Within the years since pandemic-related restrictions have eased, many staff have returned to the workplace and resumed their every day commutes.
Though now, commuting takes on a complete new that means for some folks, often known as “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 Avenue 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 informed the Wall Street Journal. “Utilizing back-of-the-envelope math, I believed I might hold my bills—lease in Ohio, plus journey prices—at or beneath 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. Associates teased me for embracing a lifetime of chaos,” Cutter mentioned. “They weren’t incorrect. With no fridge or range, late-night dinners usually consisted of yogurt and fruit bought from a 24-hour CVS. Needing to pack gentle, I saved footwear beneath my desk and left spare outfits on an workplace coat rack.”
Cutter mentioned 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 undecided how for much longer he can sustain the shtick.
In line with Zillow, the median rent cost of a one-bedroom condo in Columbus is $1,425, in comparison with $3,350 monthly in New York Metropolis.
“The problem felt oddly thrilling. If anyone might discover a approach to subvert excessive New York real-estate prices, whereas remaining near household, I believed it is perhaps me,” Cutter mentioned. “Nerding out about these things has allowed me to journey farther and in additional rarefied air than I might in any other case afford.”