I’m turning 30 next month, I can’t quite believe it myself. I can honestly say that my 20’s have exceeded expectations. I’ve done so many great things in the last 10 years and feel a huge sense of accomplishment and I thought I would share the 20 most amazing experiences I’ve had in my 20’s.
- Graduating University
OK so I didn’t actually officially ‘graduate’ with the cap and gown and all that because I was too busy enjoying my new life in Thailand at the time but finishing University was an amazing experience because it opened so many doors for me. Without my degree I wouldn’t have been able to live in Thailand for a year, move to London, get a great job, meet my husband so you know it was a really important experience for me
2. Sailing trip in Croatia
Doing a sailing trip in Croatia is pretty much a staple for any European Summer trip. This was one of the greatest summers I had in Europe and it is a must do during your 20’s in Europe! I did a MedSailors trip back in 2013 and living on a yacht for a week in one of the most beautiful locations on this planet. Croatia is stunning!
3. Float down the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, Laos
If you find yourself in South East Asia you will inevitably end up in Vang Vieng in Laos. I’ve heard all sorts of rumours that this place doesn’t exist anymore but I don’t know, all I know is I had a blast there. You drink, you party, you go on swings and flying foxes and you float down a river whilst consuming every possible drink known to man.
4. Lived in Thailand for a year
I turned 21, graduated from Uni and headed straight to the island of Koh Samui to work at an International School for a year. It was such a great experience for me and I’m so glad I did something like that even though I was so young. I gained a shit load of independence and learnt a lot along the way. I also met some wonderful ladies who I shared this great experience with.
5. Contiki trip
I know Contiki often gets a bad rap for being for mainly 18 year old Aussie’s but I had a totally different experience in the States and it was an awesome one. I did three weeks around America on a Contiki and loved every minute of it! I made some friends for life and had the most fun during those two weeks. We saw iconic buildings, rode mechanical bulls, drank the most insane cocktails and witness a marriage in Vegas!
6. Full Moon Party
I went to two Full Moon parties on Koh Phangan and one Half Moon in the jungle and I do feel like it’s something you should experience once (if that’s your thing). The fluro, fireworks, mushroom shakes, fire dancers, music and the beautiful sunrise pretty much sums up this epic night in Thailand.
This photo pretty much sums up what it’s like to watch the sunrise at the Full Moon Party.
7. Sleep over at ‘The Beach’ at Phi Phi Island
After reading the book and seeing the film I absolutely had to go to ‘The Beach’ aka Maya Bay in Phi Phi. I went back in 2007 for the day but when I returned to Phi Phi the following year I saw a sign saying ‘sleepover at the beach’ and I just knew I had to do it. Around 30 of us jumped on a boat and headed for the island for the night. There was midnight swims, sleeping on the beach and a gorgeous morning spent at one of the busiest tourist destinations in the country before all the tourists arrived.
8. Sky dived
One of the scariest things I’ve ever done is jump out of a plane at 12,000 ft but it was also one of the craziest things! I did a Skydive in Queenstown with Dan and once the free fall bit was over I was able to relax and take in some of the most spectacular scenery from above.
9. Moved to London
Moving to London has completely shaped not only my 20’s but the rest of my life. Strangely the decision to move wasn’t some huge thought out plan, it just happened. The first year was incredibly tough, there were a lot of struggles as I had nowhere to live and no regular job but as the years ticked over it has ultimately been the best thing I’ve done thus far in life. I’ve made the most wonderful friends, some who have since been and gone but this whole experience wouldn’t be the same without them!
10. Backpacked around Europe
I’ve backpacked around Europe a few times in my 20’s and there is nothing quite like a Europe summer. I’ve done an organised bus trip around Western Europe, independently backpacked around Eastern Europe and flash packed my way around Italy. Back packing around Europe is a rite of passage, the food, the drinks, the parties, the people and all the memories always make me smile.
11. Backpacked around South East Asia
Before I conquered Europe with my backpack I slung on my rucksack around Thailand, Laos and Vietnam one summer. I had just finished my contract at a school in Koh Samui and my adventures took me to beautiful beaches, some of the cheapest and worst accommodation I’ve ever stayed in but amazing experiences. At times it was tough, hard going but a lot of fun as well. That was until I contracted a gall bladder infection and salmonella!
12. Went on safari
Going on safari always seemed like one of those unachievable goals but surprisingly from London you can do it fairly cheap. There is nothing quite like standing up in an open top jeep on the look out for lions. Camping out in the wild was pretty epic and I can’t wait go back again.
Glastonbury was nothing short of incredible and I feel so lucky that I got to attend this wonderful festival. Having read about it for years and watch it on the TV for a couple of years to actually be there was just so special. What made this even better was the fact that I got to watch the Rolling Stones and then get engaged! The weekend was so much fun and I was so happy to share the Glasto love with all my friends.
14. Buy a flat
I feel like I became a real grown up when I purchased a flat here in London, OK it’s crazy expensive and it’s so weird having a mortgage and being a real home owner but I feel so so so so happy to be able to call this home my very own.
15. Going to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea with the Queen
Going to a garden party at Buckingham Palace will go down as one of the best days in London I’ll ever have. Getting all dressed up, walking through the gates and entering the beautiful gardens was mind boggling! A truly magical and unforgettable experience.
16. Getting married
I went to a tarot card reader in 2011 and she said I’d be married by 27, I was 24 then and single so to say I was a little surprised would be an understatement but turns out she was right, I got married 3 and a half years later to Dan.
17. Becoming an Aunty
Even though I don’t live in the same country as my darling nephew and niece being an Aunty is so freakin cool! We FaceTime, we chat, I send silly presents and I miss them so much everyday.
18. Partying until dawn in Ibiza
Ibiza is my special place, I love this island so much. It’s the most chilled, laid back, crazy, beautiful and mental place I’ve ever been but I feel very at home there and dancing until 6am in Pacha is definitely up there with one of my favourite experiences.
19. Staying in an overwater bungalow
I was so lucky to be able to stay firstly in the Maldives and secondly in an over water bungalow on my honeymoon. This is pure luxury and being able to open the door to the balcony and step down a ladder into crystal clear waters was unbelievable.
20. All the travel
I’ve tried my hardest in my 20’s to travel and travel often. In the last 1o years I have visited 40 countries, seen all the big sites, met some wonderful people and got completely out of my comfort zone. Travel is such a huge part of my life and I can only hope that my 30’s has just as much travel and adventure.