I Love My Commute!

Last Update: March 07, 2016

I was just talking to one of my brothers earlier this morning while he was on his way, from his home, 80 kms (50 miles) to work. He does this Monday to Friday each week and sometimes even on holidays.

My brother in the east commutes about 30 kms each way. My kids and my other siblings? Anywhere from 20 to 100 kms each way. I did the same for over 50 years working as a chef. The worst was when I lived in town and had to travel sometimes 300 or 400 miles to get to the work site way out in the bush or in a town in the middle of Nowhere, Alberta.

Since I've 'retired' and got settled in with WA, my 'commute; is now 30 feet. Yep, 30 feet from my bed to the kitchen to the computer. Can anyone feel for poor me? All that traveling? I just love it! There is nothing like sitting with a cup of coffee at your computer talking with your brother or whomever while they buck traffic, stupid drivers and those insistent truckers who think that you will back down when they try to wedge you off the road.

The best part to the commute is the fact that you don't need road reports, police incident reports or weather reports. You just go. Yep, 30 feet - a far cry from the distances before.

If you feel the same way. Let me know. I believe in equal commuting for all (in WA). No stress; no honking horns AND no yelling bosses.

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edensbox Premium
I agree! Short commutes are awesome. I live outside of atlanta. I used to live on the south side about 50 miles out and drove through downtown to the north side about 30 miles. 2 hours almost each way. It was worth it at the time, but I don't know now with the cost of gas the way it is. My ex husband drive it now but he has one of the hybrid cars that gets like 45 miles to the gallon. I don't think he could do it if he didnt have that car.
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Fleeky Premium
Nothing like that indeed!
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Yes Yes Amen.
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TeresaLeith Premium
This commute is my goal. I love it that so many people on here share the same commute as you do. It's very encouraging. And, it helps me believe this is totally possible if I keep at it. Thanks for the vision of what life will be like for me.
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KatieMac Premium
I am with you on that one my commute is not much different to yours and I love it less stressful and I can work out my own numbers
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DarleneB Premium
Yes, I do love working from home. 3 minutes to get out of bed, grab my coffee & turn my computer on.
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DaleMaz Premium
I hope I can get to that point
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jetaranda Premium
Love it, my commute is about as much as yours.
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TinaNicole12 Premium
I'm living and working in the DC area; I fantasize about leaving my 3-4 hours a day in my car behind.
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RobinTaulbee Premium
I am retired and do not miss the commute at all. Love being able to sit at my computer barefoot, jammies and no makeup. Life is good!
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Brooklyn2008 Premium
Ian, you're back!!! I thought you had left!! I'm so happy to see you back here.
As far as your post goes - I myself commute an hour on the train and then walk 25 min (2.7) km - each way. It is a very long commute and it cost me just under $400/mth without factoring in my car payment, insurance and gas. I love my job and i am just reaching the hight of my career where I can start making some really good money, but I know I will get burned out before I reach 65.
My ultimate goal is to retire in my 50's from working and just continue my online work. That gives me about 15 years to really get my business off the ground and into a comfortable rhythm where I can eventually work from home, 10 steps or so from my bed as you are doing now.

I'm glad that you are no longer in a position where you need to travel some distance to get to work and you can work from the comfort of your own home. You are an inspiration to us all :)
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Desperado1 Premium
Hello Way to go ,
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betcha Premium
Howdy there, big Bro? But I'm pretty sure I will get the shortest commute soon. For now, I still don't love my commute. But it's a little bit closer than what I used to drive. And now it's about ten minutes from my grandchildren compared to from being states away!
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chuka Premium
A whole 30 feet; what a stretch! The purpose of here is to create that lifestyle and you are right on it; 30 feet! :)
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justcruzin Premium
It's a great walk/commute. About 2 min. from bed to coffee pot to laptop. Gotta love it!
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WilliamII Premium
That sounds like an awesome commute. I'm working to cut mine down to your level.
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Bigbroian Premium
It took a bit, but I found that the less you work outside the home, the better. Being 'retired', I have the time to spend in my home office doing what I love - helping people. Set your priorities where you want them then follow your heart, William.
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Loubelle Premium
That's great. Congratulations. I'm following you.
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BarbJaeb Premium
ha ha I love this post!! I hate rush hour traffic!
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Bigbroian Premium
I lived in Vancouver, BC and its environs for too many years. Traffic has grown exponentially with the growth of the suburban area. Problem? The highway and street network is still locked in 1964. Rush hour now starts at 5 am and goes to 7 pm with no let off between morning and evening.
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BarbJaeb Premium
booooo!
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AlexEvans Premium
That is awesome, creating different lifestyles.
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Bigbroian Premium
That's what it takes most times to make life fun and easier. A total change of lifestyle. It worked for me and, I'll bet, many others here at WA.
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JudeP Premium
I'm so with you on this :)
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Kyle Premium
There is honestly nothing better than the 30 foot community, I actually have to go down a flight of stairs to get to work which can be a little tiring, but I have grown to deal with it. ;)

The average person wastes 100's of hours per year commuting to work, time that is valuable...time that could investing building something really special.

Definitely a goal everyone should work towards and one that is possible for all. The Internet has opened up this freedom to everyone, love this post Ian!
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Bigbroian Premium
Thanks Kyle. It's so true though. Why waste the time.
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Lilianna Premium
Awesome! Congratulations and keep up the good work!
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Sheila50 Premium
It is great that you don't have to go far and don't have a boss hovering over you.
I will get there one day!
Thanks
Sheila
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Bigbroian Premium
I'm pushing the 70 mark and I've been my own boss many times in my career, but I always ended up back with an employer due to many circumstances beyond my control. NOW I have control over anything that comes my way and I will succeed. Just work your site and follow the information and training offered. You will too.
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2Al Premium
It's great to work without a boss, without commute and traffic.
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KatieMac Premium
I can relate to those long commutes it is a much nicer commute these days
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betcha Premium
Oh Ian, that's fantastic! I'm so happy for you. But don't forget you need the sunshine, too. Lol.
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Bigbroian Premium
Where I live, in the Fraser Valley of BC, we get more than our share of sunshine. Spring hit here a month ago. Trees and flowers are already showing. Ya gotta love it.
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synaptik Premium
That doesn't sound too rough. :) I still feel a small pang of sympathy for the poor folk trudging out every morning to get packed off to their factories and offices and then coming back so wearily at night.
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Bigbroian Premium
I agree. Sometimes, as a chef, I would get a major banquet ordered and have to spend up to 18 hours per day in the kitchen, often a week ahead of time to be sure everything got order, prepped, put together and cooked.
My staff often did yeoman duty just to make the event a success. Glad I only spend 12 hours on here a day. LOL
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DeniseOlsen5 Premium
I am so looking forward to that commute since right now my commute is an hour each way Monday thru Friday!
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Bigbroian Premium
Hi Denise; try this. Think 'trees, lake, squirrels on my knees eating peanuts'. It sounds funny, but it got me through the last days of my daily commuting. I now live in the country and I HAVE those trees and squirrels outside my door every day. The lake? A short 5-minute drive from here.
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bethanybozz Premium
Yes, I certainly agree with the great commute. Now I just have to figure out how to make money.
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RaeAnnePond Premium
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my commute!!! From the bedroom, to the office, to the kitchen!! I hear you!!!
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