People have different methods of determining how far something is. Some people measure distance by time (a 5-minute walk from here), while others measure distance by, well, distance. However, how exactly can you tell how far—say, 30 feet—is?
30 feet can be broken down into 10 yards or 360 inches. In metric terms, 30 feet is equivalent to 9.144 meters.
However, merely knowing the equivalents of a distance in other units of measurement doesn’t help much. That’s why it may be a good idea to learn how quickly it will take you to travel 30 feet or to use objects that will give you a visual reference for how far 30 feet is.
4.4 to 5.9 Seconds of Walking
If you’re one of those people who like to measure distances by travel time, here’s what you do it properly. First, you have to measure how quickly you travel. If you’re a walker, you probably walk at a rate of 3 to 4 miles per hour.
If we convert that to feet per second, you’ll have to walk at a leisurely pace for around 4.4 to 5.9 seconds to cover a distance of 30 feet. Make sure you have a timer to count how long you’ve been moving your legs!
10 to 12 Footsteps
For those that don’t want to keep track of time while focusing on how they walk, here’s another trick you can do: count how many steps you take. On average, men cover 30 inches with each step, whereas women travel an average of 26 inches per step.
Knowing these figures, we can calculate how many steps it’ll take for someone, man or woman, to travel 30 feet. Men only need to take 10 footsteps, whereas women have to take an additional 2 steps.
Gingko Tree Spread
Even though Gingko trees are native to China, you can find them all over the United States, specifically in the eastern region of the country. Did you know that Gingko trees go way back before dinosaurs even existed? That’s pretty crazy, considering that they’re still thriving to this very day.
If you come across a Gingko tree, you can measure 30 feet by checking out its spread. The spread is simply how far the branches reach from one side to the opposite side. Gingkos have a spread of between 25 and 35 feet.
2 Sedan Lengths
Drivers of full-sized sedans and SUVs don’t need to worry very much about figuring out how long 30 feet is. After all, their vehicle will likely measure about 14.4 to 15.7 feet from bumper to bumper. That means all they have to do is take 2 lengths of their cars to get pretty close to 30 feet.
Now, what if you drive a stretch limo for some reason? Well, they’re also in luck since, for the most part, stretch limos are about 10 meters long. That’s less than a meter beyond the 30-foot mark.
Half a Bowling Lane
Measuring 30 feet is pretty easy if you’re an avid bowler. All you need to know is that a standard bowling lane measures 60 feet long. Cut the lane in and you’ll have precisely 30 feet on your hands, figuratively speaking.
However, if you want to take a more literal approach, you can take the widths of a bowling ball as your reference. 8.5 bowling balls is about 6 feet long, so you would need 42.5 of them to get to 30 feet.
1/3 the Distance Between Baseball Bases
Baseball remains one of our country’s most popular sports, despite its declining viewership numbers over the years. Nonetheless, it’s an entertaining sport and an important part of our great nation’s history. As such, there are several tight rules regarding how to construct a baseball field.
The diamond-shaped path that batters have to run is actually a 90-foot square. So, if you can cut the distance into thirds, one of those sections will get you 30 feet precisely.
Beach Volleyball Net
While we’re still on the topic of sports, I might as well talk about the measurement of a beach volleyball net. As a backyard sport, the net can be as short as you want, but according to the official guidelines as described by Volley USA, the poles that keep the net up should be about 29.6 feet apart.
Another way to help you visualize what 30 feet looks like, especially for those living outside of the US, is to look at objects that measure 9 meters long. That includes beach volleyball nets, a squash court, as well as 4 golf carts.
Kayaking is a fun sport for the super-athletic as well as those who just like floating in large bodies of water. Whatever it is you plan on doing in a kayak, you’ll have to make sure that you choose the correct type.
If you’re a recreational kayaker, your kayak probably measures around 10 feet long. Imagine placing 3 of them end to end with each other, and they’ll give you a collective length of 30 feet.
School Bus Length
Did you know that school buses come in various sizes? The type C school bus, which is the kind of bus that pops into mind whenever someone mentions the word “school bus,” measures between 20.9 and 38.9 feet long.
The length ultimately depends on how many passengers it can seat at a time. However, if you took the height of any school bus type, you would need 3 of them to reach a height of 30 feet.
Football End zone
If you want to use a sport to measure what 30 feet looks like, the best sport would be American football. The entire playing field measures 100 yards (300 feet), and there are markers for every 10 yards (30 feet).
Alternatively, you can look at how far the end zones go beyond the playing field. According to the NFL, the end zones must be exactly 30 feet deep.