(Closed) Would you drive 40- to an hour to get to work? (one way)

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I do, but I don’t like it.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Absolutely! I used to drive an hour to work each day and it didn’t bother me. I now walk 30 minutes and it doesn’t feel long at all.

Is that taking into account rush hour traffic?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - rolling hills of southern italy

No. but then again, I live next door to work and love it. That time and money adds up!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I do. Pretty normal in these parts

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

There was a period in my life where my commute was two hours (one way). It was worth it to me. It wasn’t just any old job though… it really does have to be a worthwhile job for me to do that.

In this case I guess you’re not comparing jobs but homes…I guess you have to determine which way will give you higher quality of life overall.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

God no. BUT, I’m spoiled with where I live that everything is within 15-20 minutes. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I drive 30-45 minutes depending on traffic,  its like 25 miles. I hate it but we are moving this summer. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did it for 14 months. 1-1.25 hours each way (100 mile round trip). I hated it. Gettin up extra early and getting home extra late. I was far away if I had to run home for something/an emergency. Gas was super expensive and I had to get oil changes all the time! The commute is time wasted that you don’t get back. I listened to books on tape to pass the time which helped.

I since switched jobs and my commute is under 20 minutes in the city (like 4-5 miles away) and I am Sooo much happier! I actually get to see my Fiance more often, can run home quickly if need be, and just feel like I have more time in general. Time is extremely valuable to me so it was absolutely the right decision (for me). I actually took a pay cut to have a job closer to home, but I found it about evened out since I’m barely spending money on gas/oil changes!

This was just my experience. I know people who commute more than I did and didn’t mind it. Just thing to think about!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I was doing that for two years. Some days it would take an hour and a half one way. Depending on traffic/accidents/weather. I currently 10 mins away and it’s amazing, but I’ll be back to the peak hour bullshit again soon. I don’t like driving but I we live out of the city for cheap rent so we are stuck doing it till/if we move. I got to spend a lot of time catching up on music I’ve missed. So that was the only good part. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@babylo0n:  Yep….I do it everyday.  I don’t like it very much, but I like the paychecks.  Luckily, traffice is not a terrible concern, although it does become annoying.  I just like rural living, that is why I have a 45 minute commute each way.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I do, three times a week. 140+ mile round trip. I wouldn’t do it forever, but for now it’s fine.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would, although I’d probably complain about it a lot. I would drive about 40-45 minutes to get to college when I was living at home and commuting to my university. Having done that, I don’t think it’s terribly long, but I also think there’s a big difference between 40 minutes and one hour. I think 40 minutes is small potatoes compared with one hour (even though they are only separated by 20 minutes). Right now I live about 20-25 minutes from my job, but my husband and I were considering moving about 40-45 minutes away from it when we first got married. It wouldn’t deter me from living where I want to live (the commute), since jobs and commutes can always change, but the place where you live should be a more permanent thing in your life that you love.

I will just say that my husband worked an hour each way from us in the beginning of the marriage and it did somewhat take a toll. He was always home extremely late, and when the office staff would fool around in the afternoon/early evening meetings it would cause him to be even later, especially when he had to sit in terrible traffic. The hours and miles really added up, and the gas costs were unbelievable. I think an hour is just too far, but I stand by what I said above that 40 minutes or 45 minutes is doable.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Never again. For the past nine months I was stationed someplace that required a 60-or-so mile commute on the highway each way. Perhaps were it more rural or surface streets, it would not have been so bad. I many times spent more hours driving than I slept at night. I was miserable and my physical and mental health declined sharply. Admittedly, that was probably also due to the high-stress nature of my job. But still. No matter what, I’m only accepting assignments with a 30 min or less commute time. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I drive 15 min. I live in the country next to a very small little town with nothing but shops, restaurants, and a courthouse. My Fiance used to work in town as well, but now drives 1hr each way. He really likes his job, drives the backway to avoid traffic, and makes enough money so it’s worth it. He also traded in driving his tiny, loud car for a nice big, comfy truck.. so that helps. At first he said it was a long drive, but now thinks nothing of it. You get used to a long drive if you do it everyday, especially if you can avoid traffic.

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