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Curious to those in the DC/Balt area - what's the longest you would endure for a work commute (going to + coming home)? I took at new job, knowing that the commute would take roughly 1 hr 15 mins give or take. What I failed to consider, during my time trials, was weather, stopping for gas, etc. For whatever reasons I didn't take into account, my total commute is averaging 3 hrs (incl drop off/pick up of kids).
Add to that, my employer is not flexible on the hour lunch factored into my work schedule (my last jobs have been a straight 8 hrs, eating lunch at my desk). So, it been taking 12 hours when I leave the house to when I walk in the house. I thought I could do this but my enthusiasm is truly sapped already. I keep telling myself ppl in DC and other big cities are averaging about the same (to help me try and suck it up). But, I just feel the quality of my kids lives is being sacrificed and I would like to bring it down closer to 10 hours. I guess I'm wondering if this is the norm for many others (and how parents in particular cope). My kids are in K and Pre-K but I can't help to think as they grow older, I will have absolutely no time for healthy meals, homework, etc. As it stands, we get home, eat dinner, take a bath and it's bedtime for them. After they fall asleep, we prep for the next day.
Why do people do this to themselves?
Is this truly worth living in a large metropolitan area for some people?
OH SHIT! WHAT NOW RAISE! YOU FUCKED UP!
I'm not a parent, and I understand everyones situation is different, but I feel like as long as there aren't other factors, you should live as close to work as financially possible.
I commuted from College Park to Tyson's Corner the past two summers...an hour in the morning and between 90 minutes to two hours on the way home. It is absolutely miserable. If I actually had a family there is no way I could do that.
If I were you, I'd take a job closer to home even if it meant less pay. You only live once and your kids will only be under your roof for 18 years. It sounds like all you have time to do at home is sleep.
I commute from Annapolis to Baltimore. That's as far as I'd go. Ever.
commutes are the devil. i went from a not bad commute (30 minutes to work, 45 minutes coming home) to an even better commute (25 min each way). That's "only" 25 minutes a day different and i've been amazed how much difference that makes. that's enough for 2/3 workouts a week.
3 hours per work day is literally over a month a year spent commuting. It's 9% of your life. That's ridiculous. Either move or switch jobs. 1 hour per day max.
This post was edited by azitnay 15 months ago
eamhokie94: Is your name Nazi in pig Latin?
awful. do not do this any more.
I love my 15 minute commute, half hour if traffic sucks.
I used to work in DC. Had to be there ungodly early so I could get to work from my place in beltsville in like 17 minutes. It took no less than an hour on the way home. I lasted 3 months.
holy crap I did the math and that's true. wow.
Thats a tough call. On the on hand, you can't just pick up your family and move. On the other, you can't just create this job close to home. I commuted for many years and it sucked. I would have thought that employers would be more open to telecommuting by now. My last real job was in the late 90s and the company I worked for was pretty good about telecommuting. I never fought traffic on Fridays and never drove in crappy weather. I feel for you. Where you live is probably the gating factor. If you can find a job close that doesn't require a big hit and can provide a challenge, thats your best bet. I tried working local at one point in my career and it sucked almost as bad. No real challenge. I wish you luck. Remember, family comes first.
Why not? It is a free country.
You're apparently right on the cusp of being an "extreme commuter". This is one situation where you want to be the 97%.
Approx 45 minutes to work in the morning, 1 hour to school after work, and 30 minutes home after school.
Unfortunately, this is only the fourth worst commute I've ever had.
Third prize: 1 hour 15 minutes each way, bus to metro to work to metro to bus to home
Runner up: 1.5 hour drive each way from deep in SoMd to PG
Grand prize: Bowie to CP (kid's daycare) followed by a metro ride to Foggy Bottom... about 2 hours each way
Aside from one year where I had a 20 minute commute each way, the shortest my commute has been over the past six years is about 45 minutes.
I don't want to calculate how much of my life I've wasted either in the car or on the train. Or how much money I've spent on getting from point A to point B.
Your daily commute costs a lot more than what you pay each trip to the gas station. Personal finance blogger Mr. Money Mustache details the true cost of commuting, walking through how to calculate the time and financial burden of a commute, breaking down some of the most common misconceptions about what you sign on for with your daily drive to the office.
Dude. Move or find a new job, that is awful.
I live and work in NW DC. My total commute is about 8 minutes by car (15 by bus) and I never realized what having that short of a commute freed you to do. Life changing.
I mean, I know it's different when you have kids and want to have a yard and stuff, but I wouldn't trade 2 hours per day for anything at this point (I'm 26).
Plenty of people who live in a large metropolitian area have a short commute. I just cut mine from 25-30 to 15-20
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The average commute even in traffic-high areas like DC/Baltimore is still only 30 minutes so yes, it's worth it. Don't a fair amount of people commute from West Virginia to DC? Now that seems crazy but I guess the exponentially low cost of living is worth it to some. I've absolutely hated commuting when I've had to do it and now make it a point to live close to where I work. Easy to do without a family though. Even still, I'd go through the temporary hassle and move the family closer to work if you plan on being there a long time and if it works for your wife if she has a job. Doing almost anything else in the world is a better use of time than sitting in a car in traffic. It's pretty great essentially adding an hour to your day (or in the OP's case 2-3) by cutting down/almost eliminating your commute. I suppose many with families don't want to live in cities which is where many of the jobs are though.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?
I can't fathom doing some of the commutes you guys do. I've never had a commute longer than 20 minutes in my life, thankfully. In LA, I walked to work. I just can't imagine spending that much of my life in car if I could reasonably avoid it.
My commute to my desk is five seconds tops. My roommate's desk is downstairs. His commute is three-to-four times as long as mine. Sucker.
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
I'm supposed to be working in Fairfax this summer. I was planning on staying in my house at college park for the summer. Should I reconsider? I've never had to do a DC beltway commute so I really don't know what to expect.
It's 26.2 miles from doorstep to doorstep so it really didn't seem like a smart move to sublet this house, move everything out, just to move back in when the fall semester starts up.
This post was edited by BlackAnGold 14 months ago
This job got me off unemployment but it's definitely feeling like it's not worth it. I kind of knew going in that it may or may not work out based on the commute. I will hold on to it until something better comes along closer to home. I'm considering talking to my boss about the possibility of cutting out the hour of forced lunch break, to make it more palatable.
I'm used to long commutes, mainly from my time in DC. I thought the average commute for most in DC was an hour (based on my and my friends' experience). Just a sampling of my commutes when I was living in the DC area (and single):
- College Park to Metro Center (45-60 mins each way)
- Aspen Hill to Metro Center (60 mins each way)
- Bethesda/Rockville to Columbia (60 mins each way)
- Arlington to Columbia (1hr+ each way) - but I was a road warrior and only had to do this commute when in town.
I kinda surprised by the number of short time responses.
The 12 hours door to door thing seems pretty standard for a lot of jobs, so I dont think that's a big deal, but the 1.5-hour commute sounds pretty soul-crushing. I don't think I'd do anything over an hour each way longterm ever again. I do 45 minutes each way now and don't mind it at all (Columbia-Rockville... no major roads helps), but I did 75 minutes several years ago, and it seriously made me consider switching jobs/moving.
It's tough to give advice on this though, since it seems personal thresholds can vary wildly, and it's up to you to create an acceptable work/life balance for you and your family, with everything factored in (commute time, flexibility, compensation, etc.) Sounds like you're not happy now, so it's probably worth changing something.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by UMTerp 14 months ago
I commute to DC from Crofton and have done so for nearly 20 years. It's about an hour door-to-door each way, but half of that is reading on the Metro. But I can use the gym at work, and I only have to go downtown 3 days a week (telework and flexible schedule). When I had to do it 5 days a week (for nearly 5 years), it sucked. Although I never had to miss anything when my kids were younger, including coaching most of their sports teams. I'd just go in earlier and leave earlier.
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