When there's nothing going your way and it seems like things will never get better, many of us find ourselves fantasizing about dropping everything and buying a one way ticket to anywhere else. What would it be like to just start over in a place where nobody even knows who you are?

Reddit user u/SmustachedMike asked:

"Redditers who bought a one way ticket to start a new life, how's it going? What's your story?"


Grew up in a very small town in West Virginia. Didn't have a great childhood, struggled my way through college, lost my only sibling to suicide and decided enough was enough. Packed a single suitcase and bought a flight to Alaska just about three years ago.

I got an incredible, life changing job when I moved here. Started a relationship that was amazing and made me feel so full of life and love. Made friends that have made me a stronger person and shown me what people outside of a small simple-minded town are like.

Unfortunately I am now in my first "hard" part of this move. Going through a breakup. But in less than a week I am moving into my first ever solo apartment, I have a new position at work that I'm loving, and I'm looking forward to the rest of my life... however it ends up going. So I guess I'm doing alright. :)



Moved from Albuquerque to Las Vegas, NV in 1999. I took what I could fit in my car. 20 years later and I'm still here and I still love it. My brother told me mom's husband said "I'll give it six months." F*ck you Larry.



Small town New England, everyone from my school was marrying each other and sending their kids to the same school, or dying. I met a guy from California, fell in love, and bought a one way ticket. Packed my cat and hopped on a plane. Our relationship lasted four years, and our breakup was pretty amicable. After seven years in California, I packed up the cat and drove to Oregon. California wasn't for me, and I'm so incredibly happy now. I have an amazing job and fiance, and the same cat lol

Everyone thought I was crazy, and I was, but it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.



I moved from the east coast to the west coast by myself 3 years ago. I'm happier in general. The weather is nicer, I make better money, I live by the beach. But I'm really lonely. I had a lot of friends back home that I'd known for years. It's hard to make new friends as an adult. I drink a lot more heavily too. The boredom of loneliness and the super easy accessible of hard alcohol at every store makes it too easy. I can't imagine leaving and going back to where I'm from though.



I went traveling for a year after uni. While in the US, I met a woman that I fell for pretty quickly. We did long distance for a couple years, where I went back to uni for a bachelor's degree. I managed to go back every year for a few months, and she was able to visit me as well once.

Finally, after I graduated, I was able to buy a one way ticket. I got rid of most of my stuff, got eight boxes of things shipped over, and said goodbye to all my family and friends.

It was one of the scariest things I've ever done, and it was hard saying goodbye to my family at the airport in particular. That was one of the longest trips of my life (and not just because it was 21 hours in the air), but I'm glad I did. That woman is now my wife, we have a one year old daughter, and we're now talking about me having our second baby. And I get to Skype with my family every day - my mum has not missed a single day since our daughter was born. I think I talk to my family more now than when I lived in Australia.

Do I ever wonder what life would have been like if I didn't move halfway around the world? Yes, every now and then. Do I regret it? Definitely not.



Grew up in a smallish town in the Midwest and always dreamed of moving to NYC. Really can't pinpoint why exactly, just seemed like from TV and movies that was the best place to live.

Wasn't confident to make the move right out of high school, so went to college near my hometown. Senior year of college, around Spring Break time, friends started getting job offers and planning to start their post-college adult life.

Told myself, "this is the best time, make a move." Lease on my college apartment was up in August, so I picked the day with the cheapest one-way flight that whole month and bought the ticket. That was my moving date. Sold or donated everything I owned (I was 22, so nothing of real value- college clothing, IKEA furniture, etc). Stuffed one large suitcase and a backpack and boarded the plane- that was my first time I'd ever been to NYC.

13 years later and don't regret it for a minute. Best decision I've ever made.



Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Wanted to skip winter one year in 2006 so I went to Mexico. 2019 and I still live in MX. hahahaha. Funny how life can just change and go in a different direction. I can't even imagine living in Canada anymore. Every few years I go back for a visit... still don't miss it.



After college and a failed, naive first relationship I decided to buy a one way ticket to Norway from California. I found an au pair job on the internet with a family in a tiny farm town. I applied for a visa and within two and half months I was on a plane for two years.

The au pair stint didn't work out. But three weeks after I moved to Norway I ended up meeting the Norwegian I would marry. I spent my weekends with him and had a one week vacation in Rome with him a month after we started dating. I spent major norwegian holidays with him and most of my summer in Oslo with him. When the au pair contract came to an end after nine months, he told me he would marry me and move to the US to be with me.

Three years later and we live in California together. We started out dirt poor. We got married a week after he flew out and signed a lease for a studio apartment the same morning. Spent most of the first year of marriage unemployed and bugs all over our closet apartment.

Since then we have made a family with our dog who has a heart shaped nose. We're in the last stages of his permanent residence green card and I have a good career that makes up for his absence from his family. We hope to move to Norway and start a family in our thirties.

Life is a challenge living with a partner who is an immigrant in one place or another. There are a whole set of disadvantages and set backs due to immigration and timelines. But it's the best thing that's ever happened to us. I grew up, found love, gained perspective, and have never lived and loved life happier.

10/10 Would suggest buying that one way ticket.



I grew up in (mostly) small towns in rural Oklahoma. I had never traveled or gone anywhere interesting save one trip to New Orleans, and I really hated living in OK. I lived with my folks still at the age of 24 after a string of dead-end jobs and failing college, so I spent a lot of time online and met some good people. One of them one day said 'If you can swing a bus ticket I can offer you a place to stay and get you a job here.'

3 days later I had packed a bag, dropped off my PC at a UPS store, hopped a Greyhound for North Carolina and didn't look back. Getting out on my own two feet (well, I still had plenty of support from friends at first) was pretty much the best thing I could've done. Since then I've lived and traveled all over the US and Canada, met lots of interesting people, and had a pretty good time.

That was in 1996, which was the end of a long bout of depression and insomnia and generally hating life. Things haven't always been the best, but they've been a lot better in the ensuing 20-odd than they had been, so I have no complaints.



I'm originally from the Netherlands. My ex left me after 12 years and abandoned her half of the mortgage during the 2008 credit crisis, resulting in about 70000 euros of debt.

Left with literally less than nothing, I started applying for visas. I wanted to get as far away as I physically could. The USA was hopeless, New Zealand only wanted academics, but Australia was actively favouring programmers with work experience.

So there I went with a suitcase full of nothing but broken dreams and marketable skills. It is now 10 years later and I am debt free and an Australian citizen. I live in a fixed up fibro shed on the edge of a national park, no indoor sanitation, no television, no fridge, but the view is to die for.

I am forever grateful for the kindness of strangers and community spirit which Australia showed me, but the Netherlands had lost.


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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!