25 Adventurous Things To Do Before Turning 25 2

Already another birthday has come and gone! Happy Birthday to me! I’m now 26 years old. I can’t even believe how fast time flew as a 25 year old! I feel old now… There is something about that 5 thunking over to a 6 that makes it feel like maybe this is the moment when you start dreading your birthdays to come.

The past 25 years have been full of ups and downs, happiness, sorrow, joy, and ADVENTURE! I think I owe it to my parents for a fun childhood – always taking me on vacations, raising me in the desert where we spent countless adventurous times riding ATV’s at night, waterskiing at 5am, jeeping, hiking, hunting, etc. There was a never a dull moment in my childhood, and I’ve kept that with me ever since!

So here I am now, looking back on the past 25 years, and especially the past 2 years since my husband and I quit our jobs and left California to travel the world. It’s been an incredible journey! I’ve made memories that will last a lifetime and more importantly had my best friend by my side to share it with! I’m not scared about getting older. Every year is just a chance for another adventure!

Here is a list of a few super ADVENTUROUS and fun things to do before you say good-bye to 25!

1. Save a Year’s Salary To Your Travel Fund

This is a lofty goal to accomplish, but so worth it. You gotta get started on it first because it can take a while. But just imagine, “oh, the places you’ll go!” And oh the picnics you’ll have (trying to save money)!

Picnic on the Beach on a sarong

2. Know The Love of a Kitty

Cat’s are the best adventure you can add to your life. They make everything better. It’s hard to find a greater love than that of your own cat! 

Our cat Jade in a box - the hardest thing to part with

3. Fall In Love (& Marry Him!)

My partner in crime and adventure buddy! I wouldn’t be writing this today if it wasn’t for him! I encourage you to get married! Don’t follow the crowds of this world and just live with your boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s. Not. The. Same. Marriage is perfect and falling in love over and over again with your spouse is even better!

Landon and Alyssa wedding

4. Go Camping

I always say, even just for the weekend! Get out and get some fresh air! Tent camping is a fun and sometimes funny adventure that I try to actively keep in my life. I just need it!

Camping on the Beach in Costa Rica

5. Sell All Your Stuff

Ok, Ok. This might be a little extreme but it made this list because it was one of the most adventurous things I have ever done in my life. It made it more concrete that we were actually moving abroad when I saw all our stuff was gone. Biggest lesson here? Become a minimalist. Experience the burden lifting when you don’t have so much junk laying around. Adopting this attitude is life changing!


6. Live in Another Country

Experiencing life, culture, and language in another country is taking a huge step out of your comfort zone! Test those limits and go for it!

Landon, Alyssa, Grecia House

7. Learn A New Language

Challenging yourself to learn new things is the best way to keep your brain active and young! Learning a new language opens so many new doors and gives you fresh perspectives on life you’ve never had before!

learn language

8. Cross A Few Things Off Your Bucket List

Our travel inspiration dream come true. Iguazu Falls, Argentina!

Iguazu Falls Boat Ride

9. Hold an Exotic Animal

Alyssa with Toucan at La Paz Waterfall

10. Quit Your Job

If you despise your current job, then don’t stay! Look for another one that you will enjoy! Luckily we both loved our jobs when we quit. But, following our dreams meant more so we took the plunge!

Desk at Landon's office job

11. Travel With Your Backpack

It’s all about packing light! I’ve become a new person since learning how to live out of a backpack. It’s so liberating to travel without so much stuff!

Subway Train

12. Go Running in the Rain

running in the rain

13. Go On A 50 mile Trek

Exploring Patagonia has been a huge highlight of our travels! Hiking is one of my favorite ways to connect with nature and Torres Del Paine was the perfect hiking spot! I hope to get out and do some more hiking and trekking this next year!

Landon and Alyssa at Torres del Paine

14. Meet Your Parents At Their Bucket List Destination

Traveling with my parents and seeing them explore their bucket list destination was a memory I’ll never forget. For me, it was special to reconnect with them now that I’m an adult and have them all to myself during our travels. We had so much fun!

Parents visiting us on their bucketlist in Machu Picchu

15. Become The Best Aunt/Uncle in The World

These little girls have my whole heart! I’m determined to be the best auntie they could ever have! No matter where we are in the world, it’s good for me to remember the little ones in my life who I love!


16. Hitchhike


17. Chase Some Waterfalls

Kissing Alyss behind waterfall

18. Love And Be Loved

kiss on the dock in the ocean

 19. Take an International Flight 

It may seem daunting but don’t worry! Just book your international flight and go travel! It’s amazing what you’ll find!

Us before our international flight to Thailand!

20. Ride A Public Bus

People waiting at a bus stop

21. Snorkel or Scuba Dive

The ocean is beautiful! I’m not a huge salt water fan but when all the conditions are just right, I really enjoy snorkeling. I don’t like seaweed and I’ll hyperventilate if it gets too close to me but when I relax I can enjoy it and it’s all I can talk about! It may be simple for some of you but snorkeling is an adventure for me!


22. Eat Exotic Foods

Tom Yum Soup

23. Wake Up Early and Watch the Sunrise

My husband proposed to me at a sunrise, so they hold a special place in my heart. This sunrise on the Uyuni salt flats was no different!

Landon giving Alyssa a Dip Kiss on the Uyuni Salt Flats

24. Make New Friends

Making new friends is so important because it helps us to branch out of what we’re used to. I’m so glad for the friends I have and the new ones I’ve made along the way!

Fishing Family with Alyssa

25. Have a Technology Detox

hammock relaxing

These things have added quite a bit of adventure in my life! I hope they inspire you to find adventure and push yourself to the limits before saying good-bye to 25!

What are some of the things on your bucket list?

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2 thoughts on “25 Adventurous Things To Do Before Turning 25

  • Becky Hightower

    I don’t know how I missed this post. Nana kept asking if had read it. Love it. Sometimes are generation and older are just about collecting and preparing for the future that we forget to be in the moment. Thanks for the reminder and I am so happy you are experiencing so many things. You will not have regrets. Travel internationally is very awesome. Everyone should try it at least once.

    • Landon Post author

      I agree! So many memories to be made and traveling internationally is a great way to create lasting memories! I’m glad you have some experience in that as well! Thanks for the comment!