A Twenty-Something Traveler Turns 30

So that finally happened.

When I started writing Twenty-Something Travel I was 25 years old. I was living at home, dating random guys on OkCupid and planning, desperately hoping really, that I would get the chance to travel full-time for just one year. Just a year and then I would be ready to settle down (ha.) The idea that I would one day be thirty, and that I might still want to travel, much less blog, never crossed my mind.

Me at 25

Like most mid-twenty-somethings I never really thought about turning 30, at least not in any concrete way. But, time passed. I did get to travel, a lot actually. I got married. I pursued my dream career with both successes and failures. And now here I am, somehow, 30 years old.

Which means this blog is now over.










Kidding! I would never do that.

In truth, I’m mostly pretty excited about turning 30. My twenties were an amazing, wild decade that I managed to live on my own terms, and I expect to do the same in my thirties. I celebrated my birthday by pushing myself totally out of my comfort zone at a music festival in Austin, Texas, surrounded by my husband and friends (a husband and friends who I would never have met if I hadn’t started blogging, I might add).

Me at (almost) 30

In fact, I would go into the next decade completely unencumbered if it weren’t for one small, enormous issue. This website.

I have paid for naming my blog Twenty-Something Travel many, many times over. Every time I meet someone (and in my profession, I meet a lot of people) the first thing they ask me after hearing about my website is “What happens when you turn 30?”

God, I loathe that question. I have answered that question in many ways: seriously, flippantly, like a smart ass (“I’m already 43”), and the truth all along was I didn’t really have any idea. In fact, I asked you guys last year, on my 29th birthday what you thought I should do. Change the websites name? Create a new site and leave this as a resource page?

I’ve had plenty of time to think about it and what I decided was this: I’ve worked too hard on creating this site to either rebrand it or abandon it. From a business perspective, it’s just not smart to mess with a name that is pretty well known and respected in the travel blogging industry. Furthermore, I believe in the message of Twenty-Something Travel and I don’t think it’s such a narrow message that it doesn’t apply once you hit a certain number of digits.

Can’t stop, won’t stop

So Twenty-Something Travel will be staying the same, for now anyways. My amazing staff writers Kay and Jessica will continue to provide their very different twenty-something perspectives and I will continue writing as well.

As I’ve mentioned before, a lot of the writing I do on a daily basis isn’t even for this site. Twenty-Something Travel is my creative outlet and I cherish it. In time I might transition some of that writing, particularly stuff that is only tangentially related to travel to (don’t click it, there is nothing there yet), but that assumes I ever find the time to build it out.

Until then, let us continue our 5 year conversation about traveling as a Millennial and all the joys, heartbreaks, trials and tribulations that go along with it.

But first let’s eat some leftover cake.

28 Responses to A Twenty-Something Traveler Turns 30

  1. Pauline October 28, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

    Happy 30th Birthday, Steph!! Cheers to an even greater decade ahead 🙂 The blog is awesome as it is and I think you should keep doing what you do!

  2. Rachel of Hippie in Heels October 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

    Happy birthday! Your site is incredible – thank god you aren’t abandoning it:)

  3. Cailin October 28, 2014 at 1:32 PM #

    Welcome to the dirty thirties!!! Woo! 🙂

  4. Katie October 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

    Happy Birthday! I think you are right to stick with this page, so what if you are no longer a “twenty something.” I have gone through a similar identity crisis with my site, I call it WorldWideVegetarian, but I am now vegan and really don’t include vegetarian topics anymore. But whatever, that’s my site, and I am sticking with it, and I haven’t even been going nearly as long as you have. Keep up the great work, and don’t worry about the site title!

  5. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren October 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM #

    Woah, you had me there for a second 😉 HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love this blog.

    Happy travels 🙂

  6. Ali October 28, 2014 at 4:34 PM #

    Happy birthday! And I totally agree, your site is really successful and well known, no sense in trying to change the name and re-brand. Glad you’re sticking with it!

  7. Suzi October 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM #

    Happy birthday Stephanie! I’ve always been a fan of your blog and am so happy it will continue on. I’m also approaching the end of my twenties and will be excited to be inspired by your journeys in your 30s.

  8. Ali October 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM #

    good on you, i’m sure everyone is happy that nothing’s changing!

    21 year old travel blogger

  9. Colleen Brynn October 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM #

    Happy bee, first of all, and good for you for hanging onto the reins of your ship! Let it be whatever you want it to be. 🙂

  10. Kristina October 28, 2014 at 7:04 PM #

    We’ve enjoyed journeying along with you. I’ve found you very inspiring over the years as I’ve launched into my own travel lifestyle. Thanks for writing and sharing it all with us!

  11. Katie @ The World on my Necklace October 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM #

    Welcome to the 30’s club! I was a bit nervous about turning 30 but now I am about to turn 32 I no longer care. I am wiser and happier than I was in my 20’s (early 20’s at least) and am looking forward to seeing what the rest of my 30’s will bring 🙂

  12. Oksana | Drink Tea & Travel October 28, 2014 at 9:18 PM #

    Happy birthday, Steph! Age is just a number.. so twenty-something or thirty-something is just a label. What matters is the content inside and what you’ve built here is definitely relevant to many travelers regardless of their age. Glad to hear things aren’t going to change!

  13. Silvia October 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM #

    Eee happy birthday, Steph! 30 already feels like a big deal without having a decision like this hanging over it, so thank goodness you didn’t crisis out on us and abandon the site!

  14. Rebekah October 28, 2014 at 10:47 PM #

    I’m really glad you’re not destroying this site or anything. It has all the best information! Happy Birthday and I’m sure we’ll all be reading this site for many many more years 🙂

  15. Mia October 29, 2014 at 1:53 AM #

    Happy Birthday Stephanie! I wish you and your family all the best!

    I’d like to add a very special thank you for all of the hard work put into these tips and tricks of travel! This wonderful blog has helped me survive some of the hardships of adventure

  16. Christie of The Butterfly Editions October 29, 2014 at 6:17 AM #

    Happy 30th Birthday, Steph! Glad the site isn’t going anywhere, its so incredibly useful and interesting!

  17. Edna October 29, 2014 at 6:28 AM #

    Happy 30th birthday Steph! Sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet up in Seattle but hopefully our paths will cross again soon 🙂

  18. Flora Baker October 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM #

    Happy birthday Steph! Glad to hear nothing’s happening to the site – I can’t wait to see where the next five years take you!

  19. Laura October 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM #

    Happy birthday! So glad you’ll be sticking around on here!

  20. Betty J. Ogburn October 29, 2014 at 6:55 PM #

    …Happy Belated Birthday–here’s to many decades more of peace, love, and travel, :-)!!…

  21. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer October 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM #

    Steph!!! Happy birthday! Can’t wait to read about your adventures in the future and to (hopefully) catch up with you again in the near future (Costa Brava)?

    Hope you had a great time celebrating your 30th!

  22. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas October 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

    Sending birthday hugs from Spain! I’m just a few months from 30 and hope it’s just as fun, nerve-wracking and fruitful as my 20s. Glad to hear you’re continuing!

  23. Muhammad Abdullah October 31, 2014 at 12:42 AM #

    It was god reading your article always, Nice pictures again. Thanks for sharing keep writing!

  24. Kayla November 4, 2014 at 11:09 PM #

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for continuing this blog. It is one of the first travel blogs I have ever read and it is definitely one of my favourites, so I am so happy you are continuing!

  25. Sammi Wanderlustin' November 12, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

    Happy (somewhat belated) 30th birthday, Steph.

    I’m glad you’re not rebranding it, another fairly well known travel blogger has done that recently & I think her old name suited her better. I also think if you did rebrand, you’d still be Steph of Twenty- Something Travel, regardless.

  26. Darnell (Tour Guide) January 21, 2015 at 3:35 PM #

    Will you or one of your staff be coming to Heartland Travel Showcase in Chicago this year?
    Just because you turned 30 does not mean you don’t have what it takes. Take it all in and travel!

    • Steph January 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM #

      Thanks! Afraid none of us will be making it there this year. There are so many potential conferences to invest in!

      • darnell January 22, 2015 at 1:15 PM #

        Thanks, have a wonderful day!

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