I’d also rather spend my time doing things than commuting, except I get a ton of time off (2.5-month summer + 1.5-week Thanksgiving Break + 2.5-week Christmas Break + 1.5-week Spring Break + other federal holidays) from working as a teacher and so I have plenty of time to do things still. I also don’t have a spouse or kids to take care of — and never will — and so I have a lot of time on my hands to do the things I want, when I want. I’m living the life and each day is a new adventure. Sure, I may commute about 2-2.5 hours each school day for 4 days a week (I tutor out of town Monday through Thursday), but I have my Friday evenings and weekends all to myself. As such, I don’t ever think my life is lacking in any way. My situation is similar to an older-doctor friend of mine who finished her residency to be an orthopedist last year. When I heard her thinking about accepting a job that paid less, I sat down with her and encouraged her to move to a location that paid more in the short term so that she would benefit more in the long term. With clarification, had she taken the job offered closer to home, she would only make $375,000/year. But because she moved a few states away to a rural location, she now makes $625,000/year. I suggested to her that she work there for 5 years, live relatively frugally in that time so that she can save as much as possible, and then move back to her home state when she’s saved up enough to buy a $1-million home and nice cars outright, etc. Then, she can easily get a new job in the area she likes. She agreed. For me, it’s all about weighing your opportunity cost. I commute a lot NOW so that I can buy a house and pay it off a lot sooner than I would if I just worked my current teaching job. When I’m age 32-33 (or sooner as I just came into some lucrative business opportunities), my future house will be entirely paid off, I will prepay my bills for the entire year and drop my tutoring gig to live an extremely luxurious life on my six-figure teaching salary. In short, that’s why I’m willing to give up part of my free time now (in my 20’s) because my efforts will reap huge dividends later. That’s why I do what I do and I strongly recommend my methodology to others, which is to work hard now so that you can play hard for the majority of your life.