For one Thunder Bay man, commuting 30 hours to get to work is not unusual.

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Don Wilson has travelled dozens of hours from Thunder Bay to get to work. (Jeff Walters/CBC)

Don Wilson travelled to Kazakhstan for work with a mining company — something he said took a lot of commitment. But the decision to travel around the world for work was one that was made with the support of his family.

"I told my daughter and she said, ‘Dad, you got to do whatever you got to do’," he said.

"It's one of those things … they don't come along very often. And, if you refuse it, you'll question yourself for the rest of your life: ‘did I make the right decision?’"

Wilson said he thinks mining developments in the region could bring more commuters into the area, instead of working away from home.