I'm 23 ... well, nearly! 

I am posting this the day before my 23rd birthday so if you are reading this after 3rd April then I'm 23! I usually like to write blog posts about my birthdays, I think I wrote one in 2020 about having a lockdown birthday, then in 2021, I don't think I wrote one because I already had one lockdown birthday before that one, and didn't really have anything to say.

This year, I thought why not make a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30. Seems like a good time to start it as I have 7 years to complete it. I feel weird writing this as I started my blog when I was 17 and I do not feel as old as 23 but there we are. Factually, I am 23 but in my head, I am about 19.

After having 2 lockdown birthdays and spending the first couple of years in my 20s stuck in and being very restricted, it made me think that the rest of my 20s is not for wasting. However, it has also taught me to not be too hard on myself if I don't do everything on this list because there are so many things that could affect it.

Anyway, in my 30 before 30 list, I have included lots of things I have always wanted to do, some things I am a bit scared to try, and some things I feel like everyone has to do at some point.

It's only really fun things as I didn't want to include anything serious like getting married or buying a house because sometimes life goes in weird directions and I don't want to put pressure on myself for serious things like that - that can be for later maybe, well after I'm 30.

I did struggle to come up with 30 things at first, so I turned to Instagram and asked people what they thought. A lot of people said to add skydive which I have not added. I know that is a bucket list item for many people but I just feel like I won't do that so why set myself up for failure?

There are a few ambitious things on this list, but mostly I wanted to include stuff I actually will do so when I do turn 30, I can look back and hopefully have done most, if not all of the list. 

I also remembered that I can do lots of additional bucket list-worthy stuff if I eventually do decide I want to, I am not just limited to the things on the list.

So here we go! I will be updating this page accordingly, ticking off each thing that I do so keep up to date and bookmark it if you are interested.

Girl in a dress holding a glass of wine

30 things to do before turning 30

1. Travel to Asia

I have always wanted to go but couldn't decide on a country so I just picked the whole of Asia to be safe. My top choices at the moment would be Thailand, Bali, or Japan.

2. Cook a roast dinner

I have managed to go 23 years (including 3 at uni) without ever making a roast dinner. This is definitely something I need to do to get my imaginary certificate for adult life. Stay tuned for a pic of the most banging roast you have ever seen - it will probably be chicken.

3. Watch a Liverpool game at Anfield✔️

I went to Anfield for the first time in May 2023 to watch Liverpool vs Brentford. Liverpool won 1-0!

4. Get a tattoo

Only a tiny one, I hate pain and wouldn't want a huge one. Just a little one to say I've done it. Obviously of something nice.

5. Try a new cuisine✔️

I tried Thai food! Turns out I’m a big fan of Pad Thai.

Pad thai giggling squid

6. Go to Disney World

This is probably my most unrealistic and ambitious goal but I really want to go to Disney World in Florida. Is it embarrassing to go to Disney World in your mid-late 20s? NO. I would just love to go and do the whole shabam with Universal as well. My only issue is I need to find someone to come with me!

7. Move out

Let's hope I move out before I'm 30 although in this economy, who knows?

8. Eat at a Michelin Star restaurant

Even though I am a fussy eater, I love food, and going out for meals and eating at a Michelin Star restaurant is just something I have to do.

9. Buy a designer handbag

I have only recently started becoming interested in designer bags and have always just bought random ones from Asos (or even Shein, don't come for me fashion gods) so I would love to treat myself with a timeless, designer bag. My only problem is I always like THE most expensive ones of all haha I am not going to be spending more than I earn in one month but definitely will splurge on the perfect bag one day.

10. Make new friends

First of all, I have to say I love the friends I have (don't hate me guys) but I would think there is probably something wrong if I haven't made any new friends at all between now and the time I'm 30.

11. Visit Lisbon ✔️

I visited Lisbon in March 2023 and had an amazing time filled with sun, sangria and pastel de natas!

12. Try sushi

I took my first step by trying Japanese food a few months ago. I tried Sashimi which is raw fish, so my next challenge is to try Maki, the more traditional sushi that you see rolled up with rice.

13. Night out in Manchester

I have never been to Manny so would love to go for a weekend.

14. Winter sea dip

It may not surprise you that I did not come up with this myself. This was a suggestion on my Instagram from my friend Skye. Then I thought, why not include one that is a bit horrible and scary? The rest are a bit too nice.

15. Visit Scotland

I have been to Wales and Ireland, and obviously I live in England so need to go to Scotland to complete it.

16. Watch Pulp Fiction

Yes, I still haven't seen it. At least if there are more pandemics between now and when I'm 30 I should get at least one of these.

17. Go on a solo trip

I am looking for Eat Pray Love vibes. I keep seeing people go on solo trips and having an amazing time. I just think this would be sooo good for my confidence. Don't get me wrong, I will be absolutely petrified to do this because I get anxious just going on a shopping trip by myself but once I have done that, I will feel so good, like I can do anything.

I will probably just go on a solo trip in the UK though, I am too scared to go abroad.

18. Read 100 books

This seems like loads but my reading goal for this year is 30 books so it's actually not that much if I do 30 books every year.

19. Visit Harry Potter Studios✔️

Completed with a tasty butter beer in hand. I had such an amazing time at Harry Potter studios in May 2023 and already want to go again!

20. Watch a musical in the West End

I absolutely love watching musicals, I have seen a few now in the Mayflower in Southampton but I have never been to see one on the West End.

21. Go to Pride

As an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, I have always wanted to go to Pride and celebrate the community and the history of LGBTQ+ people.

22. Visit Barcelona✔️

Park guell gaudi house

I went to Barcelona in September 2022 and absolutely loved it!

23. Go to Bombay Sapphire Distillery

The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery is actually so close to where I live so I need to go!

24. Go to Notting Hill Carnival

Again, Notting Hill Carnival looks so much fun. (I am running out of reasoning as to why I want to do things this far down the list - can you tell?

25. Go on an Alpaca Walk ✔️

Alpaca walk

26. Take Joe to Longleat

I live about half an hour from Longleat and I went loads as a kid and I really want to take joe because we love animal things like the zoo and aquariums but we haven't got round to it yet. We will go!

27. Progress in my career✔️

I have been promoted from a coordinator to a Digital Communications Officer!

28. Buy a new car✔️

Grey volkswagen polo

I bought my new car in June 2022, my second car. She's called Paris the Polo. The car I had before this was my first car since passing my driving test so this is a big flex for me.

29. Go on a skiing trip

I have actually been skiing but I went with school so it would be great to go as an adult and be able to stop at the pubs on the way down. Not too many though don't drink and ski!

30. Visit Brighton

I have never been to Brighton before and it's only about 2 hours from me. I've just always wanted to go!

And there we have it. Feel free to use any of these items to build your own list of things to do. It doesn't end there, there are loads more things I want to do than this but I suppose I can add them to the list of things to do before I die - don't have to do everything before I'm 30.

Have you done anything on my list?


  1. Some great little goals there Loz, I think they are a mixture of achievable, fun and life progressive, I look fwd to hearing about you to ticking them off, enjoy 👍❤️

  2. Oh what I wouldn't give to be 23 again! I'm 30 this year and literally can't do these sort of lists anymore because they make me feel awful haha. But best of luck with yours, all super achievable things to do! Maki is GREAT; my favourite is tuna. If you like avocado, then Alaska Rolls are great too (avocado, cucumber and salmon). Skiing is great, I'd love to go again. And alpaca walks are SO much fun - hope you get to do that soon!

  3. I hope you had a lovely birthday! This is such a great list with so many great ideas. Honestly cooking a roast dinner is a lot simpler than it looks. I remember putting it off for so long, but once I tried it, it's become one of my favourite things to do because it's quite simple. It's mostly prep, and trying to get everything ready at the same time haha xx

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  4. This is a great list of things you want to achieve and/or experience -- I will have to do my own list for 50 before 50 which kinda makes me feel really old, haha (I'm 43) but there are some things I'd love to do. I fully support getting a tattoo (I have 5) so mine would be to get more, haha!

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  5. This is a great list of things to do before you turn 30, I would like to do some of the things on this list also before I turn 30. I turn 30 next year so I need to get a move on! x

    Lucy Mary

  6. Nice list. I hope you can fulfill this. I am gonna be 40 in two years. I will think of a small list for myself. In Asia, you can consider India too. If you would like to have a house boat stay to enjoy backwaters, beaches and hill stations, Kerala is a state you can look upto. Www.keralatourism.org.

  7. Omg, I live in Bali and plan to travel next year (not sure where, but maybe around Asia). You have nice lists here :D

  8. What a great list! There are so many lovely things on here. I really want to visit Barcelona too! We had it booked in 2020 but it got cancelled & we've not rearranged since. It's definitely on my list though! Scotland is amazing too. We did a tour of the Scottish highlands last year and it was brilliant. Like nothing I've ever seen before.

  9. So many amazing things on this list Lauren! Lots of exciting trips :) x

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  10. Thanks for sharing your list, all of these things sound great things to do, I have some on my 40 before 40 list :)

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  11. Your list is amazing and covers all aspects of life. From travelling to volunteering and learning a new skill to adopting a pet, your suggestions will make anyone's life fulfilling. The best thing about your list is that it encourages us to step out of our comfort zones and try new things. Dissertation Help Online