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    Default How far do you commute?

    I was thinking about moving back to my hometown. If I do, and get a job, than it might take me around hour and a half to get to work. Just wondering how far you guys commute to work.
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    I spent 6.5 years commuting 3 hours each way, would drive to work early Monday (3-4 am) morning and then drive 3 hours home on Wednesday, and then remote Thursday and Friday. As of mid December of last year, my commute is about 20-30 steps downstairs to my office as I am full remote since then.
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    My usual commute time is about 10 min the morning, 15 min at night ("rush hour"). But many time, I go to some customer site, and then it is variable.
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    I just recently changed jobs. This is my longest commute yet. 35 miles, takes me about an 60-70mins to travel that distance in the DFW area.
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    About 90 min each way which I've been doing most of my life. Down the line, my commute may be even further if I want to buy a bigger property but for now, I use my inbound commute to sleep and my outbound commute to study.
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    When I started this job it was about 50 miles one way (just over an hour on a good day). For about the past 18 months I have been full remote so now it is about 15 steps to my home office. Just have to be careful I don't trip over the dog on the way!
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    Like jcundiff, my commute is about 20 steps to my home office . I used to commute 28 miles and 45+ minutes however.
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    10 minutes each way at current position. Used to have a commute that was 1 hour both ways. That will never happen again.
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    45 minutes each way. 40 miles. My colleagues up near Redmond have the same time of commute, but only 5 miles. I live on the rural side of the state and work at the office here. They live on the urban side.
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    About 30-45mins each way depending on traffic.
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    When I was in the DC area it was roughly an hour commute (if everything was going smoothly). I felt like it was a great day if I happened to make it home in 55 minutes . Unfortunately, that was rare, but a lot of days it was more like 75 to 90 minutes, and once in a while it was much worse.

    Now I'm in Texas and the commute is 15-20 minutes. I like that a lot better!

    I didn't think the long commute would bother me, but it really wore on me over time. Part of that goes with having family, though. I mean, like going home during the day to go to a kids' play or doctor's appointment or something and then going back to work afterwards meant spending 4 to 6 hours commuting that day.

    Even with just the regular back and forth, though, it wore on me. It'd be frustrating to me to work long days and then miss out on an extra 2 or more hours a day because of the commute. Friday evenings were the worst. Seems like that's when there's always a crisis at work so I'd wind up staying late and then get caught in the madhouse traffic going home. That really didn't happen that often, but often enough that I would dread it.

    Also, one of the worst feelings to me was being halfway to work or home and realizing I forgot my phone or something. Especially bad when it was something I really needed and had to turn back. It made me much more deliberate in my daily planning, though. Like, some days I bring lunch and some days I don't, so if I was bringing my lunch I'd make it the night before and put my car keys in the fridge with it so I couldn't accidentally leave without my food. Worked for me.

    I've pretty much decided 30 minutes is about my sweet spot. Anything less than that is a bonus, but I'll try to avoid longer commutes than that if I can.

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    30 minute drive each way on most days. 45 minutes to 1 hour in bad winter weather. Unfortunately, most jobs that would be a step up for me are 1 hour+ commutes, and I have no desire to spend that much time inside my car. Crossing my fingers that one of the rare, worthwhile IT jobs in my area will open up some time this year. I'd love to cut that commute down to 10 minutes.
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    I drive 110 miles round trip per day, ranging between 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes each way. I do have an agency provided car so at least it isn't my mileage and gas.
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    30 minutes each way plus $4.15 in tolls. But I just interviewed for a position 1.5 miles away yesterday. Fingers crossed!!
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    30 minutes, 30 miles. This is the best commute I can hope for in my area for a mid to senior skilled IT position, unless I landed a wfh gig, or move the family (not happening anytime this decade).

    I would almost certainly have to drive 90+ minutes one way to either Raleigh or Charlotte to land something more lucrative than I have now, or take a 80-100% travelling gig. Also not happening.
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    20miles/40minutes each way
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    15.6 miles going to work (avoiding a $1 toll) and 17.2 miles on the way home (avoiding the same toll). I love my commute, but that is about it...
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    31 Miles, takes about 35 minutes to get to work, but can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes to get through security, not quite as bad as an Airport, but close.
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    I think my commute is around 10 miles, but often with Oklahoma traffic, it can take up to 30 - 45 minutes. Ironically, I can get on my bike, leave at rush-hour time, and make it to the office about 20 minutes before I would usually.

    Just a quick note on the bike: I am not lane splitting or riding like a turd. There's bike trails almost the entire way.
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    5 minutes to drive 4 miles. It's the best of both worlds. I get out of the house but never far from home.
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    I am doing 40 miles and one hour each way, but I can telecommute whenever I want and I am not going the flow of normal Chicago rushhour.

    I actually quite like the drive, listen to some tunes or podcast, and either ramp up for the day or wind down.

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    Mine used to be 45 minutes into work, 1.5+ hours back, and if it snowed or there was a crash one way could go up to 3+ hours on the road in a blizzard or staring at a bumper.

    Fortunately before I had to push the issue, I was offered a remote position doing the same job from home, or even from another state if I want to move and HR is cool with the states income tax laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweenMachine View Post
    I actually quite like the drive, listen to some tunes or podcast, and either ramp up for the day or wind down.
    This is one thing I was thinking about the other day that I miss working from home. As soon as I walk out the office my girl wants to run to dinner, have me help with the chores or do this or do that. I have to tell her to give me a few to wind down form the day. Don't have that ~20 minutes of commute to de-stress with some tunes or something that I used to take for granted.
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    25 - 40 minutes one way. Hopefully going to change 5 - 10 in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzx380 View Post
    About 90 min each way which I've been doing most of my life. Down the line, my commute may be even further if I want to buy a bigger property but for now, I use my inbound commute to sleep and my outbound commute to study.
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