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

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 47
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I used to. I had a 45-50 minute drive one-way to work every day. This was back when gas was 5 bucks a gallon in California, too.

I didn’t think much of it. I lived in a very tiny town and the next town over had the jobs. It just happened to  be 45 minutes away. So, I drove it often (To see friends, go to school, etc) and it was normal to me.

Post # 48
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I do.  My daily commute (because of rush hour traffic) is 45-50 minutes each way.

Post # 49
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would not.  I have a dog who can only do 8 hours without a potty break. That’d be 10 hours away without a potty break.  Too long, plus she’ll get lonely.  Not to mention it would suck having 2 hours of your day just sitting in a car.

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My communte is 45min each way. I don’t mind it, though.

Post # 51
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Bee Keeper

I drive about 30 to 40 minutes a day one way to work and I dont even notice it really. I could take a faster route on the highway but I had an accident last year on it so I’m super paranoid about going on it now so I take the longer route. The only thing that sucks is when I get every possible red light on the way….that ends up making the drive seem alot longer

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Add a poll?

 

And of course I would, if I loved my job!

Post # 53
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t now, but I will have to in the future.  Where I live, an hour each way is a normal commute.

Post # 54
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Bee Keeper

I’ve done it and I loved it. It was a beautiful drive in the mountains so I could listen to my music and “prepare” for my day that day on my way in and I could zone out and leave my work at work on my way home.

I was offered a second job 45 minutes away but didn’t take it this time because it was a second job plus I have school, so it would be really tough to swing all three. If I don’t get something closer I will take it, for the reasons above =)

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@babylo0n:  I don’t like driving and I don’t care much about having a lot of land.  So it wouldn’t be worth the longer commute for me.  I have a 45 min commute by public transport to work now.  It’s nice because I get to read or listen to podcasts so it goes by fast most days.  I wouldn’t be as easy if I had to drive it.

Post # 56
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@babylo0n:  I used to drive 45 minutes to an hour (or more if the traffic was really bad) each way and moving closer to my office was the best thing I have ever done!  Now I walk to work and I am much less stressed. Funny thing is that it takes me a half an hour to walk but I feel like it’s my “Me” time to prepare for work on my way in and then wind down on my way home.

I will say that there are benefits to living further out that I like to. Usually no HOAs. Bigger house, larger property.  Quieter.  I lived in a rural area during high school and although the drive in was long, there wasn’t much traffic so it was totally worth having backyard bonfires for parties.

Living in the city fits my lifestyle now as a young professional who likes to be close to work and enjoy happy hours downtown without worrying about driving home afterwards (I walk everywhere.)  That will probably change once we decide to have a child because I don’t like the idea of raising a child in an urban area plus the schools are not very good where we live.

Post # 57
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i have in the past. my mom, dad, and one of my aunts all do that commute daily. my grandfather, before retiring, drove an hour and a half each way as his commute. so i don’t think it’s too far.

Post # 58
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Newbee

I commute 25 miles one way each day, but it is during rush hour traffic in Atlanta so it takes me between 50mins and an hour and fifteen minutes sometimes…one way. It is worth it for the right job. I love my job but I don’t love the schools in the city so I live in the suburbs so that my son has access to better education.

Post # 59
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our commute is about 45 minutes but that’s all within the city. I don’t think I would purposely move outside the city and have a longer commute… but I have done it before and it was ok. 

Post # 60
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have commuted over an hour each way in the past and it didn’t really bother me.  I live close to my job now, but DH and I are buying a house about 40 minutes away.  It’s not ideal, but there were a lot of factors that went into our decision, and I decided that I wanted to live where we are buying more than I cared about a commute to work.  I don’t mind a commute in the morning for some reason, but not as crazy about it in the afternoon.

Post # 61
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@babylo0n:  I once had a job with a hour and 15 minute commute each way – in good weather.  I live in the country and my commute now is about 20 minutes.  I know people who regularly commute an hour.  My advice would be to find a car pool if you can.

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