Sometimes the idea of a hobby can seem boring. Some of us like to be different, even when it comes to hobbies. If stamp collecting sounds too vanilla for you, we have 9 obscure hobbies that might catch your interest.
Everyone has something they enjoy doing in their free time. Some hobbies are more common, like crafts, playing games, or yoga. Others, not many people have heard of. Below is a list of hobbies found from all over the world that aren’t typically hobbies people start with.
- Tree Shaping – This hobby requires people to make odd shapes out of trees. You can train live trees and other plants of a wood makeup to grow into artistic shapes and useful sculptures. To do this requires a lot of patience and creativity.
- Beetle Fighting – For this hobby people choose different beetles to fight each other. Sometimes, people who are really into this hobby will specifically breed beetles just for fighting.
- Rock Skipping – Did you know that a very dedicated person with this hobby set a record at 51 rock skips? For this hobby, all you have to do is throw a flat rock onto the surface of water and try to make it bounce as many times as you can. It’s a very simple, yet relaxing hobby that people enjoy.
- Geocaching – This hobby consists of you finding treasures in plastic containers called geocaches which hold special items inside. To find the containers you use either your phone or GPS. People find enjoyment out of this hobby because it gives them the opportunity to explore the world around them.
- Element Collecting – This hobby entails people collecting elements off the periodic table. People typically do this in their own way and of different purities. It’s highly recommended that you do not collect any of the elements that are poisonous, radioactive or a heavy element.
- Taxidermy – It is said that the “art” of taxidermy is having a comeback from the 1800s when it was most popular. People who take part in this hobby are trying to persuade people that it is not cruel to animals. They see it as though they are saving these animals from being road kill. These people do this type of work out of respect for the animals, not out of cruelty.
- Soap Carving – This hobby is viewed very highly in Thailand. People with this hobby carve unique shapes into soaps and then sell the soaps to people as souvenirs.
- Competitive Dog Grooming – In China, competitions are held for the people with this hobby. People will groom the dog’s fur into different shapes, making the dogs appear as different animals. Some of the animals have had fur shaped as dinosaurs, turtles, and dragons. If you’re successful, you can win as much as $30,000 from a single event.
- Collecting Antique Milk Bottles – People who take part in this hobby often collect the milk bottles because it brings back memories from when they were younger and milk was delivered to their home. They do this hobby for enjoyment and for the memories.
People find enjoyment out of doing different things. Some hobbies just aren’t heard of as much as others might be. Whatever your hobby is, though, the only thing that matters is that you get enjoyment out of the things you do in your free time.
Just because you take up a hobby doesn’t mean you have to be stuck inside all day. There are plenty of outdoor hobbies as well. Let’s check out 8 outdoor hobbies to get you outside.
With such a beautiful world surrounding us, why not try out some hobbies that are based in the outdoors? Hopefully some of these hobbies listed below will inspire you to want to go outside, look at the beautiful world surrounding us, breathe in the fresh air, and try something new.
- Gardening – Not everyone may have a green thumb but it’s good to give gardening a try. It’s very pleasing to see all the fruits and vegetables you’ve grown on your own. Not to mention, you get fresh fruits and vegetables right out of your own home-grown garden! Another great thing you can plant is flowers. Flowers brighten up your yard, making you feel a sense of peace.
- Astronomy – Looking above into the unknown brings calmness to some people. The peace and quiet of the night provides you the opportunity to be alone with your thoughts and de-stress from the day’s activities.
- Bird Watching – Many people have the same wish: for life to slow down. Watching the birds fly above us, seemingly having not a care in the world, brings people a sense of peace, curiosity, and anticipation for the upcoming events.
- Cloud Watching – Looking at the clouds above us stimulates our imagination. It’s always so much fun trying to decide if a cloud looks like a dog, pig, or a penguin riding a bicycle. There’s no age limit to this hobby; children and adults can both equally enjoy this activity.
- Butterfly Watching – Like bird watching, watching all the different colored butterflies fly around, not seeming to care, brings upon a sense of curiosity about bigger and greater things in life.
- Bonsai Trees – This hobby allows you to grow trees in small pots in such a way that they look artistic, old, and interesting. This outdoor activity allows you to be creative and imaginative. This hobby is believed to have originated in China, but is now practiced all over the world.
- Camping – When some people think of camping they think of peaceful rivers, the quiet of a forest, and crackling campfires. For those people, camping brings upon a sense of peace and calmness. However, others who are asked to think about camping think of mud, bugs, and fears of animals attacking you. For those people, camping is not as fun and not nearly as relaxing. Before deciding to go on a camping trip, know whether or not you’d enjoy sleeping in the woods for a couple nights.
- Travel – Traveling to places you’ve never been can provide you with many lessons about yourself as a human and about the different cultures surrounding that specific place. Traveling to new places is stimulating to many people, making it one of the most popular outdoor hobbies today.
Not everyone enjoys the outdoors, but for people who do, some of these hobbies may be a great thing to add into your everyday life.
Let’s get this out of the way first: Hobbies are supposed to be fun. So if you are going to take up a hobby, be sure it’s something that you enjoy. The more you enjoy it, the easier it is to keep at it. Since everybody is different, what hobby is right for you really depends on your interests.
Hobbies are important for people to have because they allow you to do something just for you, without worrying about life’s everyday struggles. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect hobby that will allow to relax and as a getaway from life, then read on.
Look at Your Past
Can you think of anything that you enjoyed as a kid that you might enjoy now as an adult? If you enjoyed coloring, for example, try out some of those adult coloring books. Or if there was a special something you enjoyed collecting when you were younger, start that hobby back up and see if you get the same enjoyment and relaxation out of it. There’s also the option to start back up a hobby that you abandoned. Maybe after taking a break from it, you’ll find that enjoyment you were missing.
Explore Different Options
If nothing seems to jump out at you from your past, try searching around some stores and see if anything pops out at you. For example, if you walk down a cooking aisle and a new cook book catches your eye, decide on whether or not cooking is a hobby you’d like to pick up.
If you’re adding something new into your life, make sure you have time to focus on this new thing. Most times though, many people have a lot of extra time that they aren’t spending right. Before starting a new hobby, go through your schedule and decide what things you can cut from your daily routine. It’s common for people to spend about 30 minutes to an hour doing their hobby on a daily basis. Ensure that you have that time to devote to this hobby so that you don’t end up having to drop it because of lack of time.
Know Who You Are
This may sound silly, but to ensure you find a hobby that suits you best, you should think about what type of personality you have. For instance, if you don’t have patience, quilting may not be something you enjoy. However, an alternative to quilting is some quicker sewing projects, especially if you know you enjoy sewing but not taking a lot of time to do things.
When picking out a hobby, remember to think about the types of things you like. If you really enjoy looking at art, try out making your own works of art.
It’s important to remember that you may not hit the perfect hobby as soon as you start looking. Don’t lose hope, though. Keep an open mind and be prepared to try new things you never thought you’d enjoy. Sometimes the things you least expect to like can be the best addition to your stressful life.