• Sunrise at the Highlands of Scotland

25 things you’ll be glad you did before turning 25

As the clock hit midnight, an epiphany came to me: I’m 25 years old and I’m enjoying life to the fullest without any worry in the world whatsoever. What now?

You see, I have always been worried by the notion of peaking out at a very young age since I knew beforehand that it would get harder and harder to top each year’s most awesome experiences but hey, as I look at myself in the mirror I only have a few words to say to myself:

“Challenge accepted, you old bastard”.Β  Here’s a recap of the 25 most awesome things I’m glad I did before turning 25. What are some of yours?

My Braveheart experience at the Highlands


My birthday gift: “Raphael, here’s 25 things you’ll be glad you did before turning 25”

1. You’ll be glad of being alive since that’s the greatest gifts of them all. Don’t take life for granted and appreciate the joy of getting stamped.

2. You’ll be glad of the fans, the rock and the fame. But more important is the lives you’ve changed.

3. You’ll be glad of your family and the values they taught you. A man’s not an island and the truth will enchant you.

4.- You’ll be glad of the day you talked your way out of getting arrested by the Mexican Police. Who can forget the cries of Patrice.

5. You’ll be glad of the fact you have seen most of the world. Can you believe that some folks have never left home?

6. You’ll be glad to realize you’ve been with more persons than years. As you get older, better tune up those gears.

7. You’ll be glad of your wittiness even if it is tiring. Now, if you excuse me, I better stop rhyming.

8. You’ll be glad of the time you shouted “freedom” after boarding an airplane

9. You’ll be glad of that selfie you took with someone famous: Yourself

10. You’ll be glad about that night you don’t remember but everyone else will never forget

11. You’ll be glad of the mountains you climbed, of the rivers you crossed, of the lands you explored

12. You’ll be glad of the time that you chose to wear a kilt in public while in Scotland

Sunrise at the Highlands of Scotland

Sunrise at the Highlands of Scotland

13. You’ll be glad of the many dumb mistakes you’ve made on the way

14. You’ll be glad that you were not born rich since that’s how you learned the virtue of hard work

15. You’ll be glad to remember the person you were because you will appreciate the person you’ve become

16. You’ll be glad to have experienced love at least once no matter what happened after

17. You’ll be glad about the time you booked a ticket without looking where the destination was

18. You’ll be glad of the fact that you’re healthy and fit, even if just a little overweight

19. You’ll be glad about the day you decided to embark on your journey of wonders

20. You’ll be glad of the many friends you have met ever since you started this adventure

21. You’ll be glad of the many accomplishments of your newfound career of travel blogging

22. You’ll be glad about the many times people said “no” since the word “yes” means so much to you now.

23. You’ll be glad of the sacrifices you have made because it puts success into perspective

24. You’ll be glad of the haters you have because it’s a proof of the fact that you’ve made it

25. And finally, you’ll be glad of the fact that starting a blog allowed you to know awesome readers like the ones that are reading this letter. Happy birthday to me and I wish you all the best in your upcoming journeys! πŸ™‚

What are some of your top 25 things you’ll glad you did before you turned 25? Share your thoughts and until next time, my dear readers!

Roman Selfie at Wales

Yes, I’m THAT kind of traveler. Love me, hate me, let me be your star πŸ˜‰

July 8th, 2015|Categories: Travel Inspiration|
Raphael Alexander is a Nomadic Digital Marketer and Travel Influencer who overcame the chains of the local economy and found a way to achieve his dream of having a professional life while traveling the world non-stop. His goal in life is to inspire the people of the world to unleash their full inner potential. A perfect day for him includes exotic animals, ancient pyramids, breath-taking waterfalls and tasty tacos. Lots of tacos.


  1. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs January 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Love them all, but the number 16!

  2. Fatou January 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I really connect with number 20!

  3. Risa January 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your list. I sometimes feel like I haven’t known a lot of people but then I think back on it and realize that I have really gotten to know a lot of people over the years. I’m thankful for all the people I have met.

  4. Erica Brooks January 8, 2015 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Awesome list and photos. It must have been awesome to wear a Kilt in Scotland. I love participating in local culture when I travel too.

  5. Manu Kalia January 9, 2015 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Amazing list! The number 24 was my favorite! The number 25 of my years was just worth it.

  6. Katie January 9, 2015 at 5:48 am - Reply

    & After reading more of your blog recently I think you should add “you’ll be glad of being one of the rare bloggers who talks as if they don’t give a sh*t” – loving your style… Happy Birthday!

  7. April Decheine January 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    This is a great list, my boys have a list similar to this. Number 24 is the best!

  8. Brent and Stacey-jean Inion January 10, 2015 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Great list. You nailed it and summed them all up in number 1. Awesome to see someone living his life to the fullest. It keeps getting better. Press on.

  9. Donna Meyer January 10, 2015 at 1:22 am - Reply

    Great list. And since it has been many decades since I was 25, I think I’m safe is saying YES, you will be glad for all these things, and many many more. The best one is #15!

  10. Hitch-Hikers Handbook January 10, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Nice accomplishments, Raphael! I’m glad I’d set off on the road as a solo female backpacker before turning 25. You can only get that kind of courage when you’re young; it’s been harder and harder to find it as I get older.

  11. Paula Through the Looking Glass January 10, 2015 at 2:31 am - Reply

    great list! Did quite a few of these myself before 25, but that was a little while ago now

  12. Escaping Abroad January 10, 2015 at 10:44 am - Reply

    Can’t say I relate to all of these, but #1 and #14 are the best πŸ™‚

  13. Carina January 10, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

    What a great list! Did many of them myself although I started with most of the points after I turned 25 πŸ˜‰ HAPPY BIRTHDAY and keep on traveling and entertaining us with your stories!
    P.S.: It was also my birthday yesterday (though I was born a few years before you πŸ˜‰ ) and I celebrated it in Finland as well πŸ™‚

  14. Marielle Altenor January 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    There’s a lot of this that I haven’t done. One thing I am glad I did is open a retirement saving account! I know, boring right? LOL

    • Raphael Alexander Zoren January 21, 2015 at 4:46 am - Reply

      I wish I had a retirement account but then again, I don’t plan to retire ever haha I’m a travelholic workaholic!

  15. Toni January 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    Happy birthday. So many things to be thankful for, Ihope you find many more in life.

  16. Betsy Wuebker | PassingThru January 10, 2015 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Great list and happy birthday! Not one item of “stuff” and all experiential. That is the biggest lesson, I think. I remember myself at 25 and it was a fairly safe, conventional existence. The self-awareness came later, better late than never.

  17. Trisha Velarmino January 11, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    No puedo creer que solo tenes 25 aΓ±os. No mames! Jajajaja. Feliz cumple, wey!!!

  18. Hanna January 14, 2015 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Great list! I think there are so many people in the world who don’t think what are they thankful for… It’s just sad. When I turned 25 I was happy that finally I’ve found my path in my life, I just learned what I want to do in my life. And know, in one month I’ll be 27 and I’m so happy that I’m still fulfilling myself and even if it’s not very easy, I have this passion to fight for my dreams and make them come true whatever happens! Wish you the same! πŸ™‚ Happy birthday! πŸ™‚

  19. Ryan Biddulph January 20, 2015 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Boy Raphael do I love the joy of getting stamped! I dig that one and hell all of the things you noted. You’re on your way dude; at 25 I was working in an office job wondering what life had in store for me. At 35 the fun began and now a few weeks short of 40 I’ve become a full time pro blogging digital nomad. Keep on inspiring dude!


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