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We're all stuck at home right now, so travel is the farthest thing from most of our minds. However, it doesn't mean that we can't daydream about the epic, beautiful, and intriguing places we'll get around to once we're past this pandemic.


Reddit user, u/harleybug88, wanted to hear where they should go as soon as the pandemic is over when they asked:

What is the most beautiful place you've ever visited?

Wake Up, And The Ocean Is Gone

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Bay of Fundy as the tides changed is the most awe-inspiring site I've ever seen in person. Can't even put into words haw amazing it was.

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I love the town of Saint Andrews in New Brunswick on the Bay of Fundy.

I had read about the tides, but to see it happen, to wake up and find the ocean had just... disappeared! I'll never forget that feeling.

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Leaves Changing Color Is Always Great

Prettiest place: backwoods New Hampshire during the fall colors season. Glowing trees, green fields, white picket fences, pretty farmhouses, all that.

Most beautiful: the panorama of San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay from the middle of the Golden Gate Bridge, morning and evening. From a distance, all the cities are clean and white, climbing up the hills among trees. Best commute I ever had. I honestly didn't care if I got stuck in traffic, because I had that view.

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Alone, In The Best Way

The Faroe islands. It was just something else. Couldn't really believe what I was seeing and walking through was real. No trees, steep rocks, the grey North Atlantic ocean, foggy weather that could turn into bright sunshine within an hour. Few people on hiking routes, feeling of remoteness.

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Journey Across Middle Earth

New Zealand. The whole country is beautiful, even the places they think are boring.

The South Island has stupidly beautiful vistas. It was difficult driving around and not being distracted by the landscape.

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The length of time it took for us to drive from one place to another was always longer than the satnav said. We'd have to pull over to take photos or just look. Extraordinarily beautiful. Every other corner you turn, there's a photo op.

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Trees In Every Corner Of Your Eye

Muir woods. I know there are plenty of more beautiful places, but I have been in person there...it is amazing and fills you with awe

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It's crazy how such a beautiful place is such a short drive from one of the most famous cities in the world.

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A Blanket Of Stars

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The Badlands. I saw a lot of amazing places on a road trip but the badlands at night with a whole sky of stars....that hits different.

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I didn't get to see it at night but the Badlands really did surprise me after having low expectations.

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A Beautiful Night

Sorrento, Italy. Beautiful, small town in the south of Italy. Sitting there during a summer night, overlooking the Bay of Napoli, seeing the city lights of Napoli and Mount Vesuvius right beside it, words can't describe it.

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Yes, very beautiful. I stayed there on an elevated hotel, and the view from the balcony to below was beautiful with all the lights at nught. It was quite something. The bay of Naples in the distance and Mount Vesuvius was even more surreal. Great little town with gorgeous foods too. I want to go back one day.

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Having Fun, Even When You're Sick

Back country whistler or the mountains in Switzerland

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Went to Whistler for a week and got pneumonia for the first three days, but still had the best day of skiing in my life there! Never went back country but given how much powder there was in the glades, I can't imagine what it would be like back country. Will have to go back someday and not get pneumonia....

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The Pictures Can't Match The Reality

Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, USA.

You can look at pictures and it's pretty, but in person it is absolutely breathtaking.

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A Place Of Magic

This forest in Scotland. I wish I could remember where, it was near a tall thin castle on a hill with lots of arrow slits in its walls and a spiral stone staircase going up. Maybe it was because I was a kid but it felt like the most magical place, moss covered stairs that looked thousands of years old and the clearest streams. I'd love to go back but Scotland has lots of woods and castles..

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Here's A Few For The Road

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Just perfect in summer. Standing at the bottom of the mountain and staring up and seeing the landscape go from lush green to snow capped mountains is just perfect.

Porto Katsiki beach, Lefkada, Greece. I love turquoise waters and this place is as turquoise as it can get.

Sydney Harbour - I live here and I've seen it a million times from all sides and it's still as beautiful as it could be. Sydney is just a pretty place.

Next up, going to the Great Barrier Reef for the first time next month. Expecting it to top the list.

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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!