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How Far Would You Be Willing To Commute For The Right Job?

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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I was offered a job that would require me to drive to the other side of the city - almost two hours commuting time each way - so I turned it down. What would you do and how far would you go?

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Not more than an hour I guess. It would a lot of time away from personal life if it is more than that for me.
by BK
When I worked in Adelaide, it was a one hour each way drive and it seemed OK, but to double that commuting time, and the related car-related costs would be too much for me.

One hour each way would be pushing it for me. Good on you - it may not have been the easiest decision, but your sanity thanks you (or mine would, anyway).
by Vee
I agree with Kabhi - Although I enjoy driving, I think two hours would seem like forever if you needed to get home in a hurry. There is also the cost of petrol and the wear and tear on the car to consider.
If the job offered great opportunities I think I would be willing to commute two hours to and from.
I've done my fair share of commuting over the years. I made a decision a decade ago that I would seek work locally even if it meant a lower wage.

I have been lucky. I work in a lovely area in outer south eastern Melbourne only 10 minutes drive from home and I haven't had to take the expected cut in pay to get it.

2 hours one way!
I too would turn it down.

1 hour one way is the limit for me.

(Only in dire need would I do a 2 hr one way).
If I had a car, I'd probably go up to an hour away from home.
I have been placed at a school two hours away from my current home, and am contemplating getting a license to drive, as public transport is hell to commute through, especially when it's going to your potential work place.
No more than an hour
Wouldn't even bother APPLYING for a job which had more than reasonable commute time.
It's you who'd be paying for cost of that commute. Betcha company wouldn't be giving 'higher' wages, or 'petrol' money to make it up to you.! And what about 'wear' & 'tear' on your car? And on yourself?

I always worked in the Ciry, & drove to local Train Station, 7klms, then 30minute train-ride, then 15minute walk to Office.
That was way & enough for me! Did that for 40 years'!
Oops! My bad! Try 'City'........'cousin' whereabouts' to 'Ciry'!
by donjo
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