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If one goes to work on the days of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, is he deemed to be travelling and exempt from the sukkah? If there is no sukkah that he can reach from work on his lunch break, may he eat bread or mezonot for lunch, or should he bring salads during those days?

On a related note, if one is actually exempt, is there still merit in avoiding mezonot and eating foods which do not require a sukkah?

I wouldn't have thought he was considered to be travelling, but in "Shacharis Tips of the Unemployed", Gil Student indicates that commuting to work counts as travelling for purposes of praying shacharit before netz hachama. Just because one is deemed to be travelling for shacharit doesn't mean he is deemed to be travelling for sukkah, but it did raise the question.

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I don't see why he would be chayav. When you live at your home regularly you don't eat lunch at home on workdays. – Double AA Sep 25 '13 at 4:48

I think I answered your first question here already - that a Sukka is still required for meals, but not snacks.

As to your second question if one is actually exempt, is there still merit in avoiding mezonot and eating foods which do not require a sukkah?:

The Shulchan Aruch (639:2) brings the Psak that:

.וּמִי שֶׁיַּחְמִיר עַל עַצְמוֹ וְלֹא יִשְׁתֶּה חוּץ לַסֻכָּה אֲפִלּוּ מַיִם, הֲרֵי זֶה מְשֻׁבָּח

One who is stringent not to eat or drink anything outside of the Sukka is praiseworthy.
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This does not answer the question, including the one quoted. The questions are 1. does work have the same halakha as traveling, where one would be exempt, even for meals, 2. if one is exempt from eating mezonos/bread inside a sukka, is it better to eat snacks. – Matt Jul 6 '14 at 6:17

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