes, 45 minutes tops and I wonder how I could have commuted so far before. I think 60 minutes is not too unreasonable, but I make no distincting between commuting for any old job or a dream job. The dream job would include a ‘normal’ commute.
With this economy, a job is a job… if I had no choice, I would not turn down a long commute due to gas prices, cause for sure the job will pay more than the cost of gas and net positive. I’d take it then probably just keep looking or look to switch in a yr or so.
Post # 7
I recently left a job that was 1.5-2 hours driving each way. It was horrible in every way.
Now my commute is about 30 min. and I love love love it! I think for my dream job, an hour max.
Post # 8
My first job spoiled me- my commute was less than 5 minutes. Now I commute from Baltimore to Annapolis (about 45 minutes depending on traffic) for a job I love.
Post # 9
For any job, dream job or not, I’m not willing to commute much more than about 30 minutes. I’d rather re-locate to closer to work than waste hours a day driving back and forth all the time.
I was forced due to job training to have a 50-55 minute commute every day for 10 months (company sent me to CA and provided my housing so I couldn’t move closer) and I hated every minute of it. I felt like I had so much wasted time each day.
ETA: The economy/gas prices have nothing to do with this thought.
Post # 10
As a supply teacher (think we’re called substitute teachers in the US) I often don’t know where I’ll be working that day until I gat a phonecall first thing. I have travelled up to 75 minutes one way but wouldn’t do that regularly. I tell my agancy anything up to an hour each way is ok.
Post # 11
We live in a smaller city and I work in education, so there were a lot more opportunities for me in outlying rural areas. I never thought I could handle 30 miles each way each day–it usually takes about 35-40 minutes, and I was really nervous about how exhausted I’d be.
I think there’s a big difference between a 70 MPH commute on open back roads vs. sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic for 40 minutes. I hate traffic, but as long as I’m moving, it’s not too bad. There are some teachers where I work who live more than 60 miles from the school, so I guess I don’t have it too bad in comparison!
Post # 12
I commute 35 minutes on the subway in Boston. I think 45 minutes is my limit, regardless of the job. I’d move to be closer to my job if it required more than that. The quality of life decrease that happens with longer commute times is just not worth it to me – I don’t care what the job is! I work with people who live in adjoining states (New Hampshire, Rhode Island), and drive 1 1/2 to 2 hours each direction. They always say they do it to have a bigger house, and I always respond with “Oh, you mean the house you see in the dark for an hour before collapsing into bed because you spend 4 hours a day commuting?”. Give me an apartment in the city close to my job any day!
Post # 13
I have my dream job. I commute 1.25-1.5 hours one way. Luckily, I work 12 hour shifts, so I only work 3-4 days a week.
Post # 14
My first job took me over 2 hours to get to in the morning and usually about the same going home. I had to take 2 buses and 2 subways. I will never again use more than 2 forms of public trans to get to any job.
Post # 15
@rachaelrobin:I’m in that boat right now. Still looking for my dream job, but in this economy, I’m just glad to have something.
Something went crazy with my commute yesterday and it took 2 hours 40 minutes to get home. No family time yesterday. 🙁
Post # 16
I actually just saw the perfect job for me listed. Unfortunately, it’s an hour drive. I know that I most likely wouldn’t start out at a great pay so I didn’t want all of my money going towards gas and taxes. It sucks.
ETA: I currently commute 20 minutes to my job.