30 Things Every Traveler Must Do Before They're 30 - Page 3

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New York City skyline, New York
New York City skyline, New York  (iStockphoto)

21. Visit a neighbor to our north or south.
There's a hall pass to be had for out of the continent, but by 30 you should have crossed at least one landlocked border.

22. Do something so adventurous that it requires a doctor's visit.
Whether it requires a series of preventative vaccines before or a cast/splint/cream after, the goal here is that the adventure at hand was so extreme that you need to seek the advice of a trained professional.

23. Save pennies to go somewhere you really want to go.
It doesn't have to be extravagant, but you should have to work for it.

24. Go to New York City.
Eat a slice of pizza, stand in the middle of Times Square, and ride the Subway to somewhere, anywhere. This trip is made even better if you can't afford a decent hotel and book a hostel instead.

25. Sleep under the stars.
In your backyard, in a tent on safari in Kenya, or in the camping pit of an organized event—be extra proud if your experience was made significantly more successful by a can of bug spray.

26. Eat an iconic city meal.
Options include a cheesesteak in Philly, clam chowder in Boston, deep-dish pizza in Chicago, crabs in Baltimore, gumbo in New Orleans, BBQ in Memphis, and a beer in Milwaukee.

27. Know all of the best places to take tourists in your home city.
Philly's LOVE Park may be just a point of congestion to locals, but trust me, your mother will love it.

28. Have one close encounter with a wild animal.
If this means you don a wetsuit and slip into a tank with dolphins, so be it. But let's aim for something in the wild if at all possible.

29. Parachute out of something that is working perfectly fine, for no legitimate reason.
The obvious choose here is an airplane, but I'll accept others as long as they're moving.

30. Know a dance well enough that you could keep up with the locals.
Tango with Argentinians, Salsa with Cubans, Kathak in India, do a jig with the Irish, or line dance in Kansas.

Covered them all? Have a list of your own? Think we're missing a crucial one? Give us your thoughts in the comments section here.

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