30 Before 30: Checking off the Bucket List

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Last year I jotted down all the things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30 and since today is my birthday (woo hoo), I wanted to update you all on my progress.

Here’s the original 30 before 30 list and the things I was able to check off:

My Thirty before 30 list:

  1. embark on my first ever solo trip- CHECK!  Went to Spain all by myself! 
  2. complete a desert, snow, beach trek all in 24 hours in Southern California- CHECK! Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Malibu! 
  3. throw a grown up dinner party where I actually make something besides tacos- CHECK! Does spaghetti count?
  4. start saving money for a trip to the Galapagos Islands
  5. finish the MatadorU program
  6. take a photography class and learn how to rightfully use my dSLR- CHECK! Although, still learning!
  7. Take a weekend trip to Ojai
  8. Explore Northern California
  9. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  10. find more animal rescues that I can volunteer and help out at- CHECK! Bob and I have a long list of places we’ll soon be visiting.
  11. plan a trip back to Australia- this time with my mom (Bob can come too)
  12. learn how to properly cook
  13. organize my desk
  14. Go to Palm Springs – CHECK! Explored the area with Spencer Spellman and the Expedia crew.
  15. Camp in Joshua Tree National Park- CHECK! 
  16. Spend a week in Alaska
  17. Organize a girls weekend to Chicago- CHECK! Going next week!
  18. Drive around Maui, seeing all the waterfalls- CHECK! Road to Hana was incredible!
  19. get married(ekkk!)- CHECK-ISH! We got engaged last April and are getting married this April!
  20. sort through my closet and donate some of my clothes- CHECK! Donated about four huge bags full in January!
  21. Read The Hunger Games
  22. run a half marathon- does a 5k count?!
  23. partner with a big travel company for Vagabond3- CHECK! Worked with Expedia and!
  24. learn how to add widgets, place ads and coding on WP
  25. master photoshop
  26. Summer road trip through Oregon and Washington
  27. attend a non-travel blogging conference (like BlogWorld or AltSummit)
  28. Drive my car through a big tree in Yellowstone
  29. camp in a yurt
  30. Quit my day job and work on travel stuff full time. CHECK! 

While I was only able to accomplish 11 of the 29 things, I am still pretty happy with my progress. When I read the list out loud to Bob he noted that if I were able to go on all those trips listed above- in addition to the trips I actually went on, I wouldn’t be living in LA anymore, I’d be a nomad. Right. The good news is that all of the unchecked things are still places and experiences I really want to visit and do. Maybe I’ll make a 31 before 31 list and this can just keep going!

Do you have a bucket list? Or have a pinterest page where you pin all the places you’d love to visit one day? What’s your dream trip?