The More You Drive, The Less You Thrive
September 27, 2010

10 Simple Solutions to Stress: How to Tame Tension And Start Enjoying Your Life

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Everyone is familiar with the stresses of driving in rush hour. Drivers weaving in and out of traffic, people paying more attention to their cell phones or make-up than the road, and the constant stopping and going can be infuriating. Be it morning or night, a long commute to or from work is the last thing that anyone wants to deal with. Let alone the stress of the drive is actually dangerous to your health!

According to a recent article by Examiner.com, there is a correlation between the length of your commute and your overall health and well-being. The article cites recurring pain in the neck or back, and high cholesterol as symptoms of an extensive commute. Now we all know that a long commute is stressful, but does it really affect our health? According to this article, one in three people say yes, it does.

An extensive commute has also been linked to obesity. Examiner.com’s article cites that thirty percent of employees whose commute lasts longer than ninety minutes have a higher chance of being obese than those individuals who do not share in the commute time or frequency.

But what about how a challenging commute plays on your emotions? Stress is a strong emotion, and if the stress of heavy traffic can affect your physical health, can it affect your emotional health? Yes, it can. The article reports that employees who regularly commute over ninety minutes a day complain of being tired and suffer from higher rates of sadness and depression than those who do not have to travel so far to get to work.

If this article and these statistics give you reason to pause and consider your own commute and how you have been feeling lately, check out Commuter Swap and consider the options available for getting more out of life and cutting down on drive time and stress. After all, life is too short, who wants to spend it in a car? Improve your perspective while providing for better mental and physical health, a home swap with Commuter Swap just might be the answer for you.

source: examiner.com- http://www.examiner.com/gallup-polls-in-national/the-longer-your-commute-the-lower-your-wellbeing
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Vacation or Staycation: Keeping a Perspective on Work/Life Balance
August 18, 2010

The Great American Staycation: How to Make a Vacation at Home Fun for the Whole Family (and Your Wallet!)

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Dealing with the stress of working in today’s economy day in and day out is exhausting. The recession has left many companies shorthanded, and those who are employed often have to carry not only their workload, but also the workloads of nonexistent coworkers. With less people doing more work, employees are faced with extended work days and a greater need to go on vacation. Despite the high stress level and dire need to get away, many workers, however, are opting not to use all of their vacation time.

An article by CNN Living delves into the reasons why employees are forgoing their vacations and enduring the stress. Oftentimes, employees feel the strain of extra responsibility and do not want to appear lazy. Other employees shy away from the stress of scheduling vacation time in advance. By declining to take a vacation, some people may think that they will gain the reputation of being a hard worker, someone their boss can depend on and one that would never be thought of when a string of layoffs are considered. Furthermore, many employees, as much as they want to take vacation time, have a spouse

Coordinating a vacation can be hectic, but the idea of what a vacation is has been turned upside down by the “staycation,” which is growing in popularity. CNN’s article says staycations “require very little research and planning, are cost effective and are a great compromise for those with family obligations.” Instead of using vacation time to travel, many employees are choosing to stay at home during their paid time off. These employees are saving money and are bypassing all the stresses of travel. In addition to taking a staycation, CNN’s article recommends booking bargain, last-minute vacations to save money.

However you decide to spend your vacation time, make sure you do it as work/life balance is becoming increasingly important to the workers’ sanity during stressful economic times. Commuter Swap understands that people need time away from the hustle and bustle of the office, or at the very least more flexibility with schedules and their commute if they can’t get away from work. If you find yourself in a “PTO bind,” check out how Commuter Swap could at the very least reduce the time of your commute and put you closer to the office. Let’s face it, even a couple hours gained at the beginning and end of each day could feel like a vacation from the norm.

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/04/cb.reluctant.to.take.vacation/index.html

What’s your Driving Personality?
July 19, 2010

Professional Driving Techniques: The Essential Guide to Operating a Motor Vehicle with Confidence and Skill

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How would you rate your driving habits? Are you a diligent commuter or a little too courageous behind the wheel. Like most drivers, our driving habits are largely dictated by our commute. As an illustration, check out these statistics from a survey conducted by TomTom in which the driving habits of seven major commuter cities were tabulated:

  • 61.3% of Americans travel five to 10 miles over the speed limit; High Score: Atlanta, 66.2%
  • 71.2% of Americans change their route depending on the time of day to reach their destination the fastest way possible; High Score: Los Angeles, 78.3%
  • 19.8% of Americans lean on their horns when someone cuts them off; High Score: Boston, 27.6%
  • 10.7% of Americans curse or gesture crudely when someone cuts them off; High Score: Atlanta, 14.4%
  • 21.6% of Americans slam on their brakes or slow down when being tailgated; High Score: Atlanta, 26.4%

Nationally, 58.1 percent of Americans surveyed have a daily commute that lasts 45 minutes to an hour. With so much time spent in the car, it comes as no surprise that some interesting, and in some cases, even embarrassing behaviors and occurrences have resulted.

So, stop spending most of your day in the car and dealing with obnoxious and annoying drivers (not to mention dangerous). Instead of living behind the wheel, start living more at Commuter Swap today. You’ll spend less time behind the wheel and more time enjoying activities that don’t involve embarrassing or obnoxious driving habits.

source: GPS and Car Tracking – http://gps-cartracking.com/tomtom-survey-reveals-interesting-facts-about-drivers

Summer Road Warriors
June 22, 2010

Summer in Connecticut: A Positively Connecticut Book

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Summer is officially here and for the extreme commuter, you know what’s coming next…

1) Increased congestion to our highways and byways, as everyone hits the road for summer vacation.

2) Higher gas prices (of course).

First let’s tackle higher gas prices. Here are a few tips to ease the pain at the pump this summer…

1. Back Off Jack
Slow it down and stop using your brake as a foot petal on your bass drum.driving like a maniac will reduce your mileage by up to a third. Instead, change speed at sensible rates. You’ll save money if you do. And keep the driver in front of you from giving you the 1 finger salute.

2. Pump it Up
Properly inflated tires are not just more efficient — they’ll last longer, too. Improperly inflated tires will decrease your gas mileage by almost 4%.

3.”I Cant Drive 55″
You can and you should! Almost all cars efficiency decreases at anything over 60 mph.

4. Dont Wait for That Noise to Stop..It Wont
Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves. Change oil regularly,maintain proper fluid levels, keep the engine clean, get the emissions tested, and stay up-to-date on tuneups.

Now, what to do about the added congestion from our traveling friends?!!!

You could hole up in the house until September or so, but the boss probably won’t be too happy with that decision.

Better yet, you could beat them at their own game… How about a vacation from traffic – A home exchange with a destination of a better quality of life?

List your home for exchange on Commuter Swap and swap it with one closer to your job. Get off the road and leave the congestion and higher gas prices to the summer road warriors.

source: Fast 12 Second Commute – http://fast12secondcommute.blogspot.com/2010/06/free-gas-savings-tips-for-summer-2010.html

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

The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World

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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!

source: the star.com – http://www.thestar.com/yourcitymycity/article/787400–toronto-commuting-times-worst-of-19-major-cities-study-saysl

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

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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.

source: beyond.com – http://us.generation-nt.com/beyond-com-reports-79-percent-professionals-are-looking-job-press-945431.html

Get Ready for the “New Urban” Century
April 20, 2010

Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A do-it-Ourselves Guide

www.commuterswap.net – Work Closer. Live More.

“In Charlotte, North Carolina, commuters zip along a sparkling new light rail system into a booming downtown district.

In Sacramento, California, construction workers hammer away at the next generation of green buildings.

And in New York City, rush-hour commuters pedal across popular bike paths that have spread like kudzu across the metropolis.

Those snapshots from cities across America offer a glimpse of the future. Americans are rebuilding their cities and communities to make people, not cars, the center of a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.

What’s on the way out: sprawling interstates, suburban living, long car commutes.

What’s now in: light rail, green space and vibrant downtown districts.”

A revival of the city is long overdue. However, many people are stuck in the “outer burbs” because living near the city is too expensive. Stagnant wages and exorbitant housing costs have pushed people further away form the city and unfortunately urban planning can’t change the fact that we are in a new economic reality.

Selling your home to move into the city may not be economically feasible, but you can still live closer to the city by swapping your home at Commuter Swap. Live and work closer to the city and experience the great “urban” revival firsthand.

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/04/01/infrastructure.rebuild/index.html?hpt=C1

Fear over Flex-Time
April 13, 2010

Cube Monkeys: A Handbook for Surviving the Office Jungle

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“Most employees feel there is more pressure than usual to be in the office. They feel as if that jacket needs to be on the back of their office chair at 8 at night because everyone is trying to prove that they’re indispensable.

Blame it on the recession. Flex-time employees, those who work alternate schedules that included working at home or around their children’s school hours, have become more skittish. Those who work outside the workplace often feel as if they’re not growing. Stay-at-home workers often work longer hours than their on-site counterparts, but some are not sure their colleagues know.”

While telecommuting is a great concept it doesn’t change the fact that most managers want to see their employees “working” in the office. The problem is getting to the office, which is usually tedious at best. For those who have looked at telecommuting as an option to ease their commute, there is a better solution – Commuter Swap. By living closer to your workplace, you’ll have less of a commute and still be able to participate fully in the office environment. Keeping both you and your boss happy!

source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/worklife/03/29/flex.time/index.html?hpt=C1

Save the Planet and Yourself – Green Biz Tips for Earth Day 2010
April 8, 2010

Our Global Environment A Health Perspective, Edition: 6

www.commuterswap.net – Work Closer. Live Greener.

“Earth Day 2010 is fast approaching, and the next few weeks will see a flood of activities and events as nearly one billion people across the globe prepare and plan for what organizers hope are “a billion acts of green”.

Of course, Earth Day is about more than one day – April 22 – and for 40 years the event (now the largest secular civic event in the world) has focused on mobilizing individuals, communities and businesses to become consistently engaged and active in the environmental movement.”

At Commuter Swap “Going Green” takes on added meaning. We promote a healthier lifestyle and planet by lessening the negative impact that a long commute has on the environment and the individual. By living closer to your job, instead of commuting long distances to work, you’re not only helping to save the planet, but you’re also helping to improve your well-being. Now that’s a true a win-win.

source: Business.gov – http://community2.business.gov/t5/Small-Business-Matters/When-it-Comes-to-Green-Business-Entrepreneurs-are-the-Mother-of/ba-p/18801

Speeding Causes 25,000 Deaths Each Year, But Unfortunately, It’s the Only Way to Get to Work Faster!
March 29, 2010

The Healing Power of Humor

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“Americans, on average, spend nearly half an hour commuting to and from their jobs. Here are some tips to make the ride go more smoothly:

  • To ensure an orderly security-screening procedure, arrive at your corner bus stop at least two hours in advance.
  • An office carpool is a great way to increase your levels of stress, small talk, and coffee spilled in your lap, as well as the amount of time you spend with people you can just barely tolerate.
  • Don’t take the train. Sooner or later, everyone who travels via train gets chased along the tops of the cars by crooks.
  • Drive-time traffic can seem unbearable, but remember: Your local drive-time radio hosts and their wild, zany antics are there to remind you that your life could be worse. “

But, seriously….   Commuting long distances daily is no laughing matter.  It’s a serious risk to you health and sanity, not to mention your pocketbook. So, trade your home at Commuter Swap and spend more time enjoying life instead of fuming behind the wheel.

source – The Onion – http://www.theonion.com/articles/commuting-tips,8120/