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30 things to do around the world before you reach your 30s

30 things to do around the world before you reach your 30s

For many people reaching their 30th birthday is a milestone, as it is the age of settling down and having a family. This is when the adventure spirit is detronated from time to time by the spirit of cuddling down with the cat and loved one on the couch. But before you put away the backpack, you should make sure you’ve ticked off the list of all the best things this world has to offer for you.

Here is the bucket list of the 30 things to do around the world before you turn 30!

1. See all the seven continents

Each country has its unique adventures and its unique culture, but you can’t say you’ve seen them all until you’ve traveled on all the seven continents. Don’t limit yourself to Europe or America: spread your 20something wings across the entire world, even Antarctica. It will be hard, but the rewards are more than worth the risks and efforts!

2. Ride a large animal – not a horse

There is nothing more amazing than visiting the jungle on the back of an elephant! On the same level of awesomeness is seeing the pyramids on the back of a camel. The connection between you and the animal is going to be amazing and you will be astonished at how gentle a giant can be, especially one which is a wild animal, deep inside.

3. Ride the bicycle across a country

This is one of the things to do around the world which doesn’t suit everyone – you have to be in top health to ride the bicycle on large distances, but if you can do it, do it! You will be exposed to the people and you will get in touch with the local culture directly, which is a completely different experience compared to the car exploring experience.

4. Explore the Everest in a hiking trip

All treks are important challenges which require a solid pair of shoes and a fit body, among other things. The experience of exploring the Everest in a hiking trip is going to bring you amazing memories which will last a lifetime. There are many treks, ranging from easy to difficult and you will reach dizzying heights – literally! But the height is not going to be the only thing to cut your breathe short, as the scenery is amazing. Don’t forget to include the Seven Summits on your mountain trekking list.

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5. Visit an Aboriginal village and live like a local for a month

Natives have a different view upon life, which can broaden your own perspective on the world. You can visit a Native’s village and enjoy a meal and a dance or take it to another level and spend a month living like a local. You can also travel to a foreign country and blend in with the locals, if you want to embrace another nation’s culture.

6. Taste the blues in Chicago

Few people understand blues and one of the reason for this is because music is focused on commercial power these days. The best way to taste the real blues is to hang out in a blues bar in Chicago.

7. Travel by train across multiple countries

One of memorable things to do around the world is traveling by train. I don’t mean going from A to B, but crossing Europe by train or traveling across India by train. This transportation allows you to watch the country closely and taste the diversity of the regions you are crossing.

8. Participate in a carnival

You don’t know how to party until you’ve been dancing the week away with Brazilians at the great carnival parade, unleashing your crazy nature during Mardi Gras or lighting lanterns in the Asian New Year celebrations. Not to mention the masquerade in Venice!

9. Volunteer abroad

Traveling as a tourist is great, but you need to see the other side of the world as well. The side where poverty is the norm. Volunteer abroad for one month or more and learn the value of a helping hand. Each volunteer changes the world one word and task at a time and being part of this is going to make you more aware of all the things you take for granted in your daily life. You will also learn the value of a smile!

10. Meet your favorite writer

If you are lucky enough to love a writer who is still living, spare nothing to meet him and let him or her know how much their writings mean for you. The same thing is valid for your favorite actor, musician or another person who inspired you.

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11. Do heli-skiing

New, exciting and adventurous. Definitely one of the things to do around the world before you turn 30!

12. Swim with sharks, dolphins and whales

One of the thrilling experiences in life is swimming with a wild animal. Dolphins are great swimming partners; so are whale sharks and sharks. Swimming with a whale shark is a powerful experience and you will acknowledge the smallness of a human being, as well as the gentle soul of a wild animal. When it comes to sharks, they are pure adrenaline! You can feed them and watch them closely during a cage dive in Australia or Africa.

13. Have a book which inspired you to travel the world? Then recreate the path in the book.

14. Visit an active volcano

Active volcanoes are dangerous, but there are couple of them which can be visited. You can climb on top of the volcano and witness the bubbling lava making small explosions and creating hot water geezers at the top of the volcano.

15. Travel with a caravan on the famous Silk Road.

16. Roll a havana in Cuba

Havana cigars can’t be compared with a regular cigar and the experience of smoking one in Cuba, its original land, is memorable. Just like the next entry on the list, there is something about having a traditional delight in the land where it was first made.

17. Drink a Guinness in Dublin

Dublin is where the story of the unique dark beer Guinness began, which makes it the perfect place to have a drink. No other country can provide you with the same taste as drinking a Guinness in Dublin, so this is one of the things to do around the world before you turn 30 or right on that day!

18. Spend the night at one of the most haunted places in the world

Depending on where you want to “enjoy” the chills, you can pick the famous Lizzy Borden Bead and Breakfast located in Fall River, Massachusetts, the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana or jump on the American Haunting Tour to get more frighting experiences. The rest of the world is also filled with scary places where ghosts are the real owners, so regardless if you believe in their existance or not, spend a night in a haunted building.

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19. Attend the Christmas Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna.

20. Go Sky Diving in Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman is the capital of adventures, so this is the best place in the world to sky dive. Enjoy the stunning view of the earth from above as you jump off a plane at 1600 feet! To be able to survive the jump you will be equipped with an oxygen container.

21. Fly a stunt plane in New Zealand

Another entry on the list of things to do around the world which is not for the fainthearted ones: fly a plane. Not any plane, a stunt plane, which shows you what it means to do loops in the air. In New Zealand any person can become a stunt pilot for couple of minutes, as you are allowed to control the plane under the watchful eyes of a trained professional pilot who can take control over the plane at any moment.

22. Hug a Koala in Australia. Because they are cute and hugable!

23. Enjoy kayaking… among crocodiles.

This one is a bit stupid – Ok, it’s very stupid!, but it’s also the most adrenaline boosting thing on this list. In South Africa you can take kayaking to another level: you can embark on the kayak and go down the stream in waters filled with crocodiles, hippos and other nasty creatures which could easily snack on you.

24. Drive a Ferrari

You don’t have to be a millionaire or Jeremy Clarkson to drive a Ferrari: you can do this in Italy, at La Modena. Enjoy couple of laps with the red icon and then toast to the Italian engineers.

25. Swing over a huge abyss

The swing of the little house located on a cliff in Banos, Ecuador looks like it’s ready to entertain a child, but this is no toy, because it swings over a 2660 meters abyss. La Casa del Arbol is where you will find the Swing at the End of the World, which doesn’t have any safety devices attached to it. You just hop on the swing, a simple piece of wood connected by two metal rods and swing! If you dare!

26. Go Snorkeling in Galapagos

Galapagos has unique wildlife, so it’s the perfect place to go snorkeling. You can watch the amazing animals, which are all well fed, so the danger of attacks is really low. You can play with sea lions, meditate in the sun with giant lizards and ride a Galapagos tortoise. Plus, there are sharks to swim with, if you want more adrenaline.

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27. Go to the beach. Nude!

Sunbathing nude is one of those things to do around the world at least once in a lifetime. Don’t keep anything on – your skin is the only cover you need. To make the experience more interesting, travel to Spiaggia di Guvano, Corniglia, Italy, where you will be greeted by an isolated, small beach where the locals come to enjoy the sun and the sea in the nude.

28. Go Dirt Biking

Dirt biking is one of those crazy things you need to do. The thrill of jumping over the logs and feeling the bike’s suspension working their head off is worth the effort.

29. Go Skijorring

Skijorring is an old sport which gets new attention. All you have to do is put on the skis and attach yourself to a pair of dogs trained for this sport and then enjoy the ride.

30. Run a marathon

Pick your favorite charity and run a marathon, even if you will be mostly walking instead of running. The joy of reaching the finish line is worth the effort.

30+. Enjoy your 30th birthday along with your loved ones!

Featured photo credit: Albumarium via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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