Bay of Plenty Times reporter Caroline Fleming left Auckland - land of notoriously bad peak hour traffic - looking for a cheaper lifestyle and an escape from the busyness of our bursting-at-the-seams biggest city. She found those things in the Bay of Plenty. But she also found that, for the right job, she would have to accept that not all grass was greener on the other side of the Bombay Hills. Like so many others in this region, the big commute has become her daily reality.

My alarm goes off at 6am every morning.

But every minute I try