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25 Things You MUST Do Before You Turn 25

By on December 2, 2015

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.

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Skydiving in the Austrian Alps

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!

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Dreamworld | Gold Coast, Australia

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!

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Neuschwanstein Castle | Bavaria, Germany

5. Go to the one place you have always wanted to go to

For me that was Greece.

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Oia | Santorini, 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!

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Movie World | Gold Coast, Australia

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.

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Oia | Santorini, Greece

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!).

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Loukoumades | Athens, Greece

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.

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11. Eat something weird

The weirdest thing I have ever eaten on my travels was definitely fried caterpillars in Zambia. It was disgusting.

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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.

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13. Watch the most beautiful sunset ever

The most beautiful sunset I have ever seen would have to be Santorini, hands down.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Volunteer Teaching in Lautoka, Fiji

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.

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Topdeck Tour 2014 | Europe

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

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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!

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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!

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Matilda the Musical | Broadway, NYC

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!

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Bungy Jumping in Zambia, Africa

23. Have FUN and ENJOY life.

It is literally just that simple.

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Brighton Beach Bathing Boxes | Melbourne, Australia

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.

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Volunteer Teaching | Lautoka, Fiji

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!).

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My Most Favourite Travel Moment | Elephant Encounter in Zambia, Africa

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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21 Comments
  1. Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker

    December 2, 2015

    I freaking LOVE this post! So much! 😀 Totally swooning over so many of these photos, too. That Greek dress is stunning – have you worn it much since your trip?

    • Bec

      December 2, 2015

      Awww thanks so much Lindsay! Glad you like it! The dress is definitely amazing, and unfortunately I haven’t worn it since I was in Greece (how terrible is that?!). I’ll have to wear it soon to a special occasion 🙂

  2. Sarah

    December 2, 2015

    This is so lovely! You’ve done so much! Not sure I’ll be able to check off skydiving before I’m 25 though haha

    • Bec

      December 4, 2015

      Thanks so much Sarah! haha thats all good, I must say skydiving is a pretty massive adrenalin rush (and totally worth it and SO much fun!) 🙂

  3. Helena

    December 3, 2015

    Amazing post with really good ideas!

    • Bec

      December 4, 2015

      Thanks so much 🙂

  4. ashleawheeler

    December 3, 2015

    This list is so good, Bec! I love the last three especially. We should all be making an effort to fill our lives with as many experiences as possible and minimise regrets by getting out of our comfort zone and taking chances!

    • Bec

      December 4, 2015

      Thanks so much Ashlea! I’m glad you like my post! I definitely agree with you! It’s so important to explore and experience as much as possible 🙂

  5. Katie Featherstone

    December 3, 2015

    This is one list that actually makes me feel better about my life!

  6. Katie Featherstone

    December 3, 2015

    😀 thank-you!

    • Bec

      December 4, 2015

      You’re welcome! 😉

  7. Krista

    December 3, 2015

    Love this post Bec!!! You have done so much… I, too, believe that you should live a lot in your 20’s as this is the time of your life where you discover who you are and where you may end up in life. Thanks for the inspiration for doing some of these things. Looks amazing!

    Krista x

    • Bec

      December 4, 2015

      hey Krista, I totally agree! So glad you were inspired from my post! Travelling in your 20s is definitely the best time to discover who you are and experience as much as possible! 🙂

  8. Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine

    December 18, 2015

    I was starting to get pretty nervous when I saw your post title, as I turn 25 in February! But I love each and every thing you’ve put on this list (and I’m not terribly far behind at least!). I still have to travel solo, I’m just having trouble picking a destination. At the very least, I will have to take a weekend by myself somewhere within driving distance before February. Now you’ve got me all excited!

    • Bec

      December 18, 2015

      Aww thanks so much! So happy you loved the post and glad I got you all excited and inspired! That’s exactly what I hope to do when I write these posts! I really do encourage you to take the plunge and travel solo! It is so much fun, very rewarding and those experiences will be ones to remember for a lifetime! 🙂

  9. sophienadeau

    December 23, 2015

    lovely article; travelling solo is the best 🙂

    • Bec

      December 30, 2015

      Thanks so much! I have really enjoyed travelling solo over the last few years! There are so many towns, cities, people and experiences to be had that you only enjoy as a solo traveller 🙂

  10. Ally

    January 4, 2016

    love this article, I turn 25 next summer (which kind of freaks me out….!) and this inspired me to make a list of things I want to accomplish before then 🙂

    • Bec

      January 4, 2016

      Wow congrats on turning 25 soon! Welcome to the quarter century club 😛 Thanks so much for reading my article and I am so happy that I have inspired you in some way! Good luck with the list and I know you will accomplish many things even after you turn 25 🙂

  11. Sher

    May 26, 2016

    Love this list!!! Maybe I’ll make a ’30 things you must do before you turn 30′ for myself 🙂

    • Bec

      May 26, 2016

      That sounds awesome! I would definitely read it 😛 I may write one for myself when I get to 30!

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Welcome to The World As Bec Sees It, a travel blog about a Sydney school teacher who believes you can have the best of both worlds; a career that you love AND the time to travel the world!

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