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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How to Survive a Stressful Commute
April 27, 2010

Stress Reduction for Busy People: Finding Peace in an Anxious World – Work Closer. Live More.

“Let’s face it one of the most stressful activities we do can be driving. Rather it’s the daily commute to work, drop-off and pick-up at our children’s schools or trying to maneuver the mall parking lot on a Saturday. We spend so much time in our cars it is no wonder driving stress is such a big deal.

  • Gum, don’t leave home with out it. Sugar free or not, it does not matter, it is act of chewing that calms the brain. Mint flavored gum especially peppermint seems to be very popular for stress relief.
  • Travel with some drinking water. Drinking water has been known to have a calming effect on the nerves. Besides can you drink too much water?
  • Have calming scents in the car. Mint, lavender and vanilla are all calming and soothing smells. Find a scent your really love, that calms your nerves and keep it fresh in your car with a plug in or air freshener.
  • Happy thoughts. When things start to get stressful during your drive, think of something simple and happy. A happy thought is bound to bring a smile to your face and help counteract the stressful things you have no control over going on outside your car.
  • Don’t forget the IPod or tape or CD of your favorite calming music. They say music soothes the soul, so don’t be afraid to blast your favorite tunes no matter how corny your kids say you are. It you feel like singing along, go ahead, who cares what they folks in the cars around you think. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road as you belt out your favorite ABBA song.”

While stress reducing tips can help, wouldn’t it be better to alleviate the problem all together? If long commutes to work are affecting your quality of life, then consider a home exchange at Commuter Swap. Swap you home with another commuter whose commute is as miserable as yours. Live closer to your job and find permanent stress relief for the daily commute and a better quality of life.

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

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

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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 – Work Closer. Laugh More.

“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 –,8120/