When Stacey Symonds, 41, took a job at travel site Orbitz two years ago, she traded in a 40-minute commute each way for a 3.5-hour drive and train ride from her home in Madison, Wis., to her Chicago office.
"I feel terrible I'm away from my kids a few days a week," says Symonds, whose two children Sadie and Lev are 7 and 4, respectively. But, she says, "on the plus side, I have flexibility. I can get back to Madison if I need to for a parent-teacher conference."
On the minus side, you're a really shitty mother.