When I first thought about applying for the archive job I did a bit of homework and came to the conclusion it would work best to travel by train rather than car. Then I started second-guessing myself before coming full circle back to the train option. I think. Here are the pros and cons of each option:
- I would be able to study for about 1.5 hours a day in total on the train, using my iPad.
- More relaxing than driving - remember the old "let the train take the strain" advert?
- Built in daily exercise walking to and from the station (about 30-40 minutes walking each day)
- The timing of the trains would make it quite easy to build up extra time (and therefore extra days off!).
- The train line I would use for most of the journey is a tiny, low traffic rural line, not a nasty, crowded commuter train.
- The cost of the train would be about the same as the cost of petrol at current prices. As petrol is likely to go up and the train cost would be fixed for a year that should make it cheaper in the long run, even without allowing for wear and tear on the car.
- I can get an interest free loan for an annual train ticket (cheaper than buying weekly or monthly) as one of the perks of the job.
- I like trains!
- Walking back uphill on the way home everyday. (Yes, call me lazy...)
- Walking in the rain / cold / dark in the winter.
- It takes two trains each way, though I would only travel one stop on the first train.
- Takes longer than the car - probably just over an hour a day more, total.
- The rural train only runs once an hour. Miss it and I will have a long wait.
- I have a long track record of cutting it too fine and missing trains.
- I would have to get up half an hour earlier, or stay at work later if I didn't catch the early train.
- More flexible. A lot more flexible.
- Quicker, especially coming home in the early afternoon.
- I could leave a bit later in the morning, and would get home about half an hour earlier.
- There is a free office car park.
- More expensive overall.
- Even though the journey is shorter, I think I would find it more tiring.
- Rush hour driving in the morning = stress.
- Driving time would be dead time.
- I would have to try to cram in studying between getting home and collecting Cherub from school.
- No incentive to get moving quickly in the morning.
What would you choose? Train? Or car?