Within the years since pandemic-related restrictions have eased, many employees have returned to the workplace and resumed their every day commutes.
Though now, commuting takes on an entire new that means for some folks, often called “super-commuters,” who put your 45-minute prepare journey or hour-long interstate crawl to disgrace.
And one goes viral after revealing that he commutes to his job in New York Metropolis from Columbus, Ohio, each week.
Chip Cutter, a reporter for the Wall Road Journal, has been spending his weeks going forwards and backwards between the 2 states utilizing bank card factors and rewards and frequent-flyer airline miles to take advantage of his cash.
“Like many, I moved out of town early within the pandemic, relocating close to household within the Midwest. When it got here time to return in 2022, I used to be underwhelmed on the housing choices in my worth vary,” Cutter advised the Wall Road Journal. “Utilizing back-of-the-envelope math, I believed I may hold my bills—lease in Ohio, plus journey prices—at or under the worth of a pleasant New York studio, or roughly $3,200 a month.”
He says he spends three of 5 working days within the New York Metropolis workplace.
“Prices mounted within the fall, New York’s prime vacationer and business-travel season. Buddies teased me for embracing a lifetime of chaos,” Cutter stated. “They weren’t flawed. And not using a fridge or range, late-night dinners usually consisted of yogurt and fruit bought from a 24-hour CVS. Needing to pack gentle, I saved sneakers below my desk and left spare outfits on an workplace coat rack.”
Cutter stated that he is blown his preliminary finances by 15% and that whereas he is nonetheless having fun with “having one foot within the Midwest and one on the East Coast,” he is unsure how for much longer he can sustain the shtick.
In keeping with Zillow, the median lease value of a one-bedroom residence in Columbus is $1,425, in comparison with $3,350 monthly in New York Metropolis.
“The problem felt oddly thrilling. If anyone may discover a option to subvert excessive New York real-estate prices, whereas remaining near household, I believed it is likely to be me,” Cutter stated. “Nerding out about these items has allowed me to journey farther and in additional rarefied air than I may in any other case afford.”