30 Before 30: How Did I Do?

by Joanna E
30 Before 30: How Did I Do

A little less than a year ago, I compiled a list of 30 things I wanted to do before 30. Honestly, some of the things I just KNEW I wouldn’t get to do (like travel to Cuba), but it was a good idea to write down so I can do them eventually. The question is “How bad did I really do?” lol Here’s a list of at least 5 things I DID get to accomplish before turning the “big 3-0”. Funny enough, they’re all travel related.

Get My Driver’s License

I actually got my license before my 29th birthday and I’m glad I did it. If you live in NYC, it’s very common to be over the normal teenage years and not have a driver’s license. I’ve had my permit since 16, but never really needed a car. Since testing out the Elantra GT last year and the Ford Escape earlier this year, owning my own vehicle is something I’m working on.

Visit Tobago

Spending Memorial Day weekend in Tobago was both fun and funny for me. I definitely need a do-over; possibly with fewer kids and more beach. The whole glass bottom boat experience alone was a total nightmare. I would also like a chance to visit the area my father grew up and get the best crab and dumpling the island has to offer.

Travel to Another Continent

My first international trip for the year was to Cartagena, Colombia. While I was upset that I didn’t get to eat much traditional Colombian food, it was still a nice time to get away. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Bocagrande and did a combination of self and guided tours around the walled city and walking down the strip in Bocagrande. On my last day, I took a day trip to Playa Blanca in Isla Baru and it was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to.

Cartagena Architecture

Cartagena City
Playa Blanca

Go on a REAL Solo Trip

I don’t think I will ever get enough about talking about Curaçao because it was the first time I went on vacation depending on myself. I’ve traveled to cities in and out of the US on my own many times, but never to a location where I had zero friends or family. I was able to wander around downtown Willemstad, eat the local foods, take part in an underwater adventure on a submersible scooter and enjoy the nightlife BY MYSELF. It definitely encouraged me to be more comfortable by myself.

Girlfriend’s Getaway

On two occasions, I had the ability to visit Atlanta with friends. The first was my birthday weekend attending a ton of natural hair events and the second was for MLK weekend this year. I’ve been to Atlanta a couple times before so there wasn’t much excitement, but it’s always good to spend time with friends in a different environment every once in a while. Hopefully, the next girlfriend’s getaway will include a beach.

30 before 30 How'd I Do?


I’m about halfway through learning different meals, visiting new restaurants and God willing, I’ll be in Europe and South East Asia before the year ends. I purchased a Groupon for paint night, but unfortunately forgot about the class and missed it >_<. For my staycation at the end last year, my god sisters and I wanted to visit Liberty and Ellis Islands, but apparently, the process is much longer than we thought. Hopefully, these activities can all be done within the coming months, maybe years to come.

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