30 Fun Hobbies To Try

24/06/2017 Lifestyle, Lists, Personal 12

30 Fun Hobbies To TryIt’s no secret that I’m a bit of a hobby maniac, or a ‘serial hobbyist‘ as I’ve previously referred to it, in that I just love taking up new, and often very random hobbies. I’ve tried everything from playing various instruments, to numerous crafts, and even sports (which for anyone who knows me, is pretty shocking!), and whilst a majority of them haven’t stuck, I think there’s just something really exciting, and even beneficial about trying something new.

In fact, I personally think that hobbies in general are good for us, because modern life is so insanely busy that just having that little bit of time to yourself, to do something you enjoy doing, is so valuable. Not to mention having hobbies can teach us lots of new skills (and you can literally learn anything you want on Youtube these days!)!

Therefore I thought I’d put together a list of lots of fun hobby ideas you could try out if you’re looking for a new interest, or just want to try something different:

  • Reading

So it’s probably no surprise that I would suggest reading as a fun hobby seen as I’m primarily a book blogger, but I couldn’t not put it on a list of incredible hobbies!

Even if you’re already a reader and just want to put a new spin on an old habit, you could try picking up a genre you wouldn’t usually read, or try non-fiction if you primarily read fiction or vice versa.

  • Blogging

No matter what your interests are – fashion, beauty, video games, reading – having a blog is great fun, and can not only hone your writing skills, but also help you make lots of new friends with similar interests!

  • Writing fiction

They say that everyone has a book in them after all! You don’t have to consider yourself an incredible wordsmith to give it a go – skill only comes with practice.

  • Writing poetry

Poetry has all the fun of writing, but with some puzzle-like aspects thrown in for good measure (rhythm rhyme, beats, form etc.). A great hobby for anyone who likes a challenge (and words!)!

  • Journaling

Writing a daily diary can not only be a fun and therapeutic thing to do, but is really nice to have to look back on years down the line!

  • Photography

You don’t need any big, fancy cameras to try and hone your photography skills. Even if you’re just out and about with your smartphone camera you can get some truly great images by learning different techniques and approaches.

  • Colouring

Adult colouring books have really taken off in the last few years, and so why not grab a pack of coloured pencils and let your inner child run wild (whilst hopefully staying inside the lines!)!

  • Drawing

You don’t have to be an incredible artist to try drawing: just having a bit of a doodle with a biro on a scrap of paper can be a relaxing way to while away some time, and with practice, you’ll certainly improve.

  • Painting

Again, you don’t need to be ‘a good artist’ to have a go at painting – skill comes with practice, and you can make some nice pieces of art just by sloshing round some bright colours!

  • Creating digital art

There’s now such an incredible array of tools and programmes available for computers that you can create amazing art digitally! This can be a great creative hobby for the more technologically inclined.

  • Art journaling

Art journaling puts a fun spin on traditional journaling, and allows you to really let your creative side out, in a safe space where no one else has to see unless you want them to. Write long passages, splash about some paint, stick things in and doodle all over the margins…there really are no rules!

  • Cross stitching

Cross stitching is pretty easy to pick up, and creates beautiful results, so this is great hobby if you’re looking for something simple and crafty to try. Not to mention you can find designs for pretty much anything you like online – I’m currently working on a cute Pokemon cross stitch design that I found on Pinterest!

  • Quilting

All you need are some pretty scraps of fabric and you could turn them into a cute quilt or cushion cover, or even a bag!

  • Sewing

Whether you work by hand or use a machine, sewing gives you the freedom to create your own fabric creations, and can be very relaxing.

  • Knitting

Knitting can seem very complex at first, but after a little practice you could be making your own scarves and jumpers…that’s Christmas sorted!

  • Jewellery making

Jewellery can really make or break an outfit, and so creating your own with your own individual stamp on it can be incredibly rewarding. You could even start selling your creations online or at craft fairs!

30 Fun Hobbies To Try
  • Card making

Everyone needs greetings cards, so why not try making your own? It’s fun to do, and is so much more personal!

  • Chess

Whilst there is a common idea of chess as boring and just for ‘geeks’ (I blame American tv high schools and their nerdy chess clubs!), it’s actually a great game for anyone who likes strategising or wants a bit of a brain workout. And it’s now so easy to learn using chess apps.

  • Join a sports team

If you particularly like a certain sport, why not up your game and try joining a local team to improve your skills and meet some new people?

  • Walking

Walking and hiking is a great way to get some exercise, as well as get some fresh air and do some exploring. Walking doesn’t have to be boring. Normally, if I don’t find a task to be very exciting, I like to incorporate my interests into it to make it enjoyable. Like with walking, I know a few people who have added the element of metal detecting into their routine. At first I thought it was very random, but the more I listened, the more I figured it was actually a cool idea. It is definitely something different. You’re doing exercise and having fun at the same time! Imagine what you could find on your walks. There are a number of hobbies that you can incorporate within one another. Just think about what you enjoy doing and you’re half way there.

  • Running

Whilst some of the more exercise-phobic (me included) running may seem like the worst hobby in the world, it’s great exercise and any kind of workout gets your endorphins going and can make you feel much more energised and motivated (contrary to expectations!). Running requires no special equipment, just a decent pair of shoes, and so is a really easy hobby to try!

  • Cycling

To a lot of people cycling is just a way of getting about, but a nice bike ride through some beautiful countryside can make for a really nice day out.

  • Going to the gym

Again, this one may not sound like fun to a lot of people, but personally I’ve started going to the gym in the last few months, and I’ve enjoyed getting that time to myself to do some exercise and listen to some music or a podcast on my earphones. And I really have felt so much less lethargic and unmotivated since starting to go to the gym!

  • Ice skating

Ice skating can be a bit tricky at first, but is so much fun once you get going! It’s a really great activity to do for the day with your friends or family and you never know, you might just find yourself with a new hobby!

  • Roller skating

Like ice skating, roller skating can be hard at first, but can be well worth persevering with, whether you buy yourself some skates or just go to your local roller rink (honestly, they aren’t just for kids parties – I’ve been to one and it was so much fun!). You could even progress to roller derby if you find yourself really enjoying it!

  • Collecting

Collecting things can prove to be a really rewarding hobby as you see your collection grow, whether it’s stamps, vintage jewellery, book or film merch, or Pop! figures.

  • Gaming

As with books and music, there’s such a wide variety of video games out there that there really is something for everyone. So even if you’ve never thought of giving gaming a go, it’s worth a try! For example, I’ve never been a huge gamer, but my boyfriend got me a Nintendo DS for Christmas, and I’ve now really got into Pokemon!

  • Nail Art

If you like having colourful nails, learning to do your own nail art can be really fun, and save you a fortune in getting manicures! YouTube is overflowing with ‘how-to’ videos for different types of nail art, so it’s easier than ever to learn how to do it yourself.

  • Learn a new language

Learning a new language can be incredibly rewarding, and may come in very useful in the future! There are now all sorts of apps and online courses that you can take, so literally anyone can learn.

  • Learn to play a musical instrument

Most people like music, so learning to play an instrument can be a really great hobby to try! Who wouldn’t want to be able to play their favourite songs, or even come up with their own?

So have you tried any of these hobbies? Are there any you would like to try, or anything you can add to this list?

12 Responses to “30 Fun Hobbies To Try”

  1. Greg

    I love photography but strictly as an amatuer, I don’t have a fancy camera or any training. Even so, if you’re in the right place at the right time you can often catch awesome images! And I love gaming!

    I know people who cross stitch and that’s really cool too.

    • Laura

      I’d definitely class myself as an amateur photographer too. I have a DSLR that I’ve had for a while, but I haven’t yet put in the amount of time to learn all of the settings and things, even though I keep meaning to!

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    You can never have too many hobbies and there are brilliant ones on here. Blogging, reading and writing are obvious. I do love colouring, it’s very soothing. I’ve not done it as much as I used to lately but it’s fun. I enjoy bullet journaling as well and list making. I used to try and learn languages but it’s difficult to do alone so maybe I should join a class? And I’ve tried drawing and digital art and I’m thinking of picking up again. i like creative outlets and I don’t really have one at the moment.

    • Laura

      I totally agree that you can never have too many hobbies! I have so many! 🙂
      I’ve definitely found colouring really soothing too, and I’ve always meant to have a go at bullet journaling but haven’t tried yet. Joining a class is probably an even better way of learning a language, as I guess you can practice conversations with other people then, and maybe get some feedback on pronunciation? And I really hope you enjoy getting back into drawing and digital art 🙂

  3. Lola

    I only have a few hobbies I really do regularly, mostly reading, blogging, baking/ cooking and gaming. but there are definitely a few on this list that I would like to give a try someday.

    I’ve done some coloring, although I haven’t done it in a while now, but it is a lot of fun. I would love to learn how to knit one day. I quite enjoy chess and there was a time I was really into a the board game go.

    And I totally agree with your statement about gaming, I do think there is a game for everyone. there is so much variety in games, that for almost everyone there is a game.

    Great list!

    • Laura

      It sounds like you have a good range of regular hobbies anyway! 🙂
      I think I’d like to get into board games more in general, just because the rare time I play them I always really enjoy it! I can’t say I’ve ever played Go though, so I’ll have to check out what that’s all about! 🙂
      And I think it’s the same for gaming as it is for books – you just have to find the type you like!
      Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I have at least dabbled in the first 10 you mentioned, except maybe coloring, even though I may be wasn’t great at all of them, and I used to do gymnastics and loved working out. And when I was in college, my roommate played the keyboard some, so she taught me how to play a few songs with two hands. I can still play like two simple songs really badly lol. That’s the only instrument I’ve ever somewhat learned though!

    • Laura

      I always wanted to do gymnastics! My sister did it when we were kids, but I thought I was ‘too old’ at that point, and I’ve never been very flexible unfortunately. I learned a little keyboard too, back when I was at school, as well as some guitar and violin. I’m not particularly good at any of them (in fact I can remember nothing of what I learnt about playing the keyboard or violin!), but I always like trying new things, so I did enjoy the lessons.

  5. Olivia Roach

    Loved this list! You already know I am a blogger, as well as a writer of both poetry and works of fiction! Hehehe :3 But I also really love yoga, cycling (it’s my main form of transport as I live in the Netherlands) and also nail art. Reading is kinda a given for me. I used to cross stitch a lot, but not anymore. I also colour and draw from time to time, but not too often. I rarely feel the want to, or have the time to when I do 🙁

    • Laura

      Yay for being a blogger and writer! Those two along with reading are easily my favourites of my many, many hobbies! 🙂
      I’ve always wanted to try yoga though! I’ve heard it’s meant to be very relaxing.
      And I know what you mean about not feeling like you want to colour or draw. I go through phases where I’m really into a hobby, and then I’ll go through a period where I really just don’t feel like it at all 🙁
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

    • Laura

      Haha, you must be a serial hobbyist too then! It is fun to try new things though 🙂
      And I agree – colouring is so relaxing!

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