9 things to try before you're 30

In case you haven’t heard, you only live once.

Your young adult years will slip through your fingers before you know it.

It shouldn’t depress you — it should empower you to take charge of your life and pursue your dreams.

To help you get started, we checked out a bunch of Quora threads and found some potentially life-changing experiences that you can put on your 20s bucket list. Read on and start checking things off.


1. Living in a big city

Quora user Dylin Redling says he moved to Manhattan when he was 24 and then to San Francisco when he was 26. 'They were the two best moves I ever made,' he says. 'I highly recommend living in a city with a lot of diversity where you can meet people from all over the world.'

If you've never made a move like that before, we've got you covered, with these roundups of everything you need to know before moving to New York City and San Francisco.

2. Challenging yourself physically

'While you're young, train for and complete a marathon, a Tough Mudder, a triathlon, or something similar,' Redling says. 'It will help you physically and mentally to push through boundaries and go for goals.'

As Bernie Michalik writes on 99U, training for a marathon teaches you some key life lessons, like the importance of tracking your efforts and results as you're working toward a goal.

These skills will help pave the way for your personal and professional success down the line.

3. Learning to meditate

Redling recommends starting a meditation practice as a way to manage stress. He writes:

'You're going to experience A LOT of stress over your lifetime, so it's best to learn how to effectively deal with it as soon as possible. One of, if not, the best ways is through meditation. Take a class, read a book, or do some research on the basics, and make it part of your life.'

You might want to explore mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the intake and outtake of breath.

If you find that this type of meditation helps you stay calm and focused, it's a practice you can use whenever and wherever.


4. Online dating

If you're in your 20s and single, there's little harm in creating a profile on OKCupid, Tinder, or any of the dating sites out there.

As Elarie Mashi writes, 'There's nothing to lose if you try, (but) who knows what you might gain?' In other words, you might be momentarily embarrassed about logging on, but you could potentially find your soulmate.

Up your chances of finding that person by setting up your profile according to science. That means you shouldn't post revealing photos and you should describe both your own personality and what you're looking for in an ideal partner.

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6. Failing

Yadav says it's important that 20-somethings learn how to fail, and more importantly, how to get back up again: 'Failing comes naturally. Rising up again is something that needs to be (inculcated.)'

Take a tip from these now-super-successful figures, like Paul Allen and Oprah Winfrey, all of whom learned from multiple professional failures.

7. Travelling alone

Especially if you don't yet have kids or a mortgage, now's the time to pack up and head somewhere solo.

'It will prove to be one of the most useful tool(s) in later stages of life to clear your mind, get away from stuff, or just to see the world for what it truly is,' Yadav says.

Ready to go? We put together a list of the 30 best places to travel alone, including Costa Rica, where you can stroll through the Cloud Forest, and the Greek Isles, where you can idle on the beach.

8. Starting a business

George Everitt recommends devoting one year in your 20s to pursuing a business idea. 'It will probably fail,' he writes, 'but you will learn so much more than if you had taken that time in a corporate job.'

And don't worry too much about roadblocks, like not having a business degree and not wanting to invest thousands of dollars. Danny Marguiles launched an online course without an MBA and with just $100. Later that year, he was earning $30,000 a month.

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9. Learning to code

'Computers are here to stay,' Everitt says, 'and learning at least one programming language helps you understand so much about how the modern world works.'

Pro tip: Learn one of these 16 programming languages and you'll probably never be out of a job.

10. Starting a blog

Josh Fraser says writing is one of the most important and underrated life skills. You can hone that skill by starting a blog -- about food, sports, relationships, or simply being a 20-something.

'As with most things,' Fraser says, 'the best way to improve is to just start doing it.'

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