You may be looking for a new hobby, skill, or activity to keep you entertained over the summer. Hobbies are a great way to explore new passions, meet new people, and develop different skills that can be used in your everyday life. From sports to languages, there are hobbies for everyone. You may even find a new skill you didn’t know you had or choose to turn your passion into a career.
Here are just a couple of ideas for hobbies that you could take up this summer:
Boating and sailing is a very common hobby and can be recreational or competitive. Depending on where you live, you may need certain certifications, qualifications, or licenses, such as this one from I Learn To Boat – Oregon, so make sure you do your research and are prepared.
You can also join a sailing school or course to help teach you everything you need to know about boating and how to do it safely and correctly.
Yoga is a great way to combine mindfulness and exercise. It is a non-competitive form of exercise that can easily be modified to suit your level of experience. You could join a yoga class or follow an online class, helping to boost your strength, flexibility, and awareness of your body.
Spending time in your garden is a brilliant way to get fresh air and spend some time in nature. You may spend a lot of time inside, at a desk or computer, and so tending to your garden or outside space can be a welcome reprieve.
You could grow your own vegetables to eat or create a beautiful exotic garden. There are also many plants you can use that are great for first-time gardeners, so you don’t have to be an expert to make your yard look amazing.
Arts and Crafts
This is such a varied hobby to take up, as there are numerous types of crafts and styles of art that you could try your hand at. Painting, mosaics, jewelry making, and pottery are all common options. You can work out what would be best for you by looking at your budget and how much time and space you have to dedicate to your new crafting hobby!
You could even go to a fun painting event at Painting with a Twist to see if painting is your new calling. Make it even more fun by having a friend join you.
Learning a new language is incredibly useful, and doing it as a hobby can take some of the pressure off. If school put you off learning languages, learning one as a hobby can help you get back into the swing of it, as you can learn at your own pace and don’t have to worry about tests or assessments.
Instruments are a great way to broaden your skills, as you won’t just learn how to play a specific instrument, you can also learn musical terminology and how to read music. From the flute to the cello, there are so many options to choose from, with physical classes or online tutorials available to guide you along the way.
Bonus: Lock Picking
You read that right. Lock picking is a legitimate skill and sport practiced by many professional locksmiths and locksport enthusiasts. It’s also an extremely handy skill to have during lock emergencies. Anyone can learn how to pick locks. You only need a basic lock pick set and a lot of patience to master all the tools and techniques for the trade. The good news is that you can find plenty of free tutorials on YouTube and the internet, so what are you waiting for? Start learning now!
*Photos by Anna Shvets