Moving to Maryland? What will your commute be like?

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It took me 3 hours today to travel a total of 50 miles. I almost fell out of my car to kiss the ground when I finally pulled up in front of my house. I hate getting stuck in traffic - who doesn't, right? - it is such a waste of time and I always imagine all the things I could get done if I weren't crawling along the beltway.

Nope, we cannot say that traffic is one of the benefits of living in the Greater Washington DC area. (As a side note, it's also not good for one's blood pressure.) I typically and very skillfully try to avoid the worst by traveling on the back roads and/or by setting appointments at such times that they do not coincide with rush hour traffic. The optimist that I am, of course I always hope that it wont be so bad if I happen to have no other choice.

Well, today I had no other choice and, yes, it was that bad!


You know the sign If you lived here, you'd be home now? It just kept flashing in my head and I so wished I lived on the next street over .. or the next .. or at least off the next exit. Just anywhere NEXT!

We have big plans to move closer to hubby's place of employment by next year - an hour a day more at home is priceless and totally worth the move (and money we - like so many - will have to bring to the table to sell).

You just can't put a price-tag on family time. It will help his blood pressure, too, and mine.

The best advice I can give anyone relocating to the Maryland Suburbs of Washington DC: think really hard about your future commute.

What is more important to you - more house but a longer commute or less house but also less time on the road?

Unless the price-tag is of no concern to you, you'll likely be confronted with that decision. You can get more house and/or a more land if you look outside the beltway - far outside the beltway - moving to a close-in location will get you less house but also more time to enjoy it.

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Hi Tampa Bay, there are quite a few impatient drivers on the road around here, I don't think it helps anything to be pushing from behind or cutting in and out ...

Hi Res.Net, we really want to get closer to hubby's job - it makes no difference to me as it is still in the area that I cover. But it would be so nice to have him home an hour or so more each day! 20 miles in one hour = ouch!

Hi Tammy, I don't mind the driving at all - love going the backways but getting stuck and nothing is moving? That I could do without!

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It was a challenge to get to Southern MD today because of the beaches, picnics and fireworks.
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To be fair.. there is still a lot of traffic lights with no power. . but I share your pain. . 

July 04, 2012 04:37 AM
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I'm with you, Andrea.  I could make a lot more money if I was willing to drag my shingle across the mountain, but my blood pressure couldn't take the traffic.  Happy 4th!

July 04, 2012 07:42 AM
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Hi Cheryl, I can only imagine!

Hi Fernando, I blogged this on Thursday, June 28th - a day before the storm - no power outages then.

Hi Mike, I had had to practice some deep breathing :-) Of course, I wouldn't advise to do that with the windows rolled down while surrounded by hundreds of other cars and the temps at 106.

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