30 Things Everyone Should Do Before They’re 30

Ephraim Obare
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Alright, folks, let’s face it. Time flies faster than we think; before you know it, you’re blowing out the candles on your 30th birthday cake. So, why not make the most out of the roaring twenties? Here’s a bucket list – a stimulating compilation of 30 things to do before you hit the big 3-0.

Things Everyone Should Do Before They’re 30

These are not just random things but experiences that will tickle your curiosity, push your boundaries, and make life much more fun. So grab a notebook, and let’s get started because time, my friend, waits for no one!

Travel Solo

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According to a survey by Booking.com, nearly a third of Gen Z women surveyed prefer to travel alone. And guess what? 34% of them even consider embarking on at least one solo trip!

Traveling solo not only helps you discover new cultures but also gives you the chance to explore yourself.

Learn a New Language

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As per Ethnologue, there are around 7,139 languages in the world. Mastering a new language can boost your career, enhance cognitive abilities, and enable you to communicate with a broader audience.

Start a Retirement Savings Account

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The Federal Reserve reports that in 2021, an encouraging trend emerged: the share of non-retirees feeling confident about their retirement savings increased.

Compared to 2020’s 36 percent and 2019’s 37 percent, more individuals now believe their savings are on track for a secure future. It’s never too early to start saving for your future. Starting early can harness the power of compound interest and secure your financial future.

Start a Business

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A Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report suggests that young adults (18-24 years old) are rocking the entrepreneurial world among all age groups! With a staggering 20% showing high entrepreneurial intentions, 19% actually taking the plunge into entrepreneurship, and a 6.2% business closure rate, they are defying the norms we’ve seen in previous years.

Usually, it’s the 25-34 and 35-44 age groups that steal the spotlight, but not anymore! The tides are turning, and the young guns are leading the way. Starting a business young allows room for risk-taking and learning.

Run a Marathon

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Completing a marathon is an achievement many strive for. It’s a physical and mental challenge that pushes your limits and teaches discipline.

The New York Times states that elite runners are closer in age to 30 than 40. Why not beat the average and check this off your list earlier?

Read Widely

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A survey by Pew Research Center found that 73% of US adults read a book in the past. Reading broadens your perspective, enhances empathy, and improves communication skills.

Learn to Cook

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A “Public Health Nutrition” study shows home cooking is a significant step towards healthier nutrition. Cambridge University Press and Statement further says that cooking at home more often is linked to overall improved diet quality for people of all income levels.

Interestingly, the connection between cooking and better diet quality is particularly robust among high-income adults. So why not whip up some homemade goodness and nourish your body?

Climb a Mountain

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As per the American Alpine Club, climbers range from 21 to 40, with an average age of 29.4. Climbing a mountain gives you a sense of accomplishment and helps build resilience.


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According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, 25.3% of Americans volunteer, which equals 62.8 million volunteers. It’s a way of giving back to the community and gaining a sense of fulfillment.

Learn to Negotiate

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According to CNBC, among those who took the plunge and bravely asked for more money, an impressive 70 percent reported receiving a well-deserved raise.

It’s proof that speaking up and advocating for yourself can lead to positive outcomes! Negotiation skills are essential for personal and professional growth.

Overcome a Fear

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Psychology Today suggests confronting your fears, and therapy is the best way to overcome them. It boosts self-confidence and reduces anxiety.

Invest in Stocks

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According to CNBC, More than 43% of Gen Z investors (ages 18 to 25) and over 27% of millennials (ages of 26 to 41) plan to invest more. Investing at a young age can yield fruitful long-term benefits.

Live in a Different Country

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According to InterNations, nearly half the Explorers move abroad to seek adventure (47%). Living in a different country opens up a world of new experiences and perspectives.

Learn to Swim

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According to a fascinating CDC study from 1994, a staggering 37% of American adults confessed that they could not swim a mere 24 yards – which happens to be the length of a standard gymnasium lap pool. Can you believe it? Swimming is a survival skill, and it’s never too late to learn.

Write a Blog

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A survey by Orbit Media shows that bloggers who spend more time writing a post report “strong results” more often. Writing a blog improves your writing skills and can potentially earn you money.

Attend a Music Festival

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Billboard reports that 32 million people attend at least one music festival in the US each year, with 14.7 million defined as ‘millennials.’ It’s a chance to immerse yourself in music and meet new people.

Get a Tattoo

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A Harris poll found that 47% of millennials have at least one tattoo. Tattoos can express personal stories, memories, or passions.

Donate Blood

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The American Red Cross reports that someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds. Donating blood can save lives.

Take a Road Trip

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Get ready for the holidays! A recent survey by Enterprise Mobility revealed that a whopping 56% of Americans have exciting travel plans in store. It’s an opportunity to explore new places and create lifelong memories.

Build a Personal Brand

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LinkedIn reports that profiles with professional headshots get 14 times more profile views. Building a personal brand can help advance your career.

Learn to Play an Instrument

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A study from Michigan State University suggests that musicians are more intelligent. Playing an instrument can improve cognitive skills and add a new hobby to your list.

Plant a Tree

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The World Counts reports that 15 billion trees are cut down each year. At this rate, we’ll bid farewell to our leafy friends in just 200 years.

The relentless destruction of forests continues, devouring approximately 28 million hectares yearly. Planting a tree is your small contribution to saving the planet.

Develop a Morning Routine

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A study by Northwestern University suggests that people exposed to earlier sunlight are leaner than those who get afternoon light. A morning routine sets the tone for the day.

Learn Photography

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A survey by Professional Photographers of America found that 67% of photographers say photography is their passion. It’s a creative outlet that also preserves memories.

Adopt a Pet

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The ASPCA reports that approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year. Pets provide companionship and unconditional love.

Go Skydiving

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According to the USPA, the average age of skydivers is 35. Skydiving is an exhilarating experience that pushes you out of your comfort zone.

Invest in a Quality Suit/Dress

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According to a recent survey, people who dress well are perceived as more intelligent and competent. Investing in a quality suit or dress can make a lasting impression.

Learn Basic First Aid

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Red Cross says young adults often find themselves unsure of what to do when faced with an unresponsive and non-breathing individual.

Surprisingly, 85% of adults lack the knowledge and confidence to take action in such a critical situation. Knowing basic first aid can save lives in emergencies.

Try Out Different Foods

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Eating the same food every day can get boring. Trying different ingredients and flavors can broaden your palate and open up a world of amazing culinary experiences. You never know what you might like until you try it!

Find Your Passion

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We all have a passion that drives us and motivates us to go above and beyond. It’s important to take time out to explore your interests so that you can pursue them with enthusiasm and purpose. Find what lights your fire and let it drive you forward in life!

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Taking risks can lead to greater happiness and life satisfaction. Embrace the unknown and take a leap of faith before turning 30.

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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