Here's the rub: my current commute of 30 minutes each way would more than double, to a whopping one hour and ten minute EACH WAY commute. There are complicating factors, that I'll try to cover now.

Moving closer to the new job is out of the question. We love our house, and we have two school-age kids in a school system that is one of the best in the state. So if I take the job, I'll be driving. However . . .

For eight- to ten months out of the year, I'll be allowed to tele-work twice a week.

So for most of the year, I'll spend two and a half hours per day commuting, three days a week, for a total of seven and a half hours per week. I currently commute every day, for a total of five hours per week. So my total weekly commute time would increase two and a half hours.

The factors leading me to consider the change: 1) more money. We're talking about a 22% pay increase immediately, and opportunities for advancement that simply are not available at my current job. 2) drastically less stress on the job. My current job is absurdly stressful. From the moment I walk into the office on Monday morning, until Thursday evening, I'm working at break-neck speed (Friday is kind of a breather day, with fewer demands on my attention). I usually don't get home on Mondays until after 7:30 or so, and I'm usually on work-related calls intermittently on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The new job is the polar opposite. There's always work to be done, but for most of the year, there are no artificial deadlines. The work has to get done, but it's more research-oriented and not subject to difficult-to-meet timelines. If it weren't for the extreme commute, the decision would be a no-brainer.

I'm thinking that I could use the commute to catch up on music-related podcasts and such, but the thought of spending the next decade or longer making that drive certainly puts a damper on what would otherwise be an amazing opportunity.

Anyone out there made a long-distance commute on the reg? Any advice, insight, opinion?