What would you consider to be too long of a commute?

posted 5 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
151 posts
Blushing bee

If there is no traffic, 40 minutes is doable! But I like driving, it is my me time!

Post # 32
1970 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Gosh 45 mins to an hour is pretty standard in my city

Post # 33
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

downonmulberry :  Also adding that my commute is 10-15 currently. I’ve never driven more than 30.

Post # 34
901 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

Mine is currently 15-20 and will be going to 35-40. It’s going to be a big adjustment for me since I start teaching at 7am, so I will have to leave the house by 6am (ugggg winter will be awful). But there is essentially zero traffic on my route, especially at that time of day. If it was 40 minutes with the traffic potential to become over an hour, that would be too much for me. For me, my current job is also not my final destination and I hope to get a job in the school district we are moving to, or one closer at least.

Post # 35
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I think it really depends on where you live and what time you have to be at work, etc. I also took into consideration how far away basic resources like a grocery store are from my new home. It may be a bit excessive but when we were deciding between two very similar neighborhoods in different locations I made a list of the places I frequently go (at least 1-2 times a week), used google maps to calculate estimated drive time one way, multipled each location by how frequently I go (ex: work got 4 points since I go 4 days a week and church got multiplied by 1 since I go once a week) and then averaged how long it would take to get to each location. It gave me a good idea of what my average commute would be when comparing the two locations. Again, it’s not for everybody but it did help me! My commute to school will 15 minutes and the commute to work will be 22 minutes. I don’t think I’d choose anything over 30 based on google maps because we get snow here and there can be traffic as well. But I’d go up to 45 minutes if it meant living in the neighborhood / community we wanted. 

Post # 36
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Mines 45 to an hour, commuting from a major city so it’s sctually “good” considering other people’s commute in this area.

my company pays for my car and gas though, which makes it easier  

smalltownbigworld :  

Post # 37
9213 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

30 min max. My current commute’s 5 min (10 if I hit all reds) so I’m a big wimp.

Post # 38
1278 posts
Bumble bee

My limit is 30 min. Also i prefere a commut where I don’t have to drive. I’d rather cycle to work and then have an option of public transportation. Parking is always a bitch in every place I’ve worked.

My worst commute was 7k cycling, 40min train and 2k walk. I did not enjoy that.

Post # 39
1716 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

25 minutes. I don’t want to have to drive either so if I can’t take public transit then no. 

I did a hell of a commute for 2 years (55 KMs which could be 1 hour or could be 2.5 hours depending on traffic) and I will never again do anything long. It severely impacted my life and my mental wellbeing. My preference is to walk and my last job was a 12 minute walk door to door. Now my commute is 20 minutes door to door, with 2 stops on the tram. 

Post # 40
830 posts
Busy bee

smalltownbigworld :  30 min is probably my limit. 5-10 min is ideal for me, but not realistic for where I live. Keep in mind that your commute could double or at least increase if you ever have children. Childcare is usually another issue.

Post # 41
10687 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

In my many, many years on the planet, my commute times have been all over the boards.

For me, traffic vs smooth sailing makes a huge difference. I have absolutely zero patience, so a 30 commute in heavy traffic aggravates the crap out of me. A 30 minute commute that is all freeway with light traffic is a completely different experience.

Realistically, I would not commit to anything over 30 minutes.

My commute tolerance also started dropping as I got older.  I could do a two hour commute each way in my 30s, sans heavy traffic.  That was back when I drove five speeds and thought driving was fun.

It is something to consider.  A long commute that feels manageable today may be unbearable in ten years.

If I had the luxury of public transportation, especially trains; I love trains, my tolerance would probably go up to an hour.

Luckily, I can work from home right now. I’m a crabby old battle axe and I hate driving. Maybe just I need a fun new five speed. 

Post # 42
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

40 minutes sans traffic is totally doable, especially if you like audio books, music, or podcasts. It can be nice to get some head clearing time all on your own. I did a 1 hr 15 min sans traffic commute (there was often traffic, I had to get up before 5 am to avoid it) and it got wearing after 5 years or so. I would need a lot of motivation to do that again.

Post # 43
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

smalltownbigworld :  The kind of drive makes a difference, too. Is there a lot of traffic and merging / potential accidents to contend with or highway driving with fewer cars? Are they treacherous back roads or interstate heading opposite from traffic?

I had a 45 minute commute on curvy hilly back roads that was a little too long and during the winter pretty dangerous. Now I have a 30 minute commute on easy highways and I think that is an ideal commute for me!

Post # 44
394 posts
Helper bee

I used to do 1.5 hours each way, but the trains were often delayed, so I was commuting for about 3-4 hours per day. That was quite difficult, but I used to take a laptop and do work, so I got used to it. It was tiring at first, though! I knew people who travelled much further (I work at a university, so it’s perhaps a bit more usual in this line of work). Now I am part-time at the same place, which is much easier.

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