Oh, to be twenty again! It’s such an exciting, and transformative time of life. There are plenty of firsts - and lots of scary, fun, amazing moments along the way. Once you’re in your thirties, people expect you to have life a little more figured out. And while plenty of us don’t - there are many things that are a little easier when accompanied by the naive exuberance of youth. Click “Next” to see 10 things to do before you turn 30.
If there’s a place you’ve always wanted to go, make a point to visit it before turning 30. I’m not suggesting that you blow off your job for a trip around the world (though, if you can swing it, that would be totally amazing.) Instead, budget, plan, or work a little over time until you can afford to take that vacation you’ve been dreaming about while you’re young enough to really enjoy it.
2. Do What You Love
Finding a job that you love is hard. But your twenties are a great time to explore and try new things that could help set you on that ideal career path. If you’ve always thought about starting your own fashion blog, or becoming a travel writer, why not just do it? Take all of that twenty-year-old-energy and harness it into a potential dream job. Even if it doesn’t work out, you’ll have learned a lot - and scored some amazing life experience in the process.
3. Spend Time with Your Grandparents
If you’re lucky enough to still have grandparents in your twenties, make a point to visit them regularly. They’ll enjoy the company - and you’ll probably find that you do, too. In addition to brightening their day, you could learn a thing or two from their experiences.
4. Learn to Cook
Ramen noodles and Kraft Dinner are fine for students, but now that you’re officially starting your life in the real world, it’s time to learn to cook. Try out new recipes with friends, take a cooking class, or spend time with your Mom or Dad who already cooks like a pro. Learning some easy, delicious recipes now will set the foundation for home-cooked family meals in the future.
5. Watch the Sun Rise
Get up early to watch the sunrise - or better yet, stay out until the sun comes up! Taking in this view with good friends, or a special someone, will be a memory to last a lifetime. Grab a blanket, your favorite coffee, and snuggle up for the perfect start (or end) to a beautiful day.
6. Get a Tattoo
A tattoo can be a fun, permanent reminder of a special time in your life that’ll always make you smile. Sure, they may not be for everyone, but if you’ve been thinking about getting some ink for a while, visit the parlor before you turn 30. It’s not that you can’t get one after that point, but if you have a design in mind, why wait?
7. Start Saving for Retirement
Retirement may feel like a long way off, but life can go by in a blink. Putting some money away now can help a lot in the future. Setting up automatic payments into a separate bank account can make saving easier, as the money will be transferred out of your account automatically and you won’t even miss it. Even $20 a month is a good start. You’ll be surprised at how quickly it adds up – especially if you start now, rather than later.
8. Get Healthy
Create healthy habits now. A good diet and regular exercise are beneficial at any age, but adding them to your life now will help to ensure that you keep them up later. By making an effort to eat better and do something active every day, you’re making a commitment to your health - something that you’ll certainly appreciate as you get older.
9. Treat Yourself
Sometimes you just need to treat yourself. And as you get older, other responsibilities - like family, mortgage payments, and all of the other stuff that comes with adulthood, make that more difficult. So if there’s a designer dress you’ve been eyeing, make a point to save up and buy it. Choose a classic style that you’ll be able to wear for years to come. That way, you’ll always have at least one outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks.
10. Start a Journal
Most people look back at their twenties as some of the best years of their life. Start a journal to not only help you keep track of those treasured memories, but as something to potentially share with your children later in life. Your twenties tend to hold some major life milestones, like marriages and first homes. Keeping a journal helps to ensure you’ll be able to remember every exciting detail.