The 30 Before 30 Bucket List


The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

Thirty fun and enlightening things every woman should try.


In no particular order, I’ve put together a list of thirty things everyone should try before turning thirty (or any age, really!) Some of the items listed are things I’m guilty of doing and some are in my list of things to pursue – all of them are important to experience at least once in your before-married life.

1.  Enjoy a One Night Stand

Spend an evening on the prowl knowing that the world is your oyster, and oysters are an aphrodisiac you won’t be needing tonight. Feel the power of knowing that, as a woman on a mission, you’re 100% in control and it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’re going to get lucky. So put a rubber on it and enjoy your time with a hot dude you just met.

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

Bring a girlfriend and make sure she knows the name and address of where you’re going and who you’re going with. Silence the voice inside you that’s pondering if he’s relationship material, or wonders if he noticed your cellulite. You’ll never see him again (on purpose!), so it doesn’t matter. Just be safe and don’t let it turn into a frequent habit!

2.  Move To Another Country  

If you’re interested in making a fresh start, find a way to make the move possible – even if just for a few months. You’ll gain a whole new perspective on life and how the world works. It’ll force you to get out of your shell and give you the confidence to know that no matter what, there are always options and adventures out there waiting for you.

3.   Travel the World

With lots of ways to travel cheap nowadays, there’s no excuse not to travel the world as much as you can. Start with going on road trips with college friends. Or travel by yourself to different cities where you can reconnect with old friends and relatives. Traveling generally gets harder as you get older, so now is the time to take advantage of this freedom.

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

4.  Face Your Fear

I’m still stuck with a phobia of heights, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t experienced being strung up on a very long and high zip-line. Suck it up and face your fear; no one cares if you’ll be screaming your guts out in the process. Do it. Check it off your bucket list. Share the video.

5.  Take Your Parents To Dinner 

Taking your parents out to dinner is not at all cheesy. Rather, it’s something you should have done a long time ago.

Make amends by acknowledging the fact that they too are flawed individuals and that they are only looking out for you. They may have done crazy, unreasonable things, but they did it for your well-being even though you didn’t exactly approve of their means. They deserve this dinner more than you’ll ever know.

6.  Go Crazy In Vegas

If you want to know how it feels like to be in ‘The Hangover’ movie, then go ahead and drive out or buy your tickets to Vegas. Go for a weekend with a few of your friends (because any longer than that and Vegas stops being fun). Party. Go crazy. Laugh your ass off. Vegas is where you can do all sorts of things without being judged.

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

7.  Take a Class

Invest in yourself, but have fun with it! Take dance lessons, learn about photography, or enroll in an art class if you want. You just may discover a new side of yourself in the process.

8. Get a Job — then Quit

Your college degree is there to support you for the rest of your life. But before you land your dream job, you may as well have some fun. Don’t doubt that you’ll end up going through a slew of jobs that suck. If you’re stuck in the job from hell, don’t get complaisant. Start sending out your resume ASAP, and focus on how good it’s going to feel when you can tell your boss ‘I quit!’

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

9.  Be Random

Randomness shouldn’t be taken for granted — especially for someone who’s at a very young age. Enjoy the walk of shame ‘stride of pride’ or walking into a diner at 5am with a group of sexy strangers. These are just one of the things you’re licensed to do before you turn 30.

10.  Have Some Alone Time

Enjoy being alone by doing your mani-pedi, read a book, have a cup of coffee, painting, reading, blogging, going to dinner alone, etc. There are many things you can do by yourself and spending some time alone is a way to reconnect with yourself. It could lead to some great brainstorming or self discoveries and that’s never a bad thing!

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 84 Comments

  1. Lindsay Schneider

    I wish I ‘d known then what I know now. This is what comes to my mind when I realize I’m not getting any younger.

  2. Cora Greene

    I think it’s nice to come up with these ideas, you can create your own list which ever interests your or suites your personality.

    • SONIA

      Everyone should create their own bucket list this helps you with your everyday life.

  3. Anita Price

    Eliminating things and people from your life that doesn’t help you grow or contribute to your happiness is also important because it makes your life easier and less complicated.

  4. Judy Johnson

    This is a good article , it encourages and inspires you to enjoy your youth and make the most out of your time because tomorrow is not promised to anyone, so might as well do whatever you want to do!

    • Louise Mathis

      You only live once and we don’t know what’ s gonna happen tomorrow so be good and enjoy your life.

  5. Marsha Willis

    I crossed a lot of these items off my bucket list before I turned 30 and it feels good to accomplish many things even the small and simple things like being able to watch a movie in a cinema alone.

  6. April Swihart

    You need time and money for all of these. Honestly, I love the motivation and bring out the beautiful things in life but let’s be real. I can only speak for myself and my parents aren’t rich to spot me for all that. Just letting you Urbantte people know, some of us have it hard.

  7. Charley Giron

    I’m turning 30 in 8 months and I thought this would stress me out. But I’ve actually done most of them. Lived in Rome and London, I speak Swedish, English, and Italian, I sang in front of the crowd once, I have visited Vegas, I’m friends with my parents again. So guess I am ready.

  8. Terry Daye

    Nah, from 21 to 34 I will be in the military. Sorry, this stuff will have to wait.

  9. Jamy Binns

    Only two things you need to do before turning 30. Follow your own gut and seek knowledge.

  10. Jane Mullinax

    A lot of people including me aren’t brave enough or have social anxiety. That makes it near impossible to do most of these things, therefore crossing out almost all of the list and also, sadly, a lot of us don’t have the opportunities to do these things.

    • Charlize Coates

      Don’t say it’s impossible just do it. What’s the worst that can happen?

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