My #30before30 Challenge

First of all, I’d like to say a very happy 30th birthday to my gorgeous guy, Sam, who turned 30 last week! Happy birthday Sam, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good year 🙂

It was a lovely week of celebrations and it got me thinking about my own 30th birthday and the things I’d like to accomplish before I hit this milestone.

I’m sure you’re already familiar with the 30 before 30 challenge. It’s where you write a list of 30 things you’d like to do before you’re 30 and you challenge yourself to get them all done.

It’s not that I think 30 is ‘old’ or there’s anything I can’t do once I reach 30 (except wearing denim cut-offs that expose the bottom of bum cheeks, you shouldn’t do that once you reach 30). It’s more about having goals and the motivation to do things, rather than saying, ‘I’d like to do this one day….’ and that day never comes.

I’m 27 so I have a while to go but this means I can make my #30before30 list really, really epic.


I’d like to say a massive thank you to each and everyone of you who has helped me to put together my 30 before 30 list. I asked for some ideas and inspiration on Facebook and Twitter and you sent over so many suggestions! It was hard to whittle it down but here are 30 things I’d like to do before I turn 30…

#30before30 challenge


  1. See the Northern Lights
  2. Learn to ski
  3. Take a road trip around the coast of Wales
  4. Go camping in Scotland
  5. Stay in a castle
  6. Go in a hot air balloon
  7. Learn to paddle board
  8. Stay in a water hut ( in the Maldives)
  9. Stay in an igloo
  10. Have an outdoor cinema in my garden
  11. Visit Norway and sit on Trolltunga ledge
  12. Go back to Dubrovnik
  13. Learn to cook the best Thai red curry from scratch
  14. Start vlogging (argh, this scares me!)
  15. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  16. Run a half marathon somewhere other than in the UK
  17. Take a yoga holiday somewhere really exotic
  18. Get back in shape (like I was when I was 20!)
  19. Do a photoshoot with a professional photographer
  20. Complete a 365 photography project
  21. Create a yearlong scrap book
  22. Finish decorating my house
  23. Find the perfect jeans
  24. Get my hair chopped short
  25. Take 5 online courses to learn something new
  26. Have an adventure in a campervan
  27. Knit something cool and actually wear it
  28. Run every day for one month
  29. Spend a fortune with a personal shopper
  30. Make someone’s dream come true


And if you fancy taking the 30 before 30 challenge too (or 30 before 40, 50, 60 or even 70) please do join in and share your list!


Monica is the founder and editor of Fujiidenki. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

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  1. I love this idea! I’m going to turn 40 in a year and a half so maybe I should do a 40before40? That’s not a lot of time. Some things that would be on my list are to start a travel blog, spend time at an ashram learning how to meditate, and learning how to speak Spanish in Barcelona. I really enjoy reading your blog!

  2. Hi!

    Greetings from Finland. Some Finnish ideas for your 30 before 30 list:

    -Have a traditional sauna in Finland (in the winter with ice swimming or in the summer with a birch whisk or vasta/vihta in Finnish).

    -Have a special sauna, e.g. ice sauna, smoke sauna, sauna bus, malt sauna…

    -Stay overnight in a snow hotel.

    -Take part in bear watching.

    -Kiss a moose in Hirvikartano, Himos.

    -Watch the Northern Lights in a glass igloo.

    -Take part in river floating or floating on ice.

    -Fly in a wind tunnel.

    -Take part in swamp soccer world championships or swamp volley world championships – or wife carrying world championships.

    -Meet Santa Claus or the Moomins.

    -See the midnight sun.

    -Take part in an icebreaker tour, a reindeer race or a reindeer safari.

    -Take a hot-air balloon flight over the snowy landscape in Lapland.

    -Gold panning.

    -Take part in air guitar world championships or an ice skating marathon.

    -Stay overnight in a lighthouse.

    -See the Kvarken archipelago.

  3. The half marathon abroad is one I can get behind, I did the Course du Soleil Nice-Monaco and it was a beautiful run and it was gorgeous sunshine but not too hot ie. perfect running conditions! I’ve also weirdly wanted to do an Ironman triathlon abroad but I think that’s a very, very ambitious goal!

    Suggestions-wise I have to say I’m absolutely stumped but I’ll get my thinking cap on!

  4. Some great things on your list and I’m guessing the reason for so many gaps is because you’ve done so much already, I didn’t even go on a plane till I was 21 so I could probably come up with a list of one hundred! But from my limited travel experience I can highly recommend driving a vintage fiat 500 around Florence, going on a canal boat in England, skiing off a mountain in Bulgaria, learning to surf (I’ve done it in Tynemouth but I’m guessing Australia would be better!), a traditional hammam in Marrakech and clubbing in Ibiza

  5. Love your list so far! Can’t wait to follow along on all your adventures! Here’s a few more ideas: visit Kakadu national park in Australia, Denali national park in Alaska, bring your new little one on his/her first trip abroad, work or volunteer at an agriturismo in Italy, spend a night on a private island, let Sam take you on a trip where the destination is a surprise til you’re on your way!

    Now you’ve got me thinking, too! 🙂


  6. This is an awesome idea! Some things that are on my personal to-do list:
    -cage dive with great white sharks or snorkel with whale sharks
    -attend Holi in India
    -attend Hogmanay in Edinburgh
    -do a gorilla trek in Virunga National Park
    -take a dance class in every city I travel to
    And one you might consider, if you haven’t done it yet—teach your little one how to ride a horse on a working ranch (I’ve been to ranches in Canada, USA, and Uruguay)

  7. I turn 30 in 9 months and now I’m thinking how many things can I accomplish by then…
    I think you should add Namibia to your list:
    – see the biggest canyon in the Africa
    – see where the ocean meets the sand dunes
    – quad bike and sand board down the desert dunes
    – visit the oldest desert in the world
    – see the wild horses and elephants in the desert


  8. Hey Monica, I’ve seen this around a lot recently and it’s awesome you wanna do it, especially with a baby on the way! There’s so many great suggestions here already but my other ideas are…
    – do a temple stay in Japan or Korea
    – Complete a vipassana meditation course
    – Ride a scooter/ride a scooter somewhere (if you haven’t already?)
    – Bake green tea cookies
    – Go to the Boryeong mudfest in South Korea (I lived in South Korea for a year…)
    – Complete a food challenge
    – Climb a mountain
    – Try SUP – stand-up paddle board yoga
    – And I recently read you can have a beer spa in Pilsen, Czech Republic??
    Hopefully these help!

  9. I share some of mine for this year, hope you like it 🙂
    – Go to NY for work (it means I can spend night out with my colleagues in cool places that otherwise I will never know)
    – Come back to Japan and buy lots of kawaii stuff and make-up
    – Learn how to do the perfect macaron, so I can stop buying them in super expensive bakeries
    – Try again fake lashes and go out for a crazy, fun night with my best friends


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