After recently turning 25, I started to reflect on my first 25 years of life and realised how much I have accomplished, grown in myself, and also how much I have travelled! I believe your early twenties is the prime time for anyone to travel the world; you are young, fit and fearless and it seems a waste not to travel and see the world when it is right at your fingertips!
After travelling to 30+ countries all before I am 25, I have come to the conclusion that those years were the best of my life. Travel changed me so much as a person; embracing the new, learning to love being me and being confident in the person that I have become today while learning so much about the world along the way.
So, here is a list of 25 Things To Do Before You Turn 25!
1. Bungy jump or Skydive (or both!)
I ended up bungy jumping twice and skydiving once, so I did both.
2. Value family time
This year I have gone on two family trips; one with my mum and dad, and one with my sister. These trips have really strengthened my relationships with my family, and it has been awesome to hang out with them doing something that I am passionate about which is travelling!
3. Travel with your bestie
It has been a privilege to be able to travel with three bestie over my 25 years! I travelled with my friend Talleigh to New Zealand, spent two months in the USA with my greatest friend Ashleigh, and most recently went traipsing around Europe with my friend Emma. Sharing your travel moments and experiences with someone else is a very memorable time, especially during your single years! Go and travel with your girlfriends and enjoy that time together!
4. Travel solo, and love it
After graduating from university I knew that I wanted to travel! Last year (2014) I decided to embark upon my biggest trip yet to the USA and Europe for five months! It was the trip of a lifetime that I spent with both friends and family, but spent most of travelling solo! Travelling solo allows you to rely just on yourself, make your own travel arrangements and explore what you want to explore without worrying about what anyone else wants to do! Your twenties is a great time to experience solo travel for yourself so just go and do it!
5. Go to the one place you have always wanted to go to
For me that was Greece.
6. Volunteer in another country
In 2012, I had the pleasure of travelling to Pemba, Mozambique for just ten days to love on and play with these gorgeous faces.
7. Dress up and go to a theme park
Releasing that inner child within you and embracing it at a theme park is definitely the perfect place!
8. Purchase something expensive but awesome
My biggest overseas purchase to date was my Greek-style dress from Oia, Santorini. I had been searching and trying on multiple dresses in the little town of Oia, and I finally stumbled upon this beauty! Let’s just say it was priced way above my dress budget, but it was totally worth it.
9. Eat whatever you want, when you want and not feel bad about it
Whenever I am overseas I let loose and eat any cuisine I feel like, whether that is demolishing an entire pizza in Florence, Italy (yeah I did!) or finishing off a total of ten Greek donuts with ice cream, chocolate sauce and pistachio nuts on top, also known as loukoumades (yes, I might have felt totally sick afterwards but it was awesome!).
10. Try something completely new and out of your comfort zone
Something I would have never put on my bucket list to do was hiking Fox Glacier in New Zealand. It was definitely an activity which stretched and challenged me physically where I pretty much whinged the entire way (as I am totally unfit) but once on the glacier, it was pretty magical and I felt pretty accomplished.
11. Eat something weird
The weirdest thing I have ever eaten on my travels was definitely fried caterpillars in Zambia. It was disgusting.
12. Get lost.
Venice, Italy is one of those European cities where it is VERY easy to get lost amongst the many interesting and unique pathways, alleys and canals.
13. Watch the most beautiful sunset ever
The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen would have to be Santorini, hands down.
14. Wander and explore your own backyard
Okay so I don’t mean literally your backyard, but wherever you are from, don’t take it for granted and make the time to explore home. I have made that time this year, and all I can say is, I am far from seeing all that Australia has to offer.
15. Go on a roadtrip
It wouldn’t be a holiday without a classic road trip, either with friends or family! My friend Ashleigh and I went on a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the drive was totally worth it for the spectacular coastline views!
16. Go to a festival
One of the most memorable experiences on my travels through Europe this year was dressing up in a dirndl and attending Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. It was such an incredible atmosphere with the beer tents, food, shopping, and also the great people you meet from all corners of the world!
17. Experience another culture
Just do it. Be open and embrace another culture other than your own, it will not only open you up to new experiences but will also help you understand the world a whole lot more.
18. Make new friends
One day I decided to add up the total of the amount of people I have met on tours; I have met well over 200+ people on my travels from all over the world! How crazy is that?! Tours are definitely one of the best ways to make new friends while travelling.
19. Learn a new language
You’ll find taking the time to learn a new language, even if only the key phrases, and then putting it into practice is a great way to embrace a different culture, and to also feel like you’ve accomplished something on your travels! Why not get started now, with my 25 French Phrases To Survive Paris
20. Choose a cool hobby
After returning from my five-month overseas trip last year (2014) I found myself with a lot of free time, so I started my travel blog ‘The World As Bec See It’. It has been amazing to be a part of such a supportive blogging community; I have met some incredible travellers and bloggers from all over the world. If you are a fellow female travel blogger like myself, make sure you join the “Girl Vs Globe” group on Facebook and be a part of an awesome blogging community!
21. Go to the theatre
Whether you are interested in stage plays, musicals, opera or ballet, splurge a little and treat yourself and a friend to a night out at the theatre. During my time in New York City I went to quite a few musicals on Broadway on my own and I just loved it!
22. Conquer your fears
Whether it’s jumping off a cliff into deep waters, going skydiving, bungy jumping or even just stepping onto a plane for the first time, your 20s are the perfect time to conquer those fears! Travelling opens you up to many incredible, new and unique experiences where the memories will follow you for the rest of your life. Do not limit yourself!
23. Have FUN and ENJOY life.
It is literally just that simple.
24. Find your passion
Even though I absolutely love travel blogging, there is another passion of mine which is stronger than any other, and that’s being a Primary School Teacher in Sydney, Australia. In my job I educate and encourage the next generation of children to reach their learning potential and be proud of the person they are.
25. Learn how to be you, and rock at it
During my early 20s, I found this to be a time of significant growth in my life where I discovered who I am and learnt to be strong and confident in myself and my abilities as an amazing teacher and an incredible woman (yeah, I might be a little modest, but you need to learn to love yourself!).
Enjoy the prime time of your life in your twenties and embrace all that life has to offer you, whether that is travelling the world, finding yourself or identifying your ultimate passion. Just be you and see where life takes you for the rest of the journey.
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