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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 March 30, 2020

Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

Feeling tired all the time?

Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

What Happens When You’re Too Tired

If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

  • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
  • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
  • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
  • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
  • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
  • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
  • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

Unfortunately, yes!

Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

  1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
  2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

Symptoms of fatigue include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low stamina
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Low motivation

These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

  1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Using stressbusters
  4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

  • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
  • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
  • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
  • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

L — Living Healthy

Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

1. Unplug

Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

2. Unwind

Do something to relax.

Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

3. Get Comfortable

Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

E — Exercise

Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

That’s what happened in my case.

But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

That made sense to me.

So, I decided to swim.

I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

A — Attitude

Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

Breathing.

But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
  2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
  3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
  4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
  5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
  6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

N — Nutrition

Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

  1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
  2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
  3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
  4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
  5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
  6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
  7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
  8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
  9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

The Bottom Line

If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

  • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
  • Regular Exercise You Love
  • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
  • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

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Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
[2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
[3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
[4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
[5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
[6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
[7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
[8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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