101 Hobbies to Start in 2019 – Listed by Types of Hobbies

When I was in high school and college, I remember feeling bored. The world was wide open and the possibilities of creating and recreating myself were endless, but everything good in life seemed to be ahead of me. I was always waiting for that good part.

Now, I’m no longer preparing myself for the future. Perhaps I’ve already arrived.

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Published: Dec 26, 2018

101 Hobbies to Start in 2019 – Listed By Types of Hobbies

As much as we love our work, lately our work has become a problem. With travel blogging, there isn’t much separation between work and life, and we’ll admit that we’re both workaholics.

We got swept up in the busyness of NYC and only realized recently how much we started to value work more than anything else. One day we made it a goal to take the evening off, and when we realized we didn’t know how to fill our time, we went right back to work.

This might sound simple, but for us, it hasn’t been so easy. We also need something that we love to do for ourselves and not so we can post about it, which is weirdly a prevalent part of the present human experience.

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. hahaTo 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 skillSocializing and making new friendsMaking extra money

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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. 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?

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Outdoor HobbiesSports HobbiesTravel HobbiesThe Arts & Creative HobbiesCrafting HobbiesFood & Cooking HobbiesGamesCollecting HobbiesEnrichment & Miscellaneous

Outdoor Hobbies


Some of our friends are peak baggers, which is a form of collecting where you summit a list of peaks of your choice (ie the 14ers in Colorado). Also check out our 25 best hikes in the world.

 Rock Climbing

It’s a great way to exercise without feeling like you’re exercising. Frequenting the local climbing gym has also been one of the best ways for us to make friends as we move from city to city. Here are some beginner climbing tips for getting started.


Get started by going on a guided canyoneering trip. This is also a great guide to get started.


A lot of climbers also slackline to work on their balance, but there are also people who only slackline. This is the kit we want to set up at home once we move out of our tiny NYC apartment. 


Mountaineering is taking hiking to the next level by adding in more technical aspects. You can pick up gear at REI, and they can always show you the best gear. They also have the best return policy.

 Mountain Biking

Explore the outdoors on two wheels. Pick up some mountain biking faves here.


Camping can be as relaxing or as extreme as you want. Just as an example, we have this cheaper tent for car camping and this one for long backpacking trips.


If you want to experience the outdoors but still need the comforts, glamping is the way to go. This is one of our favorite glamping trips.

Kayaking, Canoeing, or SUP

Kayaking, canoeing, and/or SUP are great when you travel because it lets you explore areas most people don’t get to. This was one of our first times kayaking.


Try this out by going on rafting trips with guides. You can then pick up some gear when you’re ready to take it more seriously.

 Skiing or Snowboarding

We’ve met quite a few people who move to a new city just because of their love of skiing or snowboarding. If you’re worried about the cold, just be sure you have solid winter clothes and you’ll be all set.

 Scuba Diving

We had always been interested in scuba diving and finally took classes and got certified in San Diego. We’re whiskey divers now.

 Fishing, Crabbing, or Lobstering

Here’s a great beginner fishing kit to get your feet wet. We also wrote this guide on how to go crabbing on the Oregon Coast.

More: 25 Best Hikes in the World to Put On Your Bucket List

Rock Climbing Acadia National Park

Sports Hobbies


A great way to start is by taking lessons at a local archery club.


Regardless of how serious you take bowling, if you go more than a few times a year, you should pick up your own shoes to save money (men’s and women’s).


Cycling comes in many different forms and is a great way to explore and challenge yourself. Check out cycling gear here.


Golfing is great hobby to pick up and something you can do while traveling around the world. Read this book on stuff all golfers should know.

 Horse Riding

Whether you want to become a full fledged equestrian or just horseback ride when you’re traveling, there are plenty of different options to get into this.

 Ice Skating

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 to visit.

 Martial Arts or Kickboxing

I’ve been taking kickboxing with a gf of mine on and off for a couple years. I would borrow gloves, but I always had my own hand wraps.

 Parkour / Ninja Warrior

Ever since Ninja Warrior became popular, gyms have been popping up everywhere for free running and NW training. You can even start to build a homemade course.


A couple of our friends were semi-pro paintballers. There are arenas all over the world and you can even pick up your own paintball gun to practice at home.


Jacob used to run a 10k every year with his dad and has done a half marathon. Neither of us really enjoy it any more but we have a lot of friends who do. We love these shoes (men’s + women’s) since they’re great for travel and running.


We picked up one of these pennyboards to learn this year but have been intimidated by the car and pedestrian traffic in NYC.


We’ve been surfing a few times and even took surfing lessons while we lived in San Diego. We’d love to get back into when we’re closer to the ocean.


Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise especially as you get older since you don’t put as much stress of your joints.

Join a Sports League

Join your local rec league, whether it’s basketball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, or Jacob’s latest obsession – pickleball.


We’ve never gotten into yoga, but our yogi friends swear by these yoga mats.

More: 9 Wonderful Places to Go Ice Skating in NYC

Ice Skating NYC Central Park


Travel Hobbies


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.

 Road Tripping

Road tripping is a great way to explore the area around your city and appreciate your greater backyard. To help you get started, check out our day trip guides and weekend trip guides.


We loved our 3 months living in an Airstream and recommend trying it out for a season or even a week. Even if you’re not a full timer, it’s great to travel 3-4 months out of the year.


We’ve never entertained the idea of sailing full time since I get seasick, but we’re visiting some of our sailing friends hopefully this year. We’ll see if they change our minds.

More: The Ultimate RV Checklist – Everything You Need For Your First RV

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The Arts and Creative Hobbies


This is a great hobby you can practice anywhere without any extra equipment. Watch some videos to get started beatboxing.


We started our blog as a hobby before it became our full time gig. If you want to start a blog, here’s how to start a blog in 5 easy steps. If you want to take it to the next level, check out our course on working with brands


You can take classes online, in person, or pick up guide books to help you get started.


Coloring can be fun and therapeutic. We did it for a date night and checked out some beautiful travel books.


We started taking hip hop classes last year, but after a few lessons our teacher had to leave the city. Now we need a new teacher! Maybe next we’ll try salsa, ballroom, belly dancing, or even pole dancing.


Whether you just want to doodle, draw anime characters, or comics, you can learn how to draw. This book is so great for people who don’t think they can draw.


There are a lot of different mediums to engrave and it can get really advanced, but it’s easy to pick up a kit for beginners.

 Graffiti Art

It’s amazing to see how popular graffiti is and there are beautiful pieces all over the world. With its growing popularity, you can sign up for classes to get started too.

Graphic Design

GIMP and Inkscape are free and great for beginners. Once you get serious, you’ll want the Adobe Creative Cloud to step up your game.


I’ve always wished I could do some basic impersonations. Check out our friend who’s amazing at impersonations!

 Improv Class

Whether you want to perform or not, it’s a great way to get over a fear of what people think about you.


Our neighbor has a set of juggling balls on his coffee table so that anyone can pick them up to try. With a little bit of practice, you can do some impressive things.

 Latte Art

Release your inner barista by whipping up some latte art. Even if you don’t succeed, you can sip up your messy creation. Here’s a great book for inspiration.


Lately, we watched Magic for Humans, which has piqued our interest in magic. Start with a nice deck of cards to practice your sleight of hand.

Musical Instrument

We both grew up playing 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 a few years back so I can start again.


No matter what camera you have, you can always learn how to shoot better photos. If you’re looking for a beginner DSLR, check out this one.


We’ve gotten to know many different people who have their own podcast. Some do it for a hobby and others do it for a living. This set is all you need to get started.


This tool set has the highest ratings.


Did you know that Jacob and his brother created a kid’s puppet show? The initial plan was to learn how to puppeteer as well, but they quickly learned how complex puppeteering is. If you want to dabble and practice puppeteering, buy a couple of puppets or make your own if you’re feeling crafty.

Videography / Filmmaking

Learn how to capture and edit videos so you can create beautiful memories of your own travels. You can even learn to shoot with just your phone by shooting with a gimbal.

Voice Lessons

If you want to take your singing to the next level, consider getting voice lessons to help you improve. The exercises help so much.


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 to help motivate you.

Writing Music

Try your hand at writing your very own music. When you’re comfortable, you can even try performing it at local open mics.

More: How to Start a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico


Crafting Hobbies

Balloon Twisting

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.

Candle Making

Learn to make candles with a DIY kit then enjoy your creations at home or give them out as a gifts.

Cross-Stitching / Embroidery

This is another great hobby that has a ton of resources and kits so that you can do it on your own.

Flower Arranging

Have you ever tried arranging your own flowers. It’s a lot harder than it looks. If you love having fresh flowers at home, this is a great hobby. You can start with this book.

Jewelry Making

I have some basic tools and have learned from friends who make and sell jewelry.

Knitting / Crocheting

I’ve done some basic knitting, which can be relaxing. You can also make nice handmade gifts for your friends.

Leather Crafting

This is a great starter kit for leather crafting.


Start your love for Origami with a basic kit, or nerd out with Jacob by making these crazy Star Wars ones.


Scrapbooking is a great way to work on something that you’ll always cherish. Plus, 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 can add up. To start, just pick up a basic sewing machine

Soap Making

I always think of Fight Club when someone brings up of soap making, but you can always make something more artisanal.


Want to become friends with Nick Offerman? Get into woodworking so you can chat about one of his favorite hobbies. Here’s a book to get you started.


Food & Cooking Hobbies


Bread, brownies, cookies, scones… oh man, my mouth is watering just from the thought of this. Start with the Baking Bible.

Brew Your Own Beer

If you love craft beers, why not try making your own? Here’s a kit to get your started.

Canning / Pickling / Making Jam

Learn to can, pickle, and jam some of your favorite foods. This has over 350 recipes.

Coffee Roasting

This is another great hobby to turn one love into another. If you already love drinking coffee, try roasting your own beans.


We’re all about learning easy recipes since neither of us love cooking (check them out here). We’re probably going to try some InstaPot recipes starting next year.

Food Styling

I’ve always wanted to learn food styling, especially since we take so many food photos. Pick up a book or take local classes.


I’ve tried urban gardening, but have a black thumb. I’m always jealous of people who can grow anything. Apparently having plants in your home can reduce stress and improve productivity.


If you love hosting parties, this is a great hobby to get into. Right now, all we can make is an old fashion, but if you want to get started, check out this guide to over 1000 cocktails.

Wine Tasting

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.

Korean Dried Squid Recipe // Korean Banchan Recipes // South Korean Food Recipes.

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe | Easy Thai Recipes.


Board Games

There are endless board games out there. Our recent favorites are Guesstures and Pit.


If I were to play, I’d get this chess board.


If you love dressing up, try cosplaying. 


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.


Puzzles can be so therapeutic. Find some puzzles of your favorite places.

Trivia Night

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 and useless facts.

Collecting Hobbies


Find the closest dark sky for some amazing stargazing or attend a star party. We’ll put out a post about the best upcoming events to look out for soon.


During our travels, we met so many birders. Also if you get into wildlife photography, these flashcards can help you with birds.


Foraging is a great hobby if you love to cook too. This book will help you identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants.

Get a New Pet

I wouldn’t say we collect them, but we love our cats and really enjoy spending time with them. We’ve also recently met a lot of people who love breeding fish.

More: 15 Incredible Weekend Trips from Las Vegas

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Enrichment & Miscellaneous

Book Club

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.

Home Improvement

If you spend a lot of time at home, this is a great hobby to make your space more of your own.

Keep a Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling is a great way to keep records of your day-to-day without the pressure of writing. The Field Notes Expedition is perfect for anyone who travels a lot.

Learn a New Language

Learn a new language with Rosetta Stone. I’ve tried Italian and now want to learn Spanish. How about you?

Learn How to Code

Learn how to code or web design so you create your own sites or help others do it.

Learn Sign Language

If you know anyone who uses sign language, then try learning sign language as well. These Youtube videos can help you get started.

Learn to Write with Non-Dominate Hand

I’ve always wanted to be ambidextrous. Practice writing or other daily task 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. This is a great documentary to check out if you’re interested in minimalism.

Public Speaking

We’ve talked about joining Toastmasters to get over my 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; I can never 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 JohnsonAlways find time for things that make you happy to be alive. – Unknown

Do you have any hobbies? What hobbies have you had in the past? 

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