Archive for May, 2010

The worst commute in the world….
May 24, 2010

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World – Work Closer. Live More.

How much time do you waste commuting to work? It’s probably a lot more than you think. And, unfortunately, you’re not alone, as misery definitely loves company when it comes to the nightmare commute, which transcends both borders and cultures.

So, without further delay, here are the world’s worst commute times…

Average time in minutes of a trip to and from work:

* Barcelona: 48.4
* Dallas: 53.0
* Milan: 53.4
* Seattle: 55.5
* Boston: 55.8
* Los Angeles: 56.1
* San Francisco: 57.4
* Chicago: 61.4
* Berlin: 63.2
* Halifax: 65.0
* Sydney: 66.0
* Madrid: 66.1
* Calgary: 67.0
* Vancouver: 67.0
* New York: 68.1
* Stockholm: 70.0
* London: 74.0
* Montreal: 76.0
* Toronto: 80.0

There are many reasons why commute times continue to rise across the globe, but there aren’t many options to alleviate the long commute, which makes commuting to work an almost no-win situation.

So, how much is your time worth? If you’re tired of wasting most of it commuting to work and frustrated by the lack of alternative commuting options, then sign up for Commuter Swap today and swap your home with another homeowner closer to your workplace.

Stop wasting your time sitting in traffic and start reaping the benefits of increased leisure time!

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Lose the commute or the job?
May 13, 2010

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success – Work Closer. Live More.

In a recent poll, a majority of working professionals stated that they would consider finding a job closer to their home due to rising gas prices, even if it means leaving their current job:

What alternatives are you considering as a result of high gas prices affecting your commute to work?

• 79 percent – Find a job closer to home
• 13 percent – Telecommuting from home
• 6 percent – Public transportation or walking
• 2 percent – Carpooling with colleagues

If you’re a business owner or hiring manager, those numbers should alarm you. Can you afford to lose your most talented assets because of limited transportation options? It’s time for a fresh approach to commuting. It’s time to tell your employees to stop complaining and start swapping with Commuter Swap! Commuter Swap offers commuters the ability to swap their home so they can live closer to their workplace, alleviating the long commute and mass panic from businesses across the globe.

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To commute or not….
May 4, 2010

Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth – Work Closer. Live More.

In a recent New Yorker blog post it was stated that “Roughly one out of every six American workers commutes more than forty-five minutes, each way. People travel between counties the way they used to travel between neighborhoods. The number of commuters who travel ninety minutes or more each way—known to the Census Bureau as “extreme commuters”—has reached 3.5 million, almost double the number in 1990. They’re the fastest-growing category, the vanguard in a land of stagnant wages, low interest rates, and ever-radiating sprawl. They’re the talk-radio listeners, billboard glimpsers, gas guzzlers, and swing voters, and they don’t—can’t—watch the evening news. Some take on long commutes by choice, and some out of necessity, although the difference between one and the other can be hard to discern. A commute is a distillation of a life’s main ingredients, a product of fundamental values and choices. And time is the vital currency: how much of it you spend—and how you spend it—reveals a great deal about how much you think it is worth… People may endure miserable commutes out of an inability to weigh their general well-being against quantifiable material gains”

Whether or not we choose to endure miserable commutes is inconsequential. The bottom line is that too many people spend too much of their precious time commuting to work. At Commuter Swap, we have a better alternative. Instead of breathing in exhaust fumes, eating meals on the go and severely limiting your free time, why not swap your home with another homeowner closer to your workplace? Save time, money and the environment, but most importantly your sanity.

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