(Closed) How long of a commute to work are you willing to have?

posted 4 years ago in Career
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Cory_loves_this_girl :  I’ve commuted an hour and a half for school five days a week my senior year of college, so after that, what I consider a “shorter commute” is completely skewed. For work, my longest commute was an hour, but unlike the highway driving to and from school, this was heavy traffic, lots of stopping, lots of slowing down and crawling at 5 MPH. It was obnoxious and I hated every minute of it. 

I want to say my sweet spot is 30 minutes. I don’t mind a 30 minute drive. Anything more than that and it would have to be something really worth my time and sanity.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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Cory_loves_this_girl :  good question! I drove an hour and ten minutes to work for almost two years. It was okay at first and kind of let me decompress, drink my coffee, smoke a cigarette (at the time I was smoking) but after awhile it just became very annoying. My commute for the last eight years is the same as yours, about 20-30 mins based on traffic, which is a lot more doable than the over an hour commute, I guess if I HAD to I could do the hour long commute but no more than that. It really wears you thin, especially on the ride home when you just want to get home and out of the car. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

like others have said, it depends on the commute, if its empty roads and motorways, an hours manageable. but if its an hour across a busy city, it ruins the job imho.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My commute has always been up to an hour. When I went to school it was 1hr 30min, but I live in NYC so this is really normal since most of us take public transportation. The time goes by very fast. I WISH I lived 20 min away, ha.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I consider it short if it’s 30 minutes or less. I used to have a job that would take me an hour to get to in the morning, but only 20 minutes to get home from because of traffic at those times. I was fine because I thought it evened out. Generally though, I don’t think I’d apply for a job over 45 minutes from home. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I don’t live in a large city, but I commuted 45 min one way for four years. Never again. I know it’s nothing for a lot of people but I hated it. I now live less than 10 minutes away from work and it’s so incredibly nice. My husband and I are looking to move though so we can have more land, but I’ve already told him I refuse to drive more than 25 minutes to work. It’s entirely possible in our area and not something I really want to back down on. 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I commute roughly 30-40 minutes each way at the moment (including walking to and from the bus) to work and I don’t consider that very long – I usually read or watch things on route so it doesn’t feel like wasted time.  

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Sugar bee

One hour if the job pays close to 6 figures and up….nor more than 40 minutes with average traffic otherwise.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

When I lived in a large city, I had a 45 minute commute. I now work from home. I honestly don’t think I’d survive if I had to go back to that.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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Cory_loves_this_girl :  Southern California here too- 20 minutes is nothing! Unless you are walking distance from your office you aren’t getting to many places in under 20mins. I drive 15-20mins to go to yoga or Costco!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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Cory_loves_this_girl :  I live in a mid-sized city and I do not like to have to commute more than 30 minutes (one way) to work. I like being close to the things I need – it takes about 10 minutes to get to my favorite grocery store (Wegman’s!), 15 minutes to get to my favorite mall, etc.. Some people don’t mind spending over an hour in their car to get to and from work, and kudos to them, but I’m not one of them! 

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Bumble bee

I used to live in a city 8 miles from downtown Boston and, if I drove, it took me typically 45 minutes to an hour to get to my work. If I took the train, it was a mile walk, then a half hour train ride.

I recently moved to New Husband and started commuting from there. It’s either a 25 minute drive to the train and an hour on the train, or about 90 minutes by car. It’s probably going to be the death of me, but moreso because I’m hating my job and because I love my new house so much that I’m resentful of anything that takes me away from it. I’m looking for jobs closer to my new home, as is my Fiance. 

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Honey bee

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Cory_loves_this_girl :  my commute is 20-25 mins. I’d be willing to commute no more than 30-35 mins

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