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How Far Would You Commute for a Job?

trafficOkay, maybe that’s downplaying the issue by calling it “a job”. More of a “career” or a “calling” could put it into better perspective. Yet the question remains: how far would you travel to work?

Our family commutes, driving between seven and eight hours between cities to spend half a week in each location. Kinda crazy. We used to fly, however, the time came out to be almost the same as driving if you calculated door-to-door. With plenty more stress. Now we’re more in control and its loads more fun. And it gets the job done.

The other day, a top firm sent me a job offering located about three hours away by car, a bit airtrafficcontrollonger by bus and about 1.5 hours away by car. By plane it’s maybe 45 minutes, but then you need transportation to and from the airport (car? subway? taxi? friend or family drop-off?) and each scenario starts looking more complex than the previous in terms of time and price.

Every day? Hmmm….

Leave the house by 4:00 a.m. and walk in the door at night around 9:00 p.m. I know neighbors who do similar things while working in our own city….

trainIn my opinion, a three-hour drive by car is not so bad except for the fact that you don’t get to sleep during the commute-! Nor work on the computer.

I am acquainted with other professionals who fly to offices abroad once or twice a month. They fill C-level positions where Skyping-in is not enough. In many ways, that type of schedule means to me less wear and tear than maybe being in a different city most nights each week somewhere in your own country.

Have you ever thought about this? Or am I the only one receiving job offers (of course, you only receive them when you’re not looking…) from afar? How far would you travel to work on a daily basis?

(Telecommuting doesn’t count….)


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