10 Things You Should Do Before Your Thirties


Hitting your thirties seems to be a turning point in life, often a time for many to be at the height of their career and settling down. It doesn’t matter in which stage you are now, there are certain things you must have done before you are turning 30.

So here are 10 things you should do whilst free of commitments before the big 3 0 hits.

Travel the world

Or at least whatever you can manage! Travelling is definitely a must do before you are tied down with a family or mortgage. Get a map and pin point 5 places you want to visit, whether it be an exotic island or a beautiful landscape.

Experience an Adrenaline Activity
Whether it be sky diving or bungee jumping this is an ideal thing to do when travelling and really is a once in a life time opportunity. See the world from a great height and then feel the adrenaline rush through you as you make the jump!

Run a Marathon
Not necessarily a full marathon, and you can even walk part way! But the sense of achievement you will experience when crossing the finishing line is definitely a must. Make it even more special if you choose a charity to run it for and raise money for their cause, making the experience even more rewarding.

Buy something outrageously expensive
Whether it is a car, a designer handbag or shoes treat yourself to that one thing you have always wanted but never bought. Look at it as an investment in an item that will last you…and bring you lots of happiness!

Stay up all night at a festival
Experience the festival atmosphere, soak up the music and dance all night.

Live with your best friends
Living with friends is something everyone should experience before their thirties. Friendships grow and you develop a bond for life. Plus there is never a dull moment when your friends are just down the corridor!

Go on a girls holiday
Whatever the destination going on a girls holiday abroad is an experience you will never forget. Cocktails on the beach, catching the sun by the pool and lots of laughs all with your best friends.

Do something spontaneous
This can be anything you like, but it has to be utterly spontaneous and on the spot. Decide to disappear for a long weekend, get a piercing or tattoo, or just get in the car and drive for miles with no destination in mind.

Go on a trip alone
This can be a great experience to find yourself and be truly independent travelling alone and exploring a new place.

Learn a new language
Pick a foreign language to learn, whether its Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese! A second language is a great skill to have and a brilliant achievement.

Written by Kelsie Mcphail

What would you like to do before you thirties? Let us know in the comments below

  • Kerstin

    Those things are great! I especially want to go on a trip alone and a girlstrip and can’t wait to do those.
    However I’m only 21 so there’s plenty of time to fulfill every single one of those things ;P

    Love, Kerstin

  • Lorena

    great things!


  • Heather Gierut

    I’m turning 30 in October and I haven’t done many of these, but I’ve been ‘tied down’ with a mortgage since I was 24 and because of that have over $30,000 of equity in my home. I think that was the best decision I’ve ever made. I feel that because I’m almost 30, married, have a stable career, everything on this list can be done after 30 and I might enjoy them even more that I would when I was struggling in my early 20s!

    • Eesh

      I agree with you Heather. I think that once you’ve set your foundation i.e purchasing a home (which actually counts as an “outrageous” expense but so worth it), most things on this list can be better appreciated while in your thirties, especially traveling alone.

  • Ursala

    Fabulous! This post brought up some interesting things for me… I was initially defensive because I had my first child when I was 22, not in my thirties, and then I read above that I am now “tied down”. But then I realized, that yes, I am tied down, and that’s ok. Your list made me think about what things really are difficult to manage once you’re “tied down”, and I think the most difficult things are spontaneity and buying big things. Some of the things are more fun with children, like learning languages and traveling, and some require much more commitment and planning (but are more rewarding if you have children to break away from), like going on a trip with your friends, or running a marathon. Lastly, some of the things that used to sound fun, like staying up all night or traveling alone, now sound foreign and not appealing at all. Great article!! Love it! I think I’m going to use it to bounce ideas for a post off of, and will likely link back to you ;)

  • Sophie G Moore

    I’m 22 and there’s only 3 things on this list I haven’t done :) 2pm on Friday, still in bed, yet I feel like I’ve achieved so much! Thank you

  • Myrthe

    Some of these things you might ‘have to’ experience, but not all of them because they’re so fun. A vacation with my girlfriends was disastrous; we were best friends but somehow a vacation didn’t work together, just like living together didn’t work either. The feeling of accomplishment from a marathon didn’t last me very long, though I did enjoy standing outside on top of the CN-Tower in Toronto (not as scary as I though it would be).
    I think it’s a great list, but definitely not for everyone (me included).

  • Ramona

    ok, ready for the 30s then, but yes, all of these have to be done :-D i could use another girls trip though!

  • Ms S

    I don’t get why this is stuff you need to do before your 30s? I’m in my 30s and I currently do all of these things, on the regular. It’s an age bracket…not a death sentence.

  • Juliet

    Such a great post! I still have to and want to go on a trip alone. Aside from one transatlantic flight, I don’t think I have ever travelled alone. Oh and skydiving ist still on my list as well.
    Thanks for sharing this list!

    x, Juliet

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  • Sanchari Das

    Definitely worth doing all of them before 30. I am in my early 20s now anyway ..