If you’ve clicked this far then you must be either an intrigued millennial or already completed the first 10. Let’s take a look at “Things” 11-20 on our list of 30 Things To Do Before You’re 30.
- Get your finances in order
Yawn! We know, this is a boring one but in thirty years when you’ve paid off your mortgage and have an awesome pension ready to kick in, you’ll thank us.
Auto-enrolment is mandatory for full time employment so you have no excuse not to have some form of pension. Before you have that fourth pint tomorrow night, think about opening up an ISA or at least check with your company if they offer free financial advice in some form.
- Try a bizarre food
Everybody knows that one person that hates trying new food and only eats bland flavours. If you don’t then guess what, you probably are that person. But, come on, you’re approaching thirty years old and you’ve never tried an insect kebab? Okay, you’re not alone but these weird and wonderful foods are safe to try and what’s the worst that can happen? Companies like www.musclefood.com sell ostrich steaks, zebra sausages and crocodile burgers so they’re readily available and delicious too.
- Visit Central Park
We’ve all seen Friends and other US sitcoms that make New York seem incredible but you won’t know until you’ve been yourself. New York… where to start? Central Park in the winter is a must for anybody’s lifetime. The Empire State, The Rockefeller, catch a Knicks game, catch a Yankees game, eat in Little Italy… take in the neon of Times Square. The list really is endless.
- Catch a fish
Humans were born with predatory instincts. Hunting is not for everybody but fishing can be.
If you don’t like the idea of catching a fish to cook fresh on a barbecue then you can throw it back in. The journey of waiting around, getting a bite then reeling in a catch is up there with the best feelings in the world. So, give it a try and catch your next meal.
- Ride an animal
We ride the train and we drive cars but there’s nothing like losing an element of control and letting an animal provide the transport. As long as you’re okay steering then said animal will be sufficiently trained to do what you tell it. You’ve never felt horse power until you’ve galloped on a horse. You’ve never felt camel power until… okay, there’s no such thing as camel power but it’s pretty cool.
You will be pooing your pants three hours before right up until three seconds after you dive and it will feel horrendous. But once you are airborne, the sensation, the view and the adrenalin takes over and you wonder why oh why you have never done this before?
You’ll reach the ground (you will) and immediately want to go again. Beware, if you do, the lead up will be exactly the same!
- Write something meaningful
A listicle series on 30 Things To Do Before You’re 30 may count as meaningful but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. There’s something homely about writing with ink for a specific reason and for a specific audience that gives anybody a great sense of achievement.
Think about how that person will feel when they read your scribblings and how rewarding that could be – and all you have done is put pen to paper.
- Get rained on in Scotland and not mind
The Highlands offers the most picturesque views come rain or shine and whatever your tipple, rest assured that Scotland will have you covered. Be it climbing Ben Nevis or finding a cosy tavern and enjoying age old whisky listening to folk tales, Scotland has you covered.
- Take a boat out and spot wildlife
The UK may not be spoilt for choice when it comes to anything other than seagulls at the beach but we are an island surrounded by water, at the end of the day. Newquay offers some great seal and dolphin cruises whilst northern Scotland has whale watching cruises whenever the weather allows. Check out www.intotheblue.co.uk to keep an eye out for the best times and prices.
- Fly an aircraft
Now, you don’t need to get your pilot’s license to do this – although that sounds really cool. You can get a cheap Groupon as a last-minute Christmas gift so why haven’t you done this yourself? Checkout groupon.co.uk if you haven’t already.
To be in control of a light aircraft or maybe a helicopter is thrilling. The very act of flight is incredible when you consider that weight just hovering in the sky. Do you really want to miss out on that?
So, you’ve completed 11-20, huh? Better read on to the final leg. 21 –30 of our 30 Things To Do Before 30 can be found here.
Dominic Kent is a Technology Consultant and a Freelance Writer for hire. Versed in business and consumer technology, he regularly shares insights on the latest happenings in the industry as well as relating to everyday life. Find Dominic on LinkedIn here.