I have a horrible commute. Truly, truly horrible. It’s expensive, long, often unpredictable and exhausting — about 90 minutes each way. Thankfully, I only have to make the trek twice a week and telecommute the rest. However, even if I had to do it every day, I’m still wouldn't be sold on CommuterSwap.net.
The site, created by former DC rat-racer Jane Hudson, takes the more common practice of vacation home swaps and gives it a work-life twist. It connects commuters who are interested in temporarily swapping their homes in order to be closer to their business destination.
Hudson argues that her site can make long distance commuting more economical, environmentally friendly, and reduce mental stress. To aid users in getting more comfortable with the idea, the site also features a blog, helpful links, FAQs and more.
Interested swappers from around the world can browse the listings available in their chosen destination. All communication between swappers is anonymous, unless authorized by the registrant.
Registered users can view house listings which include photos, video and other info. Except that what’s being viewed and potentially lived in isn’t just a summer house you’re looking to rent out for a couple weeks — it’s your actual home.
Hellish commute or no, this gives me the creeps and I would never, ever consider it.
But perhaps you think differently. Would you ever consider enlisting a service like Commuter Swap? Or, would you just … you know, move? Although CommuterSwap.net is free, if paid registration were required, would you consider adding it to your company’s slate of voluntary benefits? Do you think employees would be interested?
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