7.16.2015

That Moment When You Buy a One Way Ticket



There is nothing more symbolic of a life change than the moment you hit the "confirm" button on a one way ticket purchase. This is the 5th time I have bought a one way ticket. Each time I've had a different feeling about the act. 

The first and second time was when I tried to live in Turkey. I didn't have anything planned. I didn't have a job in place. Through this, I learned I'm totally not spontaneous. I can't just go "where the wind takes me." Because of my lack of planning, I lasted all of a month before running back home. I happily bought a one way ticket back, back, to Cali, Cali. 

The third and fourth time were going to and coming back from London. Going to London, I was majorly excited to hit the confirm button and live a new life abroad. Nearly a year later, I was unsure if a one way back to the USA was what I wanted, but I hit confirm anyway. Through this, I learned that my instincts have always been on point and I should listen to them more often. 

The fifth time I bought a one way ticket was all of 5 days ago. SAN to JFK. All I can tell you is this purchase feels right in every way possible. My head, my heart, and my plane route are all aligned in the same direction. And that's a good feeling. 

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Have you ever bought a one way ticket? Did you end up staying or did you turn back? 

12 comments:

  1. lol i have never bought a one way ticket! i bought a return ticket (jan-dec) when i moved to the US, I just didn't get on the plane in December. your gut is normally right!

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  2. Congrats once again. It's like you said: your head, heart and plane route are all align. It probably also helps having a plan. :) Kudos on your future endeavors, and I expect to see a glut of photos soon!

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  3. This is not what you meant but I've bought a one way ticket because it was cheaper to break up the trips! haha. Or, recently I bought a one way ticket to Little Rock but my connecting flight got canceled so I drove the rest of the way with a stranger.


    Maybe one day I'll buy a one way ticket! :) Congrats again and again and again.

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  4. You need to spend some time in London again! I spent 6 weeks there a few months ago and it calmed my London craving :)

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  5. It counts since that was rather smart of you! :)

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  6. I will be a picture taking machine :)

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  7. Didn't know that! I assumed that of all my blog buddies you probably did buy a one-way. lol.

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  8. i know right? it was cheaper to buy a return ticket, and i honestly did think i was returning. lol.

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  9. This one feels like it's going to be a good one. Plus NYC in the summer! How does it get any better than that?

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  10. I love this and I'm so jealous you're going to live in New York - I can't wait to keep up with all of your adventures! I bought a one way ticket once, but I'm not sure if it really counts as it was for my year abroad with university. I lived in Italy for a year, but I always new I was coming back as I needed to complete the final year of my degree. I've never done it in the way you're talking about, but hopefully one day I will :-)

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  11. Going to Italy for a year? OF COURSE that counts! :) Where in Italy did you study?

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  12. Yaaaaay New York! I love that you've bought so many one way tickets. I think I've only bought 3. But the adventures that come from hitting confirm are worth it.

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