How far do you travel?

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  1. shoebottom

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    My husband thinks I am crazy for interviewing for jobs a hour from our house. I was wondering how far is your drive and how long does it take you to get to school. How long have you driven it?
     
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  3. ECE ABC

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    The elementary school I work in is about a 20 minute ride if there is no traffic, nice weather, etc.


    I'm in CT so our weather can be brutal :)
     
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    Things would have to be pretty desperate before I applied for schools an hour away. But I hate driving...
     
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    I did drive an hour. I know drive 35-40 minutes in the AM, 30-35 in the PM.
     
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    30 minutes there, 30 minutes back in good weather, without tractors and red lights....I have both on my commute. :)
     
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    I got a new job for next year that would be about an hour away with rush hour traffic. I'll be moving so that I'm closer this summer. I'm looking for no more than 30 minutes with traffic. Some people don't mind a long commute...but personally I feel like I'm just wasting my day away if I'm spending tons of time in the car. My first choice apartment is 10 minutes away!
     
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    I drive 85 minutes (70 something miles) one way. That is close to 15 hours a week in the car and $500'a month in gas. It's a nice school, but I have reached my limit and I'm actively looking for something closer. One prospect is 25 minutes, the other is 50 minutes. Either would be luxuriantly short commutes to me.
     
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    My current school is 20 minutes away. I just accepted a position at my neighborhood school for next year and it will be about 4 minutes (one mile!) away. I'm beyond excited. :)
     
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    My current school is about 20-25 minutes from my house, depending on traffic. My last school was about a 50 minute drive.
     
  11. leighbball

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    Its about 45-50 minutes away but that's because of the way I have to go to get to the sitter's house. :) It's only about 35 minutes if I don't have to drive my son.
     
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    I'm about a 30-40 minute drive depending on traffic. What I hate is that I am only 12 miles from work, so without traffic, it'll take about 15 minutes. Gotta love the 101 freeway!

    I'm moving further from work to be closer to our family & friends, so my commute will be about 30 miles. Hopefully the amount of time spent in the car won't change too much because I'll have to leave before traffic in the AM. I'm still a bit frightened though! I hate driving in traffic :(
     
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    The job I have an interview for tomorrow is 40 minutes away from my house.

    My school I student taught at was 30 minutes away.

    I live in northern NJ and applied for a few jobs in southern NJ today.

    ;)
     
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    I drive 40 minutes (37 rural miles). I have done this for 12 years, and will continue for an unforeseen amount of time. I have a continuing contract, and have a higher salary than my closer options.
     
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    I drive against traffic for the most part. . .I drive 75 miles one way. It takes me 90/120 minutes. I have been doing it for 3 years. While I love my job it has taken its toll on me.

    I am a single parent and I have to take a day off of work for simple appointments.
     
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    1 1/2 hours each way, but it's by train/ bus, so I can read, go online etc. In the past it has ranged from 20 minutes to an hour each way, driving.
     
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    nyc time

    i travel 40 min to work (little traffic at time i leave) but travel an hour and half home (this is the killer!)
     
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    I drive to a rural area takes me 13 min there 13 min home. I enjoy my time in car and wouldn't mind a long commute. I wouldn't like to pay 500 per month in gas though. Yikes, that's a lot of money.
     
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    I drive 35 minutes... it's 26 miles of mostly interstate. If I had to go through town, it would be an hour (shudder).

    Sometimes, I'd really like to work closer to home. I usually don't mind the drive itself, but I hate getting up at 4:45 out of necessity. But I love my school, so stay I do.
     
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    15ish minutes each way.
     
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    I only want to do it for a year or two, just to get experience. They are all magnet schools and the pay is way better than anything closer to me. It is 57 miles and should be a hour and five min drive. My daughter will go with so she can work on her homework in the car. It will be about $430 a month in gas. My sister lives there so if we have late meetings and I needed to stay I would have a place.
     
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    Me too! My new school is about 6 minutes from my house!:D
     
  23. FT2012

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    Last year I drove an hour (both directions) and I'll NEVER do it again. The commute was horrible and it added to my stress this past school year. I never made it home before 5 or 5:30 and I would leave my house at 6:30 every morning. It was a long day.

    I'm looking closer to home for next year and refuse to drive more than 30 minutes.
     
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    My school is about 6 or 7 minutes away. It's WONDERFUL. If my plans work out and I change jobs in a few years and relocate to a new town, I'd love to be that close to work again.
     
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    Haha. My current school (am looking to change), which is where I interned and then transitioned into a position, is 1 hour 15 minutes away. I catch a boat to work. Yes, seriously. I have to ride a ferry.
     
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    It takes me 40 minutes in the morning, but an hour in traffic to get home. We're moving this summer. I expect to cut 10-15 minutes off both ways.
     
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    I drive 45-50 minutes. Most of the time I like it. My dad has about the same commute so we keep each other company chatting :) I also love my afternoon radio sports show. It gives me time to decompress.

    I HATE traffic though so I live where I'm traveling the opposite way of most. I'd rather spend 45 minutes being able to do 70 than 25-30 minutes in congestion.
     
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    It only takes me 7 minutes to get to my current job. I live in a smaller city and moved 300 miles from home to teach here though.
     
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    The longest I have ever driven is 40 min. That was pre-kids. The longest I will drive now that I have my own children is 30 min. I abhor driving and don't want to waste time in the car. The job I just applied for is 30 min., very easy no traffic drive, though.
     
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    15-20 minutes.
     
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    I drive at least an hour and fifteen one way. If traffic is bad it can be close to 2 hours. It's awful and am trying so hard to find something closer but the jobs in my area (library) are very scarce. I got to second round on one and then nope. I am getting really worried about what to do. Moving closer is not an option and the drive is really ruining my life. I would say 45 to 50 minutes is as far as you should go. An hour maybe if you can be sure of little traffic... otherwise don't do it unless you are in some kind of desparate situation (no job, kids, foreclosure kind of thing).
     
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    My current school is an hour away and I have been doing the drive for 4 years.
     
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    My first year I drove an hour each way. That was too long for me. The next year I got a job teaching at a school less than a block away from my house. Perfect commute time! Now my school is about 4-5 miles away, which is still not bad! :)
     
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    It takes me 45-50 minutes because I take the streets rather than the freeway.
     
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    This past year, I commuted "45 minutes", which was never 45 minutes unless I left super early or was coming home super late (like after back to school night). On average it was more like an hour, sometimes even longer if weather or traffic was bad. I hated it. My first two years at this school, I was living closer but last year I moved in with my boyfriend and because of the distance between our two jobs and the unavailability of apartments in our price range exactly halfway, we ended up a bit closer to his job leaving me with the long commute.

    I tried to pretend it was okay, and I have recently taken to listening to podcasts which helps pass the time. But it really killed me this year. I'm looking for a new job (because didn't get tenure, but it was the push I needed anyway), and I'm trying to look at places within 20-30 minutes of me. I have to leave between 6 and 6:30 every morning, and if I don't get out the door right after school, I might as well stay in school until 6:30 or else sit in lots of traffic. That means when I had clubs after school or meetings, I was definitely going to be stuck in the traffic. When we had evening events like plays, concerts, or back to school night, I really just had to stay at school all the way through because it was not worth it to try to rush home, which meant being at school from 7 am to 10 pm. It really drained me and I felt like I was too tired when I got home to get anything done. If I had gotten tenure at this school, I'm still not sure how much longer I would have been able to put up with it.
     
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    I interviewed at a school that was an hour away. The fact that I was so far away was one of their questions for me. A couple of teachers at my school carpool because they are about an hour away.
     
  37. Croissant

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    I drive 40 minutes. I hate it. I can't attend any of the extra curricular activities, and the entire time I'm working in my room after school I feel like I'm on a time crunch because of the drive. I think the thing I hate the most is that I can't just run to my classroom to work or grab materials.

    On the bright side, it makes it really easy to keep my school life and personal life separate, and I never run into parents or students in the grocery store...
     

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