Turning 30 is a major milestone.
For many it means that you’re no longer in the hard-partying, bad decision-making stage of your life, for better or for worse.
Before you turn the big 3-0 (or even if you already have), here are 30 things you should do, from adrenaline-pumping activities to experiences that help you grow.
1. Travel Alone
Traveling alone can be daunting at first, but it’s one of the most liberating experiences you can have. You can do what you want, when you want, on your own terms. You’ll challenge yourself in ways that would never be possible with a travel partner. You’ll meet so many inspiring people, and you’ll have more confidence in yourself than ever before. With fewer “attachments” and responsibilities, your 20s are a time to travel alone; it only gets harder to find the occasion.
This may sound frightening. But traveling by yourself will push you to get out of your shell, help you discover who you really are and have experiences that you probably wouldn’t have had if you traveled with someone else. It will also give you valuable thinking time.
2. Move to a New City
People should move in any new city at least once in life. It will explore your experience as well effect your lifestyle and community skill.
While the process is at once terrifying, awkward and trying, relocating to a whole new city can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself. A change of scenery can help you break out of a funk, discover a new passion, or work up the nerve to revisit an old one. Here are some other things to look forward to when you’re not digging yourself out of the fresh hell that is unpacking.
3. Get to Know Your Family History
If you haven’t discovered the magic that is Ancestry.com, do it now. Genealogy might sound like a dorky word, but it’s cool in conversation to know the history of your clan. More importantly, your grandparents, aunts, and uncles won’t be around forever, so now is the time to ask them all the questions you have about your family history. Record your conversations and take notes and photos. And more importantly, don’t just ask the questions you have, but start digging into old photos and records because more questions will arise, and eventually, it will be too late to ask.
4. Start a Collection
The thing about collections is that they only get better with age. They take time. Start young, and you’ll have one hell of a stockpile in the next decade. I don’t recommend kitschy figurines, but matchbooks, records, art, tablecloths, and the like will certainly lend an air of cool to your home.
5. Test Your Language Skills
Learning a new language is not an easy thing to do, but exercising your existing language skills is certainly something you can accomplish. Did you take three years of French in high school? Did you study abroad in Spain during college? Head to the French West Indies for a long weekend and strike up a conversation with the locals, or pony up to the French wine bar in your city and order a glass of Sancerre and a cheese plate in the native tongue of your bartender. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, so see if you’ve still got it.
6. Build your brand
Thanks to Google and social media we all have a brand nowadays. If you aren’t working on becoming the top Google result when you search for yourself or have some sort activity on social media then you’re doing something very wrong for your business. Having a brand will help you network and potentially even land your dream job.
7. Learn how to network
Building a network can be beneficial in both your personal and professional lives. For example, maybe you had drinks with a couple from Britain while they were visiting the U.S. Now you have a contact overseas. If you attend an industry event, you should be able to interact with influencers or employers and make an impression with them. If you need their assistance to advance your career, they’re only an email or phone call away. Networking rounds out your life.
Yes, exactly, you read that correctly. Fail. And fail a lot. There’s no better way to learn, grow and drive yourself to succeed in the future than to fail. Fail fast and learn to pick yourself up fast as well.
I’ve failed countless times but it’s made me a much better person. Much easier to fail before 30 than after.
9. Indulge yourself in luxury at least once
This doesn’t mean that you should max out your credit card. It does mean that you should enjoy the finer things every now and then, such as eating at an exclusive restaurant or purchasing a luxury item like a Gucci bag. It will help you to save and budget for the purchase and the experience or product will last for years. Don’t be that person that always has to have the best and spend away your “real money” for the future, but do make a splurge at least once. It will also motivate you in the future and push yourself for better.
10. Land your dream job
There’s something to be said about working various jobs since they can teach you a variety of skills. But, do you want to be doing all that change-up for the next 20 or 30 years? Find your dream job and make sure that you do all you can to secure it.
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11. Learn to cook
There’s nothing quite as rewarding as making a home-cooked meal and receiving compliments from friends and family. Besides, cooking your own food ensures that you stay happy and healthy for the rest of your life since it always includes fresh ingredients (wink) but overall, it can be a fun hobby. You don’t have to become a gourmet cook unless you want to — think simple, straightforward, healthy meals.