Completing Your Bucket List In Your Thirties: The Impossible Dream?

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Completing Your Bucket List In Your Thirties: The Impossible Dream?

Completing your bucket list isn’t an easy task. The very nature of a bucket list is that the events included are a little ambitious, the sort of once-in-a-lifetime events that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Many lists comprise of cliches such as a swim with dolphins or a trip to the Egyptian pyramids and for the most part, ticking items off your bucket list can be pretty expensive – there’s no wonder so many forever remain pretty tick-free!

But you’re in your thirties now, and if you’re going to get this bad boy completed by the time you, well, kick the bucket, you’d best get cracking. Hopefully, you’re better placed right here, right now, to make a start, with a few quid in the pocket and the maturity needed to take each item down one by one.

Those few quid can be easily dwindled, of course, depending on the affordability of your bucket list. A trip to the moon may well become accessible in the coming years, but unless you’re an oil magnate or an heir to an international fortune, it’s unlikely you’re going to be able to find that cash down the back of the sofa.

Moon landings aside for a second, let’s say you fancy a trip to the Taj Mahal, to complete the great American road trip, to skydive, learn a language, swim with dolphins and see the pyramids. This six-point bucket list prices up at around $10,000, which is doable with a bit of forward-thinking, a touch of discipline and time. The fact is that there is no better time for you to get it done. Depending on your family situation, you’re most likely never going to be in a better place both financially and in terms of social commitments.

And these activities can be done on a budget, too. A trip to Ayre’s Rock needn’t be spent in and out of cash-sapping hotels, for example, with the majority of hostels in Australia clean, secure and really dirt cheap. Fancy a trip to the Northern Lights? It’s a trip regularly advertised on voucher sites such as Groupon.

The alternative, of course, is to do it lavishly, with no expenses spared. It’s a brave move and one that you have to be absolutely sure you can budget for, but certain things in life are worth an extra pinch in the bank account. There are dozens of ways in which you can save money, whether you set up a savings account and deposit from an online banking app every time the figure in your bank account doesn’t end in a multiple of five, refuse to spend your fivers or set up a simple direct debit – the choice of how you do it is up to you, the important thing is that you set a figure and that you work towards a target date.


The fact is that us thirty-somethings have that added bonus of having budgeted for things before, where youngsters departing on a big trip are most likely a little greener on that front. What’s more, our sense of discipline comes into it, too, and where an 18-year-old will eat McDonald’s and stay out three hours too late while they hit up Thailand, our more sedate tastes make it easier to reign it all in.

Life is too short not to do the things you’ve always dreamed of, and if cash and time are the stumbling blocks, it’s time to stop making excuses. The time is now, thirty-somethings.

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