There aren’t many people who will say, “I love all the time I spend going to and from work.” It’s a small miracle if you can truthfully say “I love my job.” Asking to love your commute might be a little much. Still, depending on where you live, you might either be thanking your lucky stars you don’t live anywhere on this list. Or, you live in Beijing, the suburbs of L.A. or New Jersey. Then that flock of sheep might be looking like a sweet vacation, instead of the roadblock the locals probably consider it.
In any event, this list is a fascinating look at “peak traffic” in many parts of the world. Even if it’s not exactly a car commute, it doesn’t mean it’s not busy.
When you’re not caught up in it, sometimes traffic actually looks kind of beautiful, like in this shot of Buenos Aires.
But that’s nothing compared to the chaotic loveliness of Thailand’s waterways.
City dwellers, avert your eyes. This is “rush hour” at Snapper Rocks in Gold Coast, Australia.
If it makes you feel any better, the location is also known as Point Danger. So, at least you’ve got that going for you.
Copenhagen’s crowded streets are one of the last refuges of the bicycle traffic jam.
Though cycling is picking up as a popular form of transportation elsewhere in the world, Copenhagen is one of the only places today that even comes close to the good old days of cities like Beijing in the 1980s, when 8 out of 10 commuters in the massive city rode bicycles everywhere they went.
Getting stuck in gondola traffic in Venice seems romantic to many of us, but honestly, imagine if you were late for a meeting!
Speaking of Beijing, 10 million of its residents have traded their bicycles for automobiles and let’s just say, things get a little intense.
But if you’re a bison in Yellowstone National Park, things might seem just as crazy to you on any given misty morning.
Despite many urban planners suggesting they have the opposite-of-intended effect on traffic, cities like Fort Lauderdale seem to love their 12- and 14-lane expressways, that nevertheless get all clogged up when it’s quittin’ time.
But don’t let it get you down. Even seagulls get the traffic jam blues.
And you’ve probably never dealt with subway traffic like this São Paulo mess.
Or had to wait for a flock of Irish sheep to make their way slowly up a winding mountain road.
Or had to battle horses, streetcars and hordes of pedestrians with no discernible traffic laws to guide you, like New Yorkers did in 1909.
And only a few of you probably have to deal with L.A.
The point is, traffic is traffic, whether you’re in the Mekong Delta …
Or the Beijing Subway.
From the Lincoln Tunnel …
To the streets of Bali, there’s just no escaping it.
So cheer up! Life’s little frustrations are there to help you appreciate the good things in life. Nothing will ever be perfect and whether it’s a walk to the kitchen or a trek around the world, moving from Point A to Point B is just part of the human experience. If you simply can’t handle it, we heartily recommend considering becoming a sloth, or possibly a slow loris. I mean that toxic bite thing is a pretty cool bonus feature. But you’re still a slow loris at the end of the day. No commute, though!