25 before 25 | My birthday bucket list

I can’t believe that I am nearly a quarter of a century!

To start my quarter of century off with a blast, I’ve decided to challenge myself to achieve 25 travel and non-travel related goals by my birthday next October.

I will be crossing things off of this list as I go along and I will also try to do a few updates along the way and at the end.

So in no particular order, here is my 25 before 25 birthday bucket list:

1) Solo travel

If you read my post on whether I should solo travel for the first time on my birthday, then you know solo travel has been in the plans for a while now. I decided not to solo travel on my birthday however, and instead went to Budapest with a few good friends (check out the photo album).

Thank you to everyone who gave me advice and encouragement; I really appreciate it!

I plan to start small and work my way up, so my first solo travel trip will be to a European city. I’m currently considering travelling to somewhere in Portugal.

2) Donate clothes that I don’t wear to charity


3) “Swim” with dolphins

I can’t swim, but I won’t let that stop me!

4) Go to a concert

Yes, I am 24 and I have never been to a concert. Well actually, I have been to concerts for work, but unfortunately never as a spectator.

5) Read five non-fiction books

I love to read! I could literally spend the whole day in bed with a good book. The only problem is that I love escaping into a new world through a fiction book; I rarely read non-fiction.

I want to read a lot more books about history and self-improvement. So if you have any recommendations of good non-fiction books, leave them in the comments. Please and thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

6) Become a morning person

I love to sleep. Guys wish me luck, I’m gonna need it! ๐Ÿ˜ด

7) Start driving lessons

I think I’d be a great driver. My bumper car and go karting skills are just out of this world!

8) Learn to play the keyboard

I bought a keyboard two or three years ago with the intent to learn how to play. I can probably count the number of times I’ve taken the keyboard out of it’s box on one hand…

9) Buy a Go Pro and a DSLR

Last month, I bought myself a mirrorless camera – the Canon EOS M3. I’m looking to grow my camera collection and also purchase a Go Pro and a DSLR.

10) Write a book

From a young age, I’ve always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Although I am practically always reading, I haven’t written in the last five years or so. I need to get back to doing what I love. The goal is to one day be a published author and I can’t do that if I don’t write now can I?

11) Spend a day sightseeing in London

As a travel blogger, I am always looking to travel to experience the beauty and culture of another country, but sometimes you have to take a moment to appreciate your own country.

12) Volunteer abroad

I have been considering teaching English in south-east Asia.

13) Step out of my comfort zone

This goal is about following my current life motto – “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” The aim is to do all the things that I would normally avoid, such as public speaking, networking events and starting conversations with new people.

I don’t expect to succeed at this every single time, but I want to at least try. If by October my comfort zone has expanded even just a little bit, then it’s still an improvement.

14) Go rock climbing


ย 15) Watch the sunrise in another country

I’ve watched the sunset countless times, both in the UK and a few other countries, but never have I watched the sunrise. Probably because I’m not much of a morning person.

16)ย See a west end musical

I’ve been wanting to do this for a few years now.ย I really want to see The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera.

17) Save

I really need to find a balance between enjoying life and saving for the future.

18) Visit 25 countries before 25

So far I have visited 14 countries (see my travel map). I am not sure how realistic 11 countries in less than a year on a casual waitress/bartender paycheck is, but I will try my best to achieve this!

19) Learn to cook a new dish at least once a month


20) Try an exercise class

I’m on the hunt for a fun way to stay fit.

21) Learn how to ride a bike

I can’t drive. I can’t swim. I can’t even ride a bike. It is what it is lol. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

22) Start a YouTube channel

My name is Debbie and I am travel blogger and a soon to be travel vlogger. Watch this space! *Flips hair* ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜‚

23) Go to a macaroon making class

Macaroons are bae! ๐Ÿ˜

24) Write a five year plan

It’s way past time that I get my life in order and actually have a long-term plan.

25)ย Celebrate my 25th birthday outside of Europe

Destination suggestions are welcome! ๐Ÿ˜Š

16 thoughts on “25 before 25 | My birthday bucket list

  1. Firstly great post love the concept of 25 before 25. Amazing stuff on your list and I know and trust you will achieve them all. In regards to travel suggestions for your 25th birthday, Cancun/Las Vegas are just two countries that came to mind!โœˆ๏ธ x

  2. Hey Debbie! Great post, I too can’t swim ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… Have you tried Zumba for an exercise class? It’s one of the funniest ways to stay fit ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

    1. Hey! Thank you!! Loool good to know I’m not alone. Ohhh thanks, I’ve been wanting to try zumba for a while, so I’ll definitely have to give it a go. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Great post Debbie! So many aims. With all these tasks, the journey you will go on in self discovery will be brilliant โ˜บ. Definitely try Zumba and solo travelling! Ideally, if you haven’t already, jot down a plan and perhaps a mini deadline to achieve some of theses goals

  4. Macaroons should be everyone’s bae, those things are delish. Woo, a large list of things! I would suggest New York for your birthday, great social scene.

    And instead of a concert, may I recommend Download festival? I’ve had some fantastic times at that place, gosh it’s good.

    1. Haha! Yes macaroons are the best! Thanks, New York definitely needs to be on the list of potential destinations!

      Cool, thanks I’ll definitely look into the Download festival and maybe a few others too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Great list ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve just turned 25 and it’s taken me nearly a year to become a morning person. Just remember how much more productivity you can do if you get up earlier and seize the day!

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