30 Things Travelers Must See and Do Before They’re 30
20’s is THE prime time in any person’s life. It’s the peak. It’s when you’ve accomplished your greatest achievements and made some of your worst mistakes. It’s the time where you can look back and tell your kids, friends, family that you’ve done it all. But most of all, it’s where your most memorable experiences and life long lessons are born.
So my good friend Daniela emailed me this article from the Huffington Post (clink link attached to read the article). For those who know me, I’m a pretty ambitious girl who wants to accomplish a lot of things. Not only professionally, but collectively. I want to live life and embrace every beautiful thing it has to offer. No matter how small or how big. I want to live in the moment and do things that make living on this earth worth while. I want to be able to tell my grandkids, “yeah, I did that.” So in the article, it listed 30 things one must do by the time they are 30. Looking down the list, there are things that are actually still on my bucket list and some I’ve actually already done.
1. Jump off something.
Bucket List: going cliff diving! I plan to go to Hermit Falls or somewhere in Redondo Beach. SD isn’t bad either 😉
2. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Walking the Great Wall of China.
3. Party in Las Vegas.
Watched Cirque du Soleil Love by the Beatles with the fambam. I’ll make a trip with the peeps soon 😉
4. Take a vacation that isn’t Spring Break.
Spontaneous trips with my friends is always a vacation 😉
LA trip: Santee then Griffith Observatory
Long Beach trip to the Pike and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
SD chillin in La Jolla and then Phil’s BBQ!
5. Attend at least one large celebration.
Bucket list: Watch the ball drop in Time Square in New York for New Years!
6. Hit up a nude beach.
In Europe I passed by one.
7. Spend several days with only what will fit in a backpack.
Bucket List: going camping with my friends
8. Swim in the ocean.
Um, I live in the OC. Enough said.
9. Sleep somewhere where you have to light a fire to stay warm.
Haven’t actually slept, but I’ve had plenty of bon fires. Irvine’s Volleyball Team Bonding Bon Fire 2011
10. Do some sort of adrenaline sport.
Bucket list: Sky diving!
11. Hit up one of the Caribbean islands.
Climbed a waterfall in Jamaica
12. Take one ultimate road trip.
Took a road trip to San Francisco with this one;)
13. Go somewhere alone.
Basically traveled to London by myself to study abroad in the summer. It was an amazing experience. Even though I traveled there alone, I met and made friends with the most amazing people.
14. Take a train somewhere.
I was in Europe and thought, “what the hell.” So I took a train from London to Paris, climbed the Eiffel Tower and drew a “french mustache” on my finger 😉
15. Go to a music festival.
Watched Afrojack and The Roots at Barclay’s Wireless Music Festival in London
Musiq Soulchild at Spring Splash. He’s my fave ❤
16. Have one iconic Americana experience.
I don’t know if this counts (because I don’t really know what Americana means lol) but I watched a woman’s volleyball game at the Summer 2012 Olympics.
17. Go to at least one of the Smithsonian museums.
Have not been to DC, but will one day!
18. Summit a mountain.
Climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan
19. Be able to name your top five dream vacations.
Fiji, Caribbean, London, Italy, France
20. See a game at a classic ballpark.
Does Angel Stadium count?
21. Visit a neighbor to our north or south.
Cozumel, Mexico (I wasn’t ready when my mom took this picture. I’m not trying to model, I swear)
22. Do something so adventurous that it requires a doctor’s visit.
I don’t know if I want to do this one. lol
23. Save pennies to go somewhere you really want to go.
Still working on it. I know it’s not pennies, but this will suffice. It’s worth more anyway 😉
24. Go to New York City.
Rockefeller Center in New York City
25. Sleep under the stars.
26. Eat an iconic city meal.
Tea and crumpets in Britain
27. Know all of the best places to take tourists in your home city.
Disneyland, downtown Fullerton, South Coast Plaza, Huntington, Laguna, eating places and more eating places.
28. Have one close encounter with a wild animal.
I don’t have a picture, but I have gone swimming with sting ray before.
29. Do something you can’t tell your parents about.
30. Know a dance well enough that you could keep up with the locals.
For those who know me, you already know the answer to this question 😉
So I guess I’ve done about half. I’m only 22 and I am truly blessed to have accomplished this much and to have had these amazing opportunities. Honestly, all of these things have helped me become the person I am today. It made me independent, self-sufficient, humble and very appreciative of life. I encourage everyone to live in the moment. Even if you can’t travel far, spending time with great company or doing things for yourself can go a long way. As long as it makes you happy, you are living life. We all only have one life to live. Cherish it. Embrace it. Live it.
“Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.” -Eleven Hints of Life; Unknown