(Closed) NWR: How long would you be willing to commute?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: How much time would you be willing to spend driving every day (one way) for work/school?
    0 - less than 15 mins : (4 votes)
    6 %
    15 mins - 29 mins : (13 votes)
    21 %
    30 mins - 45 mins : (23 votes)
    37 %
    46 mins - 1 hr : (17 votes)
    27 %
    More than 1hr but less than 1.5 hr : (4 votes)
    6 %
    More than 1.5 hr : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Other, please elaborate in your reply! : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @Amaryllis: I drive an hr one way for work 5 days a week!! That commute wouldn’t be a big deal to me and I wouldn’t change my living situation for an hr and 15mins! Good Luck!!

    Post # 4
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Can you maybe move somewhere in between, so that each of you has a bit of a commute but that neither of you are living over an hr from school/work?

    Post # 5
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    In traffic, my commute to school is close to 2 hours (each way); I’m doing it because I have no choice, but I would definitely resist taking a long-term position that forced me to commute so far!  I only have to make that drive 2-3 days/week.  If the traffic isn’t bad, it takes about an hour each way which feels like a lot but much more do-able.  I also drive about an hour each way to my part-time job, which again feels like a lot (especially given the amount I get paid) but sometimes you just have to suck it up!

    Anything longer than 1.5 hours (ish), I think I would really hesitate sucking it up, and the shorter the commute, the better.

    Post # 6
    5271 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    45 mins would be the max I would be willing to do – unless it was a really good opprotunity, then I would be willing to go 1 full hour (but here in Dallas it can take an hour to go 25 miles.)

    90 one way miles is ALOT! I feel for you! There is no way I could drive 180 miles daily!

    Post # 7
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    since it takes you a little over an hour to go 90 miles, i’m guessing you’re not stuck in traffic, which makes your commute a lot better.

    where does fi work? do you want him to move near your school so that he has to make the long commute?

    it’s important to remember this is temporary. you WILL get through it.

    Post # 8
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    It only takes you an hour an 15 minutes to drive 90 miles? That must be nice. My commute is usually 1 – 1.5 hours, and I only drive 35 miles each way. 1.5 hours each way is doable for me now, cause I don’t have kids yet, but I’d hesitate to make it any longer.

    Post # 9
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I drive about an hour sometimes more depending on traffic. If there is no traffic at all it would be about 35 min drive, but more often than not there is heavy traffic.

    Post # 10
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    My ex’s Mum drove from Midtown Manhattan to JFK every day.  It was about 3 hours round trip commute.  Even though it was her dream job, she couldn’t deal with the extra travel time and found a new job.

    My coworker busses from Montreal to Ottawa every day for his federal Gov job.  With driving from his house to the station and back before and after that is a 4 hour round trip commute, and more if the traffic is bad (which is often).  He loves it! He sleeps in the AM and reads on the way home.

    Thought these were nice and opposite examples for you. 🙂


    ETA: to the OP… could bussing be an option for yoU?

    Post # 11
    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I’m sorry about your situation. Commuting long distances feels like such a waste of time 🙁 You live half your life in the car and it’s just exhausting. It seems like it is really taking a toll on your life. Could you and Fiance move somewhere in between, where it would only be about 35-45 minutes from your home area and school?

    I take the train to work, and I love it. It’s about 40 minutes…door-to-door, about 50 minutes or so. I enjoy drinking my coffee and reading the newspaper in the mornings, and on the way home I get lost in my novel. I’m incredibly lucky!

    Post # 13
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    Is public transportation available for you? With the gas prices right now, I cant imagine what youre spending.

    I did 1.5 hours each way to work for about 6 months and honestly, it was horrible and really effected my quality of life. I gained weight, became depressed, and was exhausted all the time. I had no time for things that I enjoyed because Monday-Friday by the time I got home I ate dinner, relaxed for an hour, and then it was almost time for bed.

    Post # 14
    5572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Right now I commute 60 miles one way to work every single day. It drives me crazy. I lose 2 hours of my day driving and I hate it. Also, since our families live in the town that I work in which is 60 miles from where we live Fiance and I make the drive together almost every weekend. It’s ridiculous!

    Post # 16
    3601 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I currently commute 76 miles (1.25-1.5 hours) one way to work.

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