Things to do before you Turn 20
We have made a list of unique things to do before you turn 20!
There’s a lot to do and learn in 20 years.
In a recent blog post on thetruenannylife.com I talk about 20 Life Lessons in 20 Years.
Turning 20 is a bigger milestone than people make it out to be. Once you’re 20 you’re no longer in your teens!
Sure you still can’t drink legally in the United States but you’re officially an adult.
In this post, I’ll be talking about 20 things to do before you turn 20.
What 20-Year-Olds Should Be Doing
Among other things, they are a few things you should be doing when you turn 20 or just before you turn twenty!
This is a beautiful time as you embark on a new journey.
Being responsible is always a priority but this shouldn’t mean that you are not to enjoy what life has to offer. This list has plenty of amazing ideas to get you started on your new journey!
We want you to be well informed and responsible before considering yourself as a young adult.
If you are looking at ideas and tips for a career path before turning 20, I recommend signing up to receive exclusive career tips designed specifically for you to help up-level yourself career-wise!
You can sign up right here!
So what are some cool things to do before 20 that can do that you will enjoy?
Before we get started on what things to do before you turn 20, we did want you to follow us on Instagram for more tips.
We also wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that we use Affiliate links on some of our blog posts. This means that we could make a commission if you click on an affiliate link and purchase something. Read our full disclosure and blog policy for more information.
Things to do before you Turn 20
Here is a list of everything you can get done before your big 20!
1. Travel Outside of your Home Country
I put this as number one because I think this is the most important thing to do before you turn 20.
Travelling outside of the country you live in is such a great experience and why not experience it while you’re still young.
You learn so much more about different cultures when you actually travel to a country rather than just looking it up online.
I’ve been to England, Ireland, and Mexico all before the age of 20 and they were all equally amazing trips in their own ways.
I highly recommend travelling at any age but definitely do it at least once before you turn 20.
Here are the best places to travel alone, and if you want a travel partner or a travel buddy, we have tips for you here.
2. Learn a Second Language
They are so many things to do when you turn 20, but learning a second language will definitely go a long way!
I think everyone should learn at least one other language in their lifetime.
I’m not saying you have to become fluent in it but just learn some important phrases. It helps you to communicate with people when you travel.
Plus, it’s pretty cool to be able to say you speak more than one language.
I’m not even close to fluent but I took 2 levels of Spanish classes and one level of American Sign Language.
Both were really neat to learn and I think everyone should at least attempt to learn a second language.
3. Move to a New Place
Whether it be moving with your family or moving out of your family home, I think everyone should move to a new place before their 20.
I was only nine years old when I moved from Michigan to North Carolina and there were a lot of things I learned through moving.
As I said, I don’t necessarily think you need to move out before you’re 20 (I’m still living at home at 20) I do think that you should at least have experienced moving to a new place before 20.
4. Volunteer Your Time
Volunteering is an important part of working and teaches so many things.
I think volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and that it’s something every young person should experience.
Volunteer at your local animal shelter, homeless shelter, library, the opportunities are endless.
5. See a Live Band
Everyone should see their favourite band live, and they should do it before they are 20.
There is just something so exhilarating about seeing your favourite band or musician live in concert.
I’ve seen many concerts before turning 20 and I’ve gotten to see my favourite band, Five Seconds of Summer, twice and my favourite rapper, Logic, twice as well.
Each time was unique and enjoyable and I had more fun than ever.
6. Get your First Job
A good work ethic is important for your future.
Getting your first job before you turn 20 will give you time to practice being a good employee and will teach you many life lessons as well.
In fact, check out this list of 18 easy jobs for lazy people that you can try out!
I challenge you on this.
One of the things you should do before you turn 20 is to try out at least one job opportunity from the list.
7. Get a Tattoo
In the United States, you can’t get a tattoo until you’re 18 but I definitely think you should get at least one before you turn 20.
In Canada, you will have to be over the age of 16 to get a tattoo.
They are so cool and are a great way to express yourself.
I only have one tattoo and I got it when I was 18.
Make sure that whatever tattoo you get means something to you so that way you’ll be okay with having it on your body for the rest of your life.
8. Take a Road Trip
Road trips can be so much fun, especially when you do it with people you’re close to.
I’ve been on over 11 road trips before I turned 20 and they were always a great bonding experience.
It’s so fun to stop at different places along the way and see the sights of different states.
9. Make a Bucket List
Things to do before turning 20 is really a list of what you as an individual would like to do.
I’ve made plenty of bucket lists and I recommend everyone makes one before they at least turn 20.
The things on your list don’t have to be extravagant but should at least be important to you. It’s a fun way to see what you want to do during your life.
10. Buy Your First Car
So I’ve bought two cars before the age of 20 but only one of them I’ve bought on my own.
I did have to take a loan to be able to buy the second one but I am paying for it all by myself.
I think making a big purchase at a young age is a good way to teach yourself responsibility.
It doesn’t need to be a brand new car.
After all, you are only turning 20.
11. Go to Disney World
I’ve been to Disney World once when I was 8 and once when I was 18.
It was just as magical at age 18 as it was at age 8.
When I was 8 I went with my family and stayed for a week.
When I was 18 I went with my boyfriend and we stayed for three days.
Whether you go for a short or a long trip, you have to go before you turn 20.
You will not regret it!
12. Practice Self Care
Practicing self-care is so good for you and why not start before you turn 20?
Life can be stressful, especially in your teen years when a lot of changes happen.
I started self-care in my late teens but wish I would’ve started younger as I feel so much better when I take care of myself.
There are plenty of things to do before you’re 20, but I definitely recommend a Glow Up Routine or a Glow Up Challenge to go on your to-do list.
13. Go to Prom
I went to both my boyfriend’s and my senior prom and had a blast each time.
Something about getting dressed up, going to a nice dinner, taking pictures, and dancing the night away is just so spectacular.
If you’ve already graduated high school but didn’t go to your prom you should definitely find some sort of ball or dance to attend before you turn 20.
14. Go to the Ocean
I love going to the beach.
It’s something I’ve done with my family every year since I was 9.
I don’t care what ocean you go to as long as you get there before you’re 20. It’s so relaxing listening to the waves crash and so much fun playing in the water and sand in the sun.
15. Become Confident
Get confidence in yourself before you turn 20.
Life is so much better when you’re confident in yourself.
I’m still working on being completely confident in myself, but my journey started well before I was 20.
Confidence is the key to success.
16. Hike a Mountain
Hiking is great exercise and the view you get once you’ve reached the top of the mountain is always breath-taking.
Get a group of friends, play some good music, and get hiking.
It’s exhausting and your legs will be burning by the end, but it’s such a great way to make some amazing memories.
17. Go on your First Date
No one wants to be that person in their 20’s who’s never been on a date.
I went on my first real date at the age of 15.
Also, don’t be that lame person who goes to the movies for their first date with someone. Do something fun! Go to play mini-golf, race go-karts, do a painting class, the options are endless!
18. Find a Hobby
If you are wondering about what to do before you turn 20, I suggest starting a cool hobby!
My first hobby started at a very young age, however, I realize many people don’t have hobbies. Find a hobby to do in your free time.
You can meet a lot of cool people that have the same interests as you by having a hobby.
My hobbies are painting and photography. Both are things that I enjoy doing when I get the chance.
19. Save Some Money
Young people need to learn to be better with money.
Saving money is another way to teach yourself responsibility.
Start saving before you’re 20, even if it’s only a little bit at a time, you never know when you’re going to need some extra cash.
And who knows, by the time you are 30, you might have a huge chunk of change in your account to buy that new house.
20. Love Yourself
Finally, before you are 20, please learn to love yourself.
You are the only “you” on this planet.
Be grateful for the person you are and love who you are unconditional. Learning to love me was the greatest blessing of my life.
And there you have it, the ultimate list of things to do before you turn 20!
I recently found this amazing YouTube video on more things you can do before you turn 20. Give it a watch and tell us your thoughts.
20 Things To Do In Your 20’s!
I hope you enjoyed our list of 20 things to do before 20! If they are things you can think of that you must do before you turn 20, leave your thoughts in the comments area below!
This guest post was written by Emily Simpson from The True Nanny Life Blog!
- What To Do On A Sunday Night To Have A Successful Week
- 100 Life Goals Ideas to Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2021
You are only Young and Free once in a Lifetime. Don’t become complacent during your 20s and instead put yourself and challenge yourself. You should persist, move around and be as creative as possible in your career. Thanks for sharing this incredible piece of information with us.
Absolutely, I agree.
Wow so amazing article! I’m from India ! I turned 20 this march ! Loved this post !