Looking for a new hobby to start? We’ve compiled a list of 101 hobbies to check out.
When I was in high school and college, I remember feeling bored. The world was wide open with possibilities of creating and recreating myself. Yet, everything good in life seemed to be ahead of me. I was always waiting for that good part.
This past year living in NYC was a challenge. Even though we feel fulfilled in our careers, we had a hard time drawing boundaries between work and life. Since travel, our hobby, became our work, it almost became impossible to distinguish where to draw the line.
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Last Updated: September 19, 2023
101 Hobbies to Start in 2023 – Listed by Types of Hobbies
We also got swept up in the busyness of NYC. One day we made it a goal to put an end to our workaholism and take the evening off. After realizing we didn’t know how else to fill our time, we went right back to work.
The Benefits of Hobbies
A few reasons I want to find some new hobbies next year:
- To play and relax – We need to find hobbies that can make us zero money and that might possibly bore everyone. haha It needs to be something that we love to do for ourselves and not for content creation, which has weirdly become a prevalent part of the current human experience. If you don’t post it, did it really happen?
- To sharpen my mind – I have such terrible memory now and may well be on my way to having early onset Alzheimer’s (it’s in the family and it freaks me out).
- For personal growth, enrichment and emotional health – something I’m constantly needing work on.
- For better physical health – we already rock climb, but I think we need some activiities with cardio.
Other benefits include:
- Learning a useful skill
- Socializing and making new friends
- Making extra money
Also, with our blog, you may already know we’re all about exploring our hometowns and greater backyards. We firmly believe that adventure starts within yourself by cultivating a spirit of adventure. Many of these can be done at home, and how much more local can you get? ;)
“Find three hobbies you love: one to earn money, one to stay in shape, and one that allows you to be creative.” And if there were a fourth, we’d add one to make the world a better place. Which of these would you like to do next year?
Some of our friends are peak baggers (a form of collecting), where you summit a list of peaks of your choice (ie the 14ers in Colorado).
Start on a guided canyoneering trip, and read this canyoneering guide.
Mountaineering is more technical taking hiking to the next level. Pick up your gear at REI, since they have the best return policy. A great way to start is by going with someone who is experienced.
Camping can be as relaxing or extreme as you want. For example, we have this budget-friendly tent for car camping and this one for backpacking. If you’re car camping, don’t forget the essentials!
If you want to experience the outdoors but need the comforts, glamping is the way to go. See our favorite glamping spot.
Start first by rafting with a guide. Then pick up gear when you want to take it seriously.
Skiing or Snowboarding
We thought we knew what we were doing, but lessons can help so much!
Take lessons at a local archery club to see if it’s something you want to get into.
Cycling comes in different forms and is a great way to explore and challenge yourself. See cycling gear and advice.
Golfing is fun way to travel around the world. Read stuff every golfer should know.
You can become a full-fledged equestrian or do it for fun while traveling. We’ve done it a couple of times on trips but it’s not our favorite thing to do since it’s hard to shoot photos when you’re riding.
Lutz Jump, Twizzle, and Salchow Jump around the ice. Or if you’re like us, just try to learn skating backwards first. If you’re in NYC, here are the best ice skating rinks.
Martial Art of Kickboxing
I’ve been taking kickboxing on and off for 3 years. I borrow gloves but have my own hand wraps.
Parkour / Ninja Warrior
Ever since Ninja Warrior became popular, gyms have popped up everywhere. You can even build a homemade course.
Some of our friends were semi-pro paintballers. There are arenas all over the world. Pick up your own paintball gun to practice at home.
Jacob used to run a 10k every year with his dad until his knees got worse. It’s a great way to challenge yourself physically and mentally. We still have friends who travel all over for marathons and ultras.
Swimming is the best exercise especially as you get older. It’s less stress of your joints.
Join a Sports League
We’ve never gotten into yoga, but we love using this yoga mat at home to stretch.
Cruising is a great way to get a taste of many different countries and cities. Best part? You don’t have to worry about transportation. Check out our ultimate cruise calendar.
Learn to Fly a Plane
Check out the local airport to take lessons. Jacob took his first lesson in Las Vegas.
We’ve never entertained the idea of sailing full time since I get seasick, but we’re visiting some of our sailing friends this year. We’ll see if they change our minds.
You can take classes online, in person, or pick up guide books to help you get started.
We started taking hip hop classes last year, but after a few lessons, our teacher had to leave the city. Maybe next we’ll try salsa, ballroom, belly dancing, or even pole dancing.
We both grew up playing the piano but lost a lot of what we learned. We still bring our books around with the intention to start practicing again.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to paint. I took art classes when I was younger and Jacob bought me an easel so I can start again.
This toolset has the highest ratings.
If you want to take your singing to the next level, consider getting voice lessons.
Writing can come in many different forms. Join a writing group, or join NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November where you write a novel in a month.
Try your hand at writing your very own music. When you’re comfortable, you can even try performing it at local open mics.
Other Creative Hobbies
No extra equipment required, just some videos to get started.
There are many mediums (some advanced), but start with beginner’s kit.
Street art has gotten popular over the years. Now there are classes.
I suck at impersonations, but check out our friend who’s amazing!
It’s a great way to get over the fear of what people think.
With a little bit of practice, you can do some impressive tricks.
Release your inner barista by whipping up some latte art. If you don’t succeed, you can sip up your messy creation. We have a couple friends who are super into coffee and they’ve tried teaching us. It’s hard! Here’s a great book for inspiration.
We have a few podcaster friends. This set is all you need to get started.
Videography / Filmmaking
Learn how to capture and edit videos so you can create beautiful memories of your own travels. Want smoother video? Try a gimbal.
I did not know this was a thing until one of our friends got into it before his kid’s birthday party. All it took was a basic kit and a bunch of YouTube videos.
Learn to make candles with a DIY kit then enjoy your creations at home or give them out as gifts.
Cross-Stitching / Embroidery
This is another great hobby with a ton of resources and kits so you can DIY.
I have some basic tools and have learned from friends who make and sell jewelry.
Knitting / Crocheting
I go through weird intense phases where I knit and crochet all day every day.
This is a great starter kit for leather crafting.
Scrapbooking is a great way to work on something that you’ll cherish. With so many pre-made accessories, you can easily make it your own.
This is a great practical skill that will save you money. Since I’m short, I always need to hem my pants, which adds up. This is the sewing machine I use.
Food & Cooking Hobbies
Bread, brownies, cookies, scones… oh man, my mouth is watering just from these thoughts. Start off with the Baking Bible.
Brew Your Own Beer or Kombucha
If you love craft beers or kombucha, why not try making your own? This is the kit we used for kombucha. Even our friend who says she prefers store bought over homemade really liked mine.
Canning / Pickling / Making Jam
This is another great hobby to turn one love into another. If you already love coffee, try roasting your own beans.
I’ve always wanted to learn food styling, especially since we take so many food shots. Pick up a book or take local classes.
Apparently having plants in your home can reduce stress and improve productivity. Even with two black thumbs, I’m using Aerogarden to grow herbs, and they’re still alive!
If you’ve ever wanted to become better versed in wine, try taking a wine tasting class. You can also get this book to help you learn more about wines.
If I were to play, I’d get this chess board.
If you love dressing up, try cosplaying. I may try to dress up as Brook from One Piece for Halloween.
Lately we love playing Overcooked with friends.
Have a weekly poker night or play other card games. If you’re serious, you could even join tournaments.
If only I had a team of professors… I used to love going to Trivia Night. Even if you don’t win, at least you learn some random useless facts.
During our travels, we met so many birders. If you get into wildlife photography, these flashcards can help you with birds.
Foraging is a great hobby if you love to cook. This book will help you identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants.
Get a New Pet
I wouldn’t say we collect pets, but we love our two cats. We recently met some people who love breeding fish.
Enrichment & Miscellaneous
This is a great way to do something social and help you reach your reading goals.
Start off by getting a DNA test and see how much of your genealogy you can track.
If you spend a lot of time at home, this is a great way to personalize your space.
Bullet journaling is a nice way to keep records of your day-to-day without the pressure of writing. This is my latest hobby and I’ve really been enjoying it. After doing a bunch of research, I decided to use this bullet journal and picked up these pens and markers (they don’t bleed through the paper).
I recently reviewed a bunch of language-learning apps and rated my favorite ones. I still do 6 of them a day.
Learn How to Code
You can learn to code or design websites.
Learn Sign Language
These Youtube videos can help you get started.
Learn to Write with Non-Dominant Hand
I’ve always wanted to be ambidextrous. Practice writing or daily tasks with your non-dominate hand.
I started using a meditation app to help me sleep. It’s become a great habit that I’ll continue next year.
Minimalism / Declutter
We started regularly decluttering after we started moving every year. It’s been incredibly freeing. I love that Marie Kondo-ing is a thing. Here’s a great documentary to check out if you’re interested in minimalism.
Try Toastmasters to get over your fear of public speaking.
Pick something you care about and find a way to get involved with a local organization.
Favorite Quotes on Hobbies
If you need a few more words of motivation to pick up a hobby next year, here are some more quotes I loved.
- “I can never read all the books I want; be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.” – Sylvia Plath
- “Legendary innovators like Franklin, Snow, and Darwin all possess some common intellectual qualities—a certain quickness of mind, unbounded curiosity—but they also share one other defining attribute. They have a lot of hobbies.” – Steven Johnson
- Always find time for things that make you happy to be alive. – Unknown
Do you have any hobbies? What types of hobbies have you had in the past?
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.