Today I’m turning 20!! Happy birthday to me! I’m very excited and can’t wait to see how many things I’m able to achieve this new decade. So I’ve created a “30 things to do before turning 30” list.
This kind of bucket list/manifestation is something I haven’t tried before. But I’ve been very lost in my teenage years and wanted to have some clear goals to focus on.
You can find 3 main categories: travel, career and lifestyle.
The travel section is the longest one because I think my 20’s are the perfect time to explore the world and have some adventures, but this doesn’t mean travelling is my main interest. I just think it’ll be my main investment haha
So let’s check the list!
1. Travel to every continent
Every continent has its own landscapes, cultures and vibe, in general, and I want to explore all of them (hopefully on a budget).
2. Hike a volcano
El Teide is the 3rd biggest volcano in the world, and it’s here, in Spain! The Canarian Islands have been on my travel bucket list since I was a little girl and I want to visit them soon. And, of course, go hiking to the top of El Teide.
3. Do a road trip
I got my driving license a year ago, but I’m still afraid of driving long distances. The longest I’ve ever driven is 50km. So I think doing a road trip could help me get over that fear. And I find it really cool. Any route recommendation?
4. See the northern lights
I don’t know if this one is actually worth it, but I’d love to go to the North of Europe and seeing them would be a plus. I hope I have the opportunity!
5. Go camping
Fun fact: I’ve never gone camping in my 20 years on the Earth. And it’s something I really want to do! So I’ll try to convince a couple of friends to go to the Cíes Islands and camp there for a week (they’re only 100 km from here).
6. Travel alone
I like travelling with my friends, but I know I’ll love travelling alone. I think it’s an experience everyone should have in their lifetimes. But I’d only visit safe countries. Have you ever tried it?
7. Buy a one-way ticket
Some of my biggest problems is to overthink and over-plan everything. Preparing an itinerary for my trips can take me months. So I want to buy a one-way ticket and be spontaneous for once.
8. Spend 1 month travelling
I may do this right after university. I had to spend my gap year at home and I want to have the experience of travelling for a long period of time.
9. Sleep in a desert
I think we have a couple of deserts here, in Spain, so I ‘ll probably visit them. Morocco is another great option, because is not that far, and my aunt told me it’s a beautiful experience to sleep in the Sahara.
10. Go to a festival
I was going to do this next month but covid-19 had other plans. The festival was rescheduled for 2021, so I hope we have better luck next year.
11. Try a Korean treatment (in Korea)
As a skincare addict, getting a treatment in Korea would be a dream. I may go there in 2022 with my sister, so I’ll start saving money for that treatment.
12. Live one year abroad
Another 2021 plan. I’ll ask for an Erasmus scholarship this year, and I’m pretty sure I’ll get it. So, if everything goes as planned, I’ll blog from Germany in 2021-2022.
13. Live in 5 cities
In this decade, I want to discover the world not only travelling, but living in different places with different cultures. Right now I’m in Ourense with my parents, at the end of the year I’ll be in Granada/Madrid/maybe another place (?) to start at a new university and I’ll ask for that Erasmus scholarship, and an international agreement after that. So I think I’ll check this before I’m 25.
14. Master German
Fun fact #2: I started a German major my freshman year. And I was going to become a German teacher. Yep. But I understood that wouldn’t make me happy for the long run and dropped that course. However, I love German and, after 8 years learning it, I’d love to be perfectly fluent. Maybe that Erasmus helps me!
15. Live alone
I’m very picky when looking for roommates. That’s the reason why I’ve never had one haha. I stayed at a residence these 2 years and I’d love to live alone after I graduate. But sharing flat seems to be cool too, so I’ll probably do both.
16. Become economically independent
A must. I don’t want to be 30 and still need help from my parents to make ends meet. If you’re in that situation, I’m not judging you, but I feel my parents have already given me all they had to. I want to be able to take care of myself and spoil them a little.
17. Sleep at a 5-stars hotel
Maybe this is the less interesting point, but I want to try that experience. Maybe a relaxing weekend at a luxurious hotel with spa could be a great way to say hello to my 30’s.
I was going to start giving free classes to underprivileged kids last month, but again, the covid-19 changed the plans. I hope I can start volunteering again in September, and keep this habit during my 20’s.
19. Donate 5K
My parents have always taught me to give back to my community and help those who are not as lucky as I am. So I want to donate 5,000€ this decade to try to make the world a slightly better place. Do you collaborate with any charities?
20. Make 20K a year
Related to the economic independence one. I think this is the minimum income I’ll have to earn to have a good and independent life. I’m already working on this one.
21. Make 100K
100,000€ look like something gigantic right now, but it’d be like earning those 20K/year I want for 5 years. I’m going to work really hard to achieve this goal.
22. Sell an art piece
I don’t want to live from art, but it’d be amazing to sell one of my artworks. I’m not even talking about something big. If I could sell one of my watercolours for 5€ I’d be happy.
23. Create a digital product
Working on this one too, but this project will take me months. Digital products are great passive income sources and amazing publicity for your work. I’m planning to do something related to well-being at college. So excited about it!
24. Finish Psychology
Oh, graduation. My parents can’t think about any other thing (they’re afraid I drop this course too haha). I love Psychology and can’t wait to get my diploma and start working. 2023 will be the year, if there isn’t any problem.
25. Pay for an expensive course
Sometimes you can find really good courses for a low price, but I want to spend a good money on my education. Any course recommendation? I’m afraid of this investment, but I think it will pay off. Arts and marketing are my top priorities (apart from Psychology, of course).
26. Get coached
I want to become a coach (maybe a business one), so it would be great to have help and guidance from other coach to start my journey. And also help me stay focused haha
27. Join a collective
Being socially aware is non-negotiable for me. I want to join some kind of collective or organization to improve our society. And it’s a good way to meet cool people with similar worries.
28. Write a book
I like writing fiction as a private hobby, but I’d love to write and publish a Psychology related book. Maybe about finding yourself in your 20’s?
29. Maintain a 1-year project
Fear of compromise has been my Achilles heel all my life. So a 1-year commitment could help me to be more disciplined and fight for what I want.
30. Get a purpose
The hardest one. I want to get one of my purposes in life. I don’t think we have to commit with only one thing forever and ever, but having a bigger goal is crucial to live meaningfully. So I’m working on discovering one of my purposes.
And these are my 30 things to do before turning 30. Writing this list has been a very interesting exercise and I’ll write a post about the process soon, in case you want to craft yours.
How old are you? Which goals do you want to achieve before your 30’s? Read you in the comments.