Our guide to a happy commute

When thinking about moving out of the capital or further into the countryside, one of the main factors that people consider is their commuting time. Long travel times to and from work every day can very quickly become tiresome, so it is important that you really think about your commute before taking the leap.

If you are used to living within easy reach of your workplace, moving further afield can feel like quite a daunting process. It’s really important to know your own limits and think about what is a reasonable amount time for you to spend on your daily travels.

We’ve come up with some tips for you to consider before you decide on an area for your next home.

Test your commute

Test your commute

Before setting your heart on a location for your new home it’s important to check out the amount time it would take for you to get to and from work on a daily basis. Whether you drive or take public transport it is definitely worth testing out the route that you would have to take before committing to a property in the location.

Know the cost


If you have always lived close to where you work, the cost of public transport can come as quite a shock, particularly if you are taking the train into the capital daily. Make sure to check out the season tickets, and to bring the daily cost down you might want to consider buying an annual ticket upfront. If you have to drive to a local station also remember there will probably be an additional parking cost.

Ask around

Ask around

Testing out your new commute will give you a rough idea of the new daily journey you will be taking, but it is best to ask your potential new neighbours to try and find someone who does a similar journey to you. They will be able to give you more of an insight into local traffic, railway lines and the best times to travel.

Plan your journey


Before deciding on an area it’s good to plan out the journey that you would be taking to work every day at the real time. At peak rush hour times your commute might take slightly longer, if you drive make sure you map out the journey you would take online at the right time, and if you get public transport look at the timetables to see exactly the length of time your new journey will take.

Utilise your time

Utilise your time

Once you’ve decided on an area and you know how long your journey is going to take, it is good to have a think about how you can utilise your new commuting time. Read that book you’ve always wanted to read, start listening to podcasts, take up knitting or just enjoy some peace and quiet before another busy day.