Is this the strangest commute ever?

Is this the strangest commute ever?

The daily commute is more hated than the daily grind. Sweaty train carriages, delayed tubes and congested buses rile us up so much that by the time we get to work we’re already fed up and furious.

So, it’s not surprising then that many employees are looking to increasingly bizarre methods of travel. Benjamin David, a worker from Munich, Germany, has taken the internet by storm after it emerged that he swims two kilometres to work every day, down the Isar River. Bored by his regular bus commute, he takes to the river in his trunks and rubber sandals to protect his feet. It’s assumed he carries his work clothes in a waterproof bag.

Research carried out by One Poll, on behalf of Get Living London, found that the average British traveller spends one year and 35 days commuting – at a cost of approximately £42,000.

Nearly half (47%) were unwilling to work too far from their homes, with anything over 48 minutes being too far. 21% have turned down a job offer because the workplace was too distant.

Despite this, it seems some dedicated employees are intent on getting into work by any means possible. The Telegraph reports that IT manager David Grimes beats the rush hour by kite surfing down the coast from Shoreham to Brighton.

Furthermore, Heidi and Ashley Benedict from Illinois, reportedly built their own hovercraft to cross the Mississippi River and reach their offices every day. And, perhaps the most eclectic, New Zealand inventor Glenn Martin created his very own jet-pack design aimed specifically at commuters. 

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