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Top 10 things to do before you're 20

Written by The Leap on 21 / 09 / 2017

Gap Year Advice

I know, how can there be a list of top 10 things to do before 20 when, according to statistics, 40% of us still can’t work a washing machine.

With each generation being exposed earlier and earlier to social media and the world we live in today, it's not a surprise that teens are turning into adrenaline junkies from a younger age.

However young 20 is, here is a list of the top 10 things to do before you turn 20.

1. Go on a road trip

Grab your things, a friend and your car keys and get going! Road trips are meant to be spontaneous and an adventure. However, make sure that you actually go further than the next door village...

2. Get outside your comfort zone

By doing this, you'll grow as a person. You'll make some incredible memories, while more than likely taking some breath-taking photos as well. You'll gain valuable experience and confidence so that a daunting interview is a walk in the park.

3. Get a passport and take it somewhere!

Get your hands on your passport, it's a golden ticket to anywhere. You'll be as free as a bird, flying from Italy to Madagascar, the world is your oyster. Take a gap year or just a summer away, there is plenty of help out there to plan and organise where you want to go if you are unsure.

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4. "All weekender"

Do an all-weekender. Get it all off your chest before you have to knuckle down with either university or working. You'll learn a lot about yourself in those 48 hours. Take that information and build upon it, you'll come out a better person and, more than likely have some hilarious stories to tell.

5. Vote

To be able to vote is an important, grown-up role. You'll be changing the foreseeable future for your generation and generations to come. Your say is important, voice it!

6. Eat something you can't pronounce

May sound disgusting, but you may stumble across a new favourite! It will also show your maturity and open-mindedness towards trying new things.

Who know's, in the future you may be in a new country, trying new food, with new people. Sounds exciting no?

7. Get a job!

There is nothing more satisfying than earning your own money. Having a job is not only important for your bank balance, but for your CV and work ethic also. Turning 20 with having only one job on your CV (which was helping dad over summer) isn't going to look great, is it?

Even if it's internships or volunteering, get out there and learn about the world you're living in! Internships and volunteering can be done abroad, so not only will you be learning about life but you might also come back with a tan and some very 'instagramable' photos!

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8. Watch a sunrise

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Well, why not? You're young, more than likely not going to get another chance to do it again for a while, as 'adulting' always gets in the way!

9. Run a half marathon

here are so many good and empowering reasons why to run a half marathon. The side effects aren't so bad either, such as, weight loss and an increase in endorphins (the body's happy pill).

Raising money is so easy now with social media, that all you have to do is just put the work in. The feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming and one that you want to feel again. Particularly as you know that the hard work you are putting into running the race is helping so many others.

10. Do THAT thing...

Do that one thing that you've always dreamed of doing. Go get a piercing or go dye your hair that bright pink colour you love. Just DO it. Before you get 'too grown up' for it or there are restrictions at work. Let that free spirit in you run wild. You'll regret it if you don't.

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