So many things we want, so little time we have to do them. A lot of us are probably focused more on being the cool guy or girl in our own circle. Yet here’s the thing. You won’t probably notice it but you’re about to hit your 30s. 

Before that happens, below are some bucket-list entries you might want to explore. We have 16 things to do before your 30s. Read along!

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1. Earn a degree

Earning a degree is one of the first things to do before your 30s. Education offers you options. It offers a way out of your current predicament. Thus, do your best and invest in education.

Sign up for a class that is close to your heart and get serious about it. I encourage you to put your energy and money into education as this is known to always pay the highest interest. Trust me, you would thank me later once you do this. 

2. Have savings

At a certain point in life, you would be slapped on a rainy day. You are likely to experience financial constraints. To mitigate that, start saving early. It doesn’t matter how much you’re paid. 

What matters is that you’re setting aside an amount as your savings. You might be thinking, you’re still young to even think about this. But let’s do a reality check, you are not!

3. Make your first investment in stocks

Investing in stocks seems to have become in vogue these days. With the advent of technology, you can almost do virtually anything online. So, why not take advantage of it?

While you are still young and free, get started in investing. Look for companies that are promising to you and those that promote sustainability. Study, research, and put your money into them.

4. Buy or build a house

Age doesn’t matter when it comes to buying a house. If you think you’re ready and secure enough to have one, by all means, go ahead and purchase your own house before your 30s.

Since you’re still young, take that opportunity to start scouting and build a house. Start pouring your money into it. It’s high time that you put your money to valuable use. 

ALSO READ: How to save for your dream house

5. Start a business

The sooner you jumpstart a business, the better. When you start a business before your 30s, you have ample time to grow your assets, build a name, and establish your customer base.

There is an advantage to starting a business when you’re young. You have a high tolerance for risks. You are not afraid to meet challenges along the way. It’s one of the good things to do before your 30s.

6. Break a bad habit

You might have some bad habit lurking inside of you that you want to ditch. These could be buying cheap clothes, not saving money, drinking, or splurging. Whatever that is,  it pays to quit those before they get worse.

7. Go on a blind date

Blind dating can be quite intimidating. Just imagining it sends shivers down your spine. But don’t sweat it.

While it could be something nerve-racking, it is liberating. Treat it as your way of mingling or socializing with others. Who knows – you might actually meet your beau. Learn how to make a great impression on your first date.

8. Take a spiritual retreat

Most people in their 20s struggle with feeling rushed, pressured, anxious, and stressed. They feel suffocated by the noise and distractions in the city. Before this could take a toll on your emotional well-being, you could use a spiritual retreat.

Take time to be in solitude, a quiet and serene environment. You could go to temples and let yourself loose. 

9. Be an adrenaline junkie

Be a daredevil once in your life and get your adrenaline pumping. Go for a skydiving or snorkeling experience. 

Trying extreme sports or activities before your 30s has the potential of heightening your senses. It increases your self-confidence and your enthusiasm for adventure.

10. Travel solo abroad

Another daring thing to try is traveling abroad. Solo! There are so many risks for sure. But becoming conscious of traveling overseas on your own will help you conquer your fear.

It pushes you to be extroverted and gregarious enough to speak with foreigners. It builds and boosts independence in you. Here are the top destinations for solo female travelers.

11. Read 100 books

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Reading 100 books before your 30s is a huge challenge indeed and I dare you to take up on this. If you’re a homebody, then this fits perfectly with you. 

You get to appreciate a wide variety of literature and go back in time. You are likewise given the opportunity to learn about the lives of others and learn from them. So, get ready to curl up with loads of books before you.

12. Try a different hair color

Aren’t you curious about what you would look like if you changed a thing in yourself? That could be your hair! 

Go crazy a little and choose a hair color you have been dying to try. Take this moment before your 30s to experiment.

13. Go camping

Indulge yourself in peace and quiet and go camping. It could be with friends or family. 

Go out and be with nature once in a while and relish the calm atmosphere it brings. Step this up by gathering around a bonfire and bringing the marshmallow out. 

14. Take a self-defense class 

Be street smart and take a self-defense class. The reasons are obvious. You get to develop your confidence in yourself and in your environment. It makes me fearless but cautious.

Training in self-defense enhances your awareness of your environment. It amplifies your vigilance and agility. 

15. Buy yourself a high-end but necessary item

The impulsivity of our youth drives us to splurge on cheap and low-quality products. Rid yourself of this behavior and buy yourself an expensive but durable item instead.

This will save you the trouble of going shopping once that item becomes shabby. It likewise spares you money. 

ALSO READ: 10 things I stopped buying

16. Build your network

As you patch your way through your 30s, start building your network. Go out more often and engage in social functions or activities.

In building your network, awkwardness, and fear of making mistakes may come with it. But that’s a necessary part of the process. In due time, you’ll get over it.

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What things do you want to do before you turn 30?

Indeed, time flies; you can’t even start to wrap your head around it. Before it’s too late for you to even try some things you have been yearning for, start now. Take this opportunity before your 30s to build yourself up and make the most of your youthful days.



  1. Rosey

    April 22, 2022 at 10:42 AM

    I did some of these. I wish I knew then what I know now. I’d have done a lot of things different, including traveling more.

  2. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    April 22, 2022 at 3:55 AM

    I’m way after 30 lol. But this is nice list for any woman in this age range. 🙂

  3. MyLitBag

    April 21, 2022 at 6:02 PM

    I will be 30 at the end of the year and have some of these things checked off. Love this list, what a great idea!

  4. Bryan

    April 21, 2022 at 5:16 PM

    I like all of these suggestions. My advice to anyone young is to get a foundation in place BEFORE you start a family. That includes many of the things you mention, like investing, finishing a degree, etc. It will make life much more stable for the kids.

  5. Rose Ann Sales

    April 21, 2022 at 5:07 PM

    These are all really great and amazing ideas! I would love to do solo travel soon!

  6. Fransic verso

    April 21, 2022 at 4:27 PM

    These are awesome things. I’m looking to do the solo travel soon this year. And I think education is important.

  7. Beth

    April 21, 2022 at 1:38 PM

    You know what I love about all of these? They all promote self-growth in some way. Great ideas.

  8. Michele @ Our Redonkulous Life

    April 21, 2022 at 10:36 AM

    I know this list is things to do in your 20s, but I feel like I missed out on a lot of things in my 20s and I am making up for it in my 30s. I have done half of these and will continue on with this list in my 30s. I definitely want to partake in the 100 book challenge.

  9. Life Mag Health

    April 21, 2022 at 9:18 AM

    How I wish I was able to “fully” buy a house. Well, we are on installment basis which I think is also a good start. 🙂

  10. tweenselmom

    April 21, 2022 at 8:07 AM

    Ooh I want to take the 100 books challenge! There are so many things you can do to prepare for your 30s, and I agree with everything you said here.

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