(Closed) How long is too long of a commute?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I use to have a 40 minute commute to my last job. I started getting into audiobooks and podcasts. It actually turned my commute time to an enjoyable experience. Now I work from home and my commute is about 30 seconds. I sort of miss my “me” time on the road.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I commute about 40 miles away in the Bay Area…so on average about an hour (plus) each way.  I think it depends on if you like driving, how much gas your car takes, and traffic in your area.  I have a job where I can come in at anytime, so I go a little later (and stay a little later) to avoid the heavy traffic.  I also listen to audiobooks to help make the time go by a little faster.  I have been doing the commute for about six months after working in the city only about two miles away from home for many years.  the things I miss working in the city are my previously short commute on public transportation, being able to meet friends for happy hour or dinner, having time to go to the gym afterwork, and not having to find parking in the city upon my return.  With me commuting my fiance has had to take on more of the chores since I get home much later than he does.  Coming home to dinner and fresh laundry will never get old though!  🙂 

Post # 19
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

That’s an individual question. Anything more than 30 minutes is too long for me because I need to be close enough to teen LK’s school to pick him up if he is ill. My current commute is 25 minutes from my front door to my cube, so it’s pretty muich perfect. plus i get to drive through a State park and over a beautiful river every day on fun, windy roads, which always puts a smile on my face.

Mr. LK, on the other hand, has a 1.5 to 2 hour commute EACH WAY! Yep, he spends 3-4 hours commuting every day. The joys of working in DC. He uses public transportation, which his employer pays for, so at least his commute is free. And he has lots of time for reading and listening to music, which makes things a bit more tolerable. But the commute sucks up a lot of his time and energy, and we both agree that this schedule is no longer sustainable for him and our family. He’s been doing it for 9 years and is 100% burned out from it.

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had an hour and a half commute, each way, from Ann Arbor to metro Detroit the year I was working as a paralegal before law school.  At least 45 minutes of that was purely attributable to traffic (I did a test run on a Sunday before I accepted the offer and it was 35-40 minutes each way.  Womp.)

That was definitely too long a drive for me.  I’d say under an hour is reasonable, and like PPs have mentioned, “me time” in the car can be fun – I used to sing along loudly (and no doubt horribly) to my music 🙂

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hour-plus commutes are common here. My commute is 50 minutes door-to-door and everyone is like wow that’s great.

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

My commute is 30-40 minutes. I wouldn’t drive any more than 45 minutes. I hate driving long distances in traffic. Hate the road rage, the bad weather (in winter when we have snow/ice)…so I think I’m about maxed out with my current commute. I honestly don’t know how all of you with 90 min. or more commutes do it. I think I’d go crazy!!

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My commute is about 40-45 minutes 5 days a week. The one thing I would think to think about is whether that is with or without traffic. The route I have to take will never cause traffic because of the highway I am on. Only time I hit it is occasionally if I work a short saturday shift over the summer.  Other than that, it does not bother me. I also bought a new car, honda civic, which is great on gas.  I used to have a jeep, so the change in car has helped a lot! I could drive 8 minutes to get to another location, but make the 45 minute drive because I make better money. So it is worth it for me!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t think it’s bad at all.. I used to deal with 1.5-2 hours commute EACH way to work for 3 years…but that was on a bus. If you don’t like to drive, then that is another story.  I  prefer driving…blast the music, sing out loud..lol 

Now I have a 20 minute door-to-door commute so I’m too spoiled to ever go back to anything longer..but I think it can be done.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I drive to Boston 2-4 times a week which takes me 45 min to an hour depending on traffic. My regular job is 15 min. away =D I put a limit on 1 hour commutes tops.

Post # 26
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it depends on whether you can take public transportation or not.  Where my parents live, people drive to work, and anything above 30 minutes seems insane.  But here in the city, having an hour commute could be standard if you live in an outer borough.

I’m at about 35 minutes…that’s on two busses.  I used to commute a little over an hour and I hated it just because the commute itself was annoying (bus –> subway –> half mile walk)

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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@hotchildinthecity: Yeah I think with Boston/NYC/Chicago, etc. people have longer commutes in general. I also know that in Boston you get paid a lot more, so in my experience, you get paid more to travel more.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i moved from southern california and it seems like we all were used to hour long commutes.  my current commute if 10 minutes (7 minutes if i leave earlier or later than rush hour).  now when i return to southern california, i’m extremely impatient.  i also hate driving — especially when there are a lot of other cars around.  i don’t mind driving when it’s not busy.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

I am an Ohioan as well and I have a 45 minute commute to school everyday. I don’t know where in ohio you are from, but I have to take 77 N all the way up to school 5 days a week and most of the time it isn’t really bad, but the snow in Northeast Ohio has been pretty terrible the last 4 years or so.

I drive up in rush hour traffic and drive home 2 nights a week in rush hour traffic and when you are going 77 S, it’s hell. But honestly, I sometimes love that I get to listen to my iPod for almost an hour at a time.

Luckily, my job is only about 10 minutes away from my house. I guess it all just depends on your preference, but if you are living somewhere rent free, I say go for it. the commute isn’t THAT bad!

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