30 Things to Do Before You Turn 30 Years-Old

Travel somewhere you don’t know the language.Going somewhere you can’t easily communicate with other people is terrifying. But not only would it enlighten you and make you savvy to another culture, it would also force you to really learn the language — something we’re rarely forced to do.

Date someone who isn’t your “type.”You will learn and grow from being around people who are different from you. Maybe the relationship won’t work out in the end or maybe you’ll meet your future spouse. At any rate, you’ll either have a great time or a terrible time, but you will learn from the experience.

Start your 401(k).Retirement might be a blip on the map but it will be here before you know it. Do yourself a favor and start saving now. Especially if your company offers matching. Grow money, grow!

Take a risk: Go bungee jumping or skydiving or swim with sharks.I’m talking to you non-adrenaline junkies and typical stay-at-homers. Get outside, put yourself in the hands of trained professionals, and experience that exhilarating feeling of being thisclose to staring death in the face.

Buy some stocks.This is a risk in itself. Learn enough to invest some money or have someone else do it for you. No risk, no reward.

Get in a heated political debate.You might have no idea what you are actually talking about, but by arguing with someone who does, you’ll come out with new, more well-rounded knowledge and, hopefully, will get to know your own opinions better.

Stop holding grudges.Past grievances are overrated. You don’t need negativity in your life and you definitely don’t need it over something that happened years ago.

Start a collection.Something fun, quirky and totally you. Be passionate about it but don’t be a hoarder. My collectable of choice is mugs. They take up a lot of space, but they are useful and bring back memories from places I’ve visited.

Take a cross-country roadtrip.Particularly if you are in the United States. You’ll get to experience many different nuances of the country and you can support local mom-and-pop businesses. Pro-tip: avoid the highways for the best scenery.

Pay off your credit card debt.No one wants this to begin with, but you have a chance to start off your thirties with a clean financial slate if you play your cards right (or in this case, not at all).

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