Welcome to my 20 something bucket list: a list of all the things I want to be able to tick off before I reach the age of 30.
I just had my 29th birthday (Gasp!) Being 29 is a mixed old number to be, as I am now one year shy of my big “30” and yet still very much a twenty-something. At 27 I panicked. I could feel my twenties slipping away from me at great speed and didn’t feel ready for that to happen. But over the course of the last two years I have done so much and had so many adventures that I am now calmly approaching my thirties with the anticipation of what they have to offer me.
Your twenties are meant for adventuring, exploring, making mistakes, and living life to the full, so I created this list with that in mind. However, it makes a pretty good list for anyone of any age! See how many you can tick off your list, whatever age you are!
My 20 Something Bucket List
- Go to Las Vegas – and make a bet
- Become a connoisseur in something – whether it be whiskey, wine, coffee, cheese, chocolate, there is great satisfaction enjoying the finer things in life.
- Find a cause you feel strongly about – I hate waste, plastic bags, and the wasteful food culture of the Western World. I am mindful of these things when I travel.
- Learn what your passions are and follow them – My passions include writing and wildlife, so I love spotting animals when I travel, and always writing my journal!
- Learn another language – and submerge yourself! I love the Duolingo app, and even better is that it is free. Nothing beats a real class though, and it’s a great way to meet new people if you are travelling alone.
- Sleep in a hammock – under the stars
- Go to a festival – get muddy
- Eat in a few incredible restaurants – Spago in LA, The Ritz London, The French Laundry
- Climb a mountain
- Swim with whale sharks
- Go to a fairytale castle – Disney doesn’t count. Hohenzollern castle in the Black Forest is straight out of a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale.
- Visit one of natures great forests – The Black Forest in Germany, the Red Wood forest in California.
- Trek through the jungle – Tarzan is calling
- Learn and understand other religions. Know what you believe, but respect others.
- Further your education – whether it be uni, an e-course or an apprenticeship, take time out and learn
- See some of man’s greatest achievements – The Egyptian pyramids in Egypt, The Mayan ruins in Guatemala and Mexico
- Learn to scuba dive
- Dive or snorkel over one of the world great reefs – Belize, Australia
- Take a road trip
- Travel to visit friends
- Read classic novels
- See a West-End show in London
- See different genres of live music – Blue grass, anyone?
- Find a new band and stick with them – There is nothing like seeing a band you love get bigger and better.
- Put your photos in albums – create a photobook online – see mine and read my top tips here! It’s worth the effort and time, and the longer you leave it the more you will forget and the less likely you will be to ever do it. I recommend Photobox.
- Nourish your body properly – No more cereal for dinner
- Learn more about your home country
- Move to a city where you don’t know anyone – even for a few months!
- Have a spontaneous travel experience – I went to Colombia on a whim and it was the best decision I ever made!
- Quit your job and go for it with a new experience – I’ve done that a few times now, and every time it feels just as exhilarating. If you can’t get the idea out of your head, there is a reason why!
- Send your family a postcard from every place you are – Yeah yeah, we love social media and blogging is great, but a handwritten card can never be replaced.
- Have a digital detox – This is sometimes forced upon us when travelling, but the sensation of not contacting the outside world for a few days is a good one.
- Learn how to make one signature cocktail by heart – A great way of making friends when traveling and a good trick to have up your sleeve. Mine is a mean Bloody Mary!
- Book a ticket to see something you are not sure what it actually is – I went to see a random acrobatic act in London with no clue what I was about to see, and it was awesome! Try it!
- Learn how to meditate
- Write a diary – Travelling is a time when we are reduced down to our fundamental elves, with nothing that has become us due to routine or nurture surrounding us. This is why it is extremely important to record your feelings when you travel, along with the amazing places you have been and experiences you have had. It is not just the memory of the thing you did you need to savour, it is how you felt.
- Never stop feeling wonder at your own city – We would plan weekend out in London as if we were tourists, and were always amazed at how much we learnt and saw.
- Plan a surprise weekend for someone else – I planned a whole Halloween day trip for my other half, with spooky things to do. It was exciting surprising him!
- Record one second everyday – try this for a year and try not to smile. It’s amazing what you can capture just with a second! I love the 1SE app.
- Learn a sport or active hobby
- Watch foreign movies
- Learn to let go of old friends and embrace new friendships
- Learn what your weaknesses are and grow from them
- Travel on your own – read my solo travel post for my important dos and don’ts and go have an adventure!
- Dance like a local – Tequila optional but recommended
- Do something crazy – I once ended up painting my body and dancing in the moonlight, because, well why not?
- Work abroad for a year
- Have a bonfire on the beach
- Go Skinny Dipping
How many will you complete whilst you are still a 20-something?
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