Approaching 30 often means making some changes, whether people are aware of them or not! Take a look at this list of changes that most people will make before they hit 30.

  1. Driving more sensibly

Between the ages of 17 and 24, we are more likely than any other group of people to break the speed limit. Recent statistics indicate that not only do 43 per cent of drivers break the speed limit by 5 per cent, but nearly a quarter break it by 10 per cent, and 10 per cent of other drivers exceed the limit by around 20 per cent.

Once we pass that age, however, those days are likely to be gone, along with taking chances at junctions, careering round corners and filling up at the very last minute. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and just think of all of the money you could save with your ‘no claims’ discount!

  1. Trading nights out for nights in

When a hangover starts lasting until Monday morning, you know it’s time to start trading nights out for nights in, or a tame trip to the pub. Drinks are savoured and paired with pizza or a good portion of pie and chips, alongside conversation you can actually hear without somebody shouting!

  1. Going travelling

As your 30s approach and the thought of settling down with home, work and familial commitments to your name creeps up, it’s inevitable to want to run away and experience more of the world before that time comes. Whether you’re craving an American road trip, a South American adventure or grand tour of Europe, take the plunge before you regret it.

  1. Getting more excited about homeware than clothes

Once upon a time, the prospect of treating yourself to a fancy new garment on payday would make your face light up. Now, dresses, shirts and trousers have been replaced by vases, prints and rugs – cool and quirky accessories to add the finishing touches to your home. You can never have too many patterned side plates.

  1. Ditching ‘friends’

Where once you may have tried tirelessly to reconcile with friends, no matter how badly they had treated you or unreasonable they were being, you’re beginning to prefer to just let things go. Maybe you’re tired of being the one to always make the effort, or are sick of dealing with lies? Whatever the reason, bad friends aren’t worth the time they aren’t willing to give back.

  1. Starting to save

Splurging on meals out, clothes and other luxuries takes a backseat when mortgages, pensions and potential ‘rainy days’ come into the equation. Unless you want to pay your parents board into your 30s, it’s time to start planning your future and going it alone. Welcome to adulthood!

  1. Enjoying the little moments

Quiet homemade dinners and lunch breaks spent with friends are little moments that, you’ll come to realise, mean a lot. Foregoing them for a big night out or sandwich at your computer may come back to haunt you because, as we get older and our lives get busier, we have less chance to do them. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

  1. Blocking friends’ Facebook updates

The older we get, the more our Facebook walls get flooded by baby, engagement and wedding spam. Lovely as it is at first, it can start to get tiresome, and it’s only a matter of time before our cursors inevitably hover over that ‘Unfollow David’ button.

  1. Swapping junk food for exercise

A bacon butty for breakfast, foot-long sub for lunch and a greasy burger for dinner: those were the days. As we get older, however, we start to realise that our pants aren’t quite fitting like they used to, and the stairs are becoming a struggle. There is only so much your body can take, and starting to exercise sooner rather than later can help to reverse any damage.

  1. Depending on your morning coffee

Orange juice? That stuff will soon become too weak for you. What you need to get your started in the morning is a kick: a delicious cup of steaming caffeine. If you haven’t already, you’ll soon find yourself joining the coffee shop line along with countless other yawning, bleary-eyed commuters.

Have you already made some of these inevitable changes, or is there something else you’ve seen creeping into your daily life, that we have missed? Let us know!