10 things to do before 30

As I have recently reached a quarter of a century on this planet. My thoughts turned to 10 things that I’d like to do or have done by the next big milestone of 30.

I feel like I have achieved a lot, especially in the since few years since I have been travelling. I also feel like there are a few things I would like to do before I hit 30!

These are my recommendations for 10 things to before you’re 30 and are mainly things that I feel have helped me grow as a person or would like to accomplish

Learn a language

After spending five years learning German at school, I really should be able to speak fluently. Unfortunately, I can’t. Disinterest when I was young and not relearning the language mean I only have a basic understanding now. This is something I regret, as learning multiple languages is a useful skill and helps see the world from a different perspective. I aim to be able to speak a language fluently by the time I’m 30!

Mount Doom form the Lord of the Rings

Mt Doom on the Tongariro crossing

Do something that scares you

I was guilty of not doing enough of this before I started travelling. I was too content to stay in my comfort zone. Now it’s one of my favourite things to do. It’s ok to be afraid, be it bungee jumping or simply travelling on your own, fear, if you utilised can push us to do things we never thought we were capable of!

Subterranean River in Palawan, Philippines

Subterranean River in Palawan

Be able to cook

I remember when I went to uni and didn’t have a clue about cooking. I could just about cook chicken and that was it. Since then, my cooking has improved tenfold and I genuinely enjoy cooking. For me. cooking is very important, especially when travelling. You have to be able to cook or you’re going to struggle and spend a lot eating out. Also when you want to cook a meal for someone you know that you’ll be able to deliver and impress!

Bilbo's house in Hobbiton

Bilbo’s house in Hobbiton

Live in another country

There is no experience quite living in another country. Be it, Australia or China, the experience is rewarding and challenging. Even though English is the spoken language in Australia and New Zealand, the culture, climate and may other factors are different to England. Plus you are on your own, away from your support network. Living and working in another country makes you realise that you can succeed anywhere in life and that the possibilities of what you can do are endless!

Street view in Adelaide

Learn to like yourself regardless of people’s perceptions

This is something that I have struggled with a lot. I had a habit of seeing myself how others would see me, which affected my self-esteem and confidence. Travelling took me away from this environment and made me realise that I don’t have to see myself the same way. My confidence and self-esteem have skyrocketed¬†since. Once I realised that happiness was a result of being happy with myself I have not looked back!

White Beach at Boracay

White Beach at Boracay

Travel solo

Travelling solo can be hard and lonely at times, but it is also a rewarding experience. You realise that it’s not a bad thing to be alone and to enjoy your own company. The actual act of travelling solo is a scary thought for many, so actually doing it is an achievement in itself. It is also a great motivator to meet people, as you’ll be very lonely if you don’t.

we're not born just to pay bills and die

Visit a developing country

This is such an eye-opening experience if you haven’t done it before, that I feel it is a must. It makes you realise how lucky you truly are to come from a country where you don’t have to worry where your next meal is going to come from. It also humbles you that people can be truly happy without possessions that we think we need to make us happy.

Ifuago Rice Terraces in the Philippines

Ifugao Rice Terraces

Take risks

This is something that we probably all need to do more of in our lives. Whether it be talking to that cute girl/guy you like or booking a trip to a destination you’ve always wanted to visit, taking risks is an essential part of life. It can be too easy to go through life in a bubble, not taking risks because it scares us. But that is not living it is just existing. It’s better to look back on life and laugh at the things you’ve done rather than wonder at you might have done!

Do something silly/spontaneous

Life can seem very serious at times and it is nice just let go and be weird, silly and stupid at times. There is nothing wrong with this. Just because you are grown-up doesn’t mean you have to act like one all the time. Go streaking, go skinny-dipping, do something outrageous! Who cares what people think, you’re only here a short time, you might as well enjoy yourself!

Naked selfie in Oz. No faux pas here!

Get to know yourself

This perhaps the most important item on the list. By the age of 30 you should have a clear of what you do like to do, the kind of people you like to be around and so forth. Realising what you kind of person and what you enjoy, mean you are better placed to spend your time how you want it. This is important as time is finite, it will run out, so spend it doing what you want!

View from the top of the zip line in Sabang


Tom is a travel addict who first left England to spend a year Down Under. Not satisfied with this, he then went to New Zealand, about as far away from home as he could get. He is now planning his next adventures in Europe and Canada while maintaining this blog.

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. Ryan says:

    I love all of these! Reminds me of the saying that the best way to grow as a human being is to leave your comfort zone. I’ve done most of these and I think they re-enforce each other and compliment each other. For example if you do something that scares you, you might start to not care about what other people think.

    • Tom says:

      Thanks Ryan! I 100% agree with that, you won’t grow at all, if you don’t leave your comfort zone! I would agree with that, they do re-inforce each other. I think the point at the end that you made happened to me at some point. I really am not that bothered what people think of me anymore! Whereas, before I started travelling, I was far too self-conscious! Hopefully, I get to complete the remaining things on this list before I hit 30!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *