How Much of Your Life is Spent Commuting?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Buyer Brokerage

Back to Work & Back to the Commute

With Covid work restrictions being lifted, rush hour in the Washington DC area is back and just as annoying as it was pre-Covid.

On Friday, I rolled along at 20 miles an hour for several miles inching my way to the American Legion Bridge. This bridge is on the top stretch on the Beltway connecting Virginia and Maryland. Washington DC Beltway in rush hour

On the "bottom" part of the Beltway, drivers cross the Potomac via the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. This bridge connects Virginia to Maryland and Washington DC. There are several smaller bridges over the Potomac connecting Virginia to Washington DC but all of the bridges over the Potomac are jammed with traffic now that people are going back to the office. 

The pandemic kept many 9 to 5 workers at home and that had its own challenges but the break from the daily commute has many people wondering,

How much of my life is spent commuting? 

According to the Washington Post, if you are an American with an average commute time, you're spending 250 hours a year commuting to work. That is a little more than 10 days a year. Oof! 

It's no wonder why so many of us are working from home and really enjoying it! I've been thinking about an old analogy or phrase, "You can't put the genie back in the bottle!" Many employers are requiring workers to get back to the old routine, but a lot of workers are pushing back. 

US News reports a record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September with job growth staying strong in recent months.

People want change and working from home during the pandemic may have shown us all there is a better way to work. 

Posted by

Victoria Ray Henderson

Broker in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia with The Buyer Brokerage in McLean Virginia. 


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Comments (4)

Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Boy is the an important Blog.  Covid taught us a few things, one being how much we spent in a vehicle coomuting to work.  It's Sunday, we all know what happens tomorrow.  Thanks again for the great post.  Relax, attend a church service, eat and maybe watch some football. bill

Nov 14, 2021 06:12 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and make it a great day!

Nov 14, 2021 06:44 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Victoria - everyday life continues to show and teach us lessons.  And it's ongoing.  In that way, it is like traffic but lessons learned can often move us forward much faster.  

Nov 15, 2021 04:25 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Both my husband and I have spent many years commuting. Three hours a day spent on the way to somewhere was exhausting. Neither of us miss having a commute!

Nov 15, 2021 05:34 AM
Victoria Ray Henderson

I hear you! I've been talking about the daily commute with all my buyer clients. After having time off from having to spend hours in a car everyday, no one wants to go back to doing it again. Take care and thanks for commenting!

Nov 15, 2021 06:16 AM