Looking to move further out of central London for more space or just looking to get more of a taste of the countryside.
Once you have decided you want to move out of the city and thus become a long-distance commuter, what are the things you should consider before you make a move:
- How long will the commute be? What is your absolute time cap decide on this and stick to it
- How consistent is the commute? Are there other options, train, bus, different routes for times of travel upheaval?
- How much does the commute cost? Don't forget to include travel to and from the transport hub
- How popular is that commuter route? Will you get a seat or stand all the way?
- How much more will you get for the money you are looking to spend?
- How are the schools etc. if those apply to your situation?
Do the commute:
Physically make the commute at the times that you would be expecting to travel and do this on more than one day and not on holidays or weekends unless that is when you will be commuting, do it in peak times both in and out of the city. Do it for work but also do it for a social event so you can see how that affects your interaction with your social circle.
I would suggest spending the time and staying in a Bed & Breakfast in the area for a week or two to see what the commute will be like, this will also give you a chance to get a feel for different areas.
Most importantly I would recommend you think about what you are aiming to achieve with the commute. It does not matter why, just that you understand what that why is. This way you can ensure that you make the move worthwhile.
Moving out of the city has been very popular for millions of people, but for others, it did not work out.
Do it for the right reasons, and you could find yourself in a perfect place.
Let me know if you have made a move to the city or perhaps if you decided against it.