It’s no secret that I love a good list. Whether it’s my bucket list that is constantly being added to, the list of destinations we’ve visited so far, or a meticulously detailed itinerary of our next adventure. So, in honour of me turning 29 earlier this week (she says as she weeps quietly in the corner), I thought it was about time for another list!
Despite all the celebrating, cocktails and cake that have been involved in trying to forget I’m another year older, I can already feel the big 3-0 lurking just around the corner. Maybe it’s because I’m soon to be leaving my wild(ish) 20’s behind or maybe it’s because being in your 30’s just seems a whole lot more grown up – even though we’ve been married for 8 years, have a mortgage, full time jobs and all those adult responsibilities already, both Mr Ayla and I still firmly put ourselves in the children’s category and bustle in with younger siblings and cousins at family parties. But I’m not so sure I’ll get that privilege when I’m no longer in my 20’s.
So, to take my woeful mind off my looming 30’s, and of course to make the last year of my 20’s pretty awesome, I’m taking some inspiration from others who have done this by making a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30. What better way is there to forget that I’m another year older than to plan lots of new adventures?!
So here is my 30 before 30 list:
1. See a Cirque du Soleil show
I’m super excited that we’ll be seeing a show in a few weeks as Mr Ayla got me tickets for my birthday!
2. Go on a road trip3. Try a new activity
My mum treated us to a Segway experience for Christmas so, despite the fact that I already know I’ll be absolutely useless, we’ll be giving this a go next month.
4. Visit somewhere new in the UK
Over the last couple of years I’ve loved exploring more of the UK on short weekend breaks including Dublin, Cornwall, Bath, the Cotswolds, Oxford and Edinburgh. I’d love to visit a couple of new places in the UK this year too. We already have a Valentine’s weekend planned in Brighton which we’re combining with our Segway adventure.
5. See a wonder of the world I’ve never seen before
6. Eat at Dishoom in London
I’ve been in search of proper authentic Indian food since returning from India two years ago and I’ve heard that this is the place to go.
7. Camp under the stars8. Relax on an exotic beach somewhere without getting fidgety feet and wanting to go explore
9. See another musical in the West End
We saw Bend It Like Beckham last week but I’m sure there’s room for another one over the next year with Matilda being at the top of my list!
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And on that note…
11. Try a new themed afternoon tea
My sister and I went to the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson Hotel last week so this one can already be ticked off the list. Keep an eye out for my write up on it soon. Spoiler: it was extremely weird but extremely wonderful!
12. A cottage stay somewhere like the Lake District
13. Explore more of London
Despite living here my whole life there is still so much of this fabulous city I haven’t seen. Primrose Hill, Notting Hill (when the Carnival isn’t on) and the colourful Mews houses would be my first port of calls.
14. Visit Amsterdam
Only an hour’s flight away and I’ve still never managed to go, but this will be rectified in May when we finally get to visit.
15. Redecorate our bedroom
A boring one I know but it’s something I’ve been planning in my head for months but still haven’t got round to. I now have all my favourite travel memories printed and ready to hang up so there’s no excuse to keep leaving it!
16. Get festive at a European Christmas market
17. Attempt to ride a bike
This is something that hasn’t been done in a very long time and I’m on a mission to join Mr Ayla in at least one of his sporty hobbies!
18. Go to dance classes with Mr Ayla
If I’m trying out one of his hobbies then he needs to reciprocate by doing one of mine!
19. Take a trip back to Sub-Saharan African
The place that we both fell in love with 6 years ago
20. Witness a gorgeous sunset somewhere around the world
21. Watch the entire Grey’s Anatomy box set
22. Sample delicious foods at Borough Market
I’ve only ever walked through and never actually stopped. Such a terrible Londoner I am.
23. Go on a family holiday
24. Visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour when it’s covered in snow and decked out in decorations at Christmas time
Yes, okay, I know I’ve already been 3 times but I’ve not seen it at Christmas and it’s obviously totally different then!
25. Stay up all night partying
Or at least part of the night because I already feel too old for this!There is SO much more I’d love to include such as taking a trip to Iceland, spotting wildlife in the Galapagos and visiting the one last continent we haven’t yet been to (Antarctica) but I can’t see any of those happening this year so I’ve tried to include things that are actually achievable in the coming year. You may have noticed that my list is missing a few numbers at the moment and that’s because I’d love some more suggestions from you lovely adventurous lot!
I can already see that this is going to be a year full of fun and plenty more adventures. And you never know, maybe I’ll start a 40 before 40 goal once I hit 30 and add in those slightly bigger dreams!
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