Experiences everyone should have before they turn 30

Turning 30 is a major milestone.

For many it means that you’re no longer in the hard-partying, bad decision-making stage of your life, for better or for worse.

Before you turn the big 3-0 (or even if you already have), here are 30 things you should do, from adrenaline-pumping activities to experiences that help you grow.

Additional reporting by Julie Zeveloff.

Travel somewhere truly exotic -- anywhere that feels like the end of the earth.


Run a half marathon (it's ok if you have to walk a little).

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Splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime meal at a restaurant you've always wanted to try.

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Dessert time at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas.

Learn to cook a signature dish, and impress your friends and family when you serve it.

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Paella, anyone?

Test drive your dream car.

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Stay up all night partying in a foreign city, and don't stop dancing until the sun comes up.


Go bungee jumping or skydiving -- really, anything that involves heights and massive amounts of adrenaline.


Read every book by your favourite author.

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Learn to bartend.

Go scuba diving -- or at least try snorkelling.


Spend a night (or two) camping under the stars.

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Sign up for a share at a beach house, ski house, or lake house. You're guaranteed to make new friends.


Take a class that's totally out of your element, like improv, golf, or pottery-making.


Unplug for a full day...or even a full week if you're feeling zen.


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