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Thursday, February 11, 2010

How long is your commute?

My sister is interviewing for jobs and trying to figure out how long of a commute she should consider. Commuting isn't all bad (NPR, rainbows) but a long drive can be a bummer. I loved this New Yorker article about commuting, which featured a woman who spent a whopping six-and-a-half hours commuting every day! How long is your commute? How do you feel about it?

P.S. Kramer gets a job.

(Graphic by Stephane Massa-Bidal)

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Lori said...

5 minutes! It's great :)

TheSundayBest said...

An hour of walking each day.

layersofmeaning said...

About thirty minutes, not bad at all for me.

Brooke Arin said...

About fifteen minutes, my commute, when I teach. When I head to my studio, 7.

When considering jobs, I include commute time as time on the job so I can better see how much I'd make per hocan more realistically see how much I'd make per hour. Helps me decide if it's worth it.

Reina said...

About 2 hours! but in a regular weekend it's 5 minutes.. I live in Caracas the city eith the worst traffic ever

Alissa said...

I've always been lucky with 15-20 minute commutes when I was working out in the world. But now that I work from home, well you can't beat that commute! My office is the second exit past the bathroom on the right!

The type of car your sister drives might play a part in how long she'll be willing to travel each depending on the gas mileage. And I would suggest Satelite radio for the car--no commercials ever and so many music channels!

Freck said...

My commute with L + walking to the L is about 35 minutes. I love the public transportation, I can read or listen to music without having to think about anything! :)

rachel said...

across the hallway ( : i work from home!

Joanna said...

I drive 40-50 minutes each way. I used to not mind it so much--there's NPR and audiobooks to keep one's mind occupied--but after awhile, it takes its toll. And I usually try to squeeze in a couple hours at the gym, too, which means I get home around 9pm every night. Now I'm dreaming of day when I work in the neighborhood in which I live; I'm so jealous of anyone who has that sort of life!

Joanna Goddard said...

alissa, satellite radio is a genius idea!

trish said...

1 minute commute; down 2 flights of stairs, including stop in kitchen for good mug of coffee.

trish said...

1 minute commute; down 2 flights of stairs, including stop in kitchen for good mug of coffee.

Matt said...

I live in a North NJ suburb, so using the commuter rail it usually takes between 60-75 minutes door to door, including waiting time and possible subway connections in Manhattan. I'm starting some part time freelance in Brooklyn next week, and that will take me 90+ minutes each way. It's a grueling commute, but as a recent grad living at home it sure beats expensive rent payments.

My personal tolerance for commuting probably ends at 90 minutes each way, but there are plenty of people that have over a 2 hour commute each way from the exurbs.

Lydia Yeung said...

1.5 hrs each way. thank goodness for my ipod.

trishybee said...

I spend about 1 to 1 1/2 hours in my car every day. npr is mostly what gets my through my commutes. I honestly don't mind the driving, but I hate the stopping. If it was a constant flow all the time, I'd enjoy the commutes much more.

Christine O'Connell said...

It takes me about 25 minutes on the Chicago CTA. When the weather is nice, I like to walk a little bit across the Chicago River so I add on an extra 10 minutes or so.

It's not a bad commute. My iPhone usually keeps me entertained :)

Shayna said...

Generally about 30 min there and 45 min home, by car. I know I shouldn't but I use the time to make weekly family calls. It works out pretty well. Good music and good radio are pretty key...oh, and a commuter mug!

Annie H said...

I live in Chicago and commute about 35-45 minutes. I think any more than an hour is insane.

MiNDY said...

an hour to 1.5 hour this is crazy...i miss city life :(

Jennifer said...

fortunately, only about 4 minutes!!

Denise said...

45 minutes from home to work. I can;t live without my ipod (connected to my car stereo) and NPR. It's usually not terrible and it creates a nice break between work and home but when i'm stuck in traffic is when I miss working from home, or at least start loathing that I live on the other side of town.

Mari said...

My commute is about 20 seconds because I work from home in my studio apartment. Good and bad, and not an option for most people (or even a good idea depending on temperament and self-motivation). I'm pretty much over it.

passport in my pocket said...

I used to commute about thirty minutes each way for work, and it was a good amount of time to listen to the radio and have a cup of coffee.

But now that I work from home, I LOVE LOVE not having a commute!

Lauren @ In Her Two Shoes said...

My commute is about an hour, by train. I love it in the morning. Everyone's peaceful and quiet. I love getting time to myself before work to read or listen to music or even take nap! Plus, I don't have to drive.

But at night. Ugh. Everyone's cranky and of course the ride home feels longer than the ride there.

If I had to drive though, I don't think I could stand more than 20 minutes!

Jeremy and Kathleen said...

I used to commute 1.5 hours a day (total) to and from work. It sucked the life out of me. Now I live 6 minutes from my job and could ride my Vespa to work. I'm so much happier and have so much more time on my hands.

Anonymous said...

I used to commute 6 hours a day - from my home in Springfield MA to Manhattan - left my house a 6 am for an hour or so drive to New Haven CT - then an about 80 minute train ride - luckliy my office was only 2 minute from the train - needless to say it was exhausting.

Black Dog Salvage said...

1 mile... I hate to admit that I drive to work and am habitually 5 minutes late each day... my husband has a 40 minute commute and I'm often jealous about his NPR time... he comes home with the best stories... I should really start walking with an ipod... one day :)

Anonymous said...

I drive 55 miles each way every day, for a total of a little over 2 hours total for the day. It's not that bad because there isn't much traffic, but I'd definitely advise anyone to ask about what the employer's "work at home" policy is for those days you have appointments back home or just can't make it that far.

barchbo said...

I am in Austin, and while my morning commute is about 10-14 minutes, my evening commute can run to 45. I usually go to the gym and run errands so I don't waste that time sitting in traffic.

I used to commute 1 hour each way and I vowed NEVER to do it again.

caroline said...

i work from home half the day, which i have a love hate relationship with. for the second half of my day i walk about 30 minutes to the floral studio. so, and hour total. i love the commute. it gives me time to clear my head, people watch, get fresh air, and see all the things there are to see in this beautiful city!

abigail said...

These days I have 10 minute bike ride or 5 minute drive to work and I love it.

I used to drive 50 miles each way which could take an hour or two depending on traffic. I was better informed (NPR!) but I was exhausted until I found someone great to carpool with. It made such a difference that even those 2 hour drives weren't so bad.

Alison said...

I went from a five minute walk to an hour door to door once we bought our new house outside of Toronto. It took some time to get used to, but it’s not all that bad as it gives me time to wind down by listening to music or reading on the train. It also helps that the mornings are getting lighter now… that makes all the difference!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I dont know how I got this lucky but I have a 5 minute commute. I used to have a 20 minute commute from NY to NJ. It was tough. I think it all depends on where you are commuting to and from. All highway isn't bad but the back roads can be bad!

Rosemary said...

Hey Joanna! I think you and I have the same commute. ;) A few years ago, my commute was 2 hours each way. Sometimes a lot more with traffic!

Cinnamon said...

I only commuted about 35 minutes one way which doesn't seem like much but it's amazing how much wear and tear it puts on your car! It's incredible how much its affected and if there's ever trouble it's a lot harder to get to work. My old roommate commutes 1.5 hours one way (he leaves at 4 am to avoid traffic and doesn't get home til 8 pm) and he spends more time in the car or at work than he does at home. It doesn't seem worth it to me.

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NellElizabeth said...

Before moving to NYC I used to travel 2-4 hours going back and forth from work daily, and it totally stressed me out- not to mention my eating habits got bad too!
Consider the weather as well, if it's a warmer climate it's a lot less stressful, driving in cold bad weather for 3 months out of the year is the worst, if I had to drive in last nights snow storm I would have totally freaked out.

Maura said...

Right now, I have a 20-30 minute drive each way, but it used to be 1.5 hours each way, and I felt like I had no life outside of work. I was miserable. The shorter commute has made such a huge difference in my day-to-day happiness!

Mrs. Coach said...

anything from 30 minutes to 1.5 hrs. It's 35 miles. It depends on if i leave on time at 6:30 or sleep in.

The thing is, if you love where you live you wont mind it. Or if you love your job. But I don't care that I drive that much because I love my house and our location out of the city and would never want to live close again. but that's me. you have to have something that makes it worth it.

Laura Trevey said...

Oh... the joy of working from home! It does have its perks ~~

Love this photo too :)

Anonymous said...

I walk 4 blocks to the Bart station. 15 minutes on the train. Then another 2 blocks to my office.

Mary Schwarz said...

3 seconds...from my bedroom to the home office. Perfect.

SmartBear said...

I gave up my 40 minute commute when I had a baby and took a job with a ten minute drive. I just didn't want to spend my time with my baby in the car all the time.

The Boob Nazi said...

Mine's 10-15 minutes. I LOVE IT.

Sandy said...

My commute is only 10 minutes! I just basically down this one street and I am at work! It's pretty nice to be able to wake up at 6:50AM, leave the house at 7:50AM and be in by 8:00AM! =) I don't think I would be able to handle a commute longer than like 30 minutes, I don't like driving!

Spare Thoughts said...

Thankfully now only 10 minutes.In previous jobs I drove for 45 mins each way which resulted in extreme road rage. Another job was a 50 min train journey and the only part of that I miss is the time I could spend reading. Actually technically the commute never bothered me until I stopped enjoying my job and then I started to resent it.

Rebecca ♥ said...

Six-and-a-half hours?! Well, I feel bad for complaining.

My current commute wouldn't be so bad if it involved some form of public transportation (reading! people watching! human interaction!), but, unfortunately, it's just me in my rusty old car for four hours every day. The commute from Connecticut to Boston was getting a bit much for me, though, so I've chosen to leave my current position and take it all back home.

Thanks so much for sharing that article!

stephanie said...

i moved to be closer to my job so only about 7 minutes on my bike...i'm hoping it will only be 3 when i can ride my new scooter in the spring :) dallas doesn't have the best public transport so i make do with what i've got..,if i lived in a city like san fran with the bart and all, i wouldn't mind a longer commute

k_darling said...

My office is in Midtown East, and when I lived downtown, my commute was an easy 25 minutes door-to-door. Then my husband and I bought a place in Park Slope and my commute is now closer to an hour and involves three trains. I don't love it.

Cathi said...

My commute is 10 minutes away....love it!

I used to commute an hour away years ago - that wasn't too bad.

Polly R said...

Only about 45 minutes - a 15 min walk to the bus stop, a 5 minute wait, a 15 minute bus journey and a 10 minute walk to college!
I have a friend whose mum spends 3 hours a day commuting :O And my uncle used to spend 4 hours. too much, too much. I think any more than an hour can get tiring. xx

Danielle said...

I think a 15-30 minute commute is kind of nice. It gives me time to think after work, be by myself in my car, radio blaring... before I'm back in the real world again. It's a nice escape.

Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

I'm lucky - only about 15 minutes.

Clare said...

i used to live 2 counties away from my school last year, and from home to school took 2 hours each way because i used public transportation. it was so exhausting!

now i moved to the county the school is in and while i still use public trans, it takes half an hour or less to get there, but sometimes an hour coming back lol

Miss Minty said...

Hi mama!

I commute 11 minutes if I feel like taking it easy...five city blocks.

I'm not helpful, I know. Perhaps I'm crazy, but I do kind of miss commuting on the train or subway (even driving!). I like the feeling of leaving work behind for the day and the feeling of ramping up mentally for my day in the morning. When I live so close to the office I sometimes stay late because I'm "only" ten minutes from home.

Thanks for the article... fascinating.

Kate said...

Doesn't your sister live in the bay area? Commuting in CA is a pain and a half.
I have never put up with more than a 30 minute commute- door to door- and always walking/bussing/subway. It's a lifestyle choice.

.g. said...

love the seinfeld bit!

I used to commute 2 hours each day and I love my morning radio station and npr on the way home BUT I miss out on a lot. Going out after work with co-workers or friends around the area that you work is a pain, since, you have to drive home after. I recently bought a house only 10 minutes away from work and LOVE IT.

So, yeah the commute may be worth it for a while, but after time, as life becomes more important than work, maybe then, you can relocate.

Wish your sister luck!

MsAmanda said...

17 minutes door to desk. Totally managable, yet enough time to forget about work on my way home.

Danielle said...

I used to commute 2 -3 hours each day (round trip). Distance wise, it was only about 35 km each way, but with gridlocked traffic you could only just inch along most of the way. As much as I liked my job, the drive was killing me. My commute is 10-20 minutes now and I'm much happier.

Dancing Branflake said...

30-45 minutes. But I teach and dance all over town so it's a little hard to say. My husband commutes to the Bay Area everyday so that really adds up. I don't even want to think about it.

Lbdubbin' said...

45min-1hr 15min each way.

One morning when the traffic was really bad. I saw a bubble blow across my windshield...
a minute later another bubble...
as the minutes past the bubbles became more and more frequent and I was completely entertained looking for the source.
A little beat up Toyota.
Hundreds of bubbles squeezing,racing their way through the sunroof.
Eventually our cars were side by side.
An older man with a big grin on his face sat staring forward holding up a bubble blower to his air conditioner.

Made my day! :)

Commuting has it's perks.

Alex said...

I drive an hour everyday to work. I wouldn't recommend traveling longer than an hour. With my hectic schedule, I view it as my time to listen to music and books on tape. Good luck with the job search!

Anonymous said...

1 hour, door-to-door, each way, when I go into the office. I work from home 2 times a week, which makes the commute not so bad. I also take the train to and from work.

It's a bit of time, but it gets broken up throughout the week and I'm not doing to actual driving, so it's worth it. I would highly recommend your sis make sure she is near the public transportation she needs to get to work.

Giovanna said...

about 25 minutes, but i've done more than an hour. it really depends on the traffic. if she has a pleasant drive, it's actually kind of nice to have that time to yourself in the car in the morning and at night to unwind...npr, fun mix cds, etc.

CopyStrands said...

Mine is from my bedroom down the hall to my office. Working from home as a freelance writer / editor means I have an easy and seamless commute! I've done commutes as long as an hour one way in the past though, not fun.

Garberg Designshop Blogg said...

I have five minutes each day commuting and I love having this short way to my work.By the way, I had to see "Kramer gets a job" and watching Kramer is really the best:)

Angela said...

i live across the canyon from my job. 2 miles, one-way. i love it. i'd love it more if i didn't have to drive here. damn the steep canyon! i wouldn't want to stink up the place by sweating from a bike ride to work. i live sooo close to so many things that i usually only have to fill up my gas tank once a month. :D

Ashley said...

50 minutes door-to-door...luckily it's on a commuter train which is a nice peaceful ride. There's no way I'd be driving in because traffic would make the drive about 90 minutes. It used to take me over two hours each way and now that I've moved closer to where I work, I can't believe I actually used to spend four hours commuting each day!

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

A fiftenn minute bus ride, a 40 minute walk, a half hour bike ride. I like to sleep in, it has to be short.

Francine said...

I have an 11-mile commute that takes about 20 minutes. I'm on the highway for about a mile and a half, then the rest of the way is back roads going against traffic so it's pretty nice.

I used to have a terrible 38-mile commute on the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut going into Fairfield County -- it was torture. Some days it would take 2 hours when it should only take about 40 minutes.

.lauryn said...

my commute is 45 mins to an hour depending on traffic. and the only way I can stand it is NPR. :-) Otherwise I would be so lonely and bored!

MaryBeth Hughes said...

i went from a 20 min commute in mpls to a 5 min commute in rural wisco. growing up in a small town. we had to drive everywhere to get to a mall, movie theater or diversity - so driving isn't a deal breaker for me.

btw-congrats on your pregnancy!

Gabriela said...

My commute is about 25 minutes, which I consider pretty reasonable, but I do have to cross a bridge, which ups the annoyance factor a bit. I feel like a lot of people in the Bay Area have to commute more than that, and if I worked in the city I live in (San Francisco) I would take the bus and the overall trip would end up much longer! I would still prefer not to drive though.

bk said...

I commute an hour to and from work each day. At first it was not so bad but after 4 years it is not so nice anymore. There are days I do not want to go to work simply because I do not want to drive. You do not always realize it but when you have that extra two hours it makes such a difference!!

Kerry said...

1.5 hours...too long in my book. It used to be 20 mmintues but then we moved out of the city to the burbs...yuck :( I miss the "L"!

Tania Katherine said...

I'm at a half-hour now (really, 25 minutes) and it's a bit long for me. Of course, I get up and write for 4 hours before leaving for work and when I get home I can't wait to spend time with my partner. To each their own.

Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

I drive 7 minutes along the coast {yes, the views, they hurt me eyes!} to my job as a Nanny.

One of life's blessings for me. x

martha said...

7 minutes exactly!! i am truly lucky.

Stephanie said...

Less than 10 minutes each way for my full-time job. Less than 5 for my part-time job. I'm so spoiled... when I did field work for grad school I had to drive about 1/2 hour each way and I hated it. I don't think a longer commute would be too bad if I had the option of taking a bus or train though.

Anna/Quilted Giraffe said...

25-30 minutes door to door, depending on the subway. I commute from East 86th St to Astor Place.

Danielle said...

30-60 minutes depending on mode of transportation (taxi vs. walk+ train).

I find it bearable because it allows me to live where I want and because I'm a big fan of NPR, podcasts, audio books (easier to read on a train than a real book/kindle), and newspapers.

Latoya said...

30-40 minutes, depending on traffic.

When I worked in Baltimore, I had a co-worker who commuted Philly. Now THAT was a commute!

shannonlass said...

My commute is about 25 minutes now, which isn't bad at all. I used to commute into DC through bus and metro, and it would be 1.5 hours each way, sometimes 4 hours a day total. Killer! Plus I had to wake up around 5:00 a.m., and didn't get home until 7:30 p.m. I'm loving my new setup much more.

hawthorne girl said...

12 minutes, love it!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

I just walk upstairs for my commute. Speaking as a child whose parent commuted 1.5 hours one way, I hated missing out on that time with my Dad. I hope your sister finds a short commute.

Flora said...

15 min walking, and I love it. Me and my husband set a rule never to have a commute of more than 25 min, so we don't waste the time of our lives on cars, trains or buses :)

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pam@pixelimpress said...

wow, my husband and i are lucky. i commute 2 hallways and a flight of stairs to my home office. my husband's office is within a mile of our house. he's usually home for lunch every day. when he can't make it home, i take the dog for an afternoon walk to his office to say hello. spoiled, totally spoiled we are. pam

Shannon said...

I commute about 45 minutes each way to work -- it's not horrible, but we're 2 weeks away from buying our first house (eek!), which is not only closer to work, but is 3 blocks from the beach (eek!). Mostly, I factor in pay vs. driving time, because trust me, gas and time have mega costs.

laurabarth said...

I have several adjunct college teaching jobs, and my commutes vary between 45 minutes each way, to 20 each way. I would definitely rather commute less(i also live in Dallas, which is a pretty heavy commuting city), but found that in this crappy economy, beggars couldn't be choosers. i also really enjoy the work environment at my longest commute the most, so I put up with all the driving.... It's a trade off, and there are a lot of factors. good luck to your sister!

Tess said...

I commute about an 1:15 or 1:30 each way, in the sf bay area on public transportation. It's getting a little long after a year & sometimes I feel like it has impacted my social life a bit (e.g. I always need to catch a train). However, time reading on the train is wonderful at times. I would recommend her looking into public transportation options if it's a long one!

Meredith Perdue said...

I am incredibly lucky to live three doors down the street from my photography studio. If I don't stop at the neighborhood bakery across the street, it's a 30 second walk. Good luck to your sister!

{lilac wishes & honeysuckle riches} said...

I commute 55 miles each way, which equates to about 2.5 hours of driving each day with traffic. It's not as bad because I drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and see the ocean the whole way, but some days I just want to scream. And I secretly get envious of my coworkers who get to leave at 5:30 and be home in 5 minutes!!

craftysunday said...

Before I moved from Chicago to another (smaller) city, my commute, round trip, could be anywhere between 3 and 5 (sometimes more) hours a day. And that was to go NINETEEN MILES one way.

It was awful. The worst part was that I lived in a sort of black hole of public transportation, and with my schedule (working 2 jobs, sometimes a third) it was not an option even if I could get to it easily.

You're right- NPR is wonderful, and audiobooks are even better. But when you have to pee and you've sat through the same traffic light three times without traffic moving, well...you just don't care about how great the radio is!

Some days I just wanted to cry, and actually did. Luckily my full-time job was amazing.

Good luck to your sister- I hope she has a train or bus as an option!

Cheers,
mindi

valeasc said...

40 minutes if I walk, 30 minutes if I take the tube. For ten minutes more, I'd rather walk, breath proper and fresh air, exercise and enjoy the riverside! (I live and work in London)

jjparks said...

Mine isn't too bad now, but when I start my job it's probably going to be over an hour.

Not looking forward to it...

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Anonymous said...

2 hours on a bad day, 45 minutes on a good day. radio shows like wiretap help.

Detta said...

I have a 75 mile commute each way which is a total of just about 3 hours a day in the car. This is my third year with this commute. I didn't mind it the first two years but this year it is starting to hurt a bit... I would give anything to be home while it's still light out!

Elle said...

an hour and 20 minutes by train, an hour if I drive, but that 20 minutes is so worth it to sit back and read and do crossword puzzles!

Elena said...

My commute, door to door, is about an hour, and includes a commuter railroad ride plus either a short subway ride or a 25 minute walk. (I'm in NYC) I listen to podcasts, read, and knit or crochet on the train. I would much, much rather not have a commute at all, or commute solely on foot through grassy meadows :) My current route eats up my precious time and eats into my nerves :-/

Deanna said...

I run my own company from home - LOVE IT! I used to commute 30-45 minutes each way to my old job. Now, I just leave the house occassionally for meetings. I'm very, very lucky.

Carissa said...

I work from home so technically, I don't have a commute! except on Wednesdays when I do go into the office, but then that drive is only about 20 minutes each way. even though working from home can be no fun at times, you can't beat the time and money you save from not having to drive to work!

Nina said...

right now I'm unemployed but I can tell you a long commute bites the big one. my office was 25-30 minutes, my sitter was 40 and my court was 50 and then 20 (I moved courts). and in the winter it was horrible. and the drivers got worse and worse, my blood pressure went down after I lost my job because I didn't have to drive anymore. and it bites to put 20-25K on your car a year. before that it was 8 minutes. that was sweet. I'd take 20 minutes no more. unless you can use public transportation, then I could do 30-40...

K said...

a long commute can make a huge, miserable difference in how you deal with your job (and life in general!)

right now i drive about 45 minutes each way.

but a couple yrs ago, i was commuting into nyc and it took 2 hrs each way (2 trains + subway/walking). miserable.

Corin said...

I bike 20 minutes to work everyday. When I can't get to the gym or yoga studio, at least I have my 40 minute bike ride. And biking is so much fun!!!!!

j.cro said...

I live 60 miles from my job in NYC. I spend roughly four hours (sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less) of my day commuting. I have been commuting to NYC for nearly 12 years.
While my commutes allows for a LOT of reading (I average about 60 books a year) it's not enough to overcome the many hours I am missing at home.
In April I am leaving my job and going back to school. I am doing a complete 180 degree turn in terms of career moves... I am currently a commercial photographer and I will be getting certified in Oncology Massage once I finish my program around this time next year.
So, how do I feel about my commute? I'm SO OVER IT and my last day of work can't come soon enough.

Jaeve + Things said...

Currently my commute is walking from my bedroom to my office. That's roughly about 10 steps, each way. Life is hard, I know. ;) For serious though, my commute for my old job (which required driving to various hospitals in the Southern California region) took at least 1 to 1.5 hrs. Not bad compared to other people, and rarely any traffic. I tend to pick jobs that are closer to home. I hate commutes, though they are a good chance to catch up on music and news.

j.cro said...

Oh, let me add, that for several of the 12 years of commuting, I took the train - but now I drive 20+ minutes to take the bus - but all told, it's roughly 4 hours of my day...

rap and tric said...

ugh. its about 45-60m. and i cant stand it. in the winter the roads are just bad, and in the summer i would much rather be at the beach than in my car on the interstate.

jenny said...

I have a 40 minute commute each direction. Sometimes it is utterly draining. Sometimes I carpool and that is nice. And sometimes I also see rainbows, owls, stellar sunsets and sunrises, foxes and whathaveyou and I think I'm really lucky. All that said, I would still kill for a pod that tele-transports me!

lauren. said...

about 10 minutes each way... not too bad. i even go home for lunch!

Ruth said...

my commute (each way) is at least 1 hr 20 mins, and on bad days, which are frequent, it can be 2+. I don't recommend it, even for a job you really like, but here are the MUST haves: iPods with tons of podcasts and books, MUSIC, NPR, satellite radio, bluetooth and a phone charger, and most important: a sense of humor. It's draining, and your non-work life suffers. Avoid it if you can.

Kim said...

That was my dad's car when I was growing up. That photo made my day.

ilaria said...

45min-1h. I don't think that more than that is healthy though as I am already knackered with this 2 long drives every day..

Olive Jane said...

I spent three months commuting 45-60 minutes each way, depending on traffic. It was fun at first... I got a lot of good NPR time in! But after awhile it was terrible. Now, I happily commute 10 minutes!

Trina said...

20 minutes without traffic, 45 with. Time is valuable. To have that much more of it--to myself, to relax, to do what I wanna do with my hours outside of work--is precious and irreplaceable. There's a lot to be said for not having to rush and stress out for that much more of your day.

Caroline, No. said...

25 minute cycle, 35 minute tube. About as long as I ever want it to be again.

Marija said...

I had a 22 mile commute that took me over an hour every day - assuming the weather was decent. Not good, just decent, because too much sun would cause a "sunshine delay". (what??) We moved to a town where we could take a train to work. If you're not the one driving, I think you can tolerate any length commute!

TheBeautyFile said...

About a half an hour in the car, but I'm typically YELLING the words to my favorite songs so the time just flies by.

Erin said...

40 minute metro ride each way.

What about you Joanna? How long is your commute?

tinkmakesart said...

when i lived in new york, my commute was one hour on the bus. i loved it, because i wasnt driving, so i could spend the time reading, jotting down ideas, chatting with friends, conversing with strangers, absorbing the beautiful views, catching up on sleep, and preparing for or decompressing after the day. now in durham, nc, i drove to work, which takes me about twenty minutes. convenient but i do miss that 2 hours set aside each day...

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

My commute is about 20 steps from the bedroom, 10 from the kitchen. I am one of the lucky ones with a home studio.
If I could commute by train, I'd happily commute a distance since I love trains. But while I love to drive cross-country, driving the same route every day might spoil the magic.

grace @ the cinderella project said...

2 hours in LA traffic, but i'm not complaining anymore

Corey said...

Ugh, I live in Brooklyn, work in Manhattan, and go to school in Queens. So, 40 minutes from home to work, 1.5 hours from work to school, and 1 hour from school to home. It's all on the subway/bus, though, so I get plenty of reading done!

alice said...

My commute is about 15 minutes by bike. I don't think I could handle anything longer than 30 minutes unless the money was really really amazing :)

Cafe Fashionista said...

Six-and-a-half hours each day?! That's similar to my mom's commute. Hers is about six hours - three hours each way. It's horrible!! :)

Alisa said...

My son goes to a school for Dyslexic children, so we have a 60 minute commute each way. It is fine for me, but poor kid, that is too much time in the car for him!

Katie said...

I have a 5-minute commute if I drive, 15-20 if I take the bus, and about 40 minutes if I walk. It's nice to have so many options, though.

Anonymous said...

hi :)from my own experience I can advise that the ability to bear a commute is based on the mode AND the time. For example: my commute was 2hrs each way- i biked, then took the train, then the subway, then walked to and from every day and for me this was okay because with so many kinds of transport-it's nice and can be entertaining :) but if i have to drive this whole time, i think it would be very long. (I’m too tired to drive after work, too!) If it's long there is less time for after-work fun and one has to get up extra early. those parts are a bummer! oh, but, i forgot, in the train one can't sing out loud to music. it's an important piece of happiness! ;) I think I would say a short commute leaves more time for other things in life :) (sorry for my english)

Lexi said...

I lived on the New Jersey Transit. Commuting at total of 4+ hours daily.

Kelsi said...

Right now I live only one mile from my office, so it's a three minute drive. I walk when there isn't a foot and a half of snow on the ground! I'm house hunting right now, so then it'll be a few miles more. Odds are I won't have more than a ten-minute commute for as long as I have this job!

Bec said...

A 55 mile round trip every day that takes between 2 - 3 hours thanks to the traffic. I am learning to love it though, listen to my favourite radio show and enjoy the views. Today I had a gorgeous sunset followed by a sky filled with stars. Beautiful.

Ideally though my commute would be a walk to the spare bedroom, I just need to figure out what my real calling is...

melissanearandfar said...

Until this past summer, I have always worked within walking distance of where I've lived. I spent the first half of the month of May commuting a little over an hour each way and the second half looking for a place to live near to my work. The extra time meant a lot to me (I trained for a marathon with that extra time!).

That said, my dad has been commuting three hours a day for the past eight years and doesn't seem to mind it too much.

I guess it just depends on how sorts of things are important to you.

Jodi said...

right now im just a full time student, but school is 20 minutes so not too bad!

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Christina Song said...

15 minutes! im lucky school is so close to home

Amber said...

About 15 minutes or a 30-35 minute walk (which I love on a nice spring or summer day). I love living and working in the city.

Cindee said...

Five minutes MAX! I hate commuting!

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Eri said...

My commute is a 2 minute walk by the beach - I love it!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

When I lived in Maryland my commute each day was 30 minutes. I loved having that time alone in the AM to drive, listen to music and WAKE UP before having to be friendly with people. I was also thankful that my commute was always in the opposite direction of traffic driving to DC and beyond.

Now that I live in small town USA, Alabama - I only have a 5 minute commute to work. The boyfriend and I carpool and usually leave 15 minutes before having to get at work. Incase we hit "traffic" or red lights.

There are days that I miss my half hour drive with music blasting - it was my meditation for the day.

morgan said...

I live in California and take the train, so door to door it ends up being about 1 1/2 hours each way. While the time on the train is not all that bad, adding 3 hours onto a full work day makes for a VERY. LONG. DAY.

That and you are dictated by the train schedule so it makes spontaneous happy hours or meetings quite difficult. I would much prefer to work closer to home.

melissa said...

I commute anywhere from 2-3 hours a day, in the car. Ugh. When I moved to the suburbs 6 1/2 years ago, I was working out of my home. One layoff and a new hire later, I found myself working in the city and having to go through some serious freeway bottlenecks. It sucks the life out of me and I am hoping to be able to sell my house soon and move into the city, get rid of my sore muscles, and get 2-3 hours of my day BACK!

Singapore Short Stories said...

For me, mine is a half an hour journey.

JeanetteS said...

My commute is approximately 60 minutes each way. I live outside DC and fortunately do not commute into the city but it is just as bad in the 'burbs. Once construction on 495/Beltway is complete, I hope my commute improves!

Good luck to your sister.

Holly said...

7 minutes :)

Brigitta Ryan {duo} said...

If I can't walk there, I won't work there.

C said...

25 mins each way....factors to consider: how old is your sister? Is this her first job? is her home base likely to change? The older you get, the more you want to commute less/be home/sleep more. When you are young, a job you like and good experience might be more important than comfort. Other people have said is it driving or mass transit? Also, is it every day or is it more flexible? Lastly, if she is young and single, can she stop at a health club or have dinner out so that she avoids rush hour? Would that be "fun" for her? Is she coming home every night or going to a boyfriend's/friend's/family sometimes? Before you have your own house, it is easy to be more nomadic, and frankly, some people like travel, change, etc. forever. Some people HATE working at home or a block away because they want more stimulation.

Tracey said...

The amount of time it takes me to walk from my bedroom to the baby's room or the kitchen. In many ways I miss the 45 minutes (each way) I had to drive in silence before I had children.

Barefoot Chic said...

10 mins driving which is not bad after all - very spoiled:)

I know some people drive 2 - 3hrs each way - crazy!!!

Emmie {orange + barrel} said...

I commute between LA and Orange County 6 days out of the week, and yet it is still better than actually living in Orange County. NPR saves me, but in the morning I hear the news twice.

Christina said...

6 and a 1/2 hours is crazzzy!! I can't imagine. I drive 35 to 40 mins to get to work. And I love listening to NPR.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

It depends how this job fits into her long term goals. Sometimes, it's worth the sacrifice. For example, my husband commutes to law school a total of 3-3.5 hours a day. Poor honey wakes up at 4:30, then walks to the bus stop. From there he gets to the train station from Long Beach into Los Angeles. Then from downtown, he takes a shuttle to school. Repeat backwards at around 5:30 pm..finally walking home and arriving at about 7:30pm. And sometimes he has to wear a suit to school (with a backpack).

Mary said...

Wow - guess everybody has a commute and an opinion. Mine is about an hour, including dropping off the boys at day care/preschool. It's in the car, which is nice because I can sing my music at the top of my lungs. I miss the predictability of the train, though, and an hour is a long time at the beginning and end of every day.

Jo said...

During the spring, summer and fall I bike 1.1 miles (one way) to work each day. In the winter I either walk that or talk the bus. Hooray for the environment!

Bec said...

i live in brisbane, Australia (beautiful warm sunny weather here at the moment!) and commute 45mins-1 hour depending on how bad the traffic is! i just turn on the radio and lose myself!

Novelista Barista said...

40 minutes

Spiralstyle said...

Just a walk down the stairs to my studio in the basement. Lucky me!

SB said...

sometimes the commute is the best part of the day.

Monica from Hola!design said...

15 minutes waliking. 5 min if I take the bus!

Heidi said...

When I worked, it was six minutes. Too short. I think 25 minutes would be perfect. Thanks so much for your comment the other day. My blog can die happy. I linked to you yesterday! Such a great cookbook recommendation. I owe you so much!

lauren said...

thankfully, blissfully my commute is only as long as it takes me to walk down the stairs from my bedroom to my office...sigh...

J. Christina Huh said...

For my part-time job that's in LA, the commute both ways is a little over two hours. But given it's LA, it definitely can be more.

I like it, which is good. I look at it as "me" time and I like listening to the radio.

angela hardison said...

45 minutes to 1 hour every day. I HATE IT :( but good thing I love my job!

oneshotbeyond said...

I didn't mind commuting when I had to do it...at least not until the afternoon I almost fell asleep on the road. Another driver honked just in time to halt my drifting into the shoulder and crashing. That was enough for me! Of course my commute was 70 miles one way. Tell your sis no more than 25-35 miles. :-)

Sarah said...

My commute is a 7 minute walk along the water. Sometimes I see manatees. I always see puppies. Do I win?

Emily Rose said...

A typical day

leave my house at 6:15 for the 45 minute (with traffic) commute to Hollywood to do my internship where I stay until about 1:30 when I get in my car and drive an hour to the south bay for my paying job. Stay there for about 9 hours when I make the 45 minute drive home. Total Commute Time-2 hours and 30 minutes. NPR, Church Podcasts, my ipod and telephone keep me busy (I didn't just admit to talking on the phone while driving)

Steve said...

Six and a half hours! I think I would rather live in a tent!

Usually 40 to 45 min on a good with no traffic mishaps. All bets are off if there is wreck or stall. My brother in California use to do 2 hours each way!

Jess said...

I drive about 35 minutes to school and around twenty to work. I don't mind the drive to class because most of it takes place on a windy country highway. It's fun and beautiful! I do get pretty bitter about it when the weathers terrible, though. That's definitely something to consider.


Jess

HeatherClark said...

10-20 minutes tops, but when I was little and my dad worked for Disney he would commute at least 2 hours each way from Orange County to LA every single day...but then we eventually moved to LA!

heather

{lovely little things} said...

20 minutes to work, 40 minutes from work. Getting back to Seattle in rush hour is not fun...

Jen said...

Well, right now, my commute is the 30 seconds it takes to get from my bed, across the hall, to my home office. But, prior to working from home, I was driving an hour each way to the office, 40 miles away. And that was waking up at 5am to avoid peak rush hour. I've been doing the hour commute for four years, and it wasn't too bad. It gave me some time to think on my own. Come to think of it, I've NEVER had an easy commute: 15 minutes to elementary school, 30 minutes to high school, two-mile walk to classes in college, 20 minutes to job after college, and then the hour. I guess I'm used to commuting!

Sarah S. Dobbs said...

I'm laughing so hard at the kramer getting a job. Hysterical.

xx

S.S. Dobbs

steph said...

An hour each way, each day I work. NPR, a cup of tea and a sweater on my lap. I talked my boss into letting me work 3 long days instead of 5 short ones (That would have been 10 hours a week just driving!) it works out well this way for me.

Natalya's Closet said...

wow! 6 1/2 hours is extreme! i have a 10 min commute, and am so grateful for that!! xoxo

Kayci said...

My commute's only 5 minutes now, but at my last job it was nearly two hours. I think anything over an hour and a half is just too hard after awhile. If you're driving, that is. I'm in LA and it's really only option, but it might not be so bad if you're on a train in a city that has good public transportation.

Prasanna said...

Hi, I live in India in Mumbai City. It takes me two hours to get to work everyday and two hours back. I take a bus or auto-rickshaw from home to the train station, spend an hour in crowded Mumbai local trains (a nightmare during peak hours) and then another bus or a cab from the station to work.

Wearing heels to work hence, is totally ruled out as I fear for the well-being of my toes which are mercilessly stamped upon. I have learned to forget style in order to save my feet and keep them nice n snug in sneakers!

Also, the accessory I cannot leave home without is a deo-spray...as traveling in a hot n humid city like Mumbai that too in local trains can make you end up smelling like a wet dog!

Although I wish work was closer to home, but it's all ok as those two hours I spend in the train everyday give me enough time to catch up on my reading :)

Living and Loving in L.A. said...

I live in L.A., (well, obviously) and my commute is about 1 hour in the morning and 1 1/2 - 2 hours at night. It's horrific.
I'd say anything less than one hour is acceptable, but then you have to consider that a 8 hour day becomes 10, and my 10 hour days are now 12-13. Which 5 days a week is just too much.
Unless she wants to make work her life, I'd recommend the closer the better!

beebeebishop said...

i was doing 30 minutes and i haaaated it... 6.5 hours is absolutely insane!

m said...

30-40 mins. i spent about 15 minutes of it walking and i love it!

delia tomoiaga said...

An hour each day... Longer if I decide to walk to the train stop through the park.
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compulsively compiled said...

I drive 30 minutes each way to school every day. I listen to audio books free from the public library. I love it. I'm on the 12th CD of 17 for "What is the What". I love the narration of the story.

thequeenofhearts said...

It's takes about an hour in total, 15 min cycle to my local station and then a train into London followed by the tube! I love the commute in the summer but it's awful in the winter when you return to the station to find your bike covered in snow! x x

The Kitten and the Bear said...

I live in Wellington, New Zealand. My commute is about an hour and a half in the morning and about 45 mins in the afternoon.
I like to get to work early so I feel settled.
During the ride to work I listen to student radio which is the only reliable radio station in the city. Sometimes I get really fired up about political issues and yell out loud in the car. I'm sure people sitting in traffic must look at me strangely but I don't care. My drive to work in the morning is the only opportunity to be the total ranting lunatic I really am.

On the way home it gives me time to process. I work in a psychiatric ward and sometimes the things that happen during the day are hard to deal with. I listen to mellow music I love, or some old favourites like Fleetwood Mac and sing along at the top of my lungs.

My drive home from work is a major saviour of my sanity :)

Anonymous said...

I do a four hour commute everyday out of the city on public transport with a four year old child. It is quite draining but you get use 2 it.

Polaroid soph said...

A 10 minute bike ride along the beach to the train station, followed by a hour on the train into the city (sydney) which i love most days becasue i can read a book or watch a movie... a little bit of contemplative time never hurt anyone, then I have a beautiful 10 minute walk through the old carriage works that have beent here since the 20s! not a bad way to start the day :)

OliveStreetStudio said...

Commute?? I work in downtown NYC and live in Long Beach in Nassau County. So , we are about 27 miles from the City? My commute (and my hubbys but he is at an advertising firm by GCS), is 90 minutes door to desk. That is EACH WAY. It is crazy - but the train affords us downtime we wouldn't get if we drove or had a shorter commute! Not that I love the long trip, but I do get to read or sleep. :-)

Claire said...

50 mintues each way driving. it's ok, but i won't be able to do it forever. luckily i really like my job so it's ok. i am buying a new car this year to make it better- better fuel efficiency and more comfortable.

Isabelle Machteld said...

I used to work in Brussels (I live in Belgium) and it took me an hour by train to get there. I loved it, I had my rituals of coffee & croissant, reading, waking up slowly. I met new people and made friends.

I changed jobs though and work in the city where I live now, 15 mins. by bike from my house, a luxury. But I'm late every morning now :-)

luce said...

it can take over 1 hour each way. tiredness.

Courtney said...

I walk to work or take the buss. In total, it takes me about 15 minutes.

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Sarah Caron said...

About 50 steps ... I work at home. It's a blessing and a curse though, since I can always pop into the office to wrap things up (not so when your office is elsewhere).

I used to commute 1.5 hours each way though for an awesome staff job. But the length of the drive did get to me after a while.

deanna said...

I used to have a job that required me to stay overnight in another city one night a week. So, I'd have a 45min bus ride + 1 hour train ride, work 6 hrs, stay overnight in lodging they provided, work another 6 hours and then take the train + bus home the next day. There was also tons of waiting time to factor in. It worked for a couple of years (the train ride was actually really peaceful if i packed podcasts or books) because I liked the job, but then I got married and started to miss my husband too much. It became something I really started to dread each week. Now, I work from home and one day a week I walk 20 min. to the university where I teach. This situation is much, much better.

Christina said...

Good luck to your sister! My commute is a five minute walk to the subway, a 30 minute ride and then a less than five minute walk to work. I used to drive and the whole thing took me about 90 minutes in the morning and 45 in the evening. The train is so relaxing most days - it's my reading time!

Thea said...

I'm very lucky, that I get to walk to work everyday. I use my car for errands in the winter and my bike in the summer.

katie said...

an hour and a half (brooklyn to new jersey!).

Nicole Marie said...

1 hour. 30 min. on the cable car. 30 min on muni. and i only need to go 7 miles haha. i could probably run faster.

CER said...

about 40 minutes from queens to lower manhattan; nothing to complain about in relative terms, as i know people that have it far worst -- but it's certainly beginning to take a toll & the one reason why i wish i made more money -- to be able to live in manhattan & not have to spend such a huge chunk of life on the train..

Amber said...

3 minutes. I can't imagine anything more than 15 as bearable, too much time away from home and those I love.

maria said...

7 minutes by car, 20 by bike

Magchunk said...

A little over 2 hours each way. I have the opposite commute - live in the city and work in the suburbs... but it means that the bus/train schedules aren't very convenient and I spend a lot of time waiting around at busstops and stations. If I drove it would be just over an hour but I'm a nervous driver and would have terrible anxiety! I really hate it but it's hard to find a city job that pays enough for my rent right now!

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