A woman has shocked her followers after she revealed he commutes to her internship by plane as it's actually cheaper than paying rent.
Sophia Celentano took to TikTok to give her followers a glimpse at her unusual commute, which involves her flying from South Carolina to New Jersey and back every week.
The cost of living crisis is affecting people in most parts of the world, and given that rents were already pretty astronomical, it's only got more expensive to have a place of your own.
Sophia revealed that it actually works out cheaper for her to make the mammoth trip and fly back and forth between states than it would be for her to actually live in New Jersey near her office.
She filmed a video of her day, telling her followers: "Welcome to my 4-9 before my 9-5 as a super-commuter who takes a plane to work."
Sophia explained: "I'm doing. 10-week hybrid summer internship at an advertising agency. I'm required to be in the office in New Jersey one day a week, so rather than getting a place right by my office, I'm living with my family in South Carolina and commuting by plane."
Her plane typically leaves Charleston between 6AM and 6.30AM, meaning she wakes up at 4.15AM and either she drives to the airport or one of her parents drops her off to make the early trip.
"One of my favorite parts of my commute is being able to see the sunrise out of my plane window, it's just absolutely gorgeous," she added.
Her plane arrives at her destination around 8AM after which she calls a cab and makes the 45-minute drive from the airport to her office ready for work.
Users flooded the comments with their thoughts, writing: "I don't even wanna know how much this costs", and: "girl the emissions... why not just get a sublease?"
Others commented: "My anxiety about possibly being late... I COULD NEVER", and: "Imagine showing up to work late and the boss compares you to the person who is on time and flew here."
Sophia added to Business Insider that she never saw the super-commute as "daunting" after getting the offer of the internship as she "didn't really see it worth getting a really expensive place by the office if I was only needing to be there for eight hours of the week".
The interns are all required to come in once a week in person on the same day for a "lunch-and-learn event", except for her first when she needed to be in twice that week for orientation.
She added that she had initially been getting up at 3AM for her flight, but now wakes up as late as 3.45AM and gets herself ready, usually taking a lunch, comfortable clothes, and a coffee to go with her.
Sophia spends the majority of the two-hour flight between Charleston and Neward editing videos for TikTok or YouTube, and usually has a nap on the journey home if she can.
She admitted: "It can be a tiresome commute, but I think it's worth it," adding that she usually boards her plane home around 9PM and gets back to Charleston at 11PM. Her next working day is remote, allowing her to catch up on some much-needed sleep in the morning.
As for how much she's actually saving, Sophia revealed: "I book my flights about three to four weeks out so they're pretty cheap. My flights are around $100 there and back and then I pay about $100 for Ubers between the office and airport. If I lived in the New York City or New Jersey area, I'd be spending thousands of dollars a month on rent alone."
She added that it has also helped with her work-life balance as she can live at home with her parents and see her boyfriend and friends all the time, which wouldn't be the case if she had moved to New Jersey.
While the endless hassle of airports and travel definitely isn't for everyone, Sophia admitted she does enjoy her super-commute and has previously done a study abroad program which saw her visit 11 countries in just four months.
She does worry about delays but says it rarely happens in the morning, however, her flight home has sometimes been affected, such as during the Canadian wildfires.
Sophia admitted: "I will say that one of the major reasons I decided to do this was because it was a temporary thing. My internship is only 10 weeks. I don't know if I would necessarily do this for a full-time position. I don't anticipate super-commuting after this summer."