20 Things To Do Before You Turn 20

Your twenties are a pretty stressful time. Establish yourself, settle down, and kickstart a never-ending existence of disappointment and regret. Before all that, your teens are where it's at!

  1. 1

    Stay up all night.

    Whether it's for a school project or on a night out with friends, there is something transformative about watching the sun come up. Albeit, you must only do this once. More than once is a hellish nightmare especially if you have been running on energy drinks for 24 hours straight.

  2. 2

    Take a long-haul trip on your own.

    People hate to travel on their own and most of the time it's better to travel in groups of 2 or more. Taking a real live trip by yourself is definitely a big step toward adulthood and can be super liberating.

  3. 3

    Get inconceivably drunk.

    We normally wouldn't condone drinking but we'll make an exception. There is nothing quite like getting insanely, stupidly drunk to make sure you never get that drunk again. Better to get it out of your system than to be in your 20s and losing control of your life.

  4. 4

    Move out.

    Your parents love you very very much which is why you should leave them and neglect to call them or visit home. It's a rite of passage.

  5. 5

    Date someone you grow to hate.

    Date someone mysterious and terrible. Doesn't matter if it's for a week or a month. Just don't end up marrying them. Then you've taken the joke too far.

  6. 6

    Enjoy Ed Sheeran's music on some level.


  7. 7

    Be so hungover than you don't believe you're a real person anymore.

    This goes hand in hand with getting stupidly drunk. There comes a time where you must be so hungover that you can physically feel your soul trying to escape your body. This will serve as a very important reminder for the future.

  8. 8

    Have a summer where you do absolutely nothing.

    Is it noon and you're still asleep? Good.

  9. 9

    Get your first job.

    It doesn't matter if it's in an office, a shop, or a cafe. Working is a big thing to get under your belt before you turn 20.

  10. 10

    Be at your peak hotness level.

    Your metabolism is high. Your skin is probably clear since puberty ended. You haven't experienced the crushing weight of society yet. You're hot, damnit. Flaunt it.

  11. 11

    Get turned away from a nightclub.

    Forgot your ID? Didn't have ID in the first place? Wore sneakers on a night out? Such is life.

  12. 12


    Nothing like a little civic duty to majorly sober you up from that massive hangover.

  13. 13

    Discover something unsavory about your parents that changes your entire perception of them.

    Parents are one yikes after another. You may have grown up admiring them, but consider this your "coming of age". You'll discover a text, read an email, overhear your parents arguing. And then, bam! You've got yourself a family secret.

  14. 14

    Let a cute guy peer pressure you into smoking a cigarette after school.

    His name is Jesse. He's failing all his classes. And he carries a pack of Lucky Strikes in his back pocket at all times.

  15. 15

    Pierce something on your body and disappoint your parents.

    "It's my body, mom!"

  16. 16

    Host your own party.

    If you're lucky enough to have a free house at some point in your teens, you need to take advantage and shatter your parents' trust by having a party.

  17. 17

    Cry on public transportation.

    You haven't lived until a woman who smells like Vics Vapour Rub asks if you need a tissue on the bus.

  18. 18

    Attend prom.

    This experience is worth it for the photos alone.

  19. 19

    Freak out about your life.

    What are you doing in life? Will you be successful? What if you have to live with your parents forever? What if you flunk out of uni? Can you just…cease to exist?

  20. 20

    Eat 3 packs of Babybels in one sitting.

    Babybel's are so good, man.

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