I’m coming up on my 30th birthday in January. My best friend’s big 30th birthday is next month. We’ve been talking about how to make it big and unforgettable, but we’ve been scratching our heads for huge, manly, 30th birthday ideas.
Parties are cool. Huge parties are great. I love feeling celebrated. But to me, that’s not original enough. And it’s not mantastic enough. I want something over-the-top, dangerous, and completely unique when it comes to manly 30th birthday ideas.
When people think of big birthday’s like their 30th, maybe they think about going skydiving or something like that. Perfect—but others have already been there and done that. I want something wholly original.
So please, help me out. There’s not much time. My best friend and I are talking about doing a combined killer, adventurish, manly, all-time great birthday extravaganza sometime between now and January. And I want your input. I’ve come up with some ideas below. But please, leave your wildest ideas in the comments below!
1. Go Alligator Wrestling
I’m serious. I am legitimately trying to find a place in Southern California where legit alligator wrestlers hang out. I just need to find out where it is, how much it costs to get trained, and if I can jump in with a small or medium sized gator immediately!
You should expect that if you don’t help me come up with a better 30th birthday idea, and I actually find a place where I can do this, you’ll see photos of it by January.
You’ve got to read what I wrote on how to beat these beasts and survive by clicking here How to Wrestle An Alligator.
2. Race a NASCAR on an official track
Probably my next, most accessible idea is simply paying to drive an expensive car on a legit race track. I just want to get up to 200 mph once in my life.
3. Go whale hunting. Or hunting some other dangerous animal for that matter.
A really pretty girl gave me this idea today. I promise, if you’re looking to strike up conversation that makes you sound like a man, tell a woman you need her help planning a birthday (ladies love planning parties). Then tell her it needs to be more manly, dangerous and original than skydiving or even alligator wrestling. It’s awesome.
Her very first idea to me simply was, “Whale hunting.” I’m thinking, “This can go places.”
Anyways, I don’t know how to sign up for something like bear, whale, or dinosaur hunting. As long as it’s not illegal, and its remains won’t be wasted, it sounds like a pretty awesome 30th birthday idea for men to me.
4. Learn a new, extreme skill and put it to use immediately.
My best buddy Brian and I were thinking it’d be great to learn something very intricate and stealthy and do it on our birthdays. The problem is we don’t have time to invest mastering a skill then putting it to work before the big THREE-ZERO. Help us out. Can you think of something that can be trained in a day, and immediately put to use?
5. Climb a treacherous mountain.
One does not simply climb into Mordor for your 30th Birthday…
6. Appear on American Gladiators
This happened to wind up on my list of bucket list items you shouldn’t feel obligated to do. 12 Things A Man Doesn’t Have To Do Before He Dies.
7. Cattle driving, lassoing or subduing a wild animal.
This seems pretty accessible. Especially for someone (me) who lived in Texas for 8 years. Did you know that California (where I currently live) produces more agriculture than any other State in the Union? That’s right. California IS farmer country.
Anyways, if they did it on City Slickers, I need to. And this should be a rite of passage for my son.
Read on about Boys Becoming Men.
8. Take an amateur fight.
This might require training. Then again, if you feel scrappy and fit enough…nah probably not worth the risk of injury…oh wait. Yeah, I want to be a man and do something crazy for a 30th birthday idea. Sign me up Mick.
You’ve got to read my favorite guest post How To Win A Bar Fight from Steve Ramsbottom.
9. Train for and dominate a food eating competition.
That beautiful woman I referred to earlier gave me this idea. It’s kind of strange that she would suggest I do this considering she’s a juicing machine die hard.
10. Fly in an F-15
Yeah, that’s right, a jet. John and I’s buddy, Jon @ Free Money Wisdom, told us he saw this very deal on Groupon just a few months ago! This may be the pinnacle of 30th birthday ideas.
Your Best Manly 30th Birthday Ideas Please
Now it’s time for you to help. I’ve been passing out the ideas here, now I need yours. Help me make my best friend and my’s big day great. What are your grand 30th birthday ideas?
Make sure to read my follow-up 30 Years and 30 Life Lessons by clicking here.